Jimmy Kimmel says (I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum, Senator Lisa Murkowski comes out for marriage, while Senator Jay Rockefeller comes out for ENDA
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed a transgender rights bill that adds gender identity to the state’s hate crime laws and makes it a protected class. The bill only just passed the House today, and the Senate quickly took up the amended bill to send to the governor’s desk.
Here’s Zayn Malik taking a bite of a candy thong that Harry Styles is wearing. Like normal straight boys do. Seriously, I’m actually convinced they’re all straight, but I’m damned if I understand them.
Secretary of State John Kerry believes that the United States has a moral obligation to lobby for equality around the world. “When we see the abuse of those values, that are directed at the LGBT community, we have a moral obligation to stand in pride with LGBT individuals and advocates. We have a moral obligation to decry the marginalization and persecution of LGBT persons. And we have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just, more fair and tolerant.”
After a huge public outcry, Microsoft is dropping the DRM from used games and the online checking requirement for the new XBoxONE.
Alan Chambers of Exodus International is offering one of the most complete apologies I’ve ever seen from an anti-gay activist. It’s not really enough for someone who launched the ex-gay movement, but it’s more than I ever expected. “I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them. I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself. You have never been my enemy. I am very sorry that I have been yours.”
I’m sure that Snooki’s heart was in the right place at TrevorLive! But I’m not really able to get behind this statement. “I’m so grateful for The Trevor Project to support the LGBT youth so they have someone there for them because I’m praying I have a gay little boy one day.” She makes a gay boy sound like an accessory.
Sam Taylor-Johnson has been selected as the director for Fifty Shades of Grey. The best part of this is that casting will soon get underway, meaning we’ll be able to stop asking every hot actor in Hollywood if he’s doing the movie. Of course, it does bring up the idea that her husband, Aaron Johnson, could star, which wouldn’t break my heart.
Dolce & Gabanna have each been sentenced to 20 months in prison for tax evasion. From what I’ve learned of the Italian justice system, I doubt they’ll ever actually set foot in jail for the 200 million euros.
Senator Lisa Murkowski has become the third Republican senator to come out in favor of marriage equality. In a touching op-ed, she says she came around on the issue after spending time with a family headed by two lesbians. “Yet despite signing up and volunteering to give themselves fully to these four adorable children, our government does not meet this family halfway and allow them to be legally recognized as spouses. After their years of sleepless nights, after-school pickups and birthday cakes, if one of them gets sick or injured and needs critical care, the other would not be allowed to visit them in the emergency room – and the children could possibly be taken away from the healthy partner. They do not get considered for household health care benefit coverage like spouses nationwide. This first-class Alaskan family still lives a second-class existence.”
I’m a bit concerned that Seth MacFarlane is set to voice Seymour, Fry’s dog on Futurama. “Jurassic Bark” is an episode that never fails to make me tear up, and I’m not sure how I feel about Seymour having a voice, much less one from Seth.
My own Senator Jay Rockefeller has signed on to become the 52nd sponsor of ENDA. Rockefeller has announced his retirement at the end of his current term. This is also as good a place as any to say “Happy Birthday” to my home state of West Virginia, which turns 150 years old today.
As the United States moves to outlaw reparative therapy of minors, Brazil’s human rights committee has passed a bill that would legalize it for adults. While the bill stands little chance of becoming law, it’s a step in the wrong direction.