Today’s New York City Tabloids

The most contentious, wacky, and weird local election I’ve ever known comes to a partial resolution today. Whether or not De Blasio gets out of today without a runoff, at least we can all finally say goodbye, for now, to Anthony Weiner.

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/09/todays-new-york-city-tabloids.html

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Hawaii Governor Calls Special Session for Marriage Equality Bill

Hawaii

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie announced today that he’ll call a special session of the legislature to consider a marriage equality bill on October 28, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports:

AbercrombieState House Democrats have met over the past two weeks to count votes and determine if support existed to pass a measure. Senate Democrats are scheduled to meet later this week, although leaders have said they have enough votes to pass a bill recognizing same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

Abercrombie had previously said he was waiting for a clear signal from the Legislature before calling the lawmakers back for a special session. Last week, he said he believed he had all the information he needed to make his decision.

The AP adds:

The bill is the culmination of 20 years of discussion, Abercrombie told reporters during a news conference at the Hawaii Capitol.

“Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed,” Abercrombie said. “No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.”

Abercrombie acknowledged that some people will be against the bill because they disagree with the concept of gay marriage, but he said it includes provisions — including a religious exemption — to protect First Amendment rights.

Hawaii would be the 14th state to offer marriage equality, along with D.C.

via Towleroad News #gay http://www.towleroad.com/2013/09/hawaii-governor-calls-special-session-for-marriage-equality-bill.html

Fox Sports Fires Pundit for Anti-Gay Comments Made During Failed Senate Bid: VIDEO

Craig James (pictured), the former NFL star who unsuccessfully ran in the Texas GOP Primary for U.S. Senate last year, has been fired from his short-lived job as a Fox Sports pundit after video emerged of him making anti-gay comments during his campaign bid.

Via The Daily Mail:

Craig JamesThe 52-year-old former ESPN sportscaster, who was only hired by rival Fox a month ago, told the debate that being gay “is a choice” and that people who “choose to do that” will “have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

The comments, which drew hearty applause from the audience, left Fox bosses with little choice but to cancel his contract “with immediate effect.”

“Craig James will not be making any further appearances on Fox Sports Southwest’s football coverage this season,” a Fox Sports spokesperson told Sports Illustrated.

Another Fox spokesman told the Dallas Morning News: “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.”

Towleroad readers may remember the 2012 Texas GOP Senate Primary being filled with candidates desperately vying for the title of “Biggest Homophobe.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP… 

Previously, “GOP Texas Senate Candidate Tom Leppert Says He Was Doing the Work of Jesus When he Marched in Gay Pride as Mayor” [tlrd]

via Towleroad News #gay http://www.towleroad.com/2013/09/fox-sports-fires-former-nfl-star-craig-james-for-anti-gay-comments-made-during-failed-senate-bid-vid.html

HAWAII: Gov. Abercrombie Sets Date For Special Legislative Marriage Session

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced that he has called for a special legislative marriage equality session on October 28th.

The push for such legislation by way of a special session increased in the aftermath a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that enabled legally married gay couples to receive federal benefits. Currently, same-sex couples in Hawaii can enter into civil unions and receive the same rights and benefits as marriage under state law but are not entitled to federal benefits. State House Democrats have met over the past two weeks to count votes and determine if support existed to pass a measure. Senate Democrats are scheduled to meet later this week, although leaders have said they have enough votes to pass a bill recognizing same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

It’s looking good! (Tipped by JMG reader Eduardo)

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/09/hawaii-gov-abercrombie-sets-date-for.html