The backers of Proposition 8 are at it again. They are now trying to get Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8 overturned because, get this, the judge is gay and in a 10 year relationship. This is really shaky grounds. If Judge Ware buys into this, the state of the judicial system could be changed forever.
If Judge Walker’s decision is overturned, what will be next? Will the courts have to overturn any ruling from a female judge in regards to female issues? What about a black judge presiding over racial issues? A Hispanic judge and immigration? Where would this end?
The city of Moscow has long tried to block anything resembling a gay pride parade but now that looks like it’s going to change:
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Moscow gay pride parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev says the Moscow authorities have for the first time authorized a gay rally in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square.”The Moscow government told the Moscow gay pride parade organizers on Tuesday that the Moscow authorities have authorized a gay pride parade in Moscow,” Alexeyev said in a statement released in Moscow.
That’s pretty fantastic. Now hopefully there won’t be any violence or vigilantes who feel like they should put down the homosexual menace, cause the last thing the authorities in Moscow need is an excuse to shut the whole thing down under the pretense of ‘public safety’. However the activists in Russia seem to be a fearless group so I doubt even that would stop them.
I’ve been a big fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series for a long time which means I might have had a slight fanboy meltdown when I heard that HBO had decided to turn the books into a television series. The series premiered two weeks ago but I haven’t been able to check it out until recently. Having watched the first two episodes now I have two reactions of note:
Japan elected their first openly gay public servant, Taiga Ishikawa, to Tokyo’s Toshima Ward Assembly in a local election on Sunday. ”I hope my election victory will help our fellows nationwide to have hope for tomorrow, as many of them cannot accept themselves, feel lonely and isolated and even commit suicide,” he told the AFP, “Many LGBTs, or sexual minorities, realise the fact when they are at elementary and junior high schools, many of which are operated by the municipality. As a ward assembly member, I would like to reinforce support to LGBT children at schools.”
Sounds like Mr. Ishikawa’s the right man for the job. Japan is pretty conservative when it comes to sexuality so here’s hoping that he’ll serve as an example to gay people, young and old, that not only is it okay to be gay but that being open about your sexuality doesn’t prevent you from being successful.
Dining Out For Life hits Seattle today for it’s 18th year! When you dine out at participating restaurants, grocery stores, cafes or bakery’s a percentage of your purchase goes to the Lifelong AIDS Alliance! Be sure to check out the participating restaurant page to find your favorite eateries!
Check the video from Lifelong AIDS Alliance to see what they’re doing to help after the jump.
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