Oklahoma marriage amendment struck down, McDonald’s says Adventure Time toys are for boys, Tony Perkins thinks homosexuality causes extinction
Carrie Underwood was named the top earning American Idol alum with $31 million last year, with Kelly Clarkson taking second place with $7 million. But Adam Lambert is doing just fine, earning $5 million to tie for third with Phillip Phillips.
The big news last night was that a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s marriage amendment as unconstitutional for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The ruling is currently stayed pending appeal in the 10th Circuit, which also has Utah pending. In striking down the ban, Judge Kern said “Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed. It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions. Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights.”
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association have announced their nominees for the Dorian Awards, and well, that’s a lot of straight people, straight shows, and straight movies for a group of gay and lesbian critics.
McDonald’s is offering toys from Adventure Time – but only the male characters. For girls they’re offering some pink toys from Paul Frank. This is wrong on so many levels. First, I own some Paul Frank stuff, and I wear one shirt, shredded, to the gym all the time. It’s as butch as anyone there. But Adventure Time is about equality, with strong female characters, plus they haven’t shied away from the fact that the genders of the characters are irrelevant to their roles, producing two gender-swapped episodes with Neil Patrick Harris providing the voice of Prince Gumball.
I haven’t been able to give the proper time to Vice’s series Young and Gay In Putin’s Russia, but it really is something you shouldn’t miss.
Medicare is shelling out big bucks for penis pumps. It seems that the sex toys (which do sell for quite a bit for quality pieces) can be deemed medically necessary by doctors, and thus be covered by Medicare for erectile dysfunction. The feds have shelled out $174 million for the things, making the prices at Fort Troff seem a bargain.
There have been petitions circulating for Apple to pressure their Russian partners on the iPhone to drop Ivan Okhlobystin as their spokesman. He’s the actor who advocated shoving the gays into ovens to kill them. Yesterday, he resigned from the role. “Given the incessant threats, provocations and insults from the sodomites in respect of my friends, associates and their familes, I have resigned. People close to me do not have to suffer from my public position from which I will never give up. Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed!”
On The Americans, TVLine says that there’s a shocking sex scene coming up with Phillip, Elizabeth, and someone whose name they won’t reveal. Can we hope that Matthew Rhys revisits his memorable Brothers & Sisters same-sex TV roots?
Robert Orci isn’t going to let bad box office from Ender’s Game stop him from exploring that world, either through VOD or a television series. And he might be doing it with original material that doesn’t come from homophobe Orson Scott Card. “It could be potentially original because in Speaker for the Dead you pick him up when he’s already a man. There might be an in between step if that happens….That’s why I think the rights that they worked out is it could either be one of the books or it could be original or a mix so that you can do what you need to do for a movie.
Method Man thinks that critics of Chozen need to find a sense of humor. He loves that it mocks hip hop culture. “Absolutely, and that makes me want to do it even more. It is making fun of hip hop, gay people, [everyone]. Got to knock people off their horse now and then.”
Which Muppet Are You? Sadly, I got Scooter. I’m so not Scooter. Who did you get?
Twelve armed police officers, reportedly with a battering ram in hand searched Justin Bieber’s home for evidence of his supposed egging of his neighbor’s home, which is estimated to have caused $20,000 in damage. The search didn’t condemn or exonerate Bieber, but a member of his entourage, Lil Za was arrested for drug possession since the drugs were lying in plain sight. As he was about to post bail, he was arrested again for smashing the phone at the police station.
A mountain biker who fell on the frame of his bike had an erection that lasted for seven weeks before doctors could get it under control.
The rainbow flag has been removed from city hall in West Hollywood, in the name of equality. Despite the reputation for being a gay haven, with an estimated 40% of residents GLBT, Councilman John Duran says the city must be shared with the straight people and not exclude them by flying the rainbow flag. “It’s not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well, and City Hall belongs to everybody in this community, gay or straight, and let’s not ever give the impression that City Hall has become exclusive to only one part of the West Hollywood community.” Did everybody RSVP to the pity party?
In a wonderful moment of irony, GOProud founder Jimmy LaSalvia has left the Republican party to become unaffiliated. “The other reason I am leaving is the tolerance of bigotry in the GOP. The current leadership lacks the courage to stand up to it – I’m not sure they ever will.”
Sir Ian McKellen has joined with 27 Nobel Laureates in a letter to protest the gay propaganda laws in Russia. “The letter is written to indicate that many senior members of the international scientific community show solidarity with politicians, artists, sports people and many others who have already expressed their abhorrence for the Russian government’s actions against its gay citizens.”