German ministers say Russian gay law smacks of dictatorship

Well well, it’s nice to see at least one politician standing up and saying something about this crap from Russia. Not like any American politicians would do that.

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two German cabinet ministers have added to criticism of Russia’s anti-“gay propaganda” law, saying President Vladimir Putin appeared to be leading his country into a “flawless dictatorship”.

The words chosen by the two members of the Free Democrats (FDP), the party of the Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, himself gay and a critic of the legislation, play on comments by former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that Putin was a “flawless democrat”.

The criticisms indicate how once-close ties between the two countries have chilled since Angela Merkel took over from Schroeder as chancellor in 2005.

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Married Same-Sex Couples With Kids See IRS Tabs Rising

Well, there’s not much to be said about this. If we want the same rights as heterosexual couples, we have to take the good with the bad. Of course I’ve never heard of anyone really wanting to pick and choose what laws they follow, so I think by and large everyone accepts it all.

Married same-sex couples with children may face higher bills from the IRS as recent Supreme Court rulings start playing out in the tax code.

The increase probably would result from phasing out income tax credits for families, depending on the distribution of income between two working spouses, now that same-sex couples will be required to file joint returns with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

“Under the new tax laws, you get the worst of both worlds,” said Jonathan Forster, chairman of the wealth management practice group at Greenberg Traurig LLP. “As you get pushed up into higher income tax brackets you also end up where there are certain exemption phase outs and deduction limits. You hit the ceiling on all these, you get whipsawed, particularly if both couples are working.”

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‘Skyfall’ actor is gay and married

skyfall_clipmeetquartermaster_hdI have to confess I love James Bond. It often feels odd for me to be such a huge fan of such a somewhat misogynistic character who at once mistrusts women, yet always seems to get one in the end.

I must also confess that I thought the new Q for the latest film Skyfall was the cutest one ever (not to mention youngest!). I just loved listening to him speak and know that he was such a brilliant geek. Imagine my utter delight to find out that he’s not only gay but married! Ben and Mark have been married for a year now, apparently and I wish them many many years of happiness!

“Skyfall” actor Ben Whishaw has officially come out as gay.

In a statement obtained by the Daily Mail over the weekend, Whishaw’s rep confirmed the actor is gay and has been married to his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, for a year now.

“Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work,” his spokesman said Friday night. “Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”

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The Fosters Throws a Same-Sex Wedding

While the article states this was the first same-sex wedding since DOMA’s demise, but I don’t know how many other same-sex weddings there have been in television sitcoms and dramas.

ABC Family’s The Fosters makes history Monday (9/8c) when lesbian moms Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) get hitched in TV’s first gay wedding since the demise of DOMA. But the happy event was going to happen with or without the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on gay marriage. According to exec producers Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, the ceremony was planned from the get-go, even though the series is set in California where, until June, same-sex unions were not recognized as legal.

“We knew the Supreme Court would likely make its decision before we shot [the episode],” says Paige, who is best known for his five-year run as Emmett on Queer as Folk. “If they had ruled the other way we would have still gone ahead — only with an f–k you wedding! But because the Court did rule the way it did, it was an even more resonant celebration.”

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Harry Styles On Being Bisexual

I’m sorry, but people are getting pretty ridiculous about forcing celebrities out of the closet. Who are you to judge when and if a person should ever come out of the closet? And if he does later down the road, you are actually going to be closed minded enough to exclude him from your Bitch Party? (I refer to commenter called ‘Mariano G’ on the article) People in the LGBT community who exclude others based on their own agenda are just as divisive as heterosexuals. Whether Harry Styles is gay or bisexual is really a non-issue. I don’t know why people have to push the poor guy into a mould they’ve made.

If you don’t like others dictating who you should love, perhaps you should stop doing the same.

Harry Styles isn’t bisexual. Or, at least, he doesn’t think he’s bisexual.

The 19-year-old appears on the cover of the September 2013 issue of British GQ, one of five covers featuring the boys of pop group One Direction. When speaking with the magazine, Styles was asked about claims he is bisexual. Questions about the teen singer’s relationship with Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw have been circulating the rumor mill for months.

