Thursday, September 21, 2017

Arizona Supreme Court: Married Same-Sex Couples Should Have Equal Parental Rights

Good news from The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) regarding McLaughlin v. McLaughlin where the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a woman was the legal parent of the child she and her same-sex spouse conceived through assisted reproduction during their marriage.

Via press release:

As the Arizona Supreme Court recognized, the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Obergefell v. Hodges and Pavan v. Smith require states to treat married same-sex parents and married different-sex parents equally under the law. The Arizona Supreme Court explained, “It would be inconsistent with Obergefell to conclude that same-sex couples can legally marry but states can then deny them the same benefits of marriage afforded opposite-sex couples.”

Suzan McLaughlin and Kimberly McLaughlin were a married lesbian couple who had a child in 2011 using an anonymous sperm donor. After separating in 2013, Kimberly stopped allowing Suzan to see their child, and Suzan filed a legal action to be recognized as a parent.

Both the Arizona Court of Appeals and the trial court held that Suzan should indeed be recognized as a legal parent to her child. NCLR and Arizona attorney Claudia Work represented Suzan.

Since the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, numerous cases have recognized that married same-sex parents and married different-sex parents must be treated equally under the law.

In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Pavan v. Smith, another National Center for Lesbian Rights case, that Obergefell required states to treat married same-sex parents and married different-sex parents equally.

Arizona law assumes the man in a marriage is the father of any child born within 10 months of a marriage. But current laws don’t offer any protective rights to a non-biological same-sex parent in a married relationship where artificial insemination is used.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Scott Bales noted that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling states that same-sex couples are entitled to civil marriage “on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples.”

Jimmy Kimmel Slaps Back At Fox & Friends Host: "Brian Kilmeade Is A Phony Little Creep"

Jimmy Kimmel
In the aftermath of Jimmy Kimmel's monologue on Tuesday addressing the lies that Sen. Bill Cassidy had told on his show about healthcare legislation, Kimmel found himself as the target of attacks by various far-right pundits and politicians.

Sen. Cassidy responded saying Kimmel "just doesn't understand," Sen. Lindsey Graham chimed in, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found something to say.

But it was Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade mocking Kimmel as a member of the “Hollywood elite” that really raised Kimmel's ire:

“This is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him, kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman. Oh, he’s such a fan. He follows me on Twitter. He asks me to write a blurb for his book, which I did. He calls my agent, looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one.

“And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open heart surgery, then has to have two more, and because of that, I learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation. I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That is my blurb. That will be my blurb for your next book. ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’ That’s right.”

Kimmel also slapped back at Cassidy, Graham, and Christie during the segment.

This is excellent. Watch the entire monologue below.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lewandowski: If Paul Manafort Or Roger Stone Colluded To Influence Election, They Should Go To Jail For Life

Corey Lewandowski
Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's first campaign manager for the 2016 presidential campaign, publicly announced Tuesday that if Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, or anyone connected to the campaign colluded to influence the 2016 election, he hopes they "go to jail for the rest of their lives."

From the Washington Examiner:

Lewandowski was responding to reports that Manafort, who became campaign manager after Lewandowski was fired, was wiretapped as part of a federal investigation into Manafort's dealing with Ukraine. Reports say the surveillance, obtained through a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant, was in effect at a time when Manafort was in communication with President Trump.

"I think if anybody, and I've said this, if Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, or Rick Gates or Carter Page, or anybody else attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. election through any means that's inappropriate — through collusion, coordination, or cooperation — I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives. It's very simple. Our election process is too serious, our democracy is too important to allow people to try and try and have influence from the outside for their own gain," Lewandowski said during an event at George Washington University.

Lewandowski went on to defend Donald Trump saying he was by Trump's side for 18 hours a day for the first 18 months of the campaign and he never heard Trump mention "anything to do with Russia."

Trump Campaign Chair Manafort Offered Russian Billionaire "Private Briefings" On Presidential Campaign

Paul Manafort

The Washington Post is reporting that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered a Russian billionaire "briefings" on the state of the presidential campaign last July at the height of the election.

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.

“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.

The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

A spokesperson for Manafort called the emails "innocuous."

No wonder the investigation is focusing on Manafort.

News Round-Up: September 20, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Check out grown up Michael Angarano (above) who played Sean Hayes' son "Elliott" on Will & Grace during the show's initial run. Like other W&G alumni like Bobby Cannavale, Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., Angarano will return for an appearance during the show’s revival.

• Admiral Mike Mullen, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has filed a Declaration in support of transgender military servicemembers.

• Why did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price spend $60,000 of taxpayer money on five private jet flights over three days when his predecessors flew commercial airlines back in their day?

Avengers star Liam Hemsworth advocates for marriag equality in Austalia via Instagram:

• Five football players from a Christian-focused college in Illinois face felony charges after attacking a freshman and attempting to sodomize him.

• The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan over a law that allows publicly funded adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBT folks over "religious beliefs."

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, while chatting with Hillary Clinton about her new memoir What Happened, presented the former Democratic presidential candidate with a packet of "victory jokes" he never got to use on election night that included a Katy Perry video and naked male butts. Watch below.

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Out Soccer Star Robbie Rogers Featured In New Target Clothing Spot

Out professional soccer player Robbie Rogers is featured in a new commercial for Target's new clothing line from Goodfellow & Co.

According to Outsports, the spot featuring Rogers has been airing during NFL Sunday football games.

Rogers, who came out in 2013, has a son with his fiancé, TV producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Everwood).

Music Video: Maggie Szabo's "Don't Give Up" Is A Love Letter To Trans Youth

Acclaimed Canadian pop singer/songwriter Maggie Szabo drops her moving and uplifting new music video, "Don’t Give Up On Love."
Maggie Szabo
Acclaimed Canadian pop singer/songwriter Maggie Szabo recently released her moving and uplifting new music video, "Don’t Give Up On Love," from her upcoming EP Worthy.

The video, a love letter of support to the LGBTQ community, tells the story of a transgender high school student attending prom.

Szabo's soaring vocals sweep across an emotional, anthemic musical landscape accompanied by gospel-tinged backing vocals. The lyrics share an empowering message of hope and acceptance.

When your back’s against the wall
Cuz you feel you've lost it all
There’s nowhere left to turn and no one left to call
There is someone just like you
Who feels the same way too
Why would you surrender?
Don’t give up on love

Touching and authentic, the video is dedicated to transgender youth around the world who live in fear and suffer from rejection and exclusion.

Via press release:

The powerful and poignant narrative of ‘Don’t Give Up' is reflected in an exquisitely cinematic video, that follows a girl who is struggling with her gender identity and the pressures of conformity in high school. Szabo’s ultimate messages to fight for social justice and equality, “people are people, love is love. Society needs to stand up” professes Szabo. “I can’t stand by and watch millions of transgender youth live in fear for their safety, outcast from their homes and marginalized by society simply because they are struggling to understand their gender identity. I want to stand with them.”

"Don’t Give Up" was written and recorded in Los Angeles along with Stefan Lit (One Direction) and Chaz Mason.

With over 14 + million Youtube views, Szabo has been featured on several high profile media outlets including Billboard, Perez Hilton, Huffington Post and Yahoo Music!

A portion of the proceeds from this music video will be donated to the Ali Forney Center whose mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.

Watch "Don't Give Up" below.

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