Entries in gay rights (10)

Tuesday
May082012

President Obama Endorses Gay Marriage | Meet France's New First Lady Valerie Trierweiler, A Fresh Face

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One key line in the sand between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney has been drawn today, and the topic is gay marriage. In a dramatic nod to his own constituency of Democrats who heavily favor gay marriage — and that includes large numbers of Catholic voters — President Obama became the first sitting president to declare this afternoon his support for same-sex marriage. Huff Po writes:

The statement constitutes an act of political bravery on the president’s behalf, as well as a major victory for the gay rights community, which has been pushing him to declare his support for marriage equality for several years. With the issue back in the news this week, the pressure intensified.

Mitt Romney does not agree, when asked for his views on gay marriage, telling POLITICO’s Reid Epstein:

“Well when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name. My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”

Related: Liberal Donors’ Plan Worries Top Democrats NYTimes

Hatch calls on IRS to probe whether staffer leader anti-gay marriage group’s files FOX News

A Real Conversion for the Rest of Us Catholics Huff Po

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France’s New First Lady

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of defeated French President Sarkozy, will exit the Elysee Palace stage left, as the new first lady Valerie Trierweiler prepares for her new role alongside President-elect Francois Hollande. Adding spice to the French election result is the fact that twice-divorced journalist Trierweiler “stole” her man, according to the Washington Post, from “Segolene Royal, the mother of Hollande’s four children and a former presidential candidate now seeking her own seat of political power.”

After losing to Sarkozy in 2007, Royal asked Hollande to leave the family home, given his full-blown relationship with Trierweiler. Now she seeks the position as speaker of France’s lower house of parliament, if the Socialists win June’s legislative elections.

Unlike her supermodel predecessor, Valerie wears high-street shops or mid-range labels. Her trademark look consists of a trench-coat or a blazer, a simple shirt, ample trousers and small heels — often accessorized by a Gérard Darel handbag and a colorful silk scarf, writes Fashionista.

Florence Willaert, editor-at-large at French Grazia, describes France’s new first lady. “She is discreet, real, and a lot easier to identity with. She embodies the same message as her husband: a new proximity to the people.”  The couple intends to live in their apartment in a Parisian neighborhood, not the Elysee Palace.

Tuesday
May082012

Republican NC Leader on Gay Marriage Amendment: "If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years"

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Andrej Pejic | Mathew Guido | Schön! Magazine #17 Summer 2012 | ‘Forever Andrej

Gallup released a new poll today reiterating that half of Americans believe in same-sex marriage. The findings are down slightly from a year ago when 53% of those polled favored, compared to today’s 50%. 48% are opposed to gap marriage in the Gallup pole.

A Pew Research poll released two weeks had a 47% in favor/43% opposed result.

Support for Legal Same-Sex Marriage, by Political Subgroup (Gallup)

Voters in North Carolina are expected to vote today in favor of defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.The Washington Post weighs in:

State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said even if the amendment is passed, it will be reversed as today’s young adults age.

“It’s a generational issue,” Tillis told a student group at North Carolina State University in March about the amendment he supports. “If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years.”

Friday
Jan202012

Coffee, Decreased Diabetes and SHBG Discovery | Improved Cognition Changes Openness in Older Adults 

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CNN’s John King should not have lead with an opening question to Newt Gingrich about his first wife’s ABC News interview in which she alleges that Gingrich asked her for an open marriage, with the understanding that he would continue his relationship with current wife Callista. The Daily Beast reminds us that “not since Bernie Shaw asked Michael Dukakis how he’d react to the rape and murder of his wife has an opening question so defined a presidential debate.”

Gingrich vehemently denied her account of their marital showdown, reported in yesterday’s preview to last night’s ABC Nightline Brian Ross interview. While we don’t buy Newt’s crusade as Mr Reborn Catholic Morality guy, his private history shouldn’t have been the lead off question in the debate.

Gingrich seized the opening moment, nearly shouting that he was appalled that CNN would lead with that question. The anti-liberal, anti-media audience went wild as Gingrich called King’s question “close to despicable” and the handiwork of a “destructive” and “vicious” media dominated the rest of the night.

South Carolina Values Voters

The Daily Beast brings us up to date on all nastiness surrounding last weekend’s evangelical powwow in Texas. In a mess that is equal in mismanagement to the Iowa caucus results (and these guys want to tun the country????), “religious leaders favoring other candidates now say that the meeting of more than 100 religious activists was manipulated to favor Santorum” as a prelude to tomorrow’s South Carolina primary. 

Against this tense political backdrop emerge reports that James Dobson—an iconic religious figure who espouses family values—took the microphone between the second and third ballots to denounce Callista Gingrich, questioning her fitness to be first lady because she was a “mistress” to the former House speaker for several years.

We don’t know how the vehemently prochoice Dobson — who praised Karen Santorum — reacted when he got the news his perfect prochoice mama First Lady had lived unmarried with one of the country’s most prominent abortion doctors for six years, when abortion was illegal.

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UCLA researchers have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind coffee’s preventive effect on type 2 diabetes. Science Daily writes:

A protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. And coffee consumption, it turns out, increases plasma levels of SHBG.

Cognition in Older Adults

Engagement in cognitively challenging tasks led to an increase in openness to new experiences, researchers found. (Credit: Thompson-McClellan)In a stunning piece of research, it’s believed that a non-drug intervention in older adults can change the psychological trait of openness — along with agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and extraversion — considered to be one of five major personality traits.

Openness and a willingness to entertain challenging intellectual or cultural pursuits has already been positively correlated with cognitive abilities.

“There are certain models that say, functionally, personality doesn’t change after age 20 or age 30. You reach adulthood and pretty much you are who you are,” he said. “There’s some truth to that at some level. But here you have a study that has successfully changed personality traits in a set of individuals who are (on average) 75. And that opens up a whole bunch of wonderful issues to think about.” via Science Daily

Research on Gay Parents

Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off with Mom & Imprisoned Dad? AOC Sexual Politics