GOP House Rep Confronts Park Ranger, Demands Apology For Shutdown

Gawker has the recap:

In an astounding confrontation that took place yesterday at the World War II Memorial in DC, a Tea Party congressman from Texas appeared to blame the Park Service for denying veterans access to the facility — and then made a Park Ranger apologize for the shutdown. “How do you look at them and … deny them access?” Rep. Randy Neugebauer asked the unidentified Ranger in an incredible exchange that was caught on camera by NBC Washington. In fact, the Park Service has been invoking the First Amendment in order to allow vets into the memorial despite the shutdown making it illegal for the department to do so. “It’s difficult,” the Ranger replied. “Well, it should be difficult,” scorned the congressman. “It is difficult,” the Ranger repeated. “I’m sorry, sir.” “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves,” said Neugebauer. “I’m not ashamed,” the Ranger retorted.”You should be,” sneered Neugebauer.

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RELATED: The National Journal ranks Neugebauer as the “most conservative member of Congress.” You might recall that it was Neugebauer who shouted “Baby killer!” at a Democrat during the Obamacare debate in the House.

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/10/gop-house-rep-confronts-park-ranger.html

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NJ Republican Who Voted Against Marriage Equality Now Vows to Override Christie Veto

Two weeks ago, Towleroad reported that two Republicans, Holly Schepisi and Declan O’Scanlon, and two Democrats, Wayne DeAngelo and Gabriela Mosquera, said they would be voting to override Chris Christie’s 2012 veto of the marriage equality bill.

BrownAnother Republican who voted against the marriage equality bill in 2012 now says he’ll vote to override Christie’s veto if the vote comes up, Politicker NJ reports:

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown said during a Wednesday evening legislative debate he would vote to override the Republican governor’s veto. Brown’s announcement marks the first time during the lead up to an override vote that a lawmaker who voted against the same-sex marriage bill last year publically announced they would change their vote.

“This is a decision I came to on my own,” Brown said following the debate after telling Atlantic City residents civil rights shouldn’t be decided by a ballot referendum – as Christie has advocated.

“I just believe when it comes to civil rights, I don’t believe it’s appropriate for the public to vote on it,” he said.

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Press Release Of The Day

Just in via press release:

While the majority of the country is feeling the effects of the government shut down and party disagreement over Obamacare, one industry is reaping the rewards from the fallout. Beginning September 29th, SeekingArrangement.com, the world’s largest Sugar Daddy dating site, experienced its largest growth in new sugar baby sign ups since March. Over 13, 947 women have joined the site this week, 56 percent of which are single mothers. “Obama once said, ‘Successful Americans do want to give something back, and no one finds success on their own. You didn’t build that, someone gave you help along they way.’- Someone like a sugar daddy. 44% of sugar baby membership is made up of college students, while 30 percent are single mothers. The average sugar baby receives $3000 per month in financial assistance from sugar arrangements.

So…you have options. If you’re female.

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/10/press-release-of-day.html

Quote Of The Day – Antonin Scalia

“I haven’t expressed my view about gay marriage. The issue in the DOMA case was not whether the Constitution requires states to allow gay marriage. That was not the question at all. The question is whether Congress can define marriage in all of the statues that Congress enacted to mean only marriage between a man and a woman. I’m waiting for the second shoe to drop.” – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying that he expects to find the issue before the Court again.

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/10/quote-of-day-antonin-scalia.html

20 Ole Miss Football Players Heckle ‘Laramie Project’ Production, Call Students ‘Fags’

Approximately 20 Ole Miss football players were involved in a mass heckling incident at a University of Mississippi production of The Laramie Project, the Moises Kaufman play about the Matthew Shepard murder.

The Daily Mississippian reports:
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According to the play’s director and theater faculty member Rory Ledbetter, some audience members used derogatory slurs like “fag” and heckled both cast members and the characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual orientations. Ledbetter said the audience’s reactions included “borderline hate speech.”

The football players were at the play because of a theater course requirement.

Said Ledbetter:

“The football players were certainly not the only audience members that were being offensive last night. But they were definitely the ones who seemed to initiate others in the audience to say things, too. It seemed like they didn’t know that they were representing the university when they were doing these things.”

Junior theater major Garrison Gibbons said the incident offered a real-life example of the play’s subject matter: “I am the only gay person on the cast. I played a gay character in the show, and to be ridiculed like that was something that really made me realize that some people at Ole Miss and in Mississippi still can’t accept me for who I am.”

via Towleroad News #gay http://www.towleroad.com/2013/10/20-ole-miss-football-players-heckle-laramie-project-production-call-students-fags.html

Joe Biden Cancels HRC Dinner Speech Over Government Shutdown

BidenVice President Joe Biden has canceled his keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, the AP reports :

Biden was scheduled to deliver the keynote address to about 3,400 people at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday. It’s the nation’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, and gay and lesbian activists were among President Barack Obama’s most loyal supporters during his re-election campaign.

But the partial shutdown of the federal government has led Obama and now Biden to cancel a number of events. Obama canceled an appearance at a glitzy Congressional Hispanic Caucus event Wednesday and has scaled back his upcoming trip to Asia.

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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Jordan and Devon

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Occasionally Towleroad features extraordinary gay marriage and proposal videos. Feel free to send us yours to consider. Today we feature the wedding of Devon and Jordan in California.

Devon writes us:

Johnnydevon3“I married the love of my life in a small ceremony in Los Angeles a few months back. Get the tissues ready, my husband went right for the feels in his vows.”

He isn’t kidding. Prepare yourselves.

And congrats, guys!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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