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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Tumblr Mobile Filter Anti-Gay?

I’ve never seen the use of Tumblr, but I know it’s popular.

News that Tumblr’s mobile filter was blocking searches for such tags as #gay, #lesbian, or #bisexual on its iOS app as part of a new porn restrictions was immediately controversial. Users wondered how it was possible that searches related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes were NSFW and subject to prohibition.

But the truth behind the filtering may have more to do with Tumblr’s recent sale to Yahoo! and its desire to adhere to the standards of Apple’s App Store, than an attempt to block any potentially racy communities.

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Larry the Cable Guy

larry the cable guyI have to admit: most of the time I find Larry the Cable Guy annoying. Probably because he’s mostly associated with Blue Collar Comedy and I just really can’t stand Ron White.

At any rate, my opinion of Larry has improved after reading of his opinion on gay rights:

“I’m so sick of gay this, gay that,” Larry the Cable Guy said. “I could care less. It ain’t affecting my life at all,” he said in response to a question about whether gays should be permitted to play professional sports.

The comedian explained that his opinion stems from his identification as a libertarian, and thinks that people should “mind their own business.”

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CA Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Stop Gay Marriages

Stuff like this is what makes the law so confusing. Each state has the right to maintain its own laws regarding pretty much everything, yet federal laws can differ drastically and often do. Sometimes I think it would be better if federal law only pertained to the relationships of states among themselves and had nothing to do with personal matters. It’s just so contradictory and convoluted and confusing.

And while I hate that we don’t have full rights for marriage, I have to say that over-riding something that the voters in the state clearly voted for – this ban on gay marriage – doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy about the law and the justice system. This is going to go on forever, ad nauseum. The voters spoke their mind, something typically a part of a democratic system, but then it’s just over-turned because the federal government thinks it’s wrong? Believe me, I want this to be a fight we win, but not like this.

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s highest court refused Tuesday to block the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages while it considers a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.

Without comment, the California Supreme Court rejected a request from the elected government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses in San Diego County for an order halting gay marriages, which resumed in the state last month for the first time since the ban passed in November 2008.

County clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. sought the stay on Friday. He also asked the seven-member court to consider his legal argument that same-sex marriages still are illegal in most of California, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision widely regarded as having authorized them and the state attorney general’s assertion that clerks throughout the state must issue licenses to gay couples.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to return to the nation’s most populous state last month when it ruled that the sponsors of Proposition 8 lacked authority to appeal a federal trial judge’s decision that the ban violated the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian Californians.

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NY To Refund Gay Couples Forced To Pay Estate Taxes

Another victory for lesbian and gay couples in the state of New York!

ALBANY, N.Y. — Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.

In declaring the section unconstitutional, the court granted gay couples the same rights to assets and lower tax costs under estate tax laws that are provided to couples in traditional marriages. Same-sex spouses may have been required to pay thousands of dollars more in New York estate taxes when their partner died.

New York has no estimate of total amount of taxes that will be refunded.

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Violence mars first gay parade in Montenegro

So sad that people always resort to violence as a solution to things they don’t agree with. 😦

BUDVA, Montenegro (Reuters) – Police clashed with anti-gay protesters in Montenegro on Wednesday as they tried to disrupt the first gay pride parade to be held in the staunchly conservative Balkan country that is in talks to join the European Union.

Around 200 demonstrators hurled stones, bottles and flares at policemen in the coastal town of Budva who were keeping them separate from around 40 marchers wearing shirts bearing the colors of the rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement.

At least ten demonstrators were arrested and several marchers were slightly injured, according to police.

Protesters chanted “Kill the gays” and carried banners that read “Only healthy Montenegro”, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.

Whoopi Goldberg to VA Candidate: ‘Why Are You in My Bedroom?’

You go Whoopi! I love that lady!

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has come under fire from the hosts of “The View” and “The Tonight Show” for defending his state’s anti-sodomy law – an issue that has also come up in the race.

Criticizing both Cuccinelli and the law, Whoopi Goldberg congratulated “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who recently married his partner, Justin Mikita.

“Thank goodness they’re not in Virginia,” Goldberg said Monday on “The View,” which airs on ABC, saying that Virginia’s ” Crimes Against Nature” law outlaws oral and anal sex.

“First of all, how do I know that you haven’t indulged?” she added, apparently posing a rhetorical question to Cuccinelli. “The second thing is: Why are you in my bedroom? Get out! Get out!”

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Sen. Ted Cruz Issues Major Gay Marriage Warning for Pastors and Christians

Sounds to me like Mr Cruz is in favour of hate speech and probably hate crimes as well. Which is just what the bible tells us we ought to do, right?

Supporters of traditional marriage often fear the free speech ramifications that could emerge as as result of increasing support for gay marriage in the United States. But are these worries really legitimate?

In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, joined in this chorus, warning that the push in favor of same-sex unions could, indeed, put First Amendment protections at risk.

“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” he said of hate speech regulations that are in place in other countries.

“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government,” Cruz added.

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Artists Hack Dictionaries To Change The Definition Of Marriage

There’s a video to watch on the original story at the Huffington Post website which will be referenced below the quote. I think this is FAB!

The definition of marriage has been greatly contested by progressives who want the delineation changed from a union between a “man and woman” or “husband and wife” to a union between “two people.”

Now, a group of anonymous artists are taking matters into their own hands and literally changing the definition, one dictionary at a time.

These artists, working under the mission title “HACKmarriage,” have been going to bookstores and libraries around San Francisco and covering the formal definition of marriage with a sticker featuring an amended version, according to Animal New York.

Currently, the Oxford American Dictionary defines marriage as “the legal relationship between a husband and wife.” Merriam-Webster includes “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.”

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Britain legalizes gay marriage

HOORAY for some good news we can celebrate!

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given — one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.

The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.

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