This week’s episode features an analysis of King & Spalding’s decision to drop the DOMA defense, plus a fun montage of Maggie Gallagher jumping from one self-contradictory opinion to another on Judge Walker’s orientation.
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There’s going to be marriage than ever before, with another survey showing majority support for the freedom to marry. So why are Republicans spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend a law that could tear apart legally married couples like Henry and Josh? There’s promising signs for marriage in New York and Scotland, but a legal setback in Montana is likely to postpone weddings for years. And the internet’s most popular weekly LGBT marriage news video show gets a brand new logo.
Danish rockers The Raveonettes have long been a favorite of TNG’s. We’ve scored a full interview with Sharin and an Ask A Straight Guy with Sune, but never gotten them to do what they do best: Play music. Since their output has always been a fierce, midnight-tinged throwback to other eras (50′s girlgroups, The Cure’s synthful wistfullness, Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz) it’s rare to catch them in a quiet moment. But we did. This track – “Ignite,” off new album Raven in the Grave, just showcases Sharin Foo, Sune Rose Wagner and their incredible harmonies. It’s pretty special.
Canadian synth-rockers Young Galaxy are not your normal indie band. For one, at the time of this interview their lineup is Stephen Ramsay, his 8-months pregnant wife Catherine McCandless and their drummer Andrea Stone, who I was informed minutes before the interview is a lesbian. Combine this with their showstopping new record Shapeshifting and its strong threads of spirituality, transformation and elementalism and you know you’re not at an Art Brut show.
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Leaked footage of the Prop 8 trial sparked a legal tug of war this week, with anti-gay groups renewing efforts to keep their work out of public view. Delaware’s on track to be the 8th state to offer marriage-ish protections, and activists gear up in New York.
Last year, after he let slip an F Bomb at a fellow rocker, The Black Lips’ Jared Swilley cleared the air with me and sealed it with a kiss. This year, he gave us some of his time to discuss his dad Jared Swilley, an Atlanta megachurch pastor who came out to his congregation. Not because he was caught on tape, not because of any scandal, but because he wanted to make the world a more tolerant place by being honest. Jim is a hero to me for that — watch him come out and see if you feel differently — and Jared is also pretty damn awesome for being so open on the subject. The worlds of religion, sexuality and indie rock rarely collide in a positive way, so its nice to see it happen here.
Australian synth/guitar god Cut Copy gave Zack a couple minutes of their time at DC’s 930 Club and its worth watching. Members Tim Hoey and Ben Browning are both extremely well-dressed and willing to illuminate the process of their latest album Zonoscope. From the world’s created within, to the albums’s debt to the Beach Boys and what happened to the guitars (hint: they’re not as gone as you think) this is a fun interview from a band that is clinically proven to make people dance with every new song.
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Why did John Boehner sign up for a protracted legal fight over anti-gay laws without finding out first what it was going to cost the taxpayers? Hope is on the way for gay couples facing homelessness due to discriminatory Medicaid policies. Civil unions advance in Delaware but marriage is on the rocks in Rhode Island. And will we see Prop 8 back on the ballot in 2012?
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Ricky accidentally makes a Facebook faux pas and must suffer the consequences.
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What’s the connection between this anti-gay assault in New York and this anti-gay politician in California? We’ll take a closer look at both this week, and analyze some new ads airing in Oregon. There’s been significant movement around the country on civil unions, and Montana Republicans are backing an bill that could send any gay couple to prison for up to ten years. All that plus an interview with Lavi Soloway, the attorney at the center of efforts to protect bi-national couples from forced deportation