According to AL.com, two state workers "with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down."
In a statement, Gov. Bentley said his decision was based in part on the recent shooting in South Carolina.
"Yes, partially this is about that," said Bentley. "This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down."
Mike Huckabee said on conservative radio Monday that, if elected, he would block all federal recognition of same-sex marriage:
"Until the Congress of the United States puts on my desk a bill that basically defies the laws of nature and nature’s God and defies the longstanding tradition of marriage, the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriage because there is no law that requires it and that would be true for the military and it would be true for all federal institutions. If the Congress decides that they want to pass enabling legislation, they could put it on my desk and I would veto it, and they can attempt to override it. That’s the process. If liberals were subjected to a conservative court that forced them to tithe their income to scripture or forced them to go to church or forced them to believe something that they don’t want to believe, they would say, ‘We can’t do that, that would go against our conscience.’ And I would say, ‘You are exactly right and we can’t have such a ruling.' This is why I find this very unsettling is because liberals will rue the day when the sword they use to enact their agenda is the sword of the court rather than to do it by way of the people’s elected representatives."
Adweek reports on this straight-to-the-heart ad from Esurance, who utilize the perspective of children to simplify the complexity of same-sex marriage. In other words, it's not that complicated. And the children know it.
From the Esurance press release:
“In every state where Esurance can give couples a married rate, it extends that married rate to either married gay couples, domestic partners or those in civil unions—even in states that do not allow same-sex marriages.”
Super breaking news, fellas. Internet celebrity Chris Crocker was rushed to his local hospital yesterday to undergo
emergency plastic surgery.
Last month, the YouTube-star-turned-total-top-porn-actor posted the following message to his Facebook page:
Uh. I’ll be 28 this year and I still hear people talking about me as if their perception of me is up-to-date.
Girl, I grow and evolve and if I haven’t known you in the past year; I’m certain you don’t know me anymore.
Hit refresh, boo.
Now, it seems Crocker has made good on the whole “growth and evolution” promise by permanently altering his physical appearance with lip augmentation surgery.
The cosmetic procedure happened on Wednesday afternoon and involved having both his upper and lower lips injected with filler. Crocker posted photos of himself before and after the surgery to his Instagram page. The pictures received hundreds of comments in just a few hours. But not everyone was a fan of Crocker’s new look. The photos received a fair amount of negative criticisms. Those comments were removed, however, and only complimentary ones can be seen today.
A few hours later, Crocker posted a quote to his Instagram page seemingly directed at the haters whose comments he deleted. It reads: “If someone shows their true colors, don’t try to repaint them.” The quote was accompanied by the caption: “Negative people who think entirely from their perspective only will be held at a distance.”
What do you think? Do you like Crocker’s new pout? Vote in the poll below.
Anti-gay Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has surprised absolutely nobody, least of all his family, with a bizarre “hidden camera” video announcing his intention to run for president, reports Daily Kos.
In the short video, Jindal tells his family that “things are gonna change a little bit, so, we’re gonna be busy, obviously, this year…Maybe you’ll get a chance, if you behave, to go back to Iowa. Would you like that?”
He then asks his kids “What do you like, what do you remember about Iowa?”
The video ends with Jindal’s son asking “How does this work”?
It doesn’t, kid.
Nice garden though.
Back in January, Jindal announced his support for a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would enable states to continue outlawing gay marriage regardless of any SCOTUS ruling on the issue.
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Pitcairn Island, a tiny group of islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, recently drew attention as being the world’s smallest nation — it has a population of around 50 people — to legalize same-sex marriage, even though they have no openly gay couples living there.
Anyone thinking of visiting the island for an exotic destination wedding may want to give it a second thought, however, considering the island’s history of decades of widely permitted child molestation and rape among its citizens.
The island nation became a British Overseas Territory in 1838, but the tiny group of four islands is very difficult to reach, with no landing areas for airplanes and rough seas making it almost impossible for large ships to dock. As a result, British oversight for the past century or so has been virtually nonexistent, allowing the residents to live mostly in a system of self-governance. Unfortunately, the island’s male citizens came up with the idea of “breaking in” girls at the age of 12 by subjecting them to all sorts of violent sex — the men raping the girls, encouraging teenage boys to do the same, the adult women condoning the encounters as simply their way of life. There was no concern with Britain’s laws on sexual assault or that pesky “age of consent” thing that gets in the way of a guy just wanting to have a good time.
