Bil Browning

Mid-week roundup

Filed By Bil Browning | July 11, 2007 11:47 PM | comments

Filed in: Weekly Reader
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, Matthew Shepard Act, roundup, Shannon Doherty, Tori Spelling

Our mid-week roundup has lots of items that you may have missed in your trip around the web this week. Be sure you check them out - they'll keep you busy till regular posting resumes tomorrow morning...

  • The hate crimes bill advanced today. The Matthew Shepard Act was offered as an amendment to a Dept of Defense bill today. Call you Senator today at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support the bill.
  • Ft. Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle is a shit. After the homophobic mayor demands "robo-toilets" that automatically opens the door after a few minutes, Equality Florida announces a protest - send the mayor a roll of toilet paper.
  • Actress Tori Spelling gets ordained and marries two gay men. Reverend Tori Spelling? What's next? Shannon Doherty in a spy tv movie with a gay main character?
  • Shannon Doherty in a spy tv movie with a gay main character. That was convenient, wasn't it?
  • John McCain's campaign going down after key staff shake ups. McCain's chances of becoming President are about as good as Shannon Doherty and Tori Spelling's chances of being in a good movie again.

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As Eureka Springs, Arkansas officials had hoped, their domestic partnership registry is attracting attention.

The symbolic ordinance, which took effect June 22, allows couples to have their partnership listed in a city registry for a fee of $35. The Associated Press took the news worldwide and mentions have included warm words on several prominent gay/lesbian websites, including — which called the town a “gay Mecca deep in the Bible belt.”

Not so positive was the reaction of the far-right American Family Association. Less than a week after the registry opened for its first signatures, the AFA issued an “Action Alert” on its website, complete with a form letter to send to Eureka Springs Mayor Dani Wilson. At the bottom of the letter is a box to check if the signer agrees to pray for Mayor Wilson.

According to the Eureka Springs City Clerk, Mary Jean Sell, 43 couples have registered with the city so far, coming from as far away as Ohio. At last count, there had been “around 3,500” e-mails, some of them multiple messages from the same sender, from the AFA.