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GAME OF THRONES ACTOR: I'm gay.
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MICHELE BACHMANN: The gay community "bullies" the American people.
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"Awareness of '80s culture and technology has been in a significant decline, especially amongst certain demographics...I'm talkin' to you, Millennials!"
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Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 12:55 PM EST by Andy Towle in 80's, Kevin Bacon, News |
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This week, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway refused to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court, Illinois has begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples statewide, a new marriage lawsuit in Florida was filed by a Canadian couple, and a new lawsuit challenging Wyoming's gay marriage ban is also underway.
Plus, the results of new polling on marriage equality nationwide are very favorable.
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Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 12:35 PM EST by Andy Towle in Gay Marriage, News |
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On Sunday Towleroad reported on a landmark endorsement of marriage equality by Republican activists at the 50th Annual Dorchester Conference in Seaside, Oregon. Participants at the annual conference voted 233-162 in favor of supporting marriage equality.
The move was applauded by Freedom Oregon, a coalition of Republican leaders, and the Log Cabin Republicans.
The Oregon Republican Party was none too pleased, however, and issued this statement, signed by Oregon Republican Party State Chairman Art Robinson and Republican Party Congressional District 5 Chair Tyler Smith:
In response to questions from Republicans around the state of Oregon, the Oregon Republican Party would like to remind everyone that the Dorchester conference is not an official Republican party event. It is an event founded and run by former Senator Bob Packwood. Senator Packwood explained that he designed the conference to try to pull the Republican party to the left on policy issues and that he originally set it up as a protest to exclude the official Republican party. The Oregon Republican Party welcomes everyone into our party to debate the issues, but we desire to make it clear that we have an official party platform stating our positions on relevant issues. The platform of the Oregon Republican Party is debated and modified at our Convention and is always available to view on our website.
The Republican Party is proud to be known as the party of liberty. As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so. The state leadership of the Republican Party in Oregon continues to stand for freedom and religious liberty.
The Republican Party has been the champion of civil rights for 160 years including leading the great movements abolishing slavery and enacting civil rights legislation in the 1960’s. However, freedom also includes being free from having the institutions of government used to interfere in your life and redefine social institutions such as marriage, which people have built their societies around for thousands of years.
The institution of marriage being between men and women pre-dates government, and has continuously served as the foundation for family structure in ordered societies for thousands of years. We oppose the use of government to suppress and control your rights by interfering in bedrock social institutions.
We continue to ask everyone of every background to join the Republican Party to help us protect and preserve freedom, protect your religious liberty, and to prevent government overreach from destroying the institution of marriage and further taking away your rights through social engineering.
Oregon's marriage equality battle is headed to a climax in 2014. Not only are there efforts toward a ballot measure underway which must qualify by July 3, two couples filed suit against the state's gay marriage ban in October.
Oregon's attorney general Ellen Rosenblum said last month that she would not defend the state's gay marriage ban in court, joining several attorneys general around the country in viewing such laws as unconstitutional following the SCOTUS ruling in the Windsor DOMA case.
Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 12:16 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Oregon, Republican Party |
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Doug Quint, who founded the ever-expanding Big Gay Ice Cream empire, spoke with CNN Money about the rise of his business.
"We made a decision to not be hyper-political about our name and to let it do its own thing for us and we didn't want to tell people too much. We preferred that people make assumptions and in doing so it really created an army of people who were believers in the brand.
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Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 11:50 AM EST by Andy Towle in Business, Food and Drink, News |
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After three Kenyan MPs demanded to know why laws criminalizing homosexuality aren't being enforced sufficiently, the Leader of the Majority Coalition in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, is being directed to issue a report on the matter to the House, All Africa reports.
Duale said he would need more than one month to investigate and file a report in the House, terming it a controversial issue.
“I need to make trips both to the neighbouring countries and to more developed nations, because I need to consult across the borders how this thing can be handled,” stated the Majority Leader. “Mr Speaker you will indulge me if by one and half months I will not have an answer then you will give two or three years.”
Kangata said that in spite of the existence of prohibitions on homosexual behaviour, gays have had leverage to operate with impunity in Kenya as the State appears helpless in cracking down on what they insist are illegalities.
He cited the provisions of Section 162 of the Penal Code, which prohibits same-sex relations and provides a jail term of not less than 14 years for those convicted of the felony.
The three MPs who demanded the investigation last month were prompted by pro-gay rallies in Nairobi and Mombasa in support of gays in Uganda.
Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 11:30 AM EST by Andy Towle in Kenya, News, Uganda |
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SXSW - Austin's annual tech, film, and music festival - is currently underway and has brought in thousands of film buffs, tech geeks, actors, and musicians from across the globe to meet, mingle, and enjoy the coolest city in Texas. And with the Interactive portion of the festival drawing to a close, what better time to look back on the things we've learned at SXSW 2014 so far.
The Robot Revolution is Coming and 3D Printing is Leading the Way!
The machines took over SXSW in a big way this year, with numerous panels throughout the week dedicated to emerging technologies and the impact they will undoubtedly have on our culture, economy, and well-being.
Multiple panelists stressed that as technology becomes exponentially more sophisticated and incorporated into our everyday lives (a la Google Glass, self-driving cars, and 3D printers), the question we ask will switch from “What will tech of the future be able to do?” to “What won’t tech be able to do (and do better than humans) in the future?”
The answer, most panelists agreed, will likely be “not much.”
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Posted Mar. 12,2014 at 11:10 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in 3-D Printing, Chelsea Clinton, Future Tech, Google, Google Glass, News, SXSW |
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