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November 7, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 7, 2013

In a landmark move for the gay rights movement, the Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill (floating around in various forms since 1994) that bans discrimination against people on basis of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Boehner is sitting on his hands.

President Obama is really, really, really, really, really freaking sorry that the health care law isn’t working out like he promised.

Virginia has a new governor-elect, but the scandal around the current governor is just getting good. Too bad.

Microsoft has finally figured out that you can’t update a web browser every five years.

Legendary pastor Billy Graham just turned 95. He’s still kickin’.

21:08 // 8 months ago
November 2, 2013
14:08 // 9 months ago
September 19, 2013
It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?!
11:14 // 10 months ago
September 14, 2013
12:49 // 10 months ago
August 1, 2013
No one is forbidding a sportsman with a nontraditional sexual orientation to come to Sochi. But if he goes out on the street and starts to propagandize it, then of course he will be held accountable. Even if he’s a sportsman, when he comes to a country, he should respect its laws.
Russian minister of sports Vitaly L. Mutko • Discussing a policy, to be enforced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, banning the open display of “homosexual propaganda”—corresponding with a broadly-written law banning the outward display of “nontraditional” sexual relationships in the country. Mutko’s statement goes against an International Olympic Committee claim last week “that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.”
22:24 // 12 months ago
July 29, 2013
Liberals around the world applauded Pope Francis for meeting the bare minimum standard of human decency on Monday by saying, when asked about the possibility of gay priests, ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’
Gawker’s Max Read with the best take on the news that Pope Francis appears to be willing to forgive gay priests.
8:45 // 1 year ago
July 23, 2013
10:40 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2013

saint-van-wonda-naps-deactivate says: I think that making lgbtqia tabs unsearchable is superfluous. Just because someone is searching things that have to do with sexuality doesn't mean they're searching for sex. A lot of us on tumblr have discussions concerning these matters. I'd hate to see these discussions get lost to those who might very will need them.

» SFB says: Agreed. (More) — Ernie @ SFB

P.S.: This is the last one for now, but keep sending asks; I’ll post more later.

11:53 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2013
breakingnews:

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales
BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.
The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.
Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Huge deal, and another big step.

breakingnews:

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales

BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.

The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Huge deal, and another big step.

10:20 // 1 year ago
June 30, 2013
They lost in the district court, they lost in the court of appeals and they’ve lost in the United States Supreme Court. And I think we’ll be better off in this country if we stopped doing this sort of thing that is divisive and is hurting people who live next door, who work for us, who are our cousins and brothers and sisters.
Former Solicitor General Ted Olson • Discussing an effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to stop the issuance of marriage licenses in the state of California, which started back up on Friday. The move was quickly batted away, without comment, by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday, though opponents could try asking another Supreme Court justice to consider the move. Olson argued in favor of proponents of same-sex marriage in court.
14:26 // 1 year ago