The False Martyr



For two-plus months, same-sex and straight couples in Rowan County, Kentucky have been unable to obtain marriage licenses. County Clerk Kim Davis, an elected public official, has chosen her almighty God’s authority as a reason to not issue the licenses. What has ensued has been one ridiculous and extremely intolerant ride for those couples who, according to the Supreme Court, have the right to get legally married.

Now being a Kentucky resident myself, I knew this decision would be met with road blocks. The main road block being religion. All of this could’ve been very simple, if a certain Country Clerk, well, there’s 3 total who still won’t issue licenses, would just step down and resign, no harm done. Kim Davis has become the face (ugh!) of the Kentucky clerks who would rather be jailed or be fined than step down. If she’s trying to achieve martyrdom, she’s going to be very disappointed in a couple of days. I mean, the video from this morning seals the contempt of court charges against her.

“God’s authority”, not smart Kim, not smart girl. What’s even more hilarious are these excerpts from her statement after the filmed confrontation

“Some people say I should resign, but I have done my job well.” Um, no you haven’t. You’ve broken the law for the past two months. Nice try at throwing “we have a surplus” in there, no one cares about that.

“In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.” When did public office become a church? And if her “godly mother-in-law” had the dying wish to spread bigotry and intolerance, mission accomplished!

“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.” Wrong, it violates the law a hell of lot more. But hey, who would give up their conscience for $80,000/year? Not Kim.

“I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected.” What Founders is she talking about? I don’t think it’s the Founding Fathers.

Here’s what’s really sad, even though she and her deputy clerks have been ordered to appear in court later this week, Davis and her religious liberty lawyers will try to come up with an excuse to delay it. However, since she actually crawled out from under her rock, I mean her desk and made clear her views in the video above, maybe she will hike her skirt up and finally face the music.

On a personal note, I used to work with a Penecostal woman who struggled constantly with her sexuality. At the time, I still wasn’t sure about coming out myself. We were totally different, but the same. Whatever her opinion on the Rowan Co. situation is, I hope she is happy.


Equality Creeps Closer And Pixie Cuts Are The New Black

This week, Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Illinois is right in my back yard, I better watch out! This means Indiana is next, maybe. I could never imagine marriage equality would be so close to where I live. Did someone finally wake up and realize it’s 2013? I could never imagine almost a quarter of the country would recognize same-sex marriage in my lifetime. I mean the state line is literally an hour and a half from where I live. So, will the Midwest continue to fall like dominoes? I say yes, but it all depends on congressional and gubernatorial elections next year. AND what happens with the Affordable Care Act. Health care is an area where equality will be much harder to achieve.

In more breaking equality news, just Thursday, the US Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which means no LGBT prospective job candidate or existing employee can not be not hired or fired on basis of who they are. Of course, it has to pass in the House; which is always a fun time. And it’s no surprise, both KY Senators voted “no” on passage. Typical partisan bullshit. Alas, let’s remember at least one KY Senator (McConnell) will be in a fierce fight next year for his seat, and I predict KY will consider lifting its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Maybe not next year, but it will be considered again.

Moving on…

If you obsessively follow pop culture like I do, you may have noticed in the past week, several female stars have decided on new haircuts. Specifically, short ones or the pixie cut. Yours truly published a blog almost four years ago as I was considering a very short haircut. Here’s the link and from what I’ve seen on my stats, many of you are still reading it, thanks! First up, Jennifer Hudson….and I think it looks perfect on her.

Next, someone I thought would be the last woman on Earth to cut her hair shot, Pamela Anderson, yeah.

Another shocker, sort of, Kristin Chenoweth.

Next, Jennifer Aniston, wait! No, she didn’t get a pixie cut, but she got it hacked off because she was “bored”. In other words, it’s the same cut she got for the last season of Friends. That’s boring.

Last but not least, or before next week, Oscar-winning actress and KY native Jennifer Lawrence debuted her pixie cut this week at the Google headquarters.

All of the ladies look great, however, one Bravo-lebrity decided to opine on the situation and I wasn’t quiet about it.

