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Ecuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
Ecuador's highest court has ruled to recognize same-sex marriage, marking a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the Catholic-majority country.
Judges on Quito's constitutional court ruled five-to-four on Wednesday to overhaul the country's laws, arguing that its current marriage legislation was discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should be allowed equal rights.
The four dissenting judges said that changes to the Ecuadorean constitution should be decided and approved by the government and not the court.
Ecuador's National Assembly will still be required to officially change the laws that define the institution of marriage. Constitutional lawyer Salim Zaidán told CNN, however, that Wednesday's verdict was binding and that same-sex couples would be able to marry as soon as the constitutional court notifies local government offices of their decision. The court has 10 days to do so.
Abortion rights are LGBTQ rights
‘My Little Pony’ To Introduce A Lesbian Couple This Weekend
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Mastermind, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the comic-book mastermind who helped create some of pop culture’s most enduring and popular characters—including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, and more—has died at the age of 95, TMZ reported Monday. The Marvel founder had suffered from ill health over the past year or so, including pneumonia; according to The Hollywood Reporter, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple,' Sesame Workshop Disagrees
New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.
On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.
"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman said. "So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple."
Rapper Socalled made amateur gay porn to celebrate his 40th birthday
He filmed it in his parents' house
Canadian rapper Socalled said he celebrated his 40th birthday by making gay porn.
The openly gay star claimed that instead of a mid-life crisis, he wanted a ‘mid-life celebration’. And that celebration involved porn.
Filmed in his parents’ house.
The star realized his parents were out of town for a month, so he wrote a script with the house as the setting. They’ve now been told, and apparently it’s ‘still sinking in’ for his dad.
The 40-year-old recruited two porn stars for the dad-upsettingly-named film ‘The Housesitter’: Valentin Braun, to play the love interest, and River Wilson, as the main character.
Gay Star News
Trump’s God-Talk Is Turning America Off Religion
Perhaps the only subject Donald Trump likes to talk about as much as the almighty self is, well, Almighty God.
Need proof? At a White House “state-like dinner” for evangelical leaders in late August, President Trump spoke about “the glory of God” and the “power of prayer,” while promising that he would ensure America would “forever proudly remain one nation under God.”
Considering these anecdotes, one might assume that Trump using the presidential mega-microphone to speak about faith might help revive God-talk among the masses. But according to a new poll I commissioned with Barna Group, a prominent social research firm focused on religion and public life, it may be hurting the Christian cause rather than helping.
The Daily Beast
Chicago bishop who didn't report child abuse allegations to police is living on archdiocese property
Vermont authorities investigating orphanage abuse, bishop pledges full cooperation
Canadian Couple Loses Custody of Child After Using Stuffed Animal as Lawyer
A Canadian couple with extreme Christian views has lost custody of their daughter in a battle where they used a stuffed toy lion as their lawyer, witness, and judge. According to the Vancouver Sun, the couple claimed the stuffed animal transmitted the word of God. They refused other legal council, arguing that Jesus Christ via the toy lion was sufficient for their case.
This strange case began back in November, when the Provincial Court of British Columbia declared the parents unfit and the then one-year-old girl in need of protection. The parents appealed the decision to the B.C. Supreme Court on the grounds that the case violated their Charter rights and discriminated against them as Christians.
Porn Leads To School Shootings, GOP Congresswoman Says
Does anyone know what kind of porn Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is watching?
Whatever it is, the 67-year-old Black, who is running for governor of Tennessee, said it’s a “big part” of what is driving the spike in school shootings.
Treat yourself to a sex doll with an 'unstoppable bionic penis'
You can treat yourself to a sex dolls with ‘bionic penis‘ this year.
If you’ve ever needed someone with stamina of a champion, these dolls are for you.
RealDoll like to ’emphasize the term “LOVE doll” because they are so much more than a sex toy.’
Their new male dolls feature a 4-1/2? oral capacity and a 6? ‘standard’ anal entry.
Matt McMullen of RealDoll said the company is currently tweaking the voice and personality of the robot.
