Gay love! Yesterday, it was announced that Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion was engaged. I always assumed he played for our team but I didn’t know if it was every formally address. I guess this ‘en-gay-gement‘ announcement is a sign that he’s not afraid to be honest about his sexuality. Good for you, Sam.
In a statement, Sam writes, “We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes.” So who’s the lucky man? Photographer, Rubem Robierb. The two met through mutual friends a few years ago and now, plan to wed later this year. I want to extended a big congratulations to couple. I expect my invite in the mail.
Jesse and Justin sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the stylish bowties?!?!?! Yup, I’ll explain that in a bit, but first… Jesse Tyler Ferguson is off the market and now engaged to his boyfriend of nearly two years, 27-year-old Justin Mikita. The two made the announcement via a cute video blog. “It’s true, I popped the big Q,” the Modern Family star reveals in the clip. Congrats to the adorable couple. I expect my wedding invitation in the mail soon, boys ;)
In addition to the happy news, Ferguson and Mikita discuss the foundation Tie The Knot, which supports the fight for marriage equality. Shortly, you can purchase stylish and unique bowties with proceeds going to organizations fighting the good gay fight. I’m all about bowties lately, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking out their styles. Check out Jesse and Justin’s video below.
On August 15, Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, and Dan Savage, writer of the Savage Love column, met at Savage’s home in Seattle for dinner and a debate over same-sex marriage and the Bible. The debate was mediated by Mark Oppenheimer, a writer for the New York Times.
If you recall, Dan Savage had angered some people a while back when delivering a speech at a High School Journalism convention. He had talked about the “bullshit” in the bible and some did not take to well to that along with a few other words he used. After that, Brown had challenged Savage to meet and talk face to face and they both agreed on dinner at Savage’s house.
The video is about an hour long and but very interesting and definitely worth watching, even though Brown’s logic can be quite frustrating to listen to. Watch the dinner table debate below.
The folks over at the Human Rights Campaign have done a fantastic job in leading the fight for marriage equality in the US. Along with their own team, they have been able to rally a few celebrity spokespeople to help create videos to promote the fight. The latest celebrity to join the fight is AMC star, Bryan Cranston along with his wife and daughter, Robin Dearden and Taylor Dearden Cranston.
In the video, Bryan and family talk about their commitment to family and marriage with his wife even stating that the idea of gay men or women getting married endangers their own marriage is ridiculous. Couldn’t agree with you more. I love that Bryan is such an advocate for LGBT rights and isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes. All this considering the fact that many of his “Breaking Bad” fans probably feel the opposite. Watch their video of support below.
Although at first I wasn’t sure if I’d be giving ‘The Glass House‘ a chance, I still kept it on series recording and watch last night’s episode before heading to bed. Up until this point, I found that some of the players were trying too hard to make the show interesting, especially with Alex purposely trying to be the “villain”… but last night, sh*t got real.
Jeffrey is the gay guy in the house and Andrea is the Mormon. Earlier in the episode, Jeffrey was giving Andrea a hard time for going around killing flies in the house because he said that the bible says, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. The reason he was doing so was because he knew her views on gay marriage and homosexuality in general, so he felt she was being a hypocrite. They later had it out and Andrea revealed that she indeed voted for Prop 8 against gay marriage. “Against gay marriage, yes,” said Andrea. “All I can do is stand here and respect you as a person.”
Jeffrey was livid. “A minority is not get voted on by a majority. You are a privileged white lady,” said Jeffery who had started pacing around the house. “You do not get to vote against me and people like me.” He also added, “You are on the wrong side of history.” Later in the episode, Jeffrey campaigned to get Andrea out to send America a message. Some sided with him, while others felt a game is a game. What are your thoughts on this? I think if Andrea had said what she said to him to me, I’d be campaigning to get her out too. Check out a clip from the discussion below, as well as the full episode if you want to see more.
You probably recall the video we posted a while back called “It Could Happen To You,” where Shane Bitney Crone talked about the aftermath of losing the love of his life Tom Bridegroom to a tragic accident. Bridegroom’s family was not accepting of their gay relationship so the forbid Crone from attending the funeral and because of the laws, was forbidden from getting any information from the hospital. This story broke the hearts of the millions of people who watched it and it made me bawl my eyes out.
Now, Crone is teaming up with filmmakers to make a full length documentary titled ‘Bridegroom‘ that will tell the emotional journey of these two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
They have created a video on Kickstarter to help raise money for the film so that it can be in theatres by the fall. Watch the video below and support this great cause if you can. A heads up that this video will probably get you choked up once again.
I’m sorta in an Aussie state of mind this weekend, given this post and my previous one about the sexy elevator ride yesterday. What can I say, I love the land down under, especially after visiting it recently. The only thing that would make it better is if the gays were allowed to marry.
Fashion magazine Marie Claire has taken a bold step to legalize gay marriage in Australia. The publication teamed up with the marriage-equality campaign, “I Do“. Together they’ve enlisted several Aussie celebrities to don the “I Do” tees and declare those two all-important words. From Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding) to another Rachel, former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Rachael Taylor, celebrities from any profession are included in the clip. A real-life gay couple of many years is also part of the montage.
Speaking of gay, cutie Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham is shown in the video along with super hot rugby player David Pocock. Now that’s some “pocock” I’d like to get in a rugby scrum with. That beefy 24-year-old athlete is all kinds of sexy. Watch him along with other Aussies and Scary Spice Mel B (WTF is she doing there???) say “I Do” below.
To channel financial guru Suze Orman, “Anti-equality people, you are DE-NIED!”
In what can only be considered another major step forward on the road to equality, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied this morning a request by backers of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that stripped that state’s gays and lesbians of the right to marry, to have a larger panel hear the case all over again in what is known as an en banc hearing.
So what does this mean? The existing appeals ruling, which upheld the trial court decision overturning Prop 8 as unconstitutional, stands. The last shot that opponents of marriage equality now have is the US Supreme Court. With the narrow scope of the ruling, and also considering how few of the appeals it receives that the Supreme Court hears, it is anyone’s guess whether or not this appeal will even be heard at all.