Posts tagged ‘Paul Clement’

August 22, 2011

Handpicked News: World’s 12 worst tourist traps, Pope’s Antigay Speech Interrupted, Christian crusade against porn…

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Storm Aborts Pope’s Antigay Speech

POPE BENEDICT X390 | ADVOCATE.COMA strong thunderstorm in Madrid brought a premature end to Pope Benedict XVI’s Saturday night speech asserting the primacy of heterosexual marriage. Pope Benedict XVI had to cut short a speech asserting the primacy of heterosexual marriage as a severe thunderstorm hit Madrid Saturday night, Agence France-Presse reports.  Strong winds and sheets of rain hit the air base where he was speaking, blowing off his skullcap, shaking the stage, and knocking over at least one tent.

Following Obama’s ‘Low Priority’ Immigration Directive, Judge Halts Deportation Hearing For Binational Lesbian Couple

Last week, the Obama administrationannounced that it would review all 300,000 active deportation cases to ensure that they are consistent with the nation’s enforcement priorities. The case-by-case review will allow the government to focus its resources and efforts on high priority targets — individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security or repeat immigration law violators — while exempting low priority groups, including binational same-sex couples, from deportation, the administration maintained. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained that the new approach would also allow immigration judges “to more swiftly adjudicate high priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons.” “This process will also allow additional federal enforcement resources to be focused on border security and the removal of public safety threats,” she said.

REPORT: UGANDA’S PARLIAMENT MAY ADVANCE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL

 Jim Burroway is reporting that Uganda’s Parliament may soon take-up the Anti-Homosexuality bill, despite some reports that the cabinet has thrown it out. Previous reports had indicated that the measure — which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment for some homosexual acts — would be considered in late August.

Top Eight Pro-LGBT Arguments In The Obama Administration’s Anti-DOMA Brief

Joe Sudbay reports that the Justice Department has filed a brief in support of Edie Windsor’s challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Windsor was forced to pay exorbitant federal inheritance taxes after her wife passed away because the government could not legally recognize their 44-year relationship (the couple married in Canada in May of 2007 and their union was recognized in New York). Since President Obama announced that he would no longer be upholding the constitutionality of the Act, House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) has hired former solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the measure from legal challenges.

World’s 12 worst tourist traps

We’ve all experienced tourst traps. Those heavily advertised attractions that turn out to be bland misrepresentations of the places we’re supposed to be seeing. Expensive timePatpong, Bangkok eaters that leave us with lighter wallets and a taste of burnt coffee in our mouths. So which are the world’s worst tourist traps? For starters, in no particular order, try the devil’s dozen below. Then add your  “favorite” tourist traps in the comments section.

Can the Christian crusade against pornography bear fruit?

Atlanta (CNN) – He is a good Christian, Michael is telling his two therapists. He goes to church most Sundays. He’s a devoted husband and father of two daughters. “But when I would leave on business trips,” he says, “I knew I was going to get to be someone else.” “Prostitutes, porn – I took anything I wanted.” Sitting on a comfortable, worn couch, Michael glances out the window and sees a reflection of himself set against the parking lot of this suburban Atlanta office building. He fidgets, runs his fingers over his closely cropped blond hair and straightens his green tennis polo. He clears his throat. Above his head hangs a poster covered in words describing feelings – angry, anxious, sad. On it is a big yellow cross.

 

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August 2, 2011

Handpicked Headlines: Syphilis on the Rise, Homophobic Statements From Boehner, Santorum Lashes Out At Dan Savage…

by Accidental Bear

Study: Syphilis on the Rise Among Minority Gay Men Syphilis rates among young, minority gay and bisexual men are risingHEALTHCARE X390 (PHOTOS.COM) | ADVOCATE.COM disproportionately, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Reuters reports on the increase in syphilis cases. “Using data from 27 states, CDC researchers found that between 2005 and 2008, the syphilis rate among black gay and bisexual men rose at an 8-times faster clip compared with their white counterparts. 

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 Scandal Drives Gay Candidate Out of Race to Become Irish President Today marked the end of a campaign by the gay man who had led public opinion polls to become Ireland’s president. Sen. David Norris was discovered this weekend to have long ago sent a letter to Israeli authorities asking for clemency for his former partner, Ezra Nawi, who was accused of statutory rape involving a 15-year-old boy. Norris failed to disclose that his ongoing relationship with Nawi, who was later convicted.

 

Top Five Homophobic Statements From Boehner’s DOMA Briefs This week we get a first look at how House Speaker JohnBoehner (R-OH) intends to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.  If the briefs filed by attorney Paul Clement yesterday are any indication, the House Republicans will be pushing every anti-gay message possible to ensure the federal government continues to discriminate against same-sex couples. And of course, taxpayers are covering the bill for all these legal fees.                                                                                                                                                                    Santorum Lashes Out At Dan Savage: ‘He’s Below The Dignity Of Anybody’

ThinkProgress filed this report from the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado.Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) did little to alleviate his “Google problem” this weekend, lashing out at Dan Savage — who spearheaded the campaign to redefine Santorum’s last name — and calling the gay activist “below the dignity of anybody.” 

*Miley Cyrus, Adorable Equal Marriage Rights Hero

*Rep. West Angry Over Being Dropped From Speaking Gig, Calls Planned LGBT Boycott ‘Intolerable

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE GOES AFTER ANTI-BULLYING POLICY | Equality Matters’ Carlos Maza notices that for all its claims of loving gay people and merely opposing the “redefinition” of marriage, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) can’t help but blog about how anti-bullying policies have given “homosexual activists a foothold in order to further subvert already weak Catholic sexual teaching in the schools.”