Gay Star News
MAN WHO HOPES TO PROVE THE EARTH IS FLAT IN HIS HOMEMADE ROCKET POSTPONES HIS PLANS
In an effort to prove the Earth is flat, 61-year-old “Mad” Mike Hughes plans to launch himself thousands of feet in the air in a homemade rocket. But his launch—which was originally set for Saturday—has been postponed, The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon.
Hughes was originally planning to conduct his experiment over Amboy, a ghost town situated along Route 66 in California, that has a population of 4. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reportedly informed him that he cannot launch his scrap metal rocket on public land.
According to Hughes, the federal agency told him his experiment was a no-go, but Samantha Storms, BLM spokeswoman, said she was unaware of any communication between the self-taught rocket scientist and the agency.
Meet the French artist creating stunning 3D images of muscle men
A French illustrator and computer artist is picking up a big following with his incredible images of muscle-bound guys. Alex Bronnings is more commonly known under his Albron moniker.
Aged 43, he was born and raised in the west of France, but now lives in Paris.
He tells GSN that he studied at the Beaux-Art school in Nantes: ‘But it was a very traditionalist art school, nothing about digital illustration, and nothing about 3D… Well, It was at the end of the 90’s so 3D software was not so common or affordable!’
‘I started learning 3D in 2010 during the subprime crisis, as most of my clients from events agencies were stopping their activities.’
Gay Star News
Wait, You Never Heard of Danger and Eggs?
With its colorful, quirky animation style and collection of endearingly offbeat characters, Amazon Prime’s Danger & Eggs belongs to the same kind of alternate universe as fellow animated shows Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe. Even better, Danger is packed with queer and trans characters, voiced by queer and trans actors.
The cartoon centers on a spunky little girl named D.D. Danger (Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant) and her best friend, Phillip (Eric Knobel) — a large, talking humanoid egg — and their adventures together in Chickenpaw Park. Until now, Steven Universe (which features several queerish and nonbinary characters) was leading the pack as the LGBT-friendliest mainstream kids cartoon, but Danger & Eggs goes a few steps further.
You need to see these amazing images of guys under water
A gay photographer based in Canada is picking up a huge following on social media because of his incredible underwater images.
Lucas Murnaghan, 41, lives his partner of the past ten years in Toronto. He tells GSN that he does photography as a hobby. His full-time job is as a surgeon in a hospital.
Gay Star News
New Marvel trailer features queer and diverse teen superheroes
On 21 November, a brand new Marvel series debuts on Hulu and it’s different like all the rest. It’s not one of Netflix’s gritty takes, nor is it the broadcast adaptations of Agents of SHIELD or the ill-received Inhumans.
And it’s entirely to do with the source material: Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s Runaways.
The premise is relatively simple: a group of teenagers discover they have powers and their parents belong to a supervillain organization known as the Pride.
Gay Star News
A Brief History of Little Richard Grappling With His Sexuality & Religion
For more than six decades, Little Richard has kept people bopping to his signature style of danceworthy rock 'n' roll. Besides his music, Little Richard has been known for something else throughout his expansive career: his complicated relationship with his sexual orientation, and his faith's effect on it.
In a recent rare interview on the Christian-oriented Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Richard reiterated his belief that homosexuality is "unnatural" while simultaneously reaffirming his strong Christian faith that has followed him for most of his life. "Anybody that comes in show business, they gon' say you gay or straight," he said. "God made men, men and women, women... You've got to live the way God wants you to live... He can save you."
These comments are the latest in a decades-long public struggle with compromising his religious beliefs and his sexual orientation.
This Marvel superhero has just had his first gay kiss in the comics
Comics has had another landmark moment as adult Iceman – Bobby Drake – has had his first gay kiss.
But wait, you’re saying, hasn’t Iceman been out and gay with a boyfriend for a while now?
To be clear, there are two Icemans currently running around the comics X-Men universe. There is the adult Iceman, the same one that comic fans have grown up with since the 1960s.
Gay Star News