Vice President Joe Biden
The vice president officiated at a gay wedding outside his residence on Monday.
Joe Biden presided over the same-sex union of White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, on Monday. As this was the first time Biden had ever performed such a ceremony, he had to get a special temporary certification in D.C. to make it legal. Biden, a longtime proponent of same-sex marriage, is said to have been instrumental in President Obama’s decision to back gay marriage during their 2012 re-election campaign. Read more »
San Diego Gay Men Chorus (screenshot)
The members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus claim they were insulted with homophobic slurs while trying to perform the National Anthem.
Saturday night “turned into a nightmare” for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, according to a recent statement from the organization. The Padres, which sponsors an annual “Out at the Park” event geared toward LGBTQ patrons, invited the chorus to perform the National Anthem. However, once the 100 volunteer gay vocalists reached the field, their microphones were turned off and a recording of a female voice was played. The chorus also claims its members were subjected to homophobic slurs as they left the podium. “No attempt was made to stop the recording and start over,” the chorus remarked in a public statement on Saturday night. “No announcement of apology was made to the singers or their friends and families in the stands.” Read more »
Actors David Reese Hutchison, left, and Kevin Murray play lovers in the new production. Photographed by John Flak; courtesy of Mauckingbird Theatre Company.
Who could have ever thought a 17th-century French play could be so gay and gender-bending — and work so damn well as a result?
Philly-based Mauckingbird Theatre Company,, known for its LGBTQ twist on classic plays, kicked off its ninth season with a timely spin on Ranjit Bolt’s adaptation of Moliere’s Les Femmes Savantes (The Learned Ladies). Mauckingbird calls its production The Sisterhood, and the decision becomes even more interesting given that there is only one woman in a cast full of men. Read more »
Before the Supreme Court’s ruling which legalized same-sex marriage across the country, a number of couples, who desperately wanted assurance that their partners could have hospital visitation rights, amongst other benefits, did what they thought was the only thing possible: They literally adopted their significant other as their “child” so they could legally get these assurances.
However, now that marriage equality is the law of the land, there’s even a larger problem: These “fathers and sons” and “mothers and daughters” want to marry each other. But they can’t. Read more »
A new database suggests a number of Pennsylvania judges have stopped performing civil marriage ceremonies since same-sex marriage was legalized in the state last year.
The news comes as the nation watches Kentucky, where a county clerk, Kim Davis, refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay people, saying to do so would violate her conscience. Is the same thing happening here?
“While judges are not statutorily obligated to perform weddings, many of them do,” PennLive reports. “But starting last summer, after same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, a number of district judges stopped performing marriage ceremonies.” Read more »
If you thought your vibrator gave you the buzz of your life, you haven’t experienced anything yet! In yet another feeble attempt to undermine the recent Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision (and, of course, throw in just the right touch of homophobia), Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King claimed that we can all go marry lawnmowers (buzz, buzz). Read more »
Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps
It may be summer break at the Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, but administrators at the private Catholic school have their hands full thanks to their decision to fire the school’s longtime director of religious eduction, Margie Winters, a gay woman who is married to her partner. Read more »
If after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision last week you booked a quick flight to Vegas, said “I Do” at an Elvis wedding chapel, and are now regretting it, why, you’re in luck: Philadelphia is the home to “Adam VS. Steve,” who bill themselves as “the nation’s first LGBTQ divorce attorneys.” Read more »
Vice-President Dick Cheney is joined by his openly gay daughter Mary, at right, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, left, as they attend church services in Washington, Monday, September 11, 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Back in 2004, then-Vice President Dick Cheney horrified conservatives when, at a town-hall meeting in Iowa, he came out in favor of gay marriage, a stance at odds with then-President George Bush, who at the time was advocating a constitutional amendment to ban such banns. “Lynne and I have a gay daughter,” Cheney announced, “so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. … With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be able to be free … ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.” Eleven years later, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed.
What happened in the interim? People like Cheney’s daughter Mary publicly came out and wrote and sang and talked about their lives, and the six degrees of separation Americans liked to pretend existed between them and homosexuality gradually vaporized, became five degrees, then four, then one. If you didn’t have a child or a parent or a friend who was gay, you knew someone who did—someone you were close to. The other nudged closer and closer until she was teaching your class and sitting at your Thanksgiving table and staying at your beach house. And even if you sort of didn’t get what those people did in their bedrooms, so what? They didn’t care what you did in yours. Read more »
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1. Supreme Court Has One More Big Case Left to Decide
The News: After a historic week where the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld Obamacare in its current form and made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, it has one more big case left to decide.
The case is Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. At issue is whether the Environmental Protection Agency refused to consider costs when regulating electric power plant emissions. Is it fair to make utilities spend billions to remove mercury and other toxins from their emissions? (Conservatives argue that it’s a big ask for only small amounts of mercury.) Read more »