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See, the title is a little bit of a pun, since I'm going to be talking about Pennsylvania.  Oh, I amuse myself.

So, Pa. is the only state in the northeast that doesn't recognize same-sex couples (all New England and Mid-Atlantic states have marriage equality, except New Jersey which has civil unions, and they're moving towards marriage).  And on top of that, Pa. has no employment protection for LGBT workers, meaning outside of areas (such as Allegheny county or places like State College), employers are able to fire workers for no other reason than that they're gay.

So if we are successful in obtaining marriage equality, we'll also be the only state to have done so without a state-wide ENDA.  Of course we're ass-backwards.

Our Governor is kind of the laughing stock of the country.  One of his staff previously compared same-sex marriages to the marriages of 12 year olds, he has now said a better analogy is that of incest.  And he has the fucking nerve to laugh:

And if you couldn't hear the drum beating before, now we have explicit calls from Brian Sims to vote him out of office:

Our job isn’t just to be frustrated with the homophobia coming from the Governor’s Mansion, it’s to do everything we can to ensure that his chapter in Pennsylvania’s political history is as sad and short as his record on schools, economic development and civil rights.

But this is also the state that has said spousal benefits for same-sex couples is just like throwing money at cats and dogs.  There is also a line of thinking (that I lost the link to, of course Nope, found the link), that he specifically used that reference to further demonize and demoralize LGBT citizens in very pointed way; either way, he's an asshole.

But marriage equality is being fought on four different fronts:

  1. ACLU lawsuit, the first in the country brought after the DOMA/Prop 8 decisions.
  2. Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Clerk have filed appeals to keep issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  These may be the same appeal, or they may be separate, I'm not sure, I've seen them reported on both ways.
  3. Twenty one couples who were issued marriage licenses in Montgomery County are now suing the state for recognition.
  4. Marriage equality bill introduced in the House.

I don't remember any other state moving forward on so many fronts, but I also don't follow other states as closely as Pa.

Also, a bill has also been introduced to stop the torture of "ex-gay therapy" on minors:

Almost four decades of science and medicine that says if you are LGBTQ, just like me, that there is nothing wrong with you, that you are not broken, you don’t need to be fixed and you don’t need to have a diagnosis, and that being LGBT, like so many other characteristics in your life, some days will be a blessing and some days will be a burden, but is not something that needs to be fixed or can be fixed and that you are just fine the way you are.

So we're moving forward, in any way (and many ways) possible, it's a lot of fighting, but when you have to fight for your rights, you do what you must, I suppose.  And who knows how long this will take and how messy it will get, but I'll keep you updated.

All my best,

Mike

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It's been a while, so I have a lot of fun stuff to share, let's get started.  First up, amazing facts about frogs:

Holy crap, scientists have invented Lightsabers!

The commissioner of the NBA slams the Olympics for their handling of the Russia LGBT laws.  And speaking of, Brian Brown, head of NOM, worked with Russia lawmakers to draft the legislation working its way through the Duma to forcibly take children from LGBT adults.

And lastly about Russia, a music video about the torture of the Russian church:

Sometimes, grandmothers play one of my favorite games, Cards Against Humanity.  Yeah, weird and creepy, and I would have given her the point for that round.

Just like you can't open a business and refuse to serve the Irish, or women, or Jews, you can't flat our refuse to serve the LGBT community.  Unless the Republican party gets it way, of course.

The new trailer for the next Hobbit movie:

You've probably seen the Chipotle ad that's making its way across the Internet, but here is the "truth" version.

Here's a great essay about the impact Harry Potter has.

And another great essay at the Good Men Project about gay sex.

This will make you smile, I promise:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, seriously, it's not hard.  With very few exceptions, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that your brand can add to the 9/11 conversation. Every marketer should memorize this immediately:

And if you ignore that, this is what happens

And interesting and awesome use for a prison, that saves money.

So check out this trailer for Dan Radcliffe's new movie.  His accent is jaw-dropping.

It's a scary and bad situation, but it really does look like Mt. Doom in the SF Bay area:

The head of the Sochi Olympic Games has asked the new head of the IOC for help stopping the criticism of Russia's anti-LGBT laws, which means, at least I think, they're starting to feel pressure.

