Meme: Marriage Resumes In California, Federal Benefits Extended To Same Sex Couples, “Glee” Makes Newbies Permanent

Protect Marriage files emergency motion to halt CA marriages, Ken Cuccinelli appeals to SCOTUS to save sodomy law, Kalinda gets hot new love interest

Alec BaldwinWe mentioned Alec Baldwin’s rant on Twitter against the Daily Mail writer, calling him a “queen.” Baldwin has apologized via GLAAD. “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.  My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.” Baldwin has a history of working for marriage equality and supporting the gay community, and says he meant “queen” like someone who is “above.”

Anderson Cooper doesn’t seem too inclined to forgive and forget however. “Why Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillodoes#AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”

On Friday night, the Ninth Circuit abruptly lifted their stay on marriages in California, and both plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case were immediately married, with licenses being issued to all comers.

But by Saturday, Protect Marriage filed an emergency petition with Justice Kennedy demanding that the stay be reinstated until the Supreme Court’s order becomes effective, normally after 25 days. There’s no practical reason for the demand, it doesn’t change the outcome, it’s simply petty.

With the decision on DOMA, the first same-sex binational green card has been approved. Julian Marsh and Traian Povov’s green card petition is the first to be approved in the wake of Section 2 of DOMA being struck down. This is interesting, because while they were married in New York, they reside in Florida, which seems to indicate that place of residence doesn’t seem to be the standard for applying the ruling, but just having a valid marriage license.Jacob Artist

Glee is upping Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, and Becca Tobin to series regulars for next year, with “expanded roles” for Blake Jenner and Alex Newell. So it looks like we’re stuck with the newbies whether we like them or not.

The gay pride celebration in St. Petersburg turned violent, with 200 anti-gay protesters throwing eggs and scuffling with police, leading to the arrest of dozens of Pride marchers and a few anti-gay protesters.

Josh Kilmer-Purcells and Brent RidgeCongratulations to The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ Josh Kilmer-Purcells and Brent Ridge, who were married on their farm in a wedding designed by Martha Stewart. “It could not have been a more perfect day. Surrounded by family, friends, neighbors … and goats!”

Are PreP treatments and at-home HIV tests going to give gay men a false sense of security and promote the very behavior that they’re designed to protect against?

Monsters University is set to win the box office crown again with $51 million, with The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock taking second with $41 million, while White House Down pulls in $31 million.

Meanwhile, Pixar says that it’s going to slow down on sequels.  “For artistic reasons … it’s really important that we do an original film a year. Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world — which Ellen DeGeneresis the rationale behind the sequel. They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.”

Ellen DeGeneres is number one in The Guardian’s annual list of the most influential GLBT people in the world. Stephen Fry was second, with Jane Lynch third.

The Good Wife has cast English actress Juliet Rylance as the love interest for Kalinda next season.

As expected, Virginia Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Ken Cuccinelli has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to bring back the “crimes against nature” law in Virginia, essentially the sodomy laws that have Ken Cuccinellibeen struck down for a decade.

The federal government announced on Friday that beginning immediately, all federal benefits were available to legally married spouses, regardless of gender, including health, retirement, and life insurance, including children that are part of said marriages. I wonder if BLAG will file a stay with SCOTUS the way Protect Marriage did in California?

The Department of Health and Human Services also issued guidance that visitation rights for same sex partners that are required for hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid also extend to nursing homes.

Not only is Westboro Baptist Church planning on protesting “fag enablers” One Direction in Kansas City (that should be Taylor Swiftfun, them going up against crazed One Direction fans), they also plan to protest Taylor Swift, saying she “works her ‘girl next door’ country-singer shtick, while hopping from one young man to the next and strutting across the world stage like a proud whore.”

Conner Habib makes a decent argument that apps like Scruff and Grindr aren’t just hookup apps, they’re the next stage of porn, personal, participatory porn, even if we don’t ever meet anyone.

A gay man and his female best friend discuss the term “fag hag.”

Ricky MartinBlabbeando reports on the Panamanian skit show La Cascara using the term “mariquita,” which can mean “lady bug” or “little faggot” to joke about exterminating Ricky Martin with pesticides. “The ’joke’ hinges on the woman explaining to the caretaker that Miami is ’inundated’ with ’mariquitas'(little fags) which the caretaker interprets as there being infested with lady bugs.  The show thinks it’s hilarious to paint the caretaker as a dim idiot who inadvertently calls Ricky Martin a faggot to his face while explaining why he is spraying pesticide in Martin’s face.”

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It’s time. You may need a tissue.

In something that I certainly never expected, Pride was celebrated in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the first time the Pentagon has allowed a Pride celebration in a deployed war zone. This wasn’t some unofficial rainbow flag raising like we saw last year, but a sacntioned Pride celebration in Afghanistan, with military press coverage. Thinking back to my time in the service under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, this seems a bit like a dream.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp is not only introducing a pointless constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, he’s doing a speaking tour explaining how he thinks the Supreme Court’s decisions hurt children. After this clip, he cited the discredited Regenerus study.

AFER put out a news highlight reel of coverage of the Prop 8 decision, and there are moments here that you’re going to wish you hadn’t thrown away the tissue from the first video. I think Kleenex stock has probably done pretty well this week.

We’ve all heard a lot about Nymphomaniac from Lars Von Tier, with the real sex acts that will have celebrity bodies digitally grafted on in post, but the first teaser shows none of that, and actually seems pretty sad.

Disney’s Recess was a masterpiece of animation and politics, cleverly set on the playground, and this opening sequence remakes it perfectly.

Meet Russell Peters Aldred, who is also Michelle DuBarry, who at 81 is Toronto’s oldest drag queen, and has been performing for over fifty years. At this time of Pride, we salute those who have always been themselves and blazed the trail for the rest of us. (h/t Cathy in Canada!)
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