Costa Rica Bureaucracy Blocks Country’s First Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to work under temporary rules designed to allow such marriages to take place.

The marriage was set for last weekend after the Inter-American Court earlier this month ruled that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions.

The court recommended that those rights be upheld via temporary decrees while governments pursue permanent laws.

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Reuters reports:

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis then directed government agencies to apply the ruling until lawmakers or the constitutional court formally adopt new laws.

However, the notary council of the Central American country said on Friday it would only authorize such unions if the local legislature or the court annul laws outlawing gay marriage.

“The rules that regulate marriage in Costa Rica … remain in force,” the council said, telling notaries to abide by them.

The court’s decision has triggered debate ahead of Costa Rica’s presidential election on Feb. 4, with some candidates vowing to fight it.

Larissa Arroyo, an attorney representing the couple in Costa Rica who planned to marry on Saturday, said:  “There’s nothing stopping the road to equality, but the truth is we don’t know how long it will take to get there.”

Costa Rica’s Justice Minister Marco Feoli said in a statement that the notary council’s position goes against both the executive branch and the Inter-American Court.

Although several Latin American countries do not allow same-sex marriage, in recent years same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Is Back, ‘Drunk History’, Criss Kills On ‘Versace’ And More TV This Week

Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.

Pour one out for those we’ve lost — like Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and more — with a new season of Drunk History on Comedy Central. Stars including Tiffany Haddish, Mandy Moore and Busy Phillipps help bring to life boozy re-enactments of famous historical moments in the series’ fifth season premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Out actor and series creator Dan Levy is back with another season of Schitt’s Creek, the wacky comedy he created and stars in alongside his father, Eugene Levy. Dan Levy’s character, David, is one of the few pansexual characters on TV. The new season premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on Pop.

After last week’s bold, bloody premiere, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story continues its twisted tale. Tune in for more of Darren Criss’ chilling performance Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX.

Start your engines, henny, because it’s time for another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. The third installment pits fan-favorites like BenDeLaCreme, Trixie Mattel and Shangela against each other for a chance to enter the Hall of Fame. All Stars rules are in effect, so get ready for the return of Lip Sync For Your Legacy. Don’t miss the premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern on VH1.

Now’s your chance to finally see Erika Jayne lip sync. This time she’ll be dancing and mouthing the words to Christina Aguilera as she battles Rent star Taye Diggs in a new episode of Lip Sync Battle Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Paramount.

What are you watching this week on TV?

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Chris Cuomo, Maren Morris, Tony Perkins, Alexander Skarsgard, Matt Drudge, Tabatha: HOT LINKS

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FORGOT PASSWORD. Why Hawaii’s governor didn’t tweet about the incoming missile.

Arpaio Donald TrumpSTORMY DANIELS. Trump paid off Stormy Daniels after the election? “Given that the payment made from the Trump campaign to Trump Tower Commercial LLC was for roughly the same amount that Essential Consultants LLC paid to Daniels — and given the fact that the payout occurred just one month after the 2016 presidential election ended — this transaction is sure to raise questions over whether campaign funds were used to cover the costs of paying off a porn star.”

Tony PerkinsTONY PERKINS. Trump gets a “mulligan” on affair with porn star. “You get a do-over here.”

WHAT ME WORRY? Trump says he’s not at all concerned that Jeff Sessions spoke with Robert Mueller. “Trump’s comment comes after the Justice Department confirmed that Sessions was interviewed last week as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

BROMANCE OF THE WEEK. Alexander Skarsgard and Jack McBrayer.

MATT DRUDGE. Trump can’t wait to run for reelection in 2020.

THE WALL. Chuck Schumer withdraws offer of big spending boost on Trump’s wall:  “The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House on Monday that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north of the $1.6 billion in wall funding Trump had asked for this year, according to two Democrats. And now they say Trump will simply not get a better deal than that on his signature campaign promise.”

TRUMP’S WAR ON THE PRESS. The consequences.

DO UR JOB DAMMIT. Rosie O’Donnell rips Chris Cuomo for Kellyanne Conway interview.

NOT TAKING OVER ANYMORE. Tabatha returns to TV: ‘Now, the 48-year-old is back with a new series, Relative Success With Tabatha. She describes it as the “2.0 version” of her old show — but this time, it isn’t about taking over. It’s about giving family businesses tools to succeed with minimal hands-on intervention from Tabatha herself. Now, she’s more of a coach. In fact, she’s actually certified to coach people in life and in business.

JAMES CORDEN. I spanked Donald Trump.

TORONTO. Police criticized for promoting fear in the community over gay murders: “They’re telling us not to be afraid of something we should be afraid of, and telling us to be afraid of something we shouldn’t be afraid of,” he said. “It ties death to gay sexuality which is very old rhetoric.”

SHROPSHIRE, UK. White supremacist planned attack on Pride event with machete, court hears: ‘A white supremacist with “a deep-seated hatred of black, Jewish, Muslim and especially gay people” was planning a “murderous attack” on a Pride event using a machete and an axe, a court has heard. Ethan Stables, 20, was planning acts of terrorism against groups he hated, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court. In June last year, he had assembled a machete, knives, an axe, an air rifle and a ball bearing gun when he became “enraged” about a planned LGBT Pride event at the New Empire pub in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, a jury heard on Tuesday.’

FLOODWATER RESCUE OF THE DAY. Unreal rescue in Baton Rouge.

NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey “The Middle”.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. A Wrinkle in Time.


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BBC Presenter Richie Anderson Comes Out as Gay to His Football Teammates: WATCH

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BBC host Richie Anderson came out as gay to his football teammates at the Coombs Wood FC in a segment that aired on BBC’s The One Show this week.

Said Anderson: “My teammates know I’m making a film about grassroots football but have no idea what I’m about to say.”

Turned out there was no nervousness required and they received the news with open arms.

Said Anderson afterward: “So, so relieved. I can’t even tell you. I expected it as they’re a good bunch of lads. It probably helped that I scored as well, but I’m so relieved. The main thing is, I hope there’s people watching this that are in the same boat I was in, and they’re thinking, ‘You know what? I can do that as well.’”


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Ja Rule Goes on Homophobic Tirade Against ‘Power Bottom’ 50 Cent

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A decades-old feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent erupted again this week after Ja Rule unleashed a series of homophobic tweets referring to his rap rival as a “power bottom,” among other things.

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Prior to becoming one of hip-hop’s biggest success stories with his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent was an up-and-coming rapper looking to make his way in the game. He quickly became known for calling rappers out by name on songs like his infamous 1999 single “How to Rob,” which included jabs at heavyweights like JAY-Z, Ma$e, DMX and Big Pun. While 50 Cent was considered a buzzworthy prospect, at the time, he was a relative unknown in comparison to Ja Rule, who’s own debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci, was certified platinum off the strength of the lead single “Holla Holla,” making him one of New York City’s leaders of the new school.

Although the circumstances are murky, somewhere along the line, the two artists bumped heads, resulting in 50 Cent throwing down the gauntlet and waging war with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. as a staff, record label and as a crew. What ensued was one of hip-hop’s longest-lasting, most-heated beefs—a conflict that’s still simmering to this day.

Ja Rule’s assault took place over a number of days, starting on January 19th.

Tweeted Ja Rule: “From now on everyone can refer to @50cent as #ticklebooty not fif not fiddy… #ticklebooty 😂🤣😭 that’s his name call him it to his FACE he ain’t gonna do SH*T… and if he does sue him like he did me…”

Responding to a follower that thought the “ticklebooty” nickname funny, Ja Rule tweeted again a short time later: “Nah what’s funny is @50cent let’s women and MEN play with his butthole… that’s kinda funny.”

The next day Ja Rule tweeted again: “I really don’t see why people like 50 Cent aka #PowerBottom. He hates on any black man or woman having success… he hates on Diddy, on Jay, on Empire. C’mob how you beefing with Taraji???”

And after inciting 50 Cent’s fans: “Haha i got you maaad lmao that’s what I call @50cent Stan’s grown men coming on my page with another mans dick in they mouth your wives/girlfriends must be proud…”

Continuing: “Now I know why 50 Cent named his show POWER… #PowerBottom #TickleBooty”

50 Cent has yet to respond.

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Nearly 500 LGBT Brazilians Died Violent Deaths Due to Homophobia in 2017, an All Time High

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Almost 500 LGBT Brazilians suffered violent deaths at the hands of homophobia in 2017, according to new research. Watchdog group Grupo Gay de Bahia found a 30-percent increase from the reported 327 deaths in 2016. The same group revealed that an LGBT person was killed every 19 hours in that country. In 2017, there were 387…


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Church Targeted With Anti-Gay, Racist Threats After Hosting Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Event – VIDEO

A church in West Lafayette, Indiana known for its liberal stance was targeted with homophobic and racist signs last weekend after it held and anti-Trump event.

The banners, which referenced the Orlando massacre, greeted members of the Unitarian Universalist Church as they arrived for morning services on Sunday.

The previous day, the church hosted the Resistance Fair. Organized by Greater Lafayette Indivisible, a group that formed in the wake of Trump’s election, the fair included a number of left-leaning organizations in the area and was designed to mobilize groups and voters on the left ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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According to WTHR, banners hung on the church fence showed slurs aimed at LGBT people and minorities.

One banner read: “Die F—–s, Orlando just like Los Vegas (sic).”

The Journal and Courier reports:

A second banner found at the church referenced singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, echoing fliers distributed in the church’s neighborhood last spring that also called out the singer-songwriter known for his progressive stances. That banner used a number of slurs for racial minorities and gays and lesbians: “N—– F—Sp—Lover.”

The first one included the date of Jan. 23, which is Tuesday. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Charlie Davis, said he considered that a threat, though he said he couldn’t tell the significance of the day, considering that the church has no services or events planned then.

Browne, though, has a concert planned Jan. 23 in Orlando, according to his website. The references would appear to reference the sniper attacks during the Route 91 Harvest music concert last fall in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and 851 others were injured.

While West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski confirmed police are investigating, Mayor John Dennis was more forthcoming, saying: “I’m so f—— mad.”

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On the city’s Facebook page, Dennis wrote:

“West Lafayette has been and always will be an open and welcoming community.

“We will not allow our embracing of all that is right to be targeted by those who feel empowered to deliver a message of hate, violence and exclusivity.”

Earlier this month, Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets were distributed in downtown Lafayette. Those fliers were titled “Why you should become a Klansman” and listed the phone number of  a group calling itself Soldiers of Christ, American Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Moselle, Mississippi.

Watch a report below.


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