Morning Meme: A Loving Tribute to Spider-man’s Backside, Maggie Gallagher Says “Not This, Not Now,” and Daniel Tosh Gives HR Managers Everywhere a Stroke

After some yes-it-is, no-it-isn’t, it turns out that yes, it is Brad Pitt’s mother Jane that wrote a letter to her local paper slamming President Obama,Brad Pitt a woman’s right to choose, and marriage equality. I bet family dinners are fun. “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

Rod McCollum writes over at Ebony about how Frank Ocean’s coming out is a bigger deal than Anderson Cooper’s, and I have to agree.

The Episcopal Church is preparing to approve a liturgy to bless same-sex unions. It bears a lot in common with marriage vows, but the church is asserting that it’s not a marriage liturgy.

Andrew GarfieldThere are 13 reasons that Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-man, and all thirteen have to do with how his butt looks in spandex. I really have to get around to seeing this movie.

Iowa Republicans have been plotting to win enough of a majority to roll back marriage equality ever since it became legal, and while they’re poised to possibly take control this year, they’re also finding that the public just doesn’t want that to happen any more.

Could season 4 of Glee mean the end of Britannia and the start of a bromance between Rachel and Santana instead?

Just as soon as I reported that HBO was planning a Roger Ailes movie produced by Joe Scarborough, HBO announces that they’ve decided to abandon the project because of their ties with CNN. I’d think that with CNN, MSNBC and Fox involved, that would create balance.

I’ve been really understanding of Maggie Gallagher since meeting her. I may vehemently disagree with her on Maggie Gallagherevery point, but I did think the rhetoric could become more civil. Less name calling, more substance. But honestly, her latest just ticks me off to no end. “A society that is serious about marriage would gently stand up to gay people and say ‘not this, not now.’ Changes in law are hard to undo, once they are institutionalized. I did not decide to debate gay marriage, gay-marriage advocates did. I responded to the challenge.” Wait our turn, Maggie? On civil rights? While teenagers kill themselves each day because they feel less than? That’s condescending and heartless. Monstrous, actually.

The Regenerus study on gay parenting has been referred to a committee on publication ethics, which is a start.

The Roanoke Athletic Club has changed their definition for family membership to “household membership” to avoid a lawsuit from same-sex parents denied membership. The solution probably satisfies no one: the club has to admit families they don’t approve of, but they refuse to call them families, devaluing the relationships they now accept.

Seth Meyers has emerged as the frontrunner to take the seat beside Kelly Ripa permanently on Live! With Kelly. I can get behind this, because I think the writers on Saturday Night Live need to be ripped apart and seeded with new blood to save the show.

BaywatchIt seems that military chaplains have adjusted just fine to open service by GLB members of the armed forces, with none of the mass exodus (ha!) predicted during the repeal process. But the retired chaplains and Catholic hierarchy still worry that disaster could strike at any point, leaving our troops with no one standing in the pulpits of the many churches that stand on military bases.

 In Florida, a life guard was fired for saving a drowning man. It seems the company he works for only has responsibility for the beach up to a certain point, after which swimmers are on their own, and this drowning victim was over the line, even if still in sight. So the life guard was fired for leaving his designated beach.

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