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Via New Civil Rights Movement: Republican Gov. Nathan Deal will veto his state's highly controversial, so-called “religious freedom” bill, which was in fact sweeping anti-gay legislation:
Governor Nathan Deal has just announced he will veto HB 757, an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill that has been condemned by dozens of large multi-national corporation that do business in Georgia. Several warned they would leave the Peach State should the discriminatory bill become law, and over 500 companies joined Georgia Prospers, a coalition devoted to opposing discrimination.
Gov. Deal said he would have signed HB 757 had it remained in its original form, the Pastor Protect Bill. He noted that many oppose the bill, but repeatedly stated that there are no instances in Georgia that have happened that would require HB 757. And he pointed to the Founding Fathers, and mentioned the late Antonin Scalia's theory of “negative protections,” suggesting the bill is overly broad.
But Deal also said he will not bow to threats, including those from the business community.
“I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith based community,” Deal said. “I believe it is about the character of of state, and the character of our people,” Deal said, announcing his veto.
The governor's full remarks are here.
This is a good example of why we need gay-rights orgs and loud-mouthed public figures “pandering” to gay interests—we need 24/7 pressure and attention to LGBT issues, or things erode quickly.
Without this type of attention, legislatures feel emboldened to sneak things through, which happened in North Carolina. Meanwhile, that state is facing its first of I'm sure many lawsuits over its ridiculous, unconstitutional anti-gay/anti-trans law.
ABC's Gio Benitez is treating his wedding to Tommy DiDario with all the low-key subtlety of a Real Housewife, spilling all the details to People magazine—and isn't it great we're at a place where gay people get to do that (if they want to), too?
Their story is actually v. romantic, including the quoting of a Broadway play and a surprise proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Props to People for working into its story that Benitez “fell in love with hard news” in his native Miami.
Congrats to the happy couple.
Jon Brownell (Image via Instagram @ jonbrownell)
Meet fitness model Jon Brownell.
Download StarShop for cute Joe Drake's Q&As with the RuPaul's Drag Race-ers!
Australian PM endorses gay partying, not gay marriage.
People Magazine: Caitlyn Jenner introduces 18-year-old trans pal Ella Giselle.
Edna Ryan, owner of planet's “finest pins,” dies @ 95.
Edna Ryan: January 17, 1921—February 2, 2016 (Image via Telegraph)
Kylie Minogue apparently engaged to Joshua Sasse.
Bigots in Kentucky create separate-but-equal marriage certificates.
Hairy dude in a Speedo—nothin' like it.
Dick Tracy (1990) actor Robert Beecher dies @ 91.
There's some famous girl in the new CK campaign ... I think?
Catty #DemTownHall: Hillary will release speech transcripts ... if everyone else does.
Bernie accuses Hillary of using Obama to curry favor with black voters.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) will endorse Hillary.
Jeb Bush admits he'd probably nominate a SCOTUS justice if he were O.
Trump claims he will overturn gay-marriage SCOTUS decision. (How???)
Video still via TMZ
According to TMZ, Manny Pacquiao—who gets paid money to beat people up—said in a TV interview in his native Philippines of gays:
It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? ... The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.
He quickly apologized—sorta—in a video in which he reaffirmed his stance against gay marriage, but in which he said he was sorry he hurt anyone by comparing gay people to animals. Gee, thanks!
Conservatives on Twitter are complaining about the “outrage” machine over what people say, but isn't this a case where we are not talking about PC nomenclature, but hate speech? Are gay people and their supporters not supposed to react to being told we are subhuman by an influential cultural figure who intends to run for president in the Philippines?
Floyd Mayweather has responded to Pacquiao's caveman POV.
Grammy winners—complete list. (See above: It does matter if you're black or white.)
Sam Hunt looked insanely sexy at and on the Grammys.
How Bernie lost this leftist voter, and how Hillary won her over.
Donald Trump suing mad over Ted Cruz, reneges on pledge not to run as Indie.
Army guys get married & kiss, photo goes viral.