YouTube personalities Davey Wavey and Riyadh shot a new video where they flip the script on stereotypical questions gay men are often asked and put them to straight men. Questions like “how did you know you were straight?” “what man hurt you to make you attracted to women?” and “what is the PC term for you? Should I call you straight, hetero or breeder?” cause amusing responses from the straight interviewees.
Watch as straight men field stereotypical gay questions that gay men face from straight people, below:
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Me mistershiel, & my butterfly papillionhombre. Love you Jackaroo!
Closing in on three years, you’ll make a wonderful nurse & I’m infinitely proud! Here’s to many more drunken Parisian nights. ????
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will not face a contempt hearing for defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.
A federal judge on Wednesday canceled Paxton’s Sept. 10 contempt hearing over the state’s failure to issue an accurate death certificate to a gay widower for six weeks following the ruling. Paxton asked U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia to cancel the hearing last week, and attorneys for the widower, John Stone-Hoskins, agreed to the request.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia wrote that the state has fully complied with his order from last month to implement guidelines for recognizing same-sex marriages in issuing birth and death certificates, and to process all pending applications.
However, Garcia also noted that he’s received mailings from people alleging that some county clerks in Texas are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“These incidents have not been properly filed and are not before this Court,” Garcia wrote. “Nonetheless, the Court understands … that the attorney general does not intend to represent any clerk facing litigation for its failure to issue marriage license to same-sex couples. The Court expects that Ken Paxton, as Texas Attorney General, and Kirk Cole, as interim Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, will utilize their unique positions to ensure proper implementation of the law across the State of Texas. Ensuring full compliance with this Court’s July 7, 2015 final judgment and the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision will preclude the need for this Court’s intervention and will allow Attorney General Paxton and Commissioner Cole to focus on other State affairs.”
In the wake of the high court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Paxton issued a nonbonding opinion that essentially encouraged county clerks to defy the ruling, which he called “lawless.” Paxton’s opinion resulted in an ethics complaint being filed against him with the State Bar of Texas. Meanwhile, Paxton is also facing felony charges for alleged securities fraud.
Read Garcia’s full order below.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is the new face of antigay Christian hypocrisy. She’s been “invoking God’s authority” by denying gay couples marriage licenses for weeks while at the same time concealing the fact that, once upon a time, she was pregnant by her third husband while still married to her first, and she’s currently on Husband #4, who may or may not have also been Husband #2. (The details are a little fuzzy.)
While Kim has been busy throwing temper tantrums, holding press conferences, comparing herself to Rosa Parks, and unsuccessfully petitioning SCOTUS to take up her case, the internet has been busy creating memes featuring the 57-year-old country clerk.
Scroll down for a roundup of some of the best Kim Davis memes so far…
Wolf Sterling, the owner of Pint, a NJ gay bar that specializes in craft beer, says he and his staff are being harassed and intimidated by a sanitation worker who has been demanding the bar give him liquor and threatening retaliation if they don’t comply, CBS New York reports:
He informed my employee his supervisor told him he could no longer pick up our recycling, but he would do so if we bribed him with liquor,” Sterling said.
The bartender refused, and the man promised to return. The worker is employed by the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, an independent agency contracted by the city. When the worker returned last week, Sterling said his surveillance cameras captured the man once again demanding alcohol in exchange for doing his job.
“They asked for liquor, and made it clear they would have to supply them liquor on a weekly basis for this gentleman and his entire truck in order for them to continue picking up our trash,” Sterling said.
Sterling said when he tried to report the incident to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, he was met with resistance.
“They said that if I pursued the complaint that I would have city inspectors come through my business, so it was a threat not to pursue the complaint,” he said.
Sterling, the owner of the bar, and a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, shared surveillance video of the workers threatening him in a Facebook post earlier this week after getting no response from the city.
Said Sterling in the post:
We’ve asked the Jersey City Incinerator Authority who manages him to help. They told us if we pursed the complaint they’d retaliate. That wasn’t very nice. We asked City Hall for help. Nothing came of that either.
So, we’re asking our friends to share this post so this story gets shared far and wide. If we can’t get results by asking nicely, maybe a little public pressure will help. Do us a big favor, like this post and share it with your friends. That way if Wolf or Tommy end up buried in the Meadowlands you’ll know where to find us!
Watch the CBS New York report below:
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Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is back at it. On Wednesday, she denied another gay couple seeking a marriage license from her office.
Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz from Columbus, Ohio traveled to Rowan County to get a license because they have roots in Kentucky, as The New York Times reports:
“My roots are all from Kentucky, and from the get-go, I said, ‘When all the states are legalized, we will come to this state to be married, where my parents were married,’ ” Mr. Blankenship said. “I am here because I want to have a marriage from the State of Kentucky. This is where my roots are. This is the land that I love. This is where I feel I belong.”
Davis did not change her tune when pressed by Blankenship and Cruz as to what legal authority she has to deny them a license, given that the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in June:
“What authority do you have under the United States Supreme Court?” Mr. Blankenship called out as Ms. Davis left the scene of reporters, demonstrators, deputy clerks and law enforcement officials. “None.”
“You are a disgrace,” he continued. “You are a disgrace.”
Protestors and supporters of Davis were both on hand in the courthouse Wednesday. While Davis’ supporters chanted, “Stand your ground!”, marriage equality advocated shouted back, “Obey the law!”
Local news station WKYT was on hand to record the tense moments in the Rowan County courthouse, between Davis and the couple seeking the license as well as between Davis’ supporters and her foes.
Blankenship became emotional after being denied a license by Davis. Speaking through tears, he told WKYT, “I want to do that. And I want to do that recognized by the United States of America, by the State of Kentucky, and by this county.”
Blankenship and Cruz vow to return tomorrow, after Davis and her entire staff are due to appear in court to face possible contempt charges.
MSNBC is also now reporting that Davis’ lawyers have filed their response to the motion submitted yesterday asking a federal judge to hold Davis in contempt.
Watch a news report from WKYT below:
Also check out photos from the scene today at Rowan County Courthouse:
Danny Kinder, at Rowan Co. Clerk's Office for Kim Davis: "To the Lord, what gay people are doing is an abomination." pic.twitter.com/MPK0BzeRI3
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) September 2, 2015
— Victor Puente (@thevictorpuente) September 2, 2015
Crowd starting to grow. Kim came out and told the media she wouldn't be talking. Also told us to have a good day. pic.twitter.com/n9AiEOIRTw
— Victor Puente (@thevictorpuente) September 2, 2015
Thing just got a little heated in the clerk's office. pic.twitter.com/6Iw5wq9v7P
— Victor Puente (@thevictorpuente) September 2, 2015
— Victor Puente (@thevictorpuente) September 2, 2015
UPDATE: Davis’ attorneys have filed an injunction against Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s order that would require Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Courier-Journal reports:
The motion asks U.S. District Judge David Bunning to enjoin enforcement of Beshear’s order while it is on appeal to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, the Orlando-based group that represents Davis, could not immediately explain the intent of the motion or whether it is designed to avert a contempt hearing set for Thursday at which Bunning could jail or fine Davis for failing to issue marriage licenses.
Attorneys for two gay and two straight couples who have sued Davis could not be reached for comment. Davis filed a claim in that suit against the governor saying his order violates her religious liberty as guaranteed under the state and federal constitutions and the state religious freedom restoration act.
In the injunction motion, Davis said she wouldn’t object to another county official issuing marriages licenses in Rowan, as long as they are not issued with her signature.
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Eddie was really the person I wanted to make the film with, and I was very passionate about that. I think also there’s a certain gender fluidity that I sensed in him, that I found intriguing and it led me to think he might be a really interesting person to cast in this role. I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine. That was something that I felt he might be interested to explore further. I think there’s a tremendous pool of talented trans actors out there, and I think there’s probably a journey to go on to make sure that talented trans actors have the same access to opportunities both in front of and behind the character as cisgendered actors. I hope we’re at the beginning of a revolution that will improve access for trans actors and trans filmmakers — but there’s a long way to go.”
John Corvino pens a guest op-ed for the Detroit Free Press on the current mess Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis has created for herself.
As a gay-rights advocate — and a gay man myself — I support her right to live in accordance with her religious convictions, even if that means not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
What I don't support is allowing her to continue collecting paychecks for an $80,000 a year state job which she declines to perform. If her conscience renders her unable to issue marriage licenses to those legally qualified, then the right thing for her to do is resign.
In asking the court to grant Davis a religious exemption, her attorneys compared her to a conscientious objector being forced to go to war, for example, or an opponent of capital punishment being forced to participate in executions.
But these analogies fall flat. Unlike the conscientious objector, Davis is not being drafted into service against her will. She has chosen a job that requires her to grant licenses in accordance with civil law. She is no longer willing to do that.
Private citizens are free to express their religious views about homosexuality — however hypocritically and inconsistently — and to practice their faith as they see fit. But religious liberty is not a "get out of your job free" card.
