Okay, maybe you don't have 17 minutes to spare right this very moment but seriously, watching Rachel Maddow eviscerate "ex-gay" advocate and "therapist" Richard Cohen is perhaps the most fun you'll have this afternoon. I laughed out loud when she answered his fact rebuttals with, "I'm reading it from your book, dude." It's a thing of beauty:
Speaking of dudes, one of the greatest has chimed in on the upcoming gay marriage vote in New Jersey this week. On his website, Bruce Springsteen says:
"I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same
sex couples and…urge those who support equal treatment for our gay
and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now."
Springsteen's committment to gay rights goes back at least as far as 1993, when he wrote his first film theme for the AIDS drama Philadelphia and he did an excellent interview with The Advocate afterward [Word document]. Let's hope New Jersey remembers that he's The Boss.
While our freedom to marry is debated in the States, here in Canada we're debating our freedom to have park sex (funny how conservatives hate both, no?). A popular spot in Truro, Nova Scotia is under scrutiny and the town council — who refused to allow a Pride flag in 2007 — says all the cruising makes it uncomfortable for families having those late-night picnics. C'mon, dudes, who are you kidding?