A drone's view of Burning Man 2013:

That's it for now, short update today.  Have a great one! 

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Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, this amazing ad from Guinness:

Also in the world of advertising, this guy spend over $1,000 on Twitter ads because an airline lost his luggage and he wanted them to actually do their job.

The KKK, which is sadly still a thing, had their first-ever meeting with the NAACP, and it was described as "peaceful."

A new study shows that gun ownership, not suicidal behavior, is actually the highest indicator of suicide.

Hahaha, amazing chart of things said to designers.

So this exists:

Russia is now moving towards forcibly taking children away from LGBT parents.  At the end of the G-20 summit, when Obama met with Activists, they begged him to help get them out of the country.  Things are only going to get worse as we head towards the Olympics.

Utah follows in Florida's idiotic footsteps.  Again, for those keeping score: those on public assistance are far less likely than the general public to be on drugs, stop wasting money.

And finally, a great idea for a public service campaign:

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  Lots of political news, so fair warning.

Oh, the irony of the NRA creating the database they've been screaming about for years.  Oh, the irony.

Rick Perry: Vocally hates Obamacare, quietly asks for $100 million benefit from it.  You know, because he hates it.  So much.

I could probably talk about this over at the King of Spades, but as it turns out, schools with anti-homophobia policies are safer...for all their students.  Amazing.

But then again, according to Justice Scalia, we're an "invented" minority, and thus don't deserve equal rights..  I wonder when I first came into being?

And here's the three articles that make me furious.  An Iraq vet was booed at a city council meeting...because he's gay.

A church in Tennessee kicks out a family...for supporting their daughter, who just happens to be a lesbian.

And lastly, an interracial couple gets assaulted, and has homophobic slurs thrown at them (they had been out with a gay friend), in New York City, which has this rash of homophobic attacks lately.

Well, this has been a depressing post.  In happier news, I'm heading to a reading of "The Birdcage" tomorrow as a fundraiser for the Zoo (the flamingo enclosure, specifically), and this Saturday is the City of Play Festival.  Come downtown to play some new games and run around downtown, it will be fun!  And if the games aren't fun, we'll make it fun!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, the Patton Oswalt Star Wars filibuster (all from his head by the way, not scripted) has been animated:

As the debate about voter ID laws continue, here's some startling facts:

Between 2000 and 2010 there were 649 million votes cast in general elections; 47,000 UFO sightings; 441 Americans killed by lightning; and 13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation.

So this is really, really scary: a child has burst into flames...four times!  And to be fair, he would more likely be part of the FF (Fantastic Four/Future Force, whatever they're called at the moment).

Awesome music video from Mumford and Sons...and fiends:

A federal court has struck down a bigoted anti-Islamic law in Oklahoma.  It's really nice to see that, as there has been a rash of hatred in the south (and the west) and it all seems so knee-jerk racism with no grounds in reality.

Good news, the American Bar Association is pushing a ban on using the "gay panic" defense.  Nice to see that making its way forward as well.

This is a bit sadistic, but fun to watch.  Turn on the English closed captions to know what's going on:

That's it for today, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, Sweden's recycling programs are so good, they've run out of trash.

Are you allergic to cats, but your significant other loves them?  Science may be able to save your relationship.

A teaser for the new season of American Horror Story:

I've tried to explain it before, but the Good Men Project does a great job talking about the concept of "family of choice."

I have a different story to link to about Pope Francis' comments, but a great follow up from the head of the HRC can be found here.

That's it for now, short update.  Have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, the new trailer for Kick Ass 2 (NSFW):

A Firefly MMO has been announced, although it appears to be exclusively for mobile phones.  Will be interesting to see what it's like, but it may be too late. 

A great ad campaign which uses national flags.  Very well done.

A mash-up I didn't expect to see:

John Williams has come on board to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

What if the Internet was laid out like a galaxy?  Check it out here.

It has some strong language (deservedly so), but the best response yet to Orson Scott Card comes from Harvey Fierstein.

Can Richard Simmons stay still for 60 seconds?

