San Francisco: Petrelis vs. Wiener

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who gained notoriety recently for his law banning nudity, is back in the spotlight after a long battle with blogger Michael Petrelis over “everything” – including decision-making around who decides what flies on the Castro’s flagpole and Wiener’s performance in his role of representing the city’s Castro District.

This past October, Petrelis snapped a photo of Wiener at City Hall in a public restroom that he subsequently published on his blog. Today, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department responded to the District Attorney by arresting Petrelis for being a peeping tom:

Petrelis voluntarily turned himself in for booking on Thursday afternoon after posting bond, was cited and released.

“I am dealing with this legal matter head on,” said Petrelis following his ordeal. “I voluntarily surrendered to the San Francisco sheriff. I have a court date set for December 5th at 9 am, and I look forward to it.”

The incident occurred at City Hall, where Petrelis was staging a photo-op for visiting gay Honduran dignitary Erick Martinez, an activist whose life has been threatened by the rightwing junta ruling his country. Through Petrelis’ political organizing, Martinez was introduced to gay Supervisor David Campos and bisexual Supervisor Christina Olague, in front of the Harvey Milk Bust in the Grand Rotunda on the second floor.

Petrelis had been taking photographs of the activities in the Grand Rotunda before he walked into the public men’s room noticed Wiener and proceeded to photograph him. An image of Wiener standing in front of the sink, holding a toothbrush later appeared on Petrelis’ blog.

Two weeks after the photo appeared on his blog, in what looks like an act of political retribution, Wiener appears to have abused his power as a San Francisco Supervisor by involving the sheriff’s department, who in turn assigned two senior detectives to investigate the Petrelis.

More to come…

Breaking: SCOTUS Will Not Decide On Prop 8 or DOMA Today

Just in:

The Supreme Court didn’t take any action on gay-marriage cases before it on Friday, despite expectations that the court might decide whether it would take up the issue.

The justices announced Friday afternoon that they would hear several other cases unrelated to gay marriage.

The high court has been asked to consider the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages in states that have legalized the practice. Federal appeals courts in Massachusetts and New York struck down the federal law, saying it impermissibly discriminated against gays and lesbians.

Separately, the Supreme Court has been weighing whether to review California’s Proposition 8, passed by voters in 2008, which bars gay marriage in the state. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Proposition 8 in February. The appeals court ruled 2-1 that California had improperly granted same-sex marriage rights and then taken them away.

The Supreme Court took no action Friday on either the Defense of Marriage Act cases or the Proposition 8 case.

Via Wall Street Journal

More Marriage Equality: J Crew Features Gay Matrimony

J Crew has featured a married couple on it’s “Wedding Album” section on the J Crew website – and for the first time, features a married same-sex couple:

J Crew’s website has a “Wedding Album” section on its website and yesterday for the first time profiled a gay couple.

“I’m one of the grooms, “Benjamin Moore writes us. “They stepped up big time.”

Moore and his husband Ray headline the section with a profile link to an interview with the couple about their wedding, which took place at Chateau du Soudun, “a magnificent 11th century castle” in a small countryside town three hours south of Paris.

How come I didn’t get invited to that wedding?

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/11/j-crew-profiles-gay-couple-in-wedding-album-for-first-time.html#ixzz2DjnF1GGH

Gays Can Marry in Maryland on January 1

For those of you in Maryland who fought long and hard for Measure 6, your equality now begins. The state has announced that same-sex marriages can commence on January 1, 2013:

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said on Thursday same-sex couples can begin to marry in the state on Jan. 1. He wrote in a 19-page opinion that clerks can begin to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians as soon as Dec. 6, as long as they don’t take effect until the same-sex marriage law takes effect at the start of the new year. A 1999 law states a marriage license is not valid until 6 a.m. on the second calendar day after a clerk issues it.  Gansler concluded this requirement does not “expressly prohibit licenses becoming effective after that time.”

What better way to deal with your New Year’s Day hangover than with gays, rice and confetti. Or, shoot for your wedding right at midnight – and reenact the scene from The Poseidon Adventure where the ship turns upside down.

All in all, great news. Let there be many more states celebrating matrimony on 12/1/2014!

It’s Time For Brokeback Boathouse (NSFW)

While the holidays are a favorite time of year for many, I most enjoy the man beefcake calendars that hit the market. The Warwick Rowing Club’s annual naked calendar is no exception.

Without further adieu, here is the trailer for the 2013 calendar video from the hot rowers at the University of Warwick Boat Club. Follow the boys as they strip off for two days of shoots in a variety of locations, including Warwick Castle, a large country house and, of course, the boys’ very own boathouse. This year’s charity is Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, which confronts homophobia in sports.

You can see past years’ calendar shoots right here on DanNation

Warwick Rowing 2013: Brokeback Boathouse from Progressive Media on Vimeo.

Follow the boys on Twitter: @naked_rowers

Hillary Clinton Praises State Dept. LGBT Employees (VIDEO)

Go, Hillary!

..We have seen milestones along that journey over the last 20 years.  I remember that I think on my husband’s first day in office back in ’93, he announced that gays and lesbians working in the federal government would receive equal treatment under the Civil Service Reform Act. Two years later, Secretary Warren Christopher made clear those rules would be enforced within the halls of the State Department when he issued a statement that explicitly prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Now over the past four years, we’ve built on those and other steps to really acknowledge and welcome LGBT people into the State Department family and other agencies.

But what about 2016?