For those of you keeping track of the celebrity Teabaggers, you can now add Kevin Sorbo to the list. At least we still have Xena.
The situation with same-sex couples and the civil partnerships registry in Ecuador is more complicated than many people have thought. Now a court has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking to have their relationship registered so they can name their adopted daughter as both of their child. Like I said, it’s complicated, but Andres at Blabbeando does a nice breakdown.
In an unexpected move, Texas Governor Rick Perry is applauding 650 Aggies that came together to shield a soldier’s funeral from a protest by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
The casting for Finnick Odair in Catching Fire is moving along, but sadly it no longer contains the possibility of Trevor Donovan in the role. He definitely had the abs for it.
Google is launching a new global, pro-gay campaign in countries that it does business in to advance GLBT rights. Beyond fulfilling their motto to “Do no evil” they say it’s good business – they can’t hire the people they want to work in certain countries because of homophobia, and have had to transfer employees to other countries because of the issue. The first target is Singapore, which is seeking to become a global financial center and where they have significant operations. True story – I once spent some time in a Singapore gay bar in a mall there. Sad little place filled with ex-pats and flight attendants scared to death to be there.
Leslie Odom, Jr. has been upped to a series regular on Smash from recurring, which could bode well for his relationship with Tom. They’ve also added Krysta Rodriguez, who will play a roommate to Katherine McPhee‘s character.
A New York court has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at overturning marriage equality in the state that was based on the state’s “open meetings” rules. The court ruled that if the law was interpreted as narrowly as the opponents of equality wanted, Republicans and Democrats would never be allowed to speak. Much like the U.S. Senate.
Civil rights legend David Mixner has Five Questions for Michael Urie, who is headed for a big new role on Partners this fall. As for Urie’s most embarrassing moment on stage, in The Tempermentals, “One night, my pants ripped up the butt while bending. Now, this was an alley theatre, so there were audience members on both sides, and I couldn’t shield my butt from both at once, but I’d hoped the rip was small enough (and quiet enough), that people didn’t notice. Later, I told the costume designer about it, and he said ‘Oh, I heard, Tony Kushner told me!’”
Katy Perry was raised in a very conservative home, but she’s thrilled that President Obama has come out in favor of marriage equality. “I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things—equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want—hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads in disbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.”
In case you’re concerned about the sun swelling up into a red giant in a few billion years, you shouldn’t be, because NASA has a plan to move the orbit of the Earth. Now if they just had a plan to get a human out of low-earth orbit.
The National Enquirer says that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are fighting about the wedding because David wants another baby and Neil doesn’t have time (never mind that David sounds exhausted being a single dad while Neil is shooting Smurfs 2). But not to worry, the supercouple is actually “awesometown” according to Neil. Should we be proud that the National Enquirer is running such mundane made up stories about an A list gay couple these days?
I’m sure that someone is thrilled that there is going to be a new Sailor Moon cartoon next year, and I’m guessing that person is snicks.
Folks seeking the constitutional ban on marriage equality in Minnesota are ever so angry that the title of the ballot initiative is “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite-sex couples” and they want to see all the communications from the governor’s office to see if the bigotry is being sabotaged.
Former Nickelodeon star (and snazzy dresser) Drake Bell was initially in hot water for badmouthing Katy Perry, but he claims he was hacked, and that he’d never badmouth Perry, who he loves. Justin Bieber is a different story though. This can’t possibly end well for Bell.