Gay people, take heed. A “demonic element” has crept into your bodies and it wants to force you to have sex with Satan and destroy your chances of ever getting into Heaven. At least, according to ex-gay pastor Nate Oyloe.
Oyloe (pictured), who works as the Youth and College Age Director at Outpost Ministries in Minnesota, recently sat down with Christian radio host Paul Ridgeway to gab about the dramatic increase in the number of straight people “going off with a gay partner and leaving their families.”
“I think part of that is there’s more freedom within culture to do that,” Oyloe opined, “but I do think that there’s also a very demonic element. That component is in play and people are just giving themselves over to whatever.”
In the past, Oyloe has claimed that homosexuality is rooted in the sinful and demonic realm of Paganism.
“This is why the movement to promote homosexuality is so powerful,” he claimed. “It has a spiritual component. When the creature is worshiped rather than the Creator, demons are present.”
That demon’s name, according to Oyloe, is “Baal.”
So how exactly does Baal take hold of a person? Perhaps it’s best if we let Oyloe explain:
“Well, with men, generally speaking, there tends to be a disconnect from their masculinity or a core sense of strength,” he told Ridgeway. “They were never able to cross that mystical barrier into manhood so there’s something lacking on the inside.”
For women, Oyloe added, “it’s a little different.”
“With women, there tends to be more of a rejection of their femininity because it’s seen as a vulnerability,” he explained. “Maybe they saw mom being abused by another man or maybe they themselves experienced some kind of physical or sexual abuse so they’ve had to reject that very core part of who they are.”
The whole thing, Oyloe claimed, has “accelerated at a shocking level.”
“I was blown away that, you know, right on the heels of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage that the transgender issue exploded in the media,” he said, regretfully. “It’s only downhill from here.”
And the group put out a video this week which stars Edelman visiting many of the country’s holy sites, restaurants, activities and cities. Edelman shared it with his fans.
While there are definitely a few highlights…
You’ll probably agree that Edelman really knows how to sell a destination. Yalla!
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Out gay Christian athlete Josh Sanders takes Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to task in a new video posted to YouTube on Tuesday.
Said Sanders of Davis’ refusal to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage,
“The reality is this is discrimination. This is Kim discriminating against people like me because she doesn’t believe in my freedom to marry the man that I love.”
Sanders also tackled head on the question of so-called ‘religious liberty’ which has already been earmarked as the next major civil rights battle for the LGBT community. Though Sanders believes that religious liberties and religious freedom are important, he says, “Religious freedom should never be used as a license to discriminate.” So what exactly is religious freedom? In Sanders’ view, “religious freedom is the freedom to believe what I believe, to have a moral code, to believe in a higher power, and to be able to guide my life that way if it doesn’t discriminate against another person’s experience.” The key being that it cannot “devalue someone else” or “take away the rights of another person”, which Sanders says, is exactly “what Kim is doing in Kentucky right now.”
Sanders closed his video by stating, “We should have religious liberties. But never ever should our religious liberties take away the rights of a minority, or take away the rights of someone we disagree with.”
Kim Davis needs to be immediately removed from her position as a public official. "Religious freedom" isn't an excuse to discriminate.
— Josh Bryan Sanders (@joshbsanders) September 1, 2015
Sanders has become known for speaking out on LGBT issues ever since he came out back in 2013. Earlier this year, he started a change.org petition calling on TLC to cancel its Mormon reality series My Husband’s Not Gay that Sanders described as “presenting victims’ lives as entertainment, while sending the message that being gay is something that can and ought to be changed.” Sanders knows something about the danger of thinking that someone’s sexuality, as he put it, can or ought to be changed. Sanders went through conversion therapy for six month and ever since coming out has become a passionate advocate for ending the harmful practice.
Watch Sanders prove that being a person of faith and being a bigot aren’t mutually exclusive, below:
(Photo via Instagram)
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The ACLU has filed a contempt of court motion against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for her refusal to follow the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis ran out of legal options when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene. Davis is now bound by the ruling by U.S. District Judge Bunning to begin issuing marriage licenses.
The motion specifically asks that Davis not be thrown in jail, but be fined. Clearly the visual of Davis being incarcerated would give the haters the martyr they are dreaming of.
From the motion:
Plaintiffs do not seek to compel Davis’ compliance through incarceration. Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform, Plaintiffs urge the the Court to impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous to compel Davis’ immediate compliance without further delay.
According to the AP, Davis and her deputy clerks have been summoned to a federal court hearing this coming Thursday at 11am where she may be found in contempt of court.