North Carolina judges can still refuse to marry same-sex couples

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The judge ruled the three couples who brought the case – two gay and one interracial – lacked legal standing to sue and lacked evidence showing they were harmed directly by the law that took effect in June 2015.

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2017 Calendar Boy Search

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We are looking for the hottest guys in Tampa Bay of all body types and ages (21 & up that is) to feature in our 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. This week is the 5th week of the competition, and we are having a blast so far.

The night is hosted by Quench Queen Eden Deck and you always have 3 very special judges every week; the awesome Mr. David O’Brien, owner of DATique Ms. Theresa McGivern, and your Half Price Happy Hour Bartender 5 days a week Mr. David Ford.

The winner receives $50 cash, a $25 Quench Gift Card, a pair of underwear from DATique, and a feature in the 2017 Quench Calendar.

All other participants that meet certain criteria will receive a $10 Quench gift card (all you have to do is take your shirt off for 30 seconds!).

Even if you don’t compete, you can still participate thanks to our friends at Toscors2. They have a designed a revolutionary, simple voting app for your phone that will allow you to vote for your favorite contestant!

To win all you have to do is come out with a prepared song (if you don’t have a song that’s ok, Bruce Devery will choose one for you), impress our judges and audience with a little strip tease number, and claim your prize!

And as always, CJay Tauber will be serving you $4 Bacardi Drinks, $4 Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots & $2.50 Quench Drafts after 9pm.

Anti-gay Republican Dennis Hastert sentenced for molesting boys

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When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker’s hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

Before imposing the 15-month sentence, a far stiffer sentence than federal guidelines suggested, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin spent nearly an hour Wednesday rebuking the 74-year-old Republican for sexually abusing high school athletes decades ago, when he was a wrestling coach.

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VIDEO: Gay Acrobats Get Engaged on Italian TV

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Gay acrobats got engaged on Italian television after performing on Italia’s Got Talent.

Les Farfadais, an Italian acrobatic act, is performing this season on Italy’s version of the popular Got Talent competition series.

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Kenyan court orders government to register gay rights group

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Nairobi, Kenya (AP) – Kenyan judges on April 27 ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country’s gay people.

The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds.

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Transgender male model in lead to be on Men’s Health cover

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Men’s Health magazine is looking for their next cover model and it is looking like that man may be a transgender fitness model.

Aydian Dowling, a YouTube star and transgender activist, is currently ranked number one in The Ultimate Guy Search, a contest to find Men’s Health magazine’s November 2015 cover model.

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Overheard in Orlando: Sam Harris comes to Central Florida!

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From Barry to Boone
Local lawyer Barry Miller’s foundation is known for assisting the arts, like the Orlando Fringe Festival. Now, Boone High School’s Thespian troupe is counting on donations raised from To Boone, with Love: A Benefit Cabaret and Silent Auction and the Miller Foundation. The funds raised on Feb. 20  will assist the talented Boon Braves as they head to the Thespian Society’s state competition. The Barry L. Miller Foundation of the Arts and Education offered to match up to $2,500 of the money raised. The foundation was founded in 2013 with the goal to provide financial support for scholarships and quality programming to individuals, artists, students, educational institutions, community groups, theatre companies and other artistic endeavors. Break a leg Braves!

G is not Good to Go
Recently Watermark reported Rick Kowalczyck, owner of Southern Nights, was in the market to purchase G.Bar in Tampa. The tips were received by reliable sources in both Orlando and in Tampa’s Ybor City. However, by the time we last went to print, Kowalczyck wasn’t available to verify whether or not he was looking to buy. Since the last issue, Greg Skeen, manager at Southern Nights, stated that the story was false and that Rick was not looking to make a purchase at the Ybor city hot spot. G. Bar owner Stephen Moss, however, said inquiries were made, but negotiations didn’t go beyond that. 

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Oklahoma anti-gay marriage bill threatens court clerks with job loss

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee.

The House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee voted 5-3 on Feb. 17 for the “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.” The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote.

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California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s Supreme Court voted Jan. 23 to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear marriage equality arguments

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[CORRECTION! This story erroneously reported that the Florida Supreme Court had agreed to take on the same-sex marriage case, when in fact, at the time the story was published, the Florida Supreme Court had only been asked to rule on the case. A corrected version of the story can be found here. We apologize for the error. –Editor]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the Orlando Sentinel reported Aug. 27.

In an unusual decision, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on Aug. 27 asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to “great public importance.”  The decision could result in having the issue settled even before the US Supreme Court acts.

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Gay marriage rulings being used in other cases

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When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government.

But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy’s language and reasoning in other cases about the right to marry.

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