Latest SCOTUS Ruling
As of yesterday, many more gay couples can marry in the US. SCOTUS turned down appeals filed in five states designed to keep marriage bans in place so gay marriage would remain illegal. I think this is it, at least in these states, as far as appeals go. Here's another explanation, below. It gets confusing because we're not talking about legalizing gay marriage as much as we are talking about making marriage bans illegal...or unconstitutional.
By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.
If you remember, this is the argument I think every single judge used against marriage bans in states like Pennsylvania...they are unconstitutional.
This ruling also leaves states that have marriage bans in place very little choice.
From the SCOTUS blog:
Practically, today SCOTUS recognized a right to SSM. Implausible that later it will undo marriages, absent a big change in Ct’s membership.
In the comment thread to this link it's mentioned that Colorado's AG conceded and now there are six states where the marriage ban has been lifted. I read somewhere last night there are even more, so this is all pending.
10 Things For GAYS Only
I think this list of ten things that only gay men understand could be questioned by some, and others/most would agree wholeheartedly. For instance, and this is not on the list, I find one particular book blog has become absolutely insulting in its quest to break down and tear apart gay men in gay fiction as if we were lab rats. They are not gay, and would not be allowed to do this with any other minority, and yet they continue to do it to gay men. It's called homophobia no matter how you spin it. If I were to mention it and link to this blog I would only be feeding the trolls, so to speak, and I'm not fond of clichés.
In any event, this is listed as number ten on the list of things only gay men understand:
Everyone know that gay bars are superior to straight bars. The guys are cuter. The music is better. And the drinks are stronger. So we completely understand why straight girls are drawn to them. But, ladies, if you’re reading, let’s just get one thing straight: You’re welcome to hang out in our space, but don’t expect us to fulfill your personal Sex-and-the-City/Will-&-Grace/gay best friend bullshit fantasy. Stay off the tables. Keep the squealing to a minimum. And please, for the love of Jesus, don’t make out with each other in front of us.
This one kills me because it's something we've laughed about with friends:
While bromances between straight dudes and gay guys may be on the rise, sometimes it can still be a little awkward when a straight guy offers a fist bump and says, “What’s up, bro?” A period of uncomfortable silence typically ensues as the gay man wonders what to do next and the straight man realizes he’s just mistaken a gay guy for a heterosexual.
Tony and I sometimes look at each other when straight guys do this and wonder WTF. Sometimes we say it aloud.
You can read the rest here.
Queen Elizabeth and Grindr
This article mentions how hook up site, Grindr, is indirectly causing issues for Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's not actually on Grindr herself, and I highly doubt she's even familiar with the term. However, the Queen is not the only queen living at the royal palace, not by any means.
Well Buckingham Palace police say the situation is out of control. Gay employees living on site at St. James Palace and the Royal Mews have been signing in Grindr dates on the regular to enter their private residences. That means they’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from Her Majesty.
“There are real and serious security concerns at Buckingham Palace about members of staff use of dating apps,” a security source told the Daily Mail.
“The palace police are particularly unhappy about the number of guests of servants staying overnight, especially when they may have only just met.”
You can read the rest here. Don't miss the comment section.
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