Kim Davis’ Constant Refusal
On Tuesday in Rowan County Kentucky, that clerk, Kim Davis, flatly refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in yet another attempt to defy the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses to gay couples. A district judge could now hold her in contempt, which can carry steep fines or jail time.
If you watch the video, you’ll see this is not a humble woman nor is she in any way remotely saint-like. From her expression to the tone in her voice, you’ll see absolute hatred for same sex couples.
I’ve seen and heard a lot of discussion about this on social media, from both sides. The bottom line, whether you agree with her or not, is that she’s violating the law. This isn’t about being mean to her. You might not agree with a 55 mph speed limit based on your religious beliefs, but if you don’t adhere to it you’ll wind up paying a price. And I think that’s what going to have to happen here. You either have respect for the law, or you don’t.
The Danish Girl Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne has done it again in an upcoming film titled, The Danish Girl, and this time with a trans character he’s nailed better than anything I’ve seen before in a movie trailer. It really is the kind of artistic culture that makes dealing with these back fence Christians like Kim Davis tolerable. It shows there’s always a balance between the most absurd and the most magnificent.
This time he headlines as Lile Elbe, the Danish painter born Einar Wegener and considered one of the world’s first trans women and who underwent the first gender reassignment surgery in 1930. The dramatic love story, adapted from the book by David Ebershoff, opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 27, and in additional cities in December. We can’t wait!
12 Year Old Gets Support From Andrew Goldstein
This is a great story about a 12 year old athlete, Braeden Lange, who came out as gay in a moment of sheer frustration online…while others were making gay jokes. I see the idiots make them all the time on Twitter and sometimes I go after them, sometimes I don’t. The best one I’ve seen so far was this straight guy comparing gay men to light beer. I went after that one. I think that sometimes…we should tell them. In any event, after Lange came out online his parents received all the notifications he’d received from friends and he wound up basically coming out to the entire world.
He endured nothing but homophobia in the days that followed. His parents did embrace him, after the initial shock wore off, and his dad told him about Andrew Goldstein, another pro athlete who came out about 20 years ago.
“It really gave me some hope knowing that if he could do it, I could probably do it too,” Braeden remembers.
Braeden’s dad reached out to Goldstein, who is now a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA, via email to see if there was a chance he’d talk with Braeden.
Andrew sent Braeden a video message, telling him, “You’re the bravest kid I’ve ever heard of.” He also sent Braeden the helmet he wore during the period he came out. “I think it belongs with you so you know I stand with you,” Andrew told him.
I post often about how pro athletes like Goldstein and Michael Sam inspire younger people, however, I don’t always have good examples to give. Here’s one. Pay attention to it, especially those of you who insult us each and every time you tell us that labels don’t matter. Being gay matters to this kid and millions more like him.