Sunday Funday’s Got a Lot of Gay Honeymooning to Do

Hello, kiwi fruit tarts! I’m moving today. Eli and I finally have a place to live!


It’s a Sunday Funday for all of us then, and a holiday-induced lag in our news cycle will not deter me from bringing you bright and sunny cheer from the world wide web. So here goes.

Yet Another GOP Player for DOMA’s Repeal

The third of his kind, Republican Representative Charles Bass of New Hampshire signed on to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act and therefore repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

His support was announced Thursday in The Advocate.

“I think he wants to be on the right side of his history,” said Kathryn Lehman, a lesbian Republican lobbyist working on the repeal effort. “His state has marriage, and the Republicans control the H   ouse and Senate in New Hampshire. I think he wants to show solidarity with his state and I think he just thinks it’s the right thing to do.”

The Respect for Marriage Act will need to be reintroduced next year in the new session of Congress. Advocates anticipate that with each new Republican co-sponsor, momentum will continue to grow.

(The catch is the Bass lost his bid for re-election when rumors of his support for the act hit conservative New Hampshire. But it’s the thought that counts!)

Aussie Dyke Style

This video > Gangam Style.

A Superior Lesbian

Calfornia Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kim Colwell, a lesbian, to the Alameda County Superior Court. She’s the first out lesbo to get the honor.

“It matters because gay people are underrepresented on the bench,” Colwell told the Bay Area media. “It’s important to have everybody on the bench because the court belongs to everybody. You want to be judged by your peers or people who understand you.”

Colwell is a graduate of UC Hastings law school.

Obama Gets Personal

Maybe you can go home again. Barack Obama this week urged lawmakers in his home state of Illinois to support legalizing gay marriage in an upcoming vote.

Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

The “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” is expected to hit the state legislature in January.

“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

“As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said. […]

While Obama rarely gets involved in statehouse battles, he has voiced support for gay marriage measures in the past year, issuing — through his re-election campaign — statements of support for gay marriage ballot questions up last November in Maine, Maryland and Washington. Those initiatives won, and a Minnesota referendum to ban gay marriage — which Obama also publicly opposed — lost.

Someone Thinks This Random Assortment of Women Are All Funny

SheWired clearly doesn’t know who Brittani Nichols is. But here’s some funny moments you probably forgot about strewn over six pages.


The Maine Event

LEGAL GAY MARRIAGE PARTY! It all went down on Twitter, y’all.


A Year in This One Cat Existing

It’s been a sweet year of Lil Bub.


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  1. I was going to say something witty and incisive but I got distracted by hot Australian lesbians not wearing bras.

  2. The girl in the Aussie Dyke Style video looks so much like Kate Moennig. It’s driving me crazy! Also my new favorite video.

  3. “We drink beer and eat tacos and make pornos every day because we’re fuckin gay..fuckin a”

    1000 times yes

    • The best bit. I’m Australian and hate VB (the beer they were drinking), though I can attest to us making pornos every day.

  4. My number one feeling is that I want someone to create a show/reality show that revolves around the Aussie Dyke Style vid and keep Ilene Chaiken away from it and include intermittent appearances by Ruby Rose

  5. That video is going with ‘2006 Ashes series whitewash’ and ‘finding out a former Prime Minister had a world record in beer drinking’ in the very short list of things that make me proud to be Australian. Although, it is consistently jarring to hear Australian accents in stuff, even though I have the same bloody accent as the people in this video. I guess it’s just weird to watch something and hear people talking like me, when I’m so used to what I should stop calling the ‘tv accent’.

    • Yeah, I totally wish I was Australian now.
      I actually never realized that I had a Michigan accent until my late teens, because it’s so close to a “tv accent”… But then my friend from the Bronx in NYC pointed out the differences and now it drives me crazy, haha.

    • People ask me why I haven’t lost my American accent over the 7.5 years I’ve lived here… and I’m pretty sure that one big reason is TV. (The other is that my wife also has an American accent.)

  6. Every time a current republican does something halfway decent it scares the crap out of me. I’m still weary of their intentions. This reminds me of Mean Girls in a way. What if they’re Cady and they’re treating us as Regina? What if they have a blackboard and are waiting to infiltrated and start crossing things off the list? What if this one act is just the foot cream that we’re supposed to moisturize our faces with?! What if they attacking unions again so they don’t have to worry about any school buses driving around for us to push them in front of? The possibilities.

    Also…Australian lesbians ftw!

  7. omg you guys I recently went to Australia and all of the girls there are incredibly attractive. Like, ALL OF THEM.
    They all have cute accents and extremely cute hair and are just so friendly and amazing. Plus, they put icecream in all of their coffee. That girl in the video looks exactly like Shane/.

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