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Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that would in theory allow Indiana businesses to turn down working for LGBT people (or do anything else that conflicts with their religious beliefs). He signed it in private. Pence has said he can't imagine how it could allow discrimination, and we're just supposed to believe he would never sign a law that promoted discrimination...even though this one was explicitly created for that very purpose.
And for all the wuss gays who mewl that we're our own worst enemy because we're so intolerant of other people's beliefs...no, we're not.
Texas officials should comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage "depending on what it is they say," according to anti-gay attorney Jonathan Saenz.r
Saenz is the president of the anti-LGBT hate group Texas Values, whose ex-wife famously left him for a woman. He made the statement during a committee hearing Wednesday night on a bill that would bar state officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, or recognizing their unions, regardless of whether federal courts determine the ban is unconstitutional.r
Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner pressed Saenz, who testified in favor of the bill, about whether he was advocating that state officials ignore a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.r
"You do believe that if the United States Supreme Court rules that something is the law of the land, that those of us within the state of Texas, should follow the dictates and operate within the parameters of whatever the law is established by the Supreme Court," Turner asked.r
"Depending on what it is they say, and that's what I think is important," Saenz responded. "We don't have a law from the state of Texas that's being challenged at the Supreme Court to where the Supreme Court will be directly telling us what to do as a state. It's hard to predict what it is they're going to do. Until we see a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, I think that's when we decide what it is that Texas has to do from that point, and what options the state courts and our government has on that issue."r
"I'm just very sensitive because I know based upon my own history and the history of those who look like me, that there have been many state laws that have worked against people's interests, and it was when the Supreme Court stepped in that those laws ... conflicted with the supreme law of the land," Turner said. "So I think I would be very, very reticent to take a position that when the Supreme Court makes a ruling, whether we like it or not, that we then try to find ways to get around those laws, because history tells us that is not a good precedent."r
The chairman of the committee eventually left the bill pending, meaning he may or may not call it back up for a vote later in the legislative session.r
Watch the clip of Saenz's testimony, AFTER THE JUMP ...r
Director: Étienne Faure
Cast: Pierre Prieur, Adrian James, Raquel Nave, Rebeka Underhill, Charlie Himmelstein
USA / France | 2015 | 98 min
FRA - Maurice, un jeune Français cabossé par la vie, est un jour hébergé par deux filles assez délurées qui vivent au dessus du Bizarre, le club underground de New York. Dans cette nouvelle famille interlope dont il devient vite la mascotte, il va pour la première fois de sa vie ressentir affection et considération. Pourtant, les démons de Maurice rôdent, et ce monde de fête, d’extravagance et de légèreté ne peuvent lui faire oublier son passé…
ENG - Maurice a french Teenager who’s been escape from France begin to work at BIZARRE the hype club in Brooklyn. Very quickly he becomes a kind of ‘mascot’ of this incredible club. The owner and all the artists in this place love him but Maurice can’t give love anymore… because of his past… because of his secrets…
The 33-year-old Schock, a once fast-rising star in the GOP party who has recently endured enough controversy, scandal and innuendo to supply the writers of the British costume drama with plots for an entire season, will resign at the end of the month and delivered his farewell address to Congress today. Naturally, it didn’t go off without a hitch.
The former Men’s Health model implied that he intends to continue with public service. “I leave here with sadness and humility,” he said. “For those whom I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you.”
Then the other shoe dropped, as Schock compared the questions he’s faced over his lavish spending to the hardships faced by the nation’s 16th president.
“I also know that every person faces adversity in life,” Schock revealed. “Abraham Lincoln held this seat in Congress in one term. But few faced as many defeats in his personal, business and public life as he did. “His continual perseverance in the face of these trials — never giving up — is something all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life.”
Watch Schock’s peace out below.
