Monday, November 7, 2011

Notable Quotes

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

-- Socrates

Quack of the Week (11-07-2011)

Visit QuackCity.Com for more Duck Toons, featuring Buckminster Duck and Friends.

Survey: Slight Drop in Support for NC Marriage Amendment

A new survey released Friday by Public Policy Polling shows that support among likely voters in North Carolina for what's being called Amendment One, the voter initiative that would define marriage as between only one man and one woman, is falling, depending on how the question is asked. But the question remains, "Are attitudes changing fast enough to defeat the measure in May?" According to PPP, probably not.
"The prospects are still dim for defeating the marriage amendment on North Carolina’s 2012 May primary ballot, but those who say they will probably vote then have moved slightly against it since last month. In early October, 61% said they would vote for the amendment which would make marriage between one man and one woman the only valid domestic legal union in the state, and 34% said they would vote against it. In PPP’s latest poll, that has dropped a bit to 59-35. Democrats have moved 11 points against it, from 49-44 for the amendment to 42-48 against. Balancing that, though, is independents, who are now for it, 58-37, down 12 points from 52-43."
However, when it comes to support for some kind of legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships, there is more support among likely voters, depending on how the questions are asked:
While 59% of probable primary voters want same-sex marriage to be illegal, that is down from 63% a month ago. And the level of those who say they support at least civil unions with the same legal rights as marriage is up to 60% from 51%. Support for full marriage equality is at 26% from 22% and civil unions at 34% from 29%. Since the amendment would ban civil unions as well as marriage for gay couples, there is hope that Democrats and independents can be persuaded to vote against it. 71% of Democrats and 64% of  independents who say they will vote next May support at least civil unions, up from 60% and 59%.
This data could be the key to fighting what could be best described as an uphill battle.
The same PPP survey showed that former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory's lead over Gov. Bev Perdue continues to increase. In October, Perdue had pulled within five points of McCrory, but is now down nine (48-39), her worst showing since April, when she trailed by 11. Her approval rating is virtually unchanged since last month, with 38% approving and 50% disapproving, versus 37-51. That still puts her in a tie for the fifth least popular governor on which PPP has polled this year. Her weakness remains her own party. 28% of Democrats disapprove, and 20% are pledging for McCrory, roughly the same as last month. According to 2008 exit polls, she lost only 9% of her own party in beating McCrory by three points.  

Related articles
Enhanced by Zemanta

Friday, November 4, 2011

Conan O'Brien Officiates Gay Wedding On Air (Video)

Late-night talk show Host Conan O'Brien took his show to New York City this week for four days of live broadcasts from the Beacon Theater to celebrate the one year anniversary of his move to TBS Thursday night the freakishly tall funny man with the gravity-defying, architecturally-styled red hear, reminiscent of the St. Louis Arch, officiated at the first same-sex wedding ever broadcast on TV.

The show's costume designer, Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein were married by Conan in a brief Jewish ceremony, complete with the traditional chuppah, the canopy under which the the couple stood. The ceremony was attended by friends and family from both sides, who were seated on stage.

O'Brien had told Cronick that he could pick anyone he wanted to walk him down the aisle, so he chose Bravo Vice President of Programming and host of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen, creator of the Real Housewives franchise.

Cronick and Gorsheim exchanged vows they wrote themselves. Cronick told his intended, "I have one vow: I am here today and yours forever." The pair then crushed champagne glasses with their feet. After the ceremony, the couple exited the theater on a fake horse, pushed up the aisle by show crew member Ted Turner. (Not the former Mr. Jane Fonda, who founded TBS, CNN and Headline News. Another guy who really looks like him.)

Conan recently became an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, the same church I  am ordained in, just for the occasion.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Thursday, November 3, 2011

(A Day Late) New Wave Wednesday: "Don't Stand So Close to Me", by The Police

Don't Stand So Close to MeImage via WikipediaOkay, I know. I got so wrapped up in yesterdays Kim K post that I totally forgot about my favorite day of the week, New Wave Wednesday, until I was in the car on the way to work. For shame!!

This weeks' New Wave Fave comes to us from 1980, long before Sting became so annoying, "Don't Stand So Close to Me".

Enhanced by Zemanta

Presidential Proclamation Recognizes Gay Adoptive Parents

President Obama has issued a proclamation declaring November National Adoption Month. The document says, in part:
"The decision to adopt a child has brought profound joy and meaning into the lives of Americans across our country.  Parents are moved to adopt for reasons as unique and varied as the children they embrace, but they are unified by the remarkable grace of their acts.  Adoptive families come in all forms.  With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure that all qualified caregivers are given the opportunity to serve as adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status."
Read the full text here.

