Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Page 1 Consider (07/16)

  • Caterers and Florists and Musicians, Oh My! I might be a little more excited about the Massachusetts decision to overturn an old law so that gays from all over the place can marry there if it didn't seem like the main motivation for the correcting of this discriminatory law was economic gain. (We have Mitt Romney for remembering to enforce this law back in '04, by the way.) Do you think there was also some financial gain to freeing the slaves that was kept out of the history books? (NYT)

  • Too Campy? An LGBT group said Tuesday it is considering legal action alleging that its members were kicked out of a campground in Missouri because they are gay. (365Gay)

  • Mixed Blessing: The principal of a New York Catholic school was arrested Sunday after being caught having a threeway with two guys on a vacant property. (I wonder how many Hail Marys is it gonna take to get out of this one?) (PageOneQ)

  • Star Quality: Congrats to my bud Ben Widdecombe on his new gig as the talking head of Star magazine. (DailyIntel)

  • You Go, Girl: For Meg Sneed, a 25-year-old lesbian in Arizona, is trying to blaze a trail against an anti-gay ballot measure. Harvey Milk would be proud. (DetNews)

  • Only in New York: Granted, Ethan Hawke just got hitched to his nanny and Robin Williams married his years ago (they've since divorced). But does this really warrant a "trends" piece? (NYDN)

  • The McCains: So preposterous are these people that sometimes we almost forget to point out how patently awful they are. (RichWah)

  • ABC on Top: The union between the gay characters Kevin and Scotty in the season finale of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" helped the network win the highest praise Sunday at the annual GLAAD awards in New York. (AP)

  • (No Shit) Quote of the Day: "If our anonymous bloggers were to learn that we’d been handing out their identities to politicians whom they've been criticizing, I think they’d be much less likely to write on the site," -- Ben Smith, who was served with a grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in the Bronx earlier this year sought information to help identify people blogging anonymously on his Web site about New York politics called Room 8. (NYT)

  • RIP: In the glittery, manic, often ostentatiously naughty 1970s and ’80s, Arthur Weinstein was king of New York City nightlife. A friend said Weinstein died of "beauty." (NYT)

    Anonymous said...

    I think your disappointment at the financial motivation behind Massachusetts' overturning the old law is a little naïve. Change is rarely accomplished unless there's some economic benefit to it. (If we manage to achieve universal health care in this country, for example, it won't be because it's the right thing to do, but because the current system is a burden on everyone except the insurance companies. Remember that the AMA long opposed universal health care as "socialized medicine" until doctors began hurting financially.) As for the abolition of slavery, that certainly had some support from Northern states because it undermined the Southern economy, giving the North an economic upper hand. And in the case of gay equality, the fact that it's beneficial to the economies of Massachusetts and California has gone a long way toward changing people's attitudes toward gays.

    Anonymous said...

    I totally agree with you tenderfoot, seemed a little like sour grapes to me! At least Massachusetts and California are making a positive change for the gay community.