Styles insisted to GQ that he and Grimshaw aren’t dating and are just friends.

“Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so,” Stiles said. “I’m pretty sure I’m not.”

The rumors do sometimes bother the British crooner, who used to date country sweetheart Taylor Swift and has most recently been linked to model Kara Rose Marshall.

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Pat Robertson comments on transgenders

I have to say I’m completely floored by his comments. I never expected someone like Pat Robertson to say anything like this. Ever.

Pat Robertson has said a lot of shocking things, but his latest comment about the transgender community might be the most surprising yet.

The 83-year-old televangelist sat down on Sunday for the “Bring It Online” advice portion of his Christian Broadcasting Network show, “The 700 Club.” A viewer named David wrote in asking how he should refer to two transgender females who work in his office and have legally changed their genders. Instead of criticizing the trans individuals, Robertson approached the situation in a seemingly level-headed manner.

“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure. I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”

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Russian anti-gay laws impact Olympics, vodka sales

Well I don’t drink vodka at all so I can’t stop buying what I have never bought, but I understand the sentiment. I think the main goal is to protect athletes from other countries who may go to Sochi and be arrested for being gay. I’d have serious second thoughts if I were an athlete training for the Olympics.

I don’t agree with the in-your-face tactics of a gay-pride parade, but I think gestures by individual athletes would be more than acceptable.

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia’s intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.

At many gay bars across North America, owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka – notably the popular brand Stolichnaya. Activists also are pressing the International Olympic Committee and NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights for Sochi, to be more aggressive in criticizing new Russian laws.

So far, there have been only scattered calls for a full-fledged boycott of the Sochi Games, but there is active discussion of how to convey gay-rights messages once the competition begins – including gestures by individual athletes and perhaps a gay-pride parade.

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La Police Sting Targets, Arrests Gay Men For Sex Using Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law

Sadly, this is in my home state. Can’t say I’m surprised this happens. Louisiana is run by dumbasses, so what can you really expect? I wonder if starting a petition on Change.org to get the law removed from the books – since these police officers have no common sense – would make a difference.

Law enforcement in Baton Rouge have reportedly been using an invalid, unconstitutional law to target and arrest adult gay men, according to a new report.

The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office sting was revealed on Saturday by the Baton Rouge Advocate, which investigated the arrests of at least a dozen Louisiana gay men since 2011 who agreed to consensual gay sex with undercover officers. In all of the cases, the men were arrested under the state’s anti-sodomy law, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

Technically invalid yet still on the books, the state’s “Crime Against Nature” law prohibits “unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same-sex or opposite-sex or with an animal” along with “solicitation by a human being of another with the intent to engage in any unnatural carnal copulation for compensation,” according to Louisiana legislature.

“This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature,” Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.”

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Desmond Tutu Would Prefer Hell Over A Homophobic Heaven

Wow. Just…. wow! If only all religious leaders felt this way.

Desmond Tutu denounced religions that discriminate against LGTB-identified people by making some very strong statements during the United Nations’ launch of its gay-rights program in Cape Town this Friday, reports AFP.

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Actor misses Comic-Con due to gay wedding

I admit it freely: I love Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s best known to me as the title character in the BBC’s newest version of Sherlock Holmes. I was in England when it premiered and watched the first two episodes. He was also most recently the villain in “Star Trek into Darkness”. I just think he’s a fantastic actor and now I have reason to love him even more:

Sherlock solves another mystery!

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of BBC’s “Sherlock” and the villain from “Star Trek Into Darkness,” was surprisingly absent from the year’s biggest pop culture event, the San Diego Comic-Con. There was a “Sherlock” panel at the convention, but series stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (who plays Watson on the series) were only seen in a pre-taped greeting to the fans. While Freeman had an excuse (he was on set in New Zealand for the next installment of “The Hobbit” films), the reason for Cumberbatch’s absence was never given. Until now.

Cumberbatch himself revealed that instead of attending the “Sherlock” panel, he was busy officiating a gay wedding for his friend Seth Cummings, who tied the knot with Rob Rinder at the Hotel Hacienda in Ibiza.

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