Related articles
Enhanced by Zemanta

Anita Bryant Wants a Gay Best Friend

Talk about a blast from the past. Not only is the notorious Anita Bryant, who launched the anti-gay crusade in the 70's that propelled the political career of Harvey Milk, still alive, she's cooperating in the writing of the HBO movie about her life and career.

Bryant, a former runner up in the Miss America pageant in the 1950's, enjoyed a successful career in pop music during the 50's and 60's. In the 70's she became the spokeswoman for the Florida orange juice industry, until she was fired over her anti-gay campaign that resulted in legislation in the sunshine state that banned gays and lesbians from being teachers.

Nothing to write homo about so far, right? Well, according to E! Online, the man writing the movie for HBO happens to be Chad Hodge, the openly gay creative genius behind the recently canceled LGBT-inclusive "Playboy Club".

E!'s Marc Malkan reports:
"I went to Oklahoma and spent three days with her and Charlie," Hodge told me at GLSEN's Respect Awards. "I was the first gay man—gay person!—she agreed to talk to in 33 years."
"She was panicked to meet me and I was panicked to meet her," said Hodge, who most recently was executive producer of The Playboy Club.
The two eventually warmed to each other. "We talked about everything," Hodge said. "Religion, homosexuality, her life and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish...but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me."
Hodge smiled, "Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else."
  Cry me a river, Bitch!

Enhanced by Zemanta

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Celebretard News: Kim K's Divorce Spurs Marriage Equality Activists. Really??!!

Kim Kardashian attending Maxim's 10th Annual H...Is this the best we can do? Really??It must really be a slow news cycle when all anybody can talk about is Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage to some dumb jock who was stupid enough to even date her. People like this should be euthanized for their own good. I can honestly say that I have never watched an episode of any of the shows "reality" shows launched by any of Hollywood's trashiest family since the Lohans. In fact, I can't believe I'm actually using the K word on my site, but there is a method to my madness this morning.

For those like me who try really hard to ignore everything on E!, except Chelsea Handler and The Fashion Police, it's been nearly impossible not to hear about the news of Kim's divorce from that tall sports guy who looks like that shirtless Twightlight guy. The marriage lasted only a week longer than it took to slap together some wedding footage for a TV special, which reportedly made the big-butted diva a cool $17.9 million.

Kim's statement to the press said, in part, “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage." In this case "careful consideration" means "the check cleared and I wanna go shopping".

The twits on Twitter have been having a field day with hashtags like #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage. Some of the more clever tweets (if there is such a thing) are:
  • "my commute to work" 
  • "her last name"
  • "a college semester"
  • "the life of my bb battery"
If you want to talk about short marriages, Kim K doesn't even come close to breaking Britney Spears' record-setting lost weekend marriage to Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld guy), which lasted a total of 55 hours. A simple trip to the Las Vegas courthouse would uncover thousands of similar drunken "I do's" taking place every year and all of them are perfectly legal.

I think what's really sad is that this non-event is being used by Marriage Equality activists to make a point about the so-called "sanctity of marriage". Kathy Griffin twatted, “Ugh! Gay couples like Kim K & Kris H ruining the sanctity of marriage is the problem w the radical homosexual agend – oh wait, oops :)”

AmericaBlog's John Aravosis adds, “Kim Kardashian earned $17,900,000 from her wedding and divorced 72 days later (but gays ruin the sanctity of marriage).”

Do I really have to point out that using this fame whore's divorce to bolster the marriage equality movement is  scraping the bottom of the barrel? As if there aren't enough examples in history of the way breeders abuse the marital system. There have always been notable people who became famous for actually doing stuff who should have qualified for frequent flyer miles for the number of trips the took down the aisle. Elizabeth Taylor had eight marriages and divorces, but we liked her, so we understood. King Henry VIII had six wives, a few of whom actually lived to talk about it. They mostly talked to themselves, because they were either locked up in a tower or spirited away to a cloistered nunnery somewhere.

In fact, if you want to find examples of marriage abuse, look no further than your own family tree. Half of all marriages end in divorce, so the chances are pretty good that either you, your parents, your siblings, your aunts or uncles or even your own kids are, or will be, divorced. And the odds are that they're all heterosexual. If you ask any of them, they'll say they married for love, not for money or fame or because they wanted to have kids, get a green card or to seal a political alliance between feuding nations.

There are plenty of reasons why banning same-sex marriage is immoral, unAmerican and unconstitutional. We don't have to use fame whores to prove our case. Doing so only cheapens and trivializes our cause and does nothing to convince homophobes that they are wrong about us.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Subscribe in a reader