Video: Elephant’s feat: To keep dancing on others’ ring fingers, rights?

Three candidates for the chairpersonship of the Republican National Committee recently sat down with Susan B Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage Chair Maggie Gallagher to answer questions pertaining to choice and marriage. Here’s what they had to say (with videos fast forwarded to Maggie’s marriage part):

Saul Anuzis:



Gentry Collins:



Reince Priebus:

Because equal rights are for some, “culture wars” are for political gain, and big tents are for hippies.

Stay divisive, GOP!




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Israel Says Goodbye To Dancing With The Stars’ First Same-Sex Pairing

It was fun while it lasted: Israel's same-sex dancing partners Gili Shem Tov (the married lesbian sportscaster) and Dorit Milman (her professional partner) were voted off the country's Dancing With The Stars, thus becoming the first gay pairing of the TV franchise to appear, and disappear.


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Dancing with ourselves: NOM’s Ruth Institute compares gay unions to self-love

Over at the Ruth Institute (an official National Organization For Marriage affiliate), site blogger “Ari” has posed the following question:

You know what makes about as much sense as same sex “marriage”? [Ruth blog]

And the answer Ari pairs with the question comes in the form of this article:

Chen Wei-yih has posed for a set of photos in a flowing white dress, enlisted a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall for a marriage celebration with 30 friends.

But there is no groom. Chen will marry herself.

Uninspired by the men she’s met but facing social pressure to get married, the 30-year-old Taipei office worker will hold the reception next month in honor of just one person.

Bride-to-be set to say ‘I do’ — to herself [Reuters via MSNBC]

Yes, that’s right: The Ruth Institute is now comparing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples to an absurd kicker story about a bride holding a non-binding ceremony with herself. because that’s exactly how these “pro-family” folks tend to view us: As oddities. As stories fit for the “news of the weird” section. As anomalies. As people whose wedding photos deserve to be slurred with “perversion” labels. As citizens whose civil marriage rights are as binding as weddings between me & I.

Bullies don’t always age out of the system.




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Some days just aren’t made for dancing

Say what you want about Ms. Degeneres. But she uses her platform better than just about anyone who has such a prominent one:

I am devastated over the death of 18 year old Tyler Clementi. If you don’t know, Tyler was a bright student at Rutgers University whose life was senselessly cut short. He was outed as being gay on the internet and he killed himself.

Something must be done. This month alone, there have been a shocking number of news stories about teens who have been teased and bullied and then committed suicide. Like 13 year old Seth Walsh in Tehachapi, California. 13 year old Asher Brown in Cypress, Texas and 15 year old Billy Lucas in Greensberg, Indiana. This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing.

Keep reading: It’s Time to End Teenage Bullying [Ellen]

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*On the flip side: For a look at what we’re up against, check out this disgusting blog entry. This guy has a regular column at conservative news site WorldNetDaily:

It was obvious from the start that the orientationally-challenged activists would attempt to blame [Tyler] Clementi’s death on his roommate. But the surreptitious filming of sexual activity, while an obvious breach of etiquette as well as the law in some states, is neither uncommon nor tantamount to attempting to destroy someone’s life. Nor should the online streaming be considered anything but a joke; American Pie is a comedy, not a horror flick, after all. The problem is not that American university campuses are intolerant of the orientationally challenged, as the subtext of the media coverage suggests, but rather that they are much too tolerant.

It is obvious that Clementi didn’t kill himself simply because his actions were made public; as a musician, no doubt he had been filmed before and some of those films may have even been put online. He killed himself because he could not live with the shame of knowing that everyone would be aware of his submission to what he apparently believed to be evil desires. While giving in to our desire for evil is something that we all do from time to time, it is also true that some desires happen to be more shameful or humiliating than others. For example, a man’s desire for his neighbor’s wife is sinful, but few consider it to be as appalling as his desire for his neighbor’s child.



And that is why his suicide poses a problem for the “morality is a human construct” crowd. Despite literal decades of preaching about the morality of homosexuality, despite the pansexual propaganda of the public and private schools, the knowledge that what he was doing was shameful and wrong still managed to penetrate Mr. Clementi’s mind. A normal man being forced to confront his immorality in such a public way might have reacted with anger, irritation, embarrassment, or amusement, but only one who is both psychologically disturbed and appalled by his own actions will destroy himself over it.

FULL PIECE: Gay rights killed Clementi [Vox Popoli]




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Bristol Palin On Dancing With The Stars

I finally had to break down and watch Dancing With The Stars to see how Bristol Palin did. Not terrible, but certainly not very good. Sadly, I’m predicting Margaret Cho as the first to go. TMZ claimed earlier today that Sarah Palin was to be in the audience and in the event of a security breach, the safety of the elder Palin “has a higher priority than Bristol. ” This clip may have a brief life on YouTube.

Joe. My. God.

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Bristol Palin And The Situation Cast For Dancing With The Stars

This is NOT a joke. E Online reports that Bristol Palin and Jersey Shore’s The Situation have been cast for the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

We can report to you exclusively that Sarah Palin’s 19-year-old daughter Bristol Palin has been cast on the 11th season of DWTS, set to premiere Sept. 20, according to sources. As for the reports that David Hasselhoff, Audrina Patridge, The Situation and Brandy will also be part of the cast, here’s the deal: All true, according to sources.

I was hoping for Antoine Dodson.

Joe. My. God.

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Cowboys run amok!

I just got an e-mail from Rex Wockner with a link to this video of a local newscast in Wilton, Calif., where apparently the town is in an uproar over a party hosted by the Capitol Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association.

From what the TV news report says, the group rented some property and held a dance that featured men dancing around in cowboy hats and western chaps showing their “bare buns and frontal regions.”

A guy named Monty Stanley, who lives across the street, was outraged y the sight of the men “dancing under the stars” and by the fact that these men were, he said, dancing in full view of his children and their friends. And it’s just not right to subject children to the sight of men and men, or women and women — or even men and women! — dancing around together naked.

From what the reporter says, the gay cowboys group did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

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