In 2005, Texas voter passed an amendment to ban gay marriage in the State. A district judge in Travis County made an exception today for a lesbian couple that has been together for 30 years. One was recently diagnosed with cancer which left them “uncertain” of their future. They became the first gay marriage in Texas today and the state Supreme Court moved to ban any further marriages. LA Times story here
Local NBC affiliate interviews the couple
GracePointe, an evangelical church in Franklin TN, announced that after years of discussion it would move forward in support of gay marriage. Pastor Stan Mitchell made the announcement at a Jan 11 sermon. The decision comes at a time when more churches are coming out in support of same sex unions. The fate of Tennessee’s gay marriage ban will come under review by the Supreme Court in June of this year. Read the Tennessean article here. See entire GracePointe sermon below.
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.”