Vanity Fair published an enormous 10,000-word exposé on the island’s troubles after several of the adult males living there were convicted of numerous sex crimes and jailed in the early 2000s; those men usually admitted what they did because they didn’t realize it was illegal (or wrong):
…childhood sex games and abuse were commonplace, as were pregnancies and abortions among young, unmarried girls. London officials [were shocked by] reports that “early sexual (manipulation for comforting babies) activity”—much as other societies might use a pacifier—“has been a feature of island life at least for many years…[women] recounted a violent “breaking in” at ages under 12, others a common continuance of unwanted trysts—accepting a scooter ride to island hideaways, where they would lie docilely under banyan trees or behind the sugar mill for sex they neither wanted nor resisted.”
The story is just one more chapter in the island nation’s bizarre history. The people who live on Pitcairn Island are mostly descendants of the crew that worked on the famed HMS Bounty, who in the 1700’s infamously set the ship’s commanding officers adrift on the open seas after staging a mutiny (the story inspired the film Mutiny on the Bounty). The mutineers, and a smattering of Polynesian women they picked up in their travels, settled there and survived off fishing and growing food on small garden plots.
Now connected to the rest of the world via the internet, the nation legalized same-sex marriage after a suggestion from the government of Great Britain, where marriage equality is legal. Pitcairn locals now joke that there are no gay couples on the island to get married; but with the widespread physical and sexual violence permeating life on the island, there is likely no way for local residents to come out safely.
Anyone who lives a stone’s throw from most gay bars in the country knows June is pride month. But this June we hope to have a major extra reason to celebrate — the Supreme Court will hand down its decision on same-sex marriage some time during the month, possibly overturning bans on same-sex marriage in 13 states resisting the tide of history.
But showing pride and enjoying freedom is about a lot more than donning your skimpiest outfit and traipsing about town (though it’s definitely about that, too).
We came up with suggestions on how to celebrate the freedom to marry this June:
1. Get married!
If you happen to be one of those sickeningly cute people in a stable, committed relationship, now might be the perfect time to celebrate your new freedom by, well, exercising it. Have your day — you can even ride in on a unicorn if it suits you.
2. Put your money where your mouth is
Blonde Ambitions | model: Randy Bowden | photographer: James C. Lewis
Wow. The West Hollywood building that housed Studio One -- the gay disco in which my friends and I spent our early 20s dancing the night away when not hanging out in the Backlot -- has been declared "endangered." I know it became AXIS after I moved east and is apparently still in business as its original name, The Factory. Would be a shame to see what was truly the closest thing the West Coast had to Studio 54 go.
A building that once was home to a pioneering gay disco has been declared "endangered" in the hopes to save it from—yep—development in West Hollywood. The Factory, located at 652 North La Peer Drive, was designated one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday. The building was first built in 1929, and has been host to the changing history of Los Angeles through its life. At first it served as a factory for the Mitchell Camera Corporation, whose cameras have been recognized by the Academy for their contributions for the movie industry. The company moved out after the War and from 1967 to 1972 it was simply "The Factory," a popular nightclub for celebrities. It wasn't until Scott Forbes took over the space in 1974 that it became the disco Studio One, an epicenter for gay nightlife and activism. Studio One "offered no shortage of mirrored balls (seven to be exact), strobe lights, lasers, a gleaming red neon Pegasus and a fish tank in the men's room that spouted water for hand washing," WeHoville says in their history of the space. "Studio One was planned, designed and conceived for gay people, gay male people," Forbes told the L.A. Times. Patti LaBelle, Joan Rivers and Liza Minnelli all performed at the club, and in the early-80s it also hosted one of the first major fundraisers in response to the AIDS epidemic.
Have so many fond memories of Studio One, most notably going there every Saturday night with my roommates Paul Samson and Ken McDonald. (If you see this, Ken, please contact me!) "Groove Is in the Heart" (by Dee-Lite) and "Use It Up and Wear It Out" (a Pat and Mick cover of the old Odyssey classic produced by Stock-Aitken-Waterman) were the songs that made people go crazy on the dancefloor, and that's where I finally met my "Spanish twin" named Christian Ornelas (or Cristian Ornelius?), a guy people were telling me about for years. It turned out to be true -- in certain light it was uncanny! -- but I found out as I researched this he passed away a couple years ago after a battle with stomach cancer, which suddenly made this whole thing incredibly sad.
My other (albeit haziest) memory is the time I got so drunk I was sort of "resting" in a bathroom stall, and one of the big hunky bouncers came in and CARRIED me down to the front door. Once there, he could see I was in no condition to actually leave, so he propped me up in the seat where the guy checking IDs normally sat. (Maybe he was the doorman too.) Well, next thing I knew a line of gay guys came along and started pulling out their driver's licenses, so I just went along with it in my drunken stupor and started carding people. It was only when I asked the (distracted) bouncer for a flashlight that the jig was up!
A great site about the club's history is HERE.
You can show your support by signing a petition to keep the building alive HERE.
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