The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last Friday that the State’s law banning sodomy was unconstitutional. The ruling was handed down in the case of Dewayne Williams, a man sentenced to a year in jail for having consensual sex with another man in 2010. Read USA Today story here.
The incident occurred earlier this week in the Lisbon airport when Blanco got into a verbal altercation with an unhelpful police officer. The officer uttered a homophobic slur and from there things went south . Blanco first stated on his Facebook page, “I’M being arrested in Portugal for being gay”. In his detailed description of the incident Blanco went on to say, “More than racism or even homophobia (which was also a factor) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn’t something people always want to see”. Read Blanco’s statement on Noisey
Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state to allow same-sex partners to wed in the wake of Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision not to appeal Tuesday’s ruling to throw out the State’s gay marriage ban by Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones III. In Jones’ ruling he stated, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history”. New York Times story here.
On Tuesday, Amy Kushnir, host of the Dallas Morning show, walked off the air in disgust after a heated debate with her co-hosts for alleging that ESPN was using Michael Sam’s moment in the NFL Draft spotlight as an “opportunity to make news”.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning chimed in on NFL draft pick Michael Sam on Huffington Post Live, responding to the question of how would the GIants locker room have reacted if they had drafted Sam. Manning responded by saying, “We have a great locker room, and I think the most important thing … you’re drafted a football player. That’s all we care about in the locker room.” He went on to say, “I was excited for [Sam]. This is a gentleman who’s been through a lot … I’m wishing Michael all the best in having a successful career.”
He’s a Democrat and he supports gay marriage yet Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel feels it’s his duty to ask the State’s Supreme Court to stay a decision passed down Friday by Judge Chris Piazza to overturn Arkansas gay marriage ban. New York Times story here.
Michael Sam, the fist openly gay NFL player, was drafted yesterday by the St. Louis Rams. He was the 249th overall pick in the 7th round. It was an emotional moment for Sam and his partner, Vito Cammisano, when the phone call came and celebrated the occasion with a kiss for the cameras. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in an interview with ESPN, “In a world of diversity we live now, I’m honored to be a part of this and I’m excited about his opportunity to help this football team win”. He went on the describe the conversation with Sam on Saturday. “I just said Michael, this is Jeff Fisher, you are a Ram. The wait is now finally over. Congratulations. We think you can come help us win” and then went on to say jokingly, “I don’t know how much he heard of that”.