A gay pastor who married his musical producer boyfriend in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia in what they believe is the first such event in the Muslim-majority country.
Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin and African-American husband Phineas Newborn III, held the closed reception over the weekend – complete with public kisses and karaoke ballad performances – with about 200 guests, including a handful of Chinese-language journalists who were asked not to report on the event until afterward.
Federal data shows the number of live marijuana plants eradicated in outdoor and indoor grow operations has dropped in most states over the past three years, while the amount of bulk processed marijuana seized has doubled in that time.
And authorities can’t pinpoint exact reasons.
The pastor of one of the nation’s 20 largest megachurches has been fired over an extra-marital affair, possibly with an underage woman.
Pastor Jack Schaap of Indiana’s First Baptist Church of Hammond is the subject of a criminal investigation, as is Hyles-Anderson College, which is affiliated with the church.
A U.S. District Judge in Connecticut, writing a 104-page decision, on Tuesday ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violates the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant, named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, is the latests of several court ruling against DOMA. The law, which denies federal health and other benefits to same-sex couples, is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chavela Vargas, who defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico, died on Aug. 5 at age 93.
Her friend and biographer Maria Cortina said Vargas died at a hospital in the city of Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems.
The partisan gap over same-sex marriage continues to widen, with 65 percent of Democrats now supporting it compared to 24 percent of Republicans, according to poll released this week by the Pew Research Center.
The poll found an increase in support among Democrats since President Barack Obama announced in May that he favors same-sex marriage. In April, a Pew poll gauged support among Democrats at 59 percent.
The director of the cult classic film “The Matrix" has become the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender.
In promoting her new, highly anticipated film “Cloud Atlas,” Lana Wachowski, who formerly worked under the name Larry Wachowski, is making her first public appearances since transitioning. With her hair styled in candy-pink dreadlocks, Wachowski appeared in a promotional video with her brother Andy Wachowski and director Tom Tykwer. The three co-directed the new film.
The country’s leading gay rights group is donating $1 million to campaigns in four states where gay marriage is on the ballot this fall.
The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign is donating $250,000 apiece to allies in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. It brings the group’s total spending on the issue this year to nearly $5 million.
The owner of a strip club accused in a failed plot to kill a North Texas mayor and city attorney faces trial this fall.
Ryan Walker Grant was arraigned July 25 and pleaded not guilty to federal counts of murder for hire and unlawfully transferring a firearm. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports a judge in Fort Worth has set a Sept. 24 trial date.
Gore Vidal, the gay novelist, essayist and playwright, died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.
Vidal’s career spanned 60 years and will be remembered as much for his outspokenness and scorn for popular culture and politics as for writing.
Support for same-sex marriage is part of the Democratic Party’s preliminary platform, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
The openly gay Frank is a member of the Democrats’ platform drafting committee, which met in Minneapolis over the weekend. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Frank’s office had confirmed the committee agreed on draft language supporting marriage equality.