I make no bones about the fact that I’m a liberal Democrat. I also make no bones about the fact that Republicans are a big part of what’s wrong with this country right now. I don’t dislike Republicans simply because the are Republicans. I dislike, and disdain them as a political party, because they are wrong on almost ALL of the issues that are important to democracy and equality. Case in point: Senate Republicans yet again blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act that would help ensure women get the same pay for doing the same job as men.
The wheels of justice turn slowly, and today we know we are another step closer to putting the marriage equality “debate” to rest. The Supreme Court has announced they will consider hearing same-sex marriage cases from five states: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin during their first conference of the 2014 term (September 29th.).
More from USA Today:
This month, the GLBT Historical Society will begin a free program series that spotlights how processes of urban renovation that once helped create spaces for queer community and culture now threaten to erase their presence. “The G Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco” will bring together historians, activists, residents and visitors to discuss the ways in which history can inform thinking about the place of GLBT people in urban settings today.
Michael Sam was officially signed to the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys today. This was a great move for Sam and an even better move for the Cowboys. I wished we would have just snagged him off waivers over the weekend but it seems to be working out anyway. You can watch the video of Coach Jason Garrett announcing the move that posted less than an hour ago on the Dallas Cowboys website.
The gay hookup app Grindr has disabled the distance feature amid concerns that a recently published exploit could allow the exact location of users to be determined. Although the feature only listed the distance to another user, but no direction, it became known that it was possible to pinpoint someone’s location using the application. Concern was immediately expressed for users in places where being gay can get you arrested and killed. (One hopes the 134 users in North Korea are all secret police, and that they will spend their time chasing each other!)
Things are heating up in Ireland while they prepare for a 2015 referendum on same-sex marriage. LGBT Noise, an independent same-sex marriage advocacy group in Ireland, released this pretty fantastic Public Service Announcement warning people about ‘ARMAGAYDDON‘ and the catastrophic consequences that same-sex marriage will bring.