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10/25/2014

Eric Holder Announces Federal Government Will Recognize Gay Marriages in Six More States

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will recognize same-sex married couples in six additional states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Last week, Holder made a similar announcement regarding federal recognition of same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Colorado. 

Via press release:

The Attorney General’s announcement means couples married in these states will now qualify for a range of federal benefits, including those administered by the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs.

“With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans,” the Attorney General said. “We are acting as quickly as possible with agencies throughout the government to ensure that same-sex married couples in these states receive the fullest array of benefits allowable under federal law.”

In addition, the Attorney General also announced that the Department of Justice has determined it can legally recognize marriages performed in Indiana and Wisconsin this past June. These marriages were performed immediately after federal district courts ruled that those states’ bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, but subsequent developments created confusion about the status of those marriages. Based on the Attorney General’s announcement, however, those couples married during that period will now have their unions recognized by the federal government.

Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 2:15 PM EST by in Alaska, Arizona, Eric Holder, Gay Marriage, Idaho, News, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wyoming | Permalink | Comments (2)


Ellen Holds Auditions to See Who Can Fill Nick the Gardener's Shoes While He Films 'Magic Mike XXL' - VIDEO

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With Ellen's shirtless gardener Nick off filming Magic Mike XXL, the search is on to see who can best fill his hunky shoes and help the daytime funny lady trim her bushes. 

Check out the top contenders so far, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 1:15 PM EST by in Ellen DeGeneres, Magic Mike, The Cream Pies | Permalink | Comments (1)


Former Reagan Aide Calls on Southern States to Secede to Stop the Spread of Gay Rights: AUDIO

Speaking with right-wing radio host Janet Mefferd this week about his new book The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country...Now, former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon laid out his bold plan for southern states to secede from the union in order to bring back "traditional" values.

Said MacKinnon:

MackinnonWhether it's in Washington, whether it's in local state Houses, whether it's in county government, for whatever reason the leaders we are picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values, for our rights....if you happen to make a donation in favor of traditional marriage, you can lose your job. If you happen to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because it goes against your religious beleifs, you can be driven out of business. If you're a football commentator and you happen to just say innocently, "Maybe I wouldn't have drafted a gay football player becasue I wouldn't want to deal with the distraction, many people on the Left will try and drive you out of a job as well...there's no reason we can't [secede] now. Obviously Thomas Jefferson talked about it in the Declaration of Independence that it was our right to do so. 

MacKinnon went on to discus the logistics concerns related to the creation of this right-wing splinter nation (resource needs require it to start in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) as well as the proposed interim name for the country ("Reagan")

Listen to the insanity, AFTER THE JUMP...

Fun fact: MacKinnon also served as press secretary to former Kansas Senator and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole. 

[via Right Wing Watch]

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Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 12:20 PM EST by in Gay Rights, Ronald Reagan | Permalink | Comments (25)


Let Annie Lennox Put Some Soul in Your Saturday Step With 'Georgia on My Mind' - VIDEO

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Annie Lennox stopped by The View yesterday to promote Nostalgia, her first non-holiday album in 7 years that features covers of classic 20th century hits - including "Georgia on My Mind" as made famous by Ray Charles. 

Lennox also sat down with the ladies to share how she picked which songs to cover on the album and to clarify her "feminist-lite" Beyonce comments. 

Check out the interview and her fantastic performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 11:01 AM EST by in Annie Lennox, The View | Permalink | Comments (5)


Rep. Steve King Stands By 'Fabricated' Claim He Said Gays Don't Make it to Heaven: VIDEO

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After suggesting earlier this week that he wouldn't be meeting any gay people at the pearly gates in the afterlife, Iowa Rep. Steve King attempted to clarify his remarks in right-wing fashion - claiming they were "fabricated" by the media...but that he still stood by them.

Said King to Newsmax host Steve Malzberg:

“What I said was it’s between them and God. And I said what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today. That was what I said. And I stand on what I said, and they’ve manufactured this and so maybe I won't meet the people that distort the truth in the next life either and I'm going to do my best to get to Heaven."

First gays, now journalists...maybe next week King can condemn to hell all those immigration activists who get on his nerves. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Right Wing Watch]

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Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 10:05 AM EST by in Steve King | Permalink | Comments (7)


Federal Judge Fast-tracks Challenge to South Carolina's Gay Marriage Ban, Could Rule By Nov. 3

South carolinaA summary judgement challenge to South Carolina's gay marriage ban filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of two Charleston women could be decided early next month after a federal judge denied South Carolina's request for extra time to file responses, The Post and Courier reports:

During a conversation in court Friday with attorneys on both sides, Gergel denied a verbal request from a state Attorney General lawyer to extend by three days a Nov. 3 deadline to file responses to the couple's injunction request.

"The plaintiff in this case has asserted irreparable injury" due to being denied a marriage license, Gergel said.

"They are entitled to an expeditious review," he added.

Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta, said:

There is no reason why South Carolinians should be denied the freedom to marry one more day. The Fourth Circuit’s decision is binding on South Carolina and Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson should not be allowed to continue to ignore the rule of law. There really is only one legal and logical result--we’re urging the court to allow same-sex couples in South Carolina to marry without any further delay.

A separate lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage was filed earlier this week. 

South Carolina remains the only state under the Fourth Circuit's jurisdiction to not have marriage equality. 

Posted Oct. 25,2014 at 9:00 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, South Carolina | Permalink | Comments (5)


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