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U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade late on Sunday placed a 14-day stay on her Friday ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, just hours before it went into effect, WIAT reports:r
The court’s ruling states that Attorney General Luther Strange (pictured) has not shown enough cause for an indefinite stay, but is allowing the Attorney General time to present his arguments to the Eleventh Circuit Court.
If the Eleventh Circuit Court fails to act during the 14-day delay, the order will be lifted February 9th.
The order to stay the ruling comes amid protest from the Alabama Probate Judges Association over the ruling. The Association issued a statement this weekend claiming that the federal ruling did not apply statewide but only to the plaintiffs involved in the case.r
The plaintiffs asked Granade to deny the state's request for a stay and also requested clarification as to the scope of the ruling in response to the Probate Judges Association.r
Stay tuned for continuing developments in the case...r
Read the order below:r
Last week, Republican Larry Hogan was sworn in as the brand new governor of the state of Maryland. One of his first courses of action was to withdraw several regulations, one of which is an anti-discrimination amendment (initiated by his predecessor Martin O'Malley) that would have stopped Medicaid providers from discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.r
Ironically, the new governor's inaugural address included a message about “tolerance and respect.”r
Equality Maryland immediately called Hogan out with a press release titled "Governor Hogan’s First 24 Hours Start on the Wrong Foot for LGBT Maryland." It reads in part:r
“Equality Maryland is disappointed in the Governor’s actions. To withdraw a regulation that prohibits discrimination in the provision of essential medical services, which also has no fiscal impact, seems contrary to the spirit of inclusiveness touted in his inauguration speech yesterday. We know that trans people in Maryland face discrimination when accessing health care and we should be working to ensure this doesn’t happen instead of overtly condoning it.”r
Hogan told the Baltimore Sun:r
“We just basically pulled all the regulations that were supposed to be published on Friday,” Hogan said Thursday. “We didn’t like the fact that [O’Malley] was trying to push these things through at the last minute. We’re going to make sure our new … team throughout government reviews every one of these regulations to make sure which direction we should head.”r
Hogan also issued an Executive Order for Maryland Executive Branch employees which did not initially include gender identity in its equal opportunity clause. On Friday, Equality Maryland posted that Hogan's office had done an about-face and re-issued the order to include gender identity.r
Last year, Hogan revealed that his stance on marriage equality had "evolved." Let's hope he continues to do so in all other areas of equality.r
Watch a news segment about his inauguration, which includes an appearance by fellow Republican Chris Christie, AFTER THE JUMP.r
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said today he supports Sen. Ted Cruz' proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would enable states to continue outlawing gay marriage regardless of any future Supreme Court ruling on the issue, Talking Points Memo reports:r
ABC's "This Week' host George Stephanopoulos asked Jindal if he backed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) remark that states should just ignore a Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.r
"I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that," Jindal responded. "If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our constitutional amendment -- I hope they wouldn't do that -- if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment in the congress and D.C., a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage."r
Washington Blade reported Wednesday on Cruz' renewed call for a constitutional amendment to stop marriage equality:r
“I’m a constitutionalist. From the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own instead.”r
As he announced in October, Cruz told the Blade he still intends to introduce a constitutional amendment that would prohibit judges from overturning state laws on marriage, but suggested courts already lack the authority to rule in favor of marriage equality.r
“Because, as I said, I’m a constitutionalist,” Cruz said. “If a state chooses to adopt gay marriage, that’s within its constitutional authority to do so, but if it chooses not to, if it chooses traditional marriage, that is also within its constitutional purview. Part of the genius of the framers of our Constitution was allowing for the now 50 states to be laboratories of democracy, to adopt and reflect different policy choices state by state.”r
Earlier today, we reported on Jindal's prayer rally held at LSU over the weekend that featured a variety of self-proclaimed prohets, doomsday sayers, and anti-gay nuts.
The founder of Russia's version of the "It Gets Better" campaign has been fined 50,000 rubles for violating the country's "gay propaganda" law.r
Journalist Elena Klimova (above), founder of the Children 440 group on the Russian social network VKontakte, was fined the equivalent of $775, BuzzFeed reports.r
Klimova launched the group shortly before Russia passed its anti-gay law in 2013. The name Children 404 is a reference to the “Page Not Found” online server error.r
Most users who post photos on the site obscure their faces and include the message, "We exist." They also share stories and can interact with volunteer psychologists who offer counseling.r
BuzzFeed reports on Thursday's hearing:r
LGBT activists said that Klimova’s lawyer could not attend today’s hearing for medical reasons and she was left without counsel when the judge declined to postpone the proceedings.r
“Today the court has violated the article 48 of the Russian Constitution, according to which everyone shall be guaranteed the right to qualified legal assistance,” Maria Kozlovskaya, a lawyer with the Russian LGBT Network, said in a statement. “We are going to challenge this decision at all levels including the European Court on Human Rights.”r
Despite widespread support the left-leaning Socialist party, a bill that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children has been defeated in Portugal’s Parliament. Versions of the law were submitted by the Green, Left Block, and Socialist parties, but the bill that was up for debate this past week was narrowly ousted by a slim 30 votes.r
The entire Parliamentary body is composed of 220 representatives. Provisions preventing gay people from adopting children were written into a 2010 law that finally allowed gay couples to marry.
