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Italians, Marriage, Gays, and Fidelity; Cindy Brady, Again; James Franco Smacking Guy’s Bare Ass With A Chicken Wing

Italians, Marriage, Gays, and Fidelity

This is something that surprised me a little. It sounds valid, and I did check other sources. 

An amendment to Italy’s Civil Code would remove references to “fidelity” from the institution of marriage, following the model adopted for Italy’s gay civil unions.

Passed earlier this year, the Italian civil unions bill omitted references to fidelity and marital faithfulness, and referred simply to “moral and material support” and “cohabitation.”

And this is interesting, too.

A 2010 Gay Couples Study conducted by Colleen Hoff at the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, San Francisco, found that 47 percent of gay couples had “sex agreements” that specifically allowed sexual activity with others.

You can read the rest here. The bill has passed the Senate and is under review. I know it’s a very conservative publication and I’m linking to it on purpose to prove a point. This is how people who don’t know get an exaggerated impression of gay couples. Here’s a link to another article in the Telegraph.  

I’m not familiar with the study in San Francisco, but I do know a lot of gay couples. And that study was done over six years ago before legalized gay marriage. The gay couples I know are mostly monogamous. That’s just from my personal experience. And they are gay couples of all ages. I’m not knocking open marriages, gay or straight. I just don’t know if it’s realistic to mention gay couples this way without doing extensive research, everywhere, and finding gay couples who are willing to participate. I would never participate in a study like that. I’m on the fence with this one.

Cindy Brady, Again

Last week I posted about how Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on the TV show The Brady Bunch, made gay slurs on the radio and was ultimately fired as a result.

Here’s a new twist…

‘This is only about me supporting Trump. And I still do!’ she writes in Facebook post.

She adds: ‘And by the way, how does one get fired from a job they were never paid to do?’

Whether she was paid or not, LA Talk Radio took her off the air for using anti-gay slurs against a gay actor in a Facebook message made public.

Here’s the rest.  You can read the gay slurs she made at this link.

James Franco Smacking Guy’s Bare Ass With A Chicken Wing

You have to admit that even a new James Franco story is a nice diversion from politics these days. Franco’s actually talking about a scene he did for a film while he was playing James Dean.

‘Well in this version Paul had kind of changed it … there he is picking stuff up and it’s not tea anymore – it’s Kentucky Fried Chicken.

‘And his pants are down at his ankles, his ass is out … I’m supposed to get on his back and like ride him and say like, “Ride the pig! Ride the pig!” and hit his ass with a chicken wing.’

There’s more here, with a video. It’s a good video of Franco being interviewed by Stephen Colbert.

Stepbrothers In the Attic by Ryan Field

Chris Pine on Russia; Marriage in Oklahoma; Randi Zuckerberg’s Web Site;

Chris Pine on Russia

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I’ve posted about Chris Pine here before. He recently made his own comments about what’s happening to the LGBTI community in Russia, all comments worthy of repeating more than once.

Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation, which he calls “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense.”

“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” ”What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”

Bravo! I’ve been saying basically the same thing since we all first learned about Russia’s anti-gay laws. We simply have not done enough and the way we pander to this brand of hate absolutely amazes me.

You can read more here.

Marriage in Oklahoma

In what seems to be something similar to what happened in Utah recently, a federal judge has struck down the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma. With this came a warning to gay couples in Oklahoma, though. Those for the ban on gay marriage will appeal which will cause more legal issues until it’s all settled.

The decision drew criticism from the governor, attorney general and other elected officials in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt. A state lawmaker who once said gay people posed a greater threat to the nation than terrorism blasted rulings from “activist judges.”

Kern said the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause because it precludes same-sex couples from receiving an Oklahoma marriage license. In his 68-page ruling, Kern frequently referenced U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued last summer on gay marriage. He also took a shot at Oklahoma’s high divorce rate, noting that “excluding same-sex couples from marriage has done little to keep Oklahoma families together thus far.”

I can’t even begin to imagine what that state lawmaker means by terrorism. You can read more here.

Randi Zuckerberg’s Web Site

Her web site is called Dot Complicated. For those who don’t know, Randi Zuckerberg is the sister of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Back around BEA time of the year, I posted about Randi Zuckerberg’s children’s books and how she’s working to keep children protected from certain aspects of the Internet. And while I’m by no means an obvious fan of any form of censorship, I do believe that what kids see anywhere should be treated with care.

In any event, Zuckerberg’s web site seems to be progressing and I just wanted to follow up on it. I wish I were hearing more about it, but it’s still new and there’s still time.

Dot Complicated is an online community aimed at “untangling” our wired, wonderful lives, created by Randi Zuckerberg. Technology has changed virtually every part of our lives: how we interact with friends and family, how we raise our children, how we announce major life news, how we find love, and how we manage our careers.

For our society, it’s like the wild, wild west – social norms and etiquette are changing constantly as we get used to life with smartphones, 24/7 access to one another, and more emails than one person could ever humanly respond to.

I only hope it continues to grow. You can read more here.