Over in France, where gay people are allowed to marry, there's been backlash from conservative politicians who are seeking to strip away the right. Two weeks ago there was a large protest against gay marriage, and yesterday saw a huge counter-protest which included the breasty vignette above. An estimated 63% of French people support marriage equality, but it goes to show the fight does not end with a single law.
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Everyone's favorite Judy Garland cover-artist Rufus Wainwright, who famously spoke out against gay marriage in 2008 (saying he wasn't generally "a huge gay marriage supporter"), has changed his tune and announced that he'll wed swarthy boyfriend Jörn Weisbrodt in Montauk in August. Says Rufus to the Daily Mail, "I've been with Jörn for about five years, and I’m not finding anything better ... I just keep wanting to go back to him." Well, golly. The sex must be really, really good.
It should also be noted that his latest album, due out in May, is called "Out of the Game."
As you may remember, Rufus became a baby daddy last year when Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard, gave birth to baby Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, named in part for Rufus's late mom Kate McGarrigle. So yeah. The apron and the house in the suburbs can't be far behind.
Sarah Silverman says getting married is like joining a whites-only country club.
"Not only would I not get married until everyone can, I kind of am starting to get appalled by anybody who would get married in this day and age. Anyone who considers themselves for equal rights, to get married right now seems very odd to me. I mean, it’s like, if you joined a country club in the 60s where no blacks or Jews were allowed. Why would you want to join that country club? It’s already bizarre. I find marriage has a very ugly mark on it right now, and I would not want to be a part of it."
The always amusing Johnny Weir, who for reasons of ice skating fame and fortune took a long-ass while to fully vocalize his homosexuality, has announced his marriage to lawyer boyfriend Victor Voronov. They appear to already be on a Honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, we learn via tweet. The best part: He announced a summer ceremony via an @ message to Real Housewife Jill Zarin: "Wedding in summer! But all the official stuff is done now! No more livin’ in sin!" [JustJared]
This video's been going around, and it features a hot young stud with pretty blue eyes who stares into the camera and gets real up close and personal with it a lot -- he even kisses it! -- so you can pretend for a minute that he's your boyfriend and you're living this happy, sun-kissed life with him right now. It was made by this Australian gay marriage org, and thus the 'surprise' of the ending. But you knew where this was headed anyway.
Even though he usually shoots his TBS show CONAN in California, where same-sex marriage remains famously illegal, Conan O'Brien is in New York this week doing a series of broadcasts from the Beacon Theater. And in a brilliant move which we won't reduce to the level of publicity stunt (but it is that too), O'Brien performed TV's first gay marriage last night, between his staff costumer Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein. Cronick, naturally, got walked down the aisle by King of Gay TV, Andy Cohen.
So, even though the U.S. Census still doesn't ask people if they're gay, and thus we still can not get an accurate count of gay and lesbian single people, the 2010 census is a font of new information about the number of gay couples across the country -- especially gay married couples. BUT! It turns out the numbers are a little disappointing, and after some demographics nerds crunched them, what they come up with is a very disappointing figure that there are a measly 4 million gay people in the country -- 1.7 percent of the population -- and that only goes up to 3.8 percent if you add in bisexuals and transgendered people. Now, the census is definitely not counting bisexuals and the transgendered, the figures on gay singles have to be estimated as well, so yeah, still not anything like a real accurate count!
Rod and Ricky, the gay puppet couple from Broadway's Avenue Q, will be married this Sunday at City Hall in New York before the show's matinee. We'd expect no less from a show that features songs called "If You Were Gay" and "The Internet Is For Porn." Not to be outdone, the cast of Hair will be inviting gay couples onstage after Monday's show for a marriage ceremony of their very own. Both of these events will coincide with the fourth sign of the Apocalypse.
God bless Dan Savage. He always asks the important questions like, “Is it adultery if I’m committing it at one end of a guy, and [my husband is] committing it at the other end of that same guy?"
Our friends over at Gawker Media and OUT magazine are throwing a little shindig tomorrow evening at the NYC Gawker headquarters. The cause? One last push for marriage equality in New York, as Governor Cuomo keeps the state assembly in session until they vote on the same-sex marriage bill. Gawker is matching all donations big or small, and a donation of $200 gets you a ticket to the party. Open bar, entertainment, etc. Get drunk, get fed, get laid for a good cause.
We were looking for an excuse to use this picture, from Brazilian gay TV show CalRIOcas...
Brazil's high court made an almost unanimous decision (one of 11 judges abstained) to approve civil unions for same-sex couples, stopping short of calling it marriage. The heavily Roman Catholic country saw 260 gay people murdered last year, up 113% from five years ago, and gay rights activists hope this decision by the court will help the country move forward toward tolerance. [Yahoo News]
In honor of this banner day that shall be known heretofore as That Day Obama Said to Stop Defending DOMA, we bring you this old chestnut, "It's All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)" by Oded Gross. It was only mildly funny when it was released in 2007, and it remains mildly funny, like that show where Neil Patrick Harris pretends to like girls.
Well, it's about fucking time... We make an exception in our general ignoring of gay marriage news to acknowledge that Barack Obama today, via the Justice Department, announced that the government would stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, in particular with regard to same-sex couples who were already legally married. The gay blogs are GOING WILD, friends. Towleroad nearly peed itself with joy. Queerty is plotzing. Joe.My.God is calling up all the bears in the neighborhood for a celebretory buffet/orgy. Even World of Wonder gets in on the party.
Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco today lifted the stay on the Prop 8 marriage ruling, opening the door for gay weddings to continue RIGHT AWAY on August 18 across California, pending a possible overturning of his decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. So yeah, no big wedding photo ops today...
And we joke with our headline! Of course we'd love to get married someday, when we are very very old and we find a very very hot husband. Until then, happy registering, homos!
UPDATE: Psych! The 9th Circuit stepped in and said, "Hold on a second, gays!" The stay shall continue until December, at which point the appellants might not be granted the right to appeal anyway, and the weddings may commence.
Heeere we go. Hope those Hollywood bitches who threw all their money behind this lawsuit know what they're getting when this gets to the Supreme Court. And hopefully somebody's sat down with Anthony Kennedy and figured out which he'll rule? From the 136-page decision:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples.
Yeah, anyway. Good for you, married gays.
[via NY Mag]