NOM thinks marriage equality leads to single mothers, whales just want to say hello, California Supreme Court strikes down another Prop 8 challenge
I’m not sure that Andrew Garfield ever expected his comment on a gay Spider-Man would dominate every interview he gives about the film, but he seems to have thought about his answers. “My beliefs about living and about life and about the world and humankind have nothing to do with Spider-Man, but what I do believe is that Spider-Man stands for equality. Spider-Man will protect whoever needs protecting: gay, straight, black, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. He’s not gonna go help the middle-class white dude before he helps the homosexual black dude! He is an Everyman, and he is covered head to toe in costume, which is different than any other superhero I’m aware of, and I think that’s why he’s so universally relatable. And he is color-blind and he is blind to any sexual orientation, so it was more just a philosophical question of “Why not?” And I stick to it. I long for the time when we don’t see skin color, where sexual orientation is treated as a small thread in the fabric of a person as opposed to defining them.”
The California Supreme Court has denied a petition from a county clerk to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Two more challenges to the law still await a response.
The FEC is set to vote on new rules that would allow same-sex married couples to make a joint political donation from an individual account. The wording of the new rules bothers me, because it doesn’t seem to specify what “married under state law” means for those married legally but residing in non-equality states.
Iconic New York City bar Splash is set to close August 10. I never made it to Splash, but it lives in the lexicon of clubs that make up the history of gay life on the east coast.
A new study says that only 28% of bisexuals say that the most important people in their lives are aware of their sexuality, compared to 77% of gay men, and 71% of lesbians. Between the genders, 33% of bisexual women say everyone knows, while only 11% of bisexual men agree. Invisibility is still one of the greatest issues leading to bisexual acceptance, even within the GLBT community.
Evidently, if gays are allowed to marry, the idea of marriage will be so eroded that husbands will leave their wives and single mothers will sink further into poverty. This is from NOM stringing together unrelated facts, but it lines up nicely with what Maggie Gallagher said to me when we spoke.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has said that he will not defend against the lawsuit for same-sex couples to be issued marriage licenses. New Mexico is a strange case, because their marriage laws are written gender-neutral, but it has been generally assumed that gay couples could not marry. King is expected to run for governor in the next election.
While I’m still mourning the death of Google Reader, news comes that it died not so much because Google thought the product was over, but because nobody at Google wanted to run it, because Larry Paige wasn’t interested in the product, so there was nothing to be gained politically from running it.
It’s that time of year – the 2014 FDNY Calendar is up for sale!
The Missouri Supreme Court will review a case for same-sex benefits in light of the DOMA ruling. The case stems from survivor benefits for state highway patrol officer. Missouri has a Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.
Billy Nye explains to us whether we could actually stop an asteroid from hitting the earth. But first he tries to explain just why that would be a very difficult task, starting with just finding out that one was headed straight for us.
This video of two divers encountering whales isn’t your normal sweet marine encounter. If you haven’t seen it, you may need to change your underwear after you have. NSFW language, which is totally justified in this situation.
The way that Tumblr has chosen to go about censoring adult content on their mobile apps is upsetting many in the GLBT community. Common tags such as #GAY, #LESBIAN and #BISEXUAL are blocked from search on the mobile apps. Tumblr says that this is to comply with restrictions from the platform providers such as Apple, but many aren’t buying it. Now the fight has gone mainstream with Slate.
The latest Marvel One Shot is set to release with the DVD of Iron Man 3, and it shows that Peggy Carter is just as capable of taking care of herself as any superhero.
Senator Ted Cruz is a current darling of the Republican establishment, with eyes on running for President in 2016. But he’s as far right socially as they come, and you see him here agreeing that marriage equality is the end of free speech and religious freedom in the country. Trust me, Ted, just read the editorial page of my local newspaper and you’ll see that you’re still completely allowed to bash gays all you want in the public square.
James Deen has made the first Google Glass first person porn film. Well, not really, because Google has banned adult content with Glass (See: Tumblr, above). So really this is a spoof about the greatness that first person porn could be, along with some of the downsides to having something interactive like Glass on during sex. It’s not terrible, but it’s definitely NSFW.
Alan Cumming may spend most of his time in NYC these days, but Scotland is still his home, and he thinks that the time has come for marriage equality there.