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DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Roman Polanski on child sex case: 33 years of regret

ZURICH — Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski says he has regretted having sex with a teenage girl in 1977 ever since, in his first interview since spending months in a Swiss prison over the sensational case. “I have regretted it for 33 years, of course I regret it,” the Franco-Polish filmmaker…

Obama supports bill to repeal federal marriage ban

The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama was “proud” to support a bill that would end the federal ban on same sex marriage. The proposed legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says that no state is…

Berlusconi faces trial hearings for bribery and sex crimes

ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces trial hearings for bribery and for paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl on Monday, as the Italian leader fights off growing unpopularity and financial woes. Berlusconi, 74, is a defendant in three ongoing trials but is only due to attend the corruption…

Ron Paul and six other Republicans refuse to sign Family Leader pledge

Ron Paul joined six other Republican presidential candidates Thursday in refusing to sign the controversial Family Leader “marriage vow.” Paul adviser Jesse Benton told Politico that he would not sign the pledge in its current form. So far, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum are the only presidential candidates to have…

Ohio serial killer heard ‘bad’ voices

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio jurors Thursday got a glimpse into the mind of a man accused of killing 11 women and storing their decomposing bodies for two years, watching a video of his police interrogation. Anthony Sowell, 51, has been little heard from during three weeks of gruesome testimony including…

Mitt Romney rejects ‘undignified and inappropriate’ Family Leader pledge

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday rejected a “pro-marriage” pledge created by a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group that opposes same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson said that while Romney “strongly supports traditional marriage,” the oath “contained references and provisions that were…

New York clerk quits over same sex marriage

by On Top Magazine Laura Fotusky has quit her job as town clerk of Barker, New York rather than sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, POLITICO.com reported. New York last month became the sixth – and most populous – state to legalize gay marriage after Governor Andrew Cuomo…

Assange’s lawyer: Accusers may feel sex was ‘disturbing,’ ‘disrespectful’

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been fighting a long legal battle regarding multiple rape allegations against him in Sweden, but his lawyer conceded Tuesday that he didn’t want to “challenge whether [the accusers] felt Assange’s conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what…

Ashton Kutcher’s crusade against sex ads rooted in prior anti-prostitution efforts

At the beginning of July, actor Ashton Kutcher brought heaps of publicity to his new anti-trafficking charity by updating his over seven million Twitter followers with the news that he convinced American Airlines to remove their ads from Village Voice Media publications. “Hey @AmericanAir are you aware that you are…

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