Tag: marriage equality

Baltimore’s Archbishop Says Something Almost Tolerant About Homosexuality!

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I never thought I’d see the day:  Just a few weeks after Baltimore’s new-ish archbishop William Lori was a total bummer about the Supreme Court’s overturning DOMA, and a few short months after he campaigned against marriage equality in Maryland, the most important Catholic official in Baltimore has said something pretty tolerant about homosexuality.

A Destination Wedding in Baltimore Like You’ve Never Seen

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In their 20 years together, Cincinnati couple Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had always resisted the urge to leave their home state (where same-sex marriage is banned by constitutional amendment) to get hitched in one of the growing number of states that would recognize their union. For as long as the Defense of Marriage Act was the law of the land, their marriage would have second-class status. So when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA in June, the two began to hatch a wedding plan, one made all the more urgent — and all the more complicated — by Arthur’s recent diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disease.

Baltimore Archbishop Tries, Fails to Ruin Joy Over Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

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Thanks to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples who are married are one step closer to receiving federal benefits. And since Maryland legalized same-sex marriage last November, this state’s celebrations were especially sweet. But that didn’t stop Baltimore Archbishop William Lori from raining on the parade.

Baltimore Hosts Mass Gay Wedding in June

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Blame the Moonies for the fact that mass weddings seem, well, creepy. But in two weeks, Baltimore will play host to group nuptials that promise to be heart-warming (and cult-free!) as Baltimore Pride celebrates the first year of marriage equality in the state with a mass wedding in Druid Hill Park — with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiating.

John Waters on Baltimore: “It’s Where the Cutest Boys Are”

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In an interview with John Waters published last week on the Huffington Post, the questioner asks the famously filthy filmmaker why he “still” lives in Baltimore. (Hmmph!) But Waters’s answer is great:  “It’s where I get all my ideas. It’s where the cutest boys are. I have the most fun here. It’s the most mixed. It’s the most radical. We got edge here. Come on down.” But that doesn’t mean he’s not willing to criticize (gently). Below the jump, read what Waters has to say about The Wire, “the old, great sex bars,” and his occasionally contentious friendship with Martin O’Malley:

Hopkins Student Totally Stumps Rick Santorum on Gay Rights

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Photo of Kevin Cryan by Rachel Reed Photography.

According to Johns Hopkins student Kevin Cryan, it was one of the scariest things he’s ever done:  standing up in front of an audience of classmates, professors, and interested spectators to debate a fine point of constitutional law.

Did the Ravens Axe Brendon Ayanbadejo for his Gay Rights Activism?

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It’s been an up-and-down week for Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. The outspoken gay rights advocate flew to New York to accept the Straight for Equality in Sports Award from PFLAG, only to learn that he would be “released” — polite sportstalk for “cut” — from the team. In an interview with Newsday, Ayanbadejo intimated that his activism was perhaps to blame:  “My bark is louder than my bite. I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around?”

Is Maryland Really One of the Least Free States?

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Well, if North Dakota is the most free state in America, maybe freedom is overrated? That’s one way we Marylanders can soothe ourselves over our dismal showing in the annual Freedom in the 50 States survey conducted by George Mason University:  we’re the 44th freest state in the nation, slipping two spots since 2009. But what does “freedom” mean, exactly?

Ace of Cakes Star Makes Baltimore Proud, Even on the West Coast

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Although we miss having Duff Goldman and his Ace of Cakes crew here in Baltimore — Goldmand and much of his staff transplanted to Los Angeles a couple of years ago to found Charm City Cakes West — it’s good to hear that they’re still out there making Baltimore proud.

49ers Player Makes Stupid Homophobic Comments — Aren’t You Glad You’re a Ravens Fan?

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We’ve written plenty about how rad we think it is that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality, to the point of using his Super Bowl appearance to further the cause. That activism seems all the more awesome now that we hear how some other players — notably the 49ers Chris Culliver — discuss sexuality and football. ” No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do,” Culliver told Artie Lange in an interview on Super Bowl Media Day.  “Can’t be with that sweet stuff… Nah, can’t be in the locker room. Nah.”

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