Indie director Sean Baker and co-writer Chris Berloch specialize in portraits of characters on the margins of society. Baker's previous slice-of-life film was the still underappreciated Starlet (2012), which traced an unlikely friendship between a young porn star and an old woman she meets at a garage sale. Their very worthy follow up is TANGERINE (not to be confused with the Estonian drama currently nominated for Oscar's Foreign Film Category called Tangerines). Again we find Baker looking at places others haven't thought to look — or at least haven't looked at with anything like the same affectionate humor and nuanced humanity.r
In this case that place is a Hollywood block filled with ex-con trans hookers who still have their penises, their lonely trade, immigrant cab drivers, and the colorful seedy neighborhood they all share. Tangerine is filled with memorable scenes in busted-ass laundromats, car washes, cheap motels with "party rooms", and of course Donut Time. The movie tells the story of a single event-filled day and night (Christmas Eve) in the lives of Sin-Dee Rella (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez) and her best friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) who treats her to half a holiday sprinkled donut in the movie's abrasively funny opening scene.r
"Merry Christmas, bitch."r
(Remember that claim that Wolf of Wall Street used the most "f--ks" ever uttered in a movie? I hope Tangerine makes that claim for "bitch".)r
MORE AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Alexandra accidentally lets slip that Chester, Sin-Dee's boyfriend/pimp, has been cheating on her with a "white fish with a real pussy!" Sin-Dee's temperature shoots up and she's suddenly on the street, a thumping beat on the soundtrack accompanying her unspoken revenge plans.r
Alexandra, who has other things on her mind including a performance at a bar that evening, chases after her begging her for "no more Drama". But we already know, giddily, that Sin-Dee will not comply. And so the comedy is off with a bolt in its high heels, dirty fishnets and bad weaves, to find the pimp or, possibly, the white girl. The film's soundtrack makes hilarious use of music to signify Sin-Dee's passions. At one point she nearly calms down at a bus stop, classical musical blaring as she waits, but a moment later the house music interrupts, roaring back to life, and she snaps back into full woman-scorned revenge mode.r
The rest of the film, which was incredibly shot entirely on the iPhone 5s but looks great, is Sin-Dee's hilariously crude comic search for the pimp mixed with Alexandra's evening show and eventually a hot-blooded collision between all the characters and their various story threads. I won't ruin any of the funny surprises. Despite the seediness and in between the huge laughs, the biggest takeaway is the film's sweet and salty tribute to an enduring trans friendship. These women have each other's backs... and weaves when the need arises. Tangerine is the world's all time best indie Christmas trans hooker movie (give or take John Waters' Female Trouble, 1981, if it can be so categorized)r
May Tangerine find theatrical distribution as quickly as these ladies make a business transaction.r
Nathaniel Rogers would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.
Speaking to reporters after his rousing speech at Rep. Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit yesterday, former neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson used a bizarre example of poisoned cake to explain why its a-okay for anti-gay bakers to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.r
The Hill reports:r
Carson also criticized political correctness as he answered a question about gay marriage — and followed up by flaunting decorum with the type of comment that endears him with the base but could hurt his cross-party appeal.r
"What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say 'they're discriminating against me.' So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don't believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake," he said to chuckles from some of his staff and dead silence from the journalists in the room.
The plaintiffs in the Alabama case that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage Friday have asked District Judge Callie Granade to deny the state's request for an emergency stay of her ruling. The plaintiffs have also requested clarification on the ruling's scope following the Alabama Probate Judges Association's assertion that the ruling does open the door to statewide marriage equality.r
From the plaintiffs' response:r
Clarification is necessary as the Probate Judges association in Alabama have assumed the position like George Wallace at the schoolhouse door staring defiantly upon this Court’s order reasoning that not all citizens of Alabama are entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded under the Constitution of the United States and that as Probate Judges “it is [their] duty to issue marriage licenses in accordance with Alabama law and that means [they] can not legally issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.” Alabama Probate Judges Association statement to the press on January 24, 2015. It is respectfully submitted that this Court’s order declaring Ala. Const. Art. 1§ 36.03 (2006) and Ala. Code 1974 §30-1-19 unconstitutional for violation of the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment shall meet with immediate defiance and confusion without further clarification.r
Stay tuned to see how this showdown in Alabama plays out...r
Read the full response below via Equality Case Files:r