What’s Brewing: Marriage on rocks in Maryland; Lady Gaga premieres ‘Government Hooker’

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. It’s all hands on deck in Maryland, where the fate of a marriage equality bill may be decided today. One pro-marriage equality lawmaker says if a committee vote doesn’t happen, the bill will die. The House committee vote was delayed Tuesday when two supporters of the bill didn’t show up. Now, other co-sponsors are backtracking on their support. As someone who spent part of his childhood on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay, I sincerely hope this ship can be righted and sail safely through the stormy waters of Annapolis.

2. Gay students at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., launched an online magazine Wednesday called HU Queer Press, only to have the administration immediately block access to the website on school computers. Change.org has launched a petition, but this is hardly the first time the Church of Christ-affiliated school has tried to stifle free speech.

3. Lady Gaga made her runway debut in Paris โ€” and premiered a song called “Government Hooker.” Watch video from the Thierry Mugler fashion show above and listen to the song here.

—  John Wright

Diablos raise $12K putting men on the market

We all expect to pay for a hooker, but the hooker at Woody’s on Sunday โ€” and that’s a position in rugby, folks โ€” took several hundred bucks, making him, officially, a high-priced hooker. Then again, the wings (including Nick Hughes, pictured with co-host Susy Solis), center, fullback, prop and flankers netted beaucoup bucks, too, making the Dallas Diablos Rugby Football Club’s annual bachelor auction a success. All in all, with bids and merchandise sales, the team went home $12,300 richer.

Below are some other photos of the auction, provided by Hank Henley Photography.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The Fun of Spain’s 24/7 Viagra-Fueled Male Hooker Ring Comes to Screeching Halt

Just when they were getting ready to make the switch to Cialis, government regulators stepped in: "Spanish police say that for the first time they have broken up a human-trafficking gang that brought men to the country to work as prostitutes, providing them with Viagra, cocaine and other stimulant drugs to be available for sex 24 hours a day. Authorities arrested 14 people, mainly Brazilians, on suspicion of running the organization and another 17 alleged prostitutes for being in Spain illegally, the National Police said in a statement Tuesday. A police official said he did not know if the male prostitutes serviced men or women."

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