Actress Portia de Rossi made headlines this week with a new interview in which she claims she "didn't want" to be a lesbian and struggled with an eating disorder as a result of hiding her sexuality. De Rossi has been with partner Ellen DeGeneres since 2008.
"I just didn't want to be gay. I just didn't want to be a lesbian. I'd never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange … I just kind of thought I don't want to live like this. I don't have to. I don't need to," de Rossi told "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet."
De Rossi admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder in order to deal with her sexuality and lost nearly 40 pounds as a result. more >>
Hawaii is well on its way to approving same-sex marriage after the state's Senate voted this week to repeal a voter-approved constitutional amendment specifically defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The vote came after the state's governor introduced a special session to have same-sex marriage legislation addressed, and although the legislation is expected to pass the House of Representatives' vote, Hawaii residents still remain greatly divided on the issue of redefining the meaning of marriage.
Hawaii's Senate voted 20-4 on Wednesday to have same-sex marriage legalized in the state. The state's lone Republican Senator joined three Democrats in opposing the legislation, which seeks to repeal a 1998 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Hawaii's Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie has voiced his interest in expediting legislation to redefine marriage in his state. He told Al-Jazeera America news on Monday that he believes the gay marriage legislation will be passed in the state "within a week or so." Abercrombie added that the bill was drawn up primarily in response to the Supreme Court's June rulings regarding gay marriage and subsequent legal action taken in Hawaii by same-sex couples hoping to have the state recognize marriage between same-sex couples. "The bill primarily is in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions and legal action that was taken in our state with regard to equality issues that we think the bill will resolve," Abercrombie said. more >>
Orson Scott Card, the author of the well-known science fiction classic Ender's Game that is soon to be released as a Hollywood movie, said in a recent interview that the backlash he has received from those who describe him as "homophobic" is a "savage, lying, deceptive personal" attack on him.
Card's classic science fiction novel, which describes the plight of a futuristic boy hired to kill an alien species, will be debuted as a film starring big names such as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in early November. Some groups have vowed to boycott the film due to Card's stance supporting traditional marriage; the 62-year-old author is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage and has previously said the legalization of gay marriage in California against voter wishes had marked "the end of democracy in America."
Card said in a recent interview with Deseret News that he believes the recent attacks on the upcoming film "Ender's Game" are really not directed at his work but rather are personal attacks on his character, and he believes that he cannot debate with critics who choose to assassinate his character rather than exchange intelligent ideas on the topic of marriage. more >>
One of the few Native American tribes in the U.S. that approves of same-sex marriage has begun officiating same-sex marriages in Oklahoma, in spite of the state's ban against the practice. Couples who are married by the tribe will receive federal marriage benefits but not state benefits.
The Cheyenne-Arapaho tribe in Oklahoma is one of few tribes in the country to recognize same-sex marriage, and told couple Darren Black Bear, 45, and his partner Jason Pickel, 36, that it would agree to officiate their upcoming nuptials. As a federally-recognized Native American tribe, the Cheyenne-Arapahoe is allowed to approve of laws for its land and people, and although its approval of same-sex marriage will not be recognized by the state of Oklahoma, it will be recognized federally, and therefore Black Bear and Pickel will receive the federal benefits awarded to them through the June Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Black Bear told the Associated Press that he hopes other tribes in the U.S. will follow suit and begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses as well. "The fact that the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes here in Oklahoma are progressive enough to follow federal guidelines, I'm pretty sure that [others will] start issuing marriage licenses within their tribes. I'm hopeful they will," he said. more >>
The president of a track and field ministry has said that the United States Olympic Committee's decision to add homosexuality to its anti-discrimination policy is problematic as it could paint Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin as discriminators.
"Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. So does that means that Christians are discriminators? Also, do we add other sin categories to the Olympic charter?" Steve McConkey, president of 4 WINDS, said in a statement on Thursday.
"What about a scenario where a Christian clothing manufacturer or business chooses to not support gay events or athletes? Or how about sports ministries that provide international trips? Will they now have to include gay athletes? Will sports ministries have to have gays in leadership positions?" more >>
Same-sex marriages will go ahead in New Jersey starting on Monday after the state's Supreme Court ruled against an appeal to block the practice while an appeal is being considered, arguing that there is no reasonable chance the appeal will be successful.
"The State has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today. The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative," wrote Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the decision.
All seven judges ruled on Friday that Governor Chris Christie's appeal to temporarily block gay marriage has "not shown a reasonable probability it will succeed on the merits," Reuters reported, which means that on Monday the Garden State will become the 14th state in the U.S. to allow the practice. more >>