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Emails reveal school canceled musical for ‘homosexual themes,’ then lied about it

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Earlier this summer, a northern Pennsylvania high school announced it was canceling a production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot next spring because it included a same-sex wedding. Despite the school’s attempt to spin a different rationale, emails procured by Keystone Progress through Pennsylvania’s “Right To Know” law confirm that it was, in fact, canceled for its “homosexual themes.”

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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week’s hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states’ same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plus, Wisconsin organizers have formed a new group called Wisconsin Unites for Marriage, and judges in two more Florida counties rule that state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court’s jurisdiction.

There’s also new polling in the South, a victory in Alaska, and a big day ahead this week in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry.

Following is this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Check the links below under “Related Articles” for full reports on the stories mentioned in this video:

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Marriage News Watch: Another week, another win for marriage equality

Another week, and another win for marriage equality.

This time, it’s Florida. But the freedom to marry is in jeopardy in Colorado. Meanwhile an appeals court has set a date for oral argument in two states, but then said never mind. And the Department of Justice has indicated its plans for addressing the freedom to marry before the Supreme Court.

This week’s Marriage News Watch round-up is here:

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California.

It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case. We’ve already won at the district court level, and now the Fourth Circuit could rule on an appeal any day.

Also this week, a Colorado judge will allow marriages to continue, even though the state’s marriage ban is still on the books. A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court means marriage is safe in Pennsylvania. We have a new case in Idaho, briefs in multiple states, and a new survey in Louisiana.

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OUT: Michael Sam and the draw that changed American sports forever

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, graces the cover of the August issue of OUT Magazine, the first time he has appeared on the cover of a gay publication.

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An excerpt:

The first 15 minutes of the interview were excruciating. Sam refused to make eye contact with me. His answers were curt and nonrevealing. … I was starting to understand why he won Defensive Player of the Year.

Desperate to turn things around, I started talking about myself and mentioned visiting a boyfriend in upstate New York. Suddenly Sam’s head perked up; for the first time, he looked me in the eyes. “Wait—you’re gay?” I wasn’t sure how this could have been unclear. “Uh, yes,” I replied, wondering how he was going to take the news. “Oh!” he blurted, his voice rising five octaves. “And Aaron [Hicklin, Out’s editor in chief ]? Is he gay, too?” I nodded.

His face melted into a smile; he inched his chair closer to the table and loosened the furrow in his brow. “I thought you guys were straight! That’s why I was giving you a hard time.” His eyes, which had glared with impermeability all through the shoot, suddenly started to radiate warmth and comradeship. Sam’s metamorphosis was so sudden and cartoonish, it suggested how much energy he was having to expend to protect his sexual orientation from people he feared would use it against him.

Whereas before Sam had refused to discuss his relationship, now he was busting out his phone and showing me pictures of his treasured man. … “I’m sorry about before — I just thought you were some reporter after a story. Some of those guys are vultures.”

Sam may not have an effective gaydar, but he had a keenly developed sense of kinship. His entire adult life had been dominated by teams and, evidently, a binary vision of friend or foe. All it took was the word “boyfriend” for him to switch from lion to lamb, and to become not only cooperative but downright solicitous.

“Have you still not gotten your tea?” he fretted. I hadn’t. He hounded the waiter and obtained my tea, but he was still worried. “Are you sure you don’t want lemon and honey?” He was a strong advocate of lemon and honey.

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Russian MP says naked Apollo on banknote promotes ‘gay propaganda’

A section of a Russian 100-rouble banknote.

A section of a Russian 100-rouble banknote.

A Russian lawmaker wants his country’s Central Bank to change the 100 rouble note and remove naked images of the Greek god Apollo because it violates Russian law by exposing minors to “gay propaganda.”

“You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia,” says Member of Parliament Roman Khudyakov.

The note, worth less than $3, depicts an image of a statue of Apollo riding a four-horse chariot atop the Bolshoi Theater, one of Russia’s main cultural symbols, reports Reuters.

“I submitted a parliamentary request and forwarded it directly to the head of the central bank asking for the banknote to be brought into line with the law protecting children and to remove this Apollo,” said Khudyakov.

The Central Bank had no immediate comment.

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Burger King ‘Proud Whopper’ wrapper for sale on ebay for $1,000

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The “Proud Whopper” was available for only a few days at one San Francisco Burger King location during the city’s pride festivities. Customers were not told what is in the burger, which came wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside the wrapper stated, “We are all the same inside.”

Update: As of Tuesday, there are still no bids on the wrapper.

Here’s a video of diners trying to figure it out.

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other.

Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge.

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