It's a writer cliche, I know. But there's nothing more gratifying than hearing that your book resonated with someone. My blogger pal Alan Ilgan's review of "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?" went up today, and I must admit I feel giddy and a little light-headed:
The most audacious and memorable character in the book is Mr. Walsh’s own mother, the indomitable and unsinkable Molly. She is perhaps the mother of all mothers, pulling no punches and delivering every blow with brilliant comic madness and sometimes unbearable pathos. Walsh digs deep with his family memories, and the years-long dance his Mom somewhat awkwardly performs regarding his sexuality is one to which many of us can relate. We want so badly to be loved, and we will forgive almost-all parental transgressions because we have but one mother.Thanks for the kind words, Alan!
Read the full review HERE.
There is a programmer who is pranking straight men into hitting on one another all over Tinder, and it’s as hilarious as it is depressing.r
If you were to ask a gay man what Tinder is, chances are he’d describe the popular matchmaking app as the straight answer to Grindr. In some ways that’s totally true. Both mobile services connect people through their smartphones for dates (ostensibly) and hookups (more commonly.)r
But there are two things Tinder has that Grindr doesn’t that make the platforms fundamentally different: (legit) straight men and the women they’re pursuing. As ridiculous as many gay act in their digital pursuits of one another, we’ve got nothing on a determined straight man with a woman in his sights.r
Using a series of rather easy to find exploits built into Tinder’s API, the unnamed programmer decided to have a bit of fun with some of Tinder’s more insistent men. The social experiment begins with an automated bot with a relatively simple profile that instantly responded to anyone who swiped right on it and attempted to strike up a conversation.r
Rather than let the interactions stay strictly between the unsuspecting man and the automated profile, the programmer would connect two unsuspecting straight guys and let them try to work things out amongst themselves.r
To be clear, the goal of the programmer’s project was never to make fun of or embarrass anyone for using Tinder. Rather, the point was to highlight the level of casual, unsolicited harassment that men often level at women in online spaces.r
"They ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things," the programmer explained to The Verge. "When someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved.”r
(h/t The Verge)r
Marc Benioff, the CEO of global cloud computing company Salesforce, announced that he is canceling all programs that require travel to Indiana in light of the signing of SB 101 by Governor Mark Pence. The new law allows businesses to discriminate against individuals based upon religious beliefs.r
"Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination."r
Benioff also told re/code:r
We’ve made significant investments in Indiana. We run major marketing events and conferences there. We’re a major source of income and revenue to the state of Indiana, but we simply cannot support this kind of legislation...Gov. Pence says he wants to bring the tech industry to Indiana and to increase the number of tech-related jobs in his state, but he doesn’t seem to understand that a significant portion of the tech industry is gay. This is one of the most important industries in the country and he has been advocating for us to expand and invest in Indiana, but you can’t say that and then say you’re going to legalize discrimination like this. The tech industry is not going to support this kind of legislation and is going to react against it.”r
Benioff also told the news outlet that Indiana would face a “slow rolling of economic sanctions” if the law was not rejected.r
Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination. http://t.co/SvTwyCHxvEr— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015
Attention Tech CEOs/Industry: pay attn to what is happening in IN & how it will impact your employees & customers. http://t.co/SvTwyCZ8ncr— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015
Have you asked your company's CEO how they are responding to the Indiana discrimination bill now? http://t.co/SvTwyCZ8ncr— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015
TED CRUZ: Top 10 little-known factsr
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JAZZ JENNINGS: Speaks out on the high suicide rate in the trans communityr
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The Irish government has indicated that there will be no religious opt-out clause for businesses that do not want to provide goods and services for same-sex weddings, reports the Independent.r
A referendum on same-sex marriage will take place on May 22nd.r
Labour leader Joan Burton (right) was responding to a call by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, for a religious “right to discriminate” for business people who had "problems of conscience" about gay marriage.r
Although religious ministers will be allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, Burton was emphatic that this could not be extended to business people who refused to sell goods or services to gay couples.r
Earlier this month, a priest in the west of Ireland broke ranks with the Catholic church's anti-gay agenda by announcing that he will vote in favor of same-sex marriage.r
In December of last year, the Catholic Church in Ireland released a manifesto explaining exactly why it is opposed to marriage equality.r
Watch Burton explain why she supports marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP...rr