HBO Takes on Sarah Palin in “Game Change”

HBO released a trailer for its new movie Game Change, which tells the story of the 2008 presidential election featuring McCain and Palin. Julianne Moore takes on the role of the former Alaskan Governor and no doubt had a great time portraying the wacky wing nut wannabe Vice President.

Based on the trailer (which I’ve included below), I can’t wait to see the movie.

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(story via Towleroad)

NH Governor Will Veto GOP Attempt to Repeal Gay Marriage

John Lynch, Republican Governor of New Hampshire, announced during his State of the State address that he would veto any attempt by the state’s lawmakers to repeal gay marriage, as reported in Queerty.

You can listen to what Governor Lynch had to say below.

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Thankfully, in a state where Republicans have the majority, enough state Republicans share Governor Lynch’s sentiment, such as Republican Representative Steve Winter, who had this to say to the Concord Monitor:

I’m for liberty and freedom, leaving people alone so long as they don’t harm or defraud other people…I believe what people do with their lives, how they select their mates, is none of my business and none of the state’s business.”

It’s nice to know that there are politicians out there who listen to the wishes of their constituents. As I’ve posted before, most citizens in New Hampshire don’t want to repeal the marriage equality law and have even fought back with their own campaign.

It’s my hope that the politicians in New Hampshire continue to do the right thing and not let the ignorance and prejudice of some politicians to destroy equality in New Hampshire.

Woman Weds Building in Seattle

I’m sure many of you’ve heard the much-used and completely ridiculous argument against gay marriage: if men marry men, what’s to stop a man from marrying an animal or an inanimate object?

Well, in Seattle, a woman named Babylonia Aivaz married a building to protect it from demolition. I know, I know. I had the same reaction too. WTF?!?!?!

According to Seattle new affiliate WCTI:

Babylonia Aivaz invited the Seattle public to attend what she calls the ‘gay wedding’ to the building [this past] Sunday. The building is an abandoned warehouse that is in the process of being demolished. Aivaz hopes to save the space for a community center.”

While I appreciate her commitment to her neighborhood, I wish she didn’t use a serious civil rights issue as her platform. Though her purpose is to prevent the “gentrification” of the “neighborhood she loves,” her wacky stunt will only give Republican and Christian extremists more fodder to hurl against marriage equality proponents.

Aivaz is no doubt committed to her cause, but she is a nut job who deserves to just be committed. With that aside, Aivaz’s “marriage” is doomed to failure as her intended is still slated for demolition.

Here’s the video of the wedding if you want to see the crazy in action.

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(story via Towleroad)

Marriage Equality Bill Advances in Washington State

By a vote of 4-3, a marriage equality bill has passed in the Washington state Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee, according to ThinkProgress. Currently, the proposed bill has enough votes to pass in both houses of the state government. The measure even has the support of the Governor, who has promised to sign the bill.

Washington could quite possibly be the 7th state to make marriage equality law.

My fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed in anticipation!

NOM Believes Gingrich Can Save Traditional Marriage

It’s old news that Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, but here’s something you might not know: The National Organization for Marriage is thrilled about Gingrich’s win because of “his commitment to ‘preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman,’” as reported by ThinkProgress.

In a press release earlier this week, NOM President Brian Brown had this to say about Gingrich:

It is now clear that the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who is strongly committed to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman…We have succeeded in making the preservation of marriage a key issue in this race, and we will continue to do so throughout the primary season, and into the general election against President Obama.”

If NOM truly believes that Gingrich, a man who has been married three times and divorced his first two wives due to extramarital affairs, can save traditional marriage, then they can’t really be in favor of marriage, traditional or otherwise.

Yes, Gingrich signed NOM’s marriage pledge, and yes, he’s taken up the conservative rallying call to hate on the gays, but Gingrich isn’t a poster child for happily ever after.

What NOM’s support of Gingrich shows is that they aren’t for traditional marriage. They are against gays. Their motivation isn’t protection of marriage but to beat gays and lesbians back into the closet. And, we really knew that was the case all along, didn’t we?

Hilary Clinton Enforces Foreign Policy on Gay Rights

You may remember I previously posted about Hilary Clinton’s speech before the United Nations on gay rights globally. In the speech, she commented on how she wanted to usher in an AIDS free generation and also called on all nations to treat gay individuals as equally as any other individual. In her speech, Clinton said, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished.”

Recently, she made good on her promise of support by “sending funds to gay-rights advocacy groups and local officials in problem nations like Honduras, Uganda, Malawi, Pakistan and Serbia,” as reported in Queerty. The purpose of these funds is to set up police task forces to investigate hate crimes based on an individual’s sexual orientation.

Josue Hernandez, who was interviewed by The Miami Herald, had this to say about life in Honduras as a gay man, “We are in a deplorable state. When we walk the streets, people shout insults at us and throw rocks. Parents move their children away.” In fact, Honduras reports over 60 homicides which have been directly linked to the victim’s sexuality.

Kudos to Clinton for using her clout and resources to affect positive global change. This is the lasting global impact all nation’s leaders should be emulating.

New Hampshire Considers Legalizing Discrimination

While we had good news come out of New Jersey about marriage equality, another Northeastern state provides us with some idiotic legislation. New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee is currently considering a bill that will ”allow businesses that oppose marriage equality to deny services to same-sex couples based on their ‘conscience’ or religious beliefs. It also protects them from any civil claim of action for doing so,” as reported by ThinkProgress.

The wording of the bill is apparently so generic that businesses could discriminate against any couple whose marriage doesn’t follow the beliefs of the business owners. If you’re a straight interracial couple and you happen to unknowingly seek the services of a White Supremacist, then that Neo-Nazi skin head would have the right to kick you out of his shop and you would have no legal recourse.

I can’t believe this is how politicians in New Hampshire are wasting their time. In order to protect conservative extremists’ right to hate on gays, they are willing to sanction state-wide discrimination against multiple sections of society. This is the same state whose Republican dominated politicians want to repeal marriage equality even though the citizens of the state support it.

It seems that New Hampshire needs to clean house.