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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast mate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City. Bennett did not want to confirm who sent him the picture, but from the image it appears it was taken at La Viola at 252 South 16th Street, not far from where the attack happened at 16th and Chancellor streets. We reached out to the restaurant who confirmed that they had a large party on the night of the attack, but that they could not confirm whether the photo was taken that night. They also said they do not know who made the reservation, as they tear up their reservation list each night. They say they have not heard from police.
Follow the Twitter sleuthing at Storify. It does appear to be the same guy in the red vest. I’ll find it hard to believe if that restaurant doesn’t have at least several credit cards on file from that party. (Tipped by JMG readers Edward and Paul.)
RELATED: The owner of several Center City hotspots has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading the arrests of the attackers.Twitter sleuth FanSince09 is vowing to donate half of the reward to LGBT groups.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today confirmed what many analysts have theorized when she said that marriage equality will likely not be heard in her court until federal appeals courts disagree on the issue. That hasn’t happened yet, but Ginsburg advised a Minnesota audience to therefore keep an eye on the Sixth Circuit. Via the Associated Press:
Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted. She said if the appeals panel falls in line with other rulings there is “no need for us to rush.” Ginsburg didn’t get into the merits of any particular case or any state’s gay marriage ban, but she marveled at the “remarkable” shift in public perception of same-sex marriage that she attributes to gays and lesbians being more open about their relationships. Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. “Having people close to us who say who they are – that made the attitude change in this country,” Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School.
The Sixth Circuit heard multiple marriage cases on August 4th. Most analysts concluded that the decision will be a split in either direction. As many have predicted, we’ll likely have to lose at the Sixth Circuit (or elsewhere) in order to finally get back in front of SCOTUS. The Court is scheduled to consider cases from five states (where we won) on September 29th.
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Keeping with the edible theme, Drag Race royal and extraordinary singer/actor Jinkx Monsoon has released a video for the second single off The Inevitable Album, “The Bacon Shake.” Teaming up with the B-52’s Fred Schneider, Ms. Monsoon looks sizzling and delicious as she transforms from nice to naughty in the vaudeville-inspired act.
Jinkx spoke with Buzzfeed about the video:
“I really wanted the video to have an air of an old German cabaret club, or a naughty little gentleman’s club where this brassy broad is singing her heart out.”
“The director, Steven Willis was totally on board with that treatment for this video, and we all unanimously agreed Fred Schneider HAD to be the bartender in this jazz joint…”
“I just hope it makes [the audience] happy and I hope it makes people wanna dance. It’s a catchy tune and I want people to tap their feet to it and sing along.”
Shake along, AFTER THE JUMP…
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The good news about Jimmy Somerville, who stunned us recently with a haunting 30th anniversary reprise of his 1984 Bronski Beat classic “Smalltown Boy”, is that he has begun releasing singles from a forthcoming album which has a distinctly retro feel.
Says Somerville in a press release:
“I’ve finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I’d buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gate-fold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine…I’d be in heaven! The horns, the strings, the bass, the guitars, the drums, the backing vocals and the melody….the escape. So open your ears embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound … I LOVE Disco!”
Have a listen to the first U.S. single from Homage, “Travesty”, AFTER THE JUMP…
And listen to a sneak peek of “Back to Me” HERE.
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Lambda Legal is officially seeking a summary judgment from the District Court of Puerto Rico that would effectively put an end to the district’s same sex marriage ban. In June, Lambda Legal joined Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an LGBT non-profit organization, in supporting the Conde v. Rius Armendariz class action lawsuit
Following a ceremony performed in Massachusetts Ivonne Álvarez Velez and Ada Conde Vidal became Puerto Rico’s first married lesbian couple. Since 1999, a Puerto Rican amendment to the commonwealth’s civil code has made it so that Puerto Rico does not recognize same sex marriages–even those performed in other jurisdictions. Conde, a lawyer by training, filed the suit after realizing that she would be barred from making medical decisions on behalf of her ailing daughter.
“If she dies, I want my marriage legally recognized,” Conde explained to the Washington Blade this past March. “If I am not recognized, I will not have any rights to request her estate.”
Conde and her partner are joined by four other gay and lesbian couples, two of whom are looking to actually be married within Puerto Rico, while the others seek to have their pre-existing marriages recognized.
“All families deserve to have their love and commitment recognized in Puerto Rico,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan Lambda Legal’s staff attorney working with Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. “They need the protections only marriage can provide as soon as possible, without discrimination.”
Read Conde v. Rius Armendariz’s full legal brief, AFTER THE JUMP…
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The Human Rights Campaign today issued a lengthy report which details the anti-LGBT hate campaigns being done overseas by American hate group leaders such as NOM’s Brian Brown, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, Pastor Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera, homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez, World Congress of Families leader Larry Jacobs, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Benjamin Bull, and others. The report delves into the specific campaigns, countries, and funding sources for each these villains. Read the full report, watch the short supporting clips below, and see more on the HRC’s blog. This may be the best work we’ve seen by the HRC in some time.
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One Direction’s Niall Horan spurred rumors on the internet today after a Vine allegedly showing the singer kissing a male companion gained popularity on social media. Niall himself responded to the speculation on Twitter, saying: “all these rumours huh? you guys Crack me up”.
From what we can tell, the blurry video seems open to interpretation and most likely just shows Niall trying to talk to a friend in a loud club. Still, the Vine will no doubt keep the hopes of many a fanboy and girl alive and well.
Watch the video in question and decide for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP…
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A billboard in Portland, Tennessee has been drawing mixed reactions from locals for a few months now. The advertisement depicts an open Bible with a passage from Leviticus 18:22 on one page that reads, “You shall not lie with man as with a woman it is an abomination,” and the oft-heard phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin” on the other page. The quote is attributed simply to “God.”
Some Portlanders see the billboard as a bullying tactic while others agree with the message and deem it a product of free speech. The backers of the board are unknown, but the bottom corner reads: “paid for by concerned Christians.”
Fox 17 Nashville reports:
“I was infuriated. It’s pretty cruel to single out one group of sinners,” said [Ashley]Alderson…
Glenn Pennington says he sees the billboard as a freedom of speech issue.
“That’s how they feel if the opposite side wants to put something up it’s their business,” said Pennington.
One local, Elna Harman, said she believed that the billboard was a positive promotion of God’s word.
“It’s a love for people,” said Harman.
A mixed bag of responses to be sure, but not one person explicitly supportive of the LGBT community. Interesting that Alderson, though not in favor of the billboard, still deems the idea in question a sin.
A spokesperson from the Tennessee Equality Project responded to the billboard with particular concern for LGBT teenagers who could be negatively impacted by its message.
Watch Fox 17’s news coverage, AFTER THE JUMP…
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