The new trailer for the next Hunger Games movies is here.

I was never into the boy bands the first time around, but I kind of like this song, maybe it's a weird reverse nostalgia thing:

Amazing "get well soon" wishes....to roadkill.

The best (or worse) drinking game ever?

Okay, one more video, this amazing thing happened:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have going on today.

First up, need a pick-me up?  Watch this crazy video.  Sometimes I really miss soap operas.

Or just watch this:

Just remember, the separation of Church and State is only applicable if it's what you want.  Or something like that.

I never thought of it this way, but second amendment extremists have met their match: insurance companies.

Whoever is running the social media accounts at JCPenny is awesome:

As a reminder, Orson Scott Card, the writer of Ender's Game, is a hateful bigot.  Like, he has said that he thinks members of the LGBT community should be rounded up arrested and put in camps.  But now, he wants us to forget about that, so he can make money on his new movie.  Needless to say, the responses have been epic, and I won't be seeing the movie.

And this is what happens when capitalism goes unchecked:

There is a cool documentary coming out about Walt Disney trying to secure the rights to Mary Poppins, and it looks amazing. Also, Tom Hanks looks exactly like Walt Disney himself.  Check it out here.

Wolverine: the puppet musical.  So that's a thing.

And lastly, the trailer for The Fifth Estate, the movie about WikiLeaks.  It looks good, but I think all the good parts may be in the trailer:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what I have going on today.  First up, before the Windsor and Perry rulings by SCOTUS, the Voting Rights Act was gutted.  Justice Ginsberg summed it up well:

A 4,000 year old Egyptian statue started rotating in its case in a British museum.  Creepy.

Also in the news, was Wendy Davis, who, with the help of other Democrats and the citizens of Texas, filibustered an anti-choice bill in Texas.  And while I think that so many of the "three strikes" used to stop her filibuster were Republicans stretching the rules, they still (generally) played by the rules, except for not voting on the third and then trying to change the congressional record to show they voted before midnight.  But my favorite moment of the night was the fifteen minutes of the citizens screaming nonstop to stop the bill.  Check out Slog's coverage here.

A great ad via Norway (it's okay if you only speak English):

 

The ad campaign from Italy for their alzheimer's foundation, brilliant and moving

And what is being called the best coupon in history.  If I wasn't lactose-intolerant, I would agree.

A few more follow-ups from the DOMA and Prop 8 cases.  YouTube put together their #ProudToLove campaign:

Dan Savage hits it out of the park with a few articles.  First up, "I Can Die Now," which gets to the heart of why the Windsor case was so important, and what people take for granted.

Conservative Christians and their "cheeseburger" moment, and no, it doesn't include cat memes.

And while they didn't lose a single thing, we can celebrate what we've won, including a man, thirty minutes after the rulings came out that was saved from being deported:

At 10:30 a.m. EDT this morning in a New York Immigration Court, attorneys from our law firm (Masliah Soloway) requested and were granted a continuance in removal (deportation) proceedings for a Colombian gay man married to an American citizen for whom we had filed a marriage-based green card petition last year. A copy of the 77-page Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor was delivered to the court by our summer intern, Gabe, who ran five blocks and made it in time for the decision to be submitted to the Immigration Judge and to serve a copy on the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Assistant Chief Counsel. DOMA is DEAD and it had its first impact on a binational couple within 30 minutes of the Supreme Court ruling.

The horrific nature of Justice Scalia and his son, who doesn't think homosexuals even exist.

And of course, if you haven't heard yet, Brian Sims, who was trying to speak on the Pa. House floor about the rulings, was silenced by the representative from Cranberry.  He's garnered national attention for "speaking against God's will" as the bigot from Cranberry said.  He keeps pushing for a non-discrimination ordinance and marriage equality, we'll see how far he can get.

Garfunkle and Oates are back with "The Loophole."  Sadly, this is a real thing, and they are of course, pointing out the absurdity of it.  Not at all safe for work, or for easily offended eyes.  But wroth it if you get to the end to see the list of other rules they ignore:

That's it for today, but I'll be back soon with more.  Have a great one!

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