Yeah, Patti Stanger thinks short hair equals gay. I’m done.







Review: Hatfields & McCoys

I would like to first congratulate the History Channel on their fine production, though it was shot in Romania, it was really goodPart one of Hatfields & McCoys drew the biggest audience ever for a “non-sports show on ad-supported cable” with 13.9 million viewers, until final numbers for the conclusion just came in: 14.3 million for the finale, incredible. It’s not surprising at all considering the summer re-run season has started. Another difference, this story was told with real actors and it wasn’t one of those historical re-enactment shows, I cannot stand those. The mini-series reunites star Kevin Costner with his buddy and director Kevin Reynolds, Reynolds directed one of Costner’s first films Fandango, and went on to direct Costner again in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and WaterworldCostner served as an executive producer, and his band, Modern West provided the soundtrack for this mini-series.

So how did all this start? The history of the feud goes back to before the Civil War ended Randall MCoy‘s cousin Asa, a Union soldier, was killed over (?) though the mini-series has Asa insulting Anderson Hatfield‘s Uncle Jim Vance, therefore Vance avenges his honor. By the way, I saw the name Tom Berenger in the credits but I could never figure out his role, Berenger is nearly unrecognizable as Vance and Vance is pure evil. But the official beginning of the feud is true, it was over a Hatfield stealing one of Randall’s hogs. And yes, Anderson’s son, Johnse, fell in love with Roseanna McCoy, and Johnse, it would seem, is the reason the feud kept going on as long as it did.

Matt Barr plays Johnse and Lindsay Pulsipher, last seen as Crystal one of the Were Panthers on last season of True Blood, plays Roseanna.

“Can I tie you up and claw at you?”

I asked my Dad, who used to be a history teacher, if guys looked like Johnse back then. I mean, Johnse had a rocking six-pack! My Dad said “Sure”, I forgot all the hard work our forefathers did with their hands, so muscle definition was possible and the Hatfields ran a logging company. Unfortunately, my heredity is sans six-packs, my Dad’s family, a lot them have big guts, some as big as a beer belly. Not me! I will probably never have rocking abs, but I do have a little bit of a gut. Johnse also marries another McCoy, Nancy, played by Jena Malone, who it looks like went to great lengths have the appearance of bad teeth.

Parts two and three were definitely better and they were a lot more bloodier, duh! Eye for an eye is an understatement. And who can play a weathered, old pioneer woman better than Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy?

I smell an Emmy, maybe a Golden Globe?

Bill Paxton plays Randall, who seems to be the only one who isn’t totally hell-bent on killing  every Hatfield in sight. Which brings me to the argument, who is better, Hatfield or McCoy? Although the Hatfields were the more affluent family, due to their logging business, they seemed to be more blood-thirsty. Whereas the McCoy clan, though wronged, were still blood-thirsty, I found myself sympathizing with them more. Or maybe it’s my Kentucky pride. 

I do want to touch on that ending. “Devil Anse” Hatfield proclaims the bloodshed to be over after his nephew Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts is hanged for the murder of McCoy daughter Alifair, it’s the only time we see a trial verdict handed down instead of an eye for an eye. Meanwhile Randall lopes off into seclusion to drink away what days he has left, after Sally is institutionalized following the same attack that killed her daughter. Then cut to “1914 Kentucky” and Randall is seen burning all the news clippings about the feud and when he decides to fuel the fire with whiskey, he sets himself and his cabin on fire. On the other side of the babbling brook state line in WV, Anse is seen being baptized and that’s the end. Huh? I was a little insulted, was the History Channel trying to tell us, the McCoys were a bunch of drunken fools? or were the Hatfields the anointed ones? 

The debate continues…and did you like Hatfields & McCoys?

President Obama Finally Supports Gay Marriage: Now What?

I’ve promised myself time and again I would not write a politically-themed post, because my views are very “middle of the road” or “iffy”, but President Obama’s announcement has forced me to take another look at what the impact will be six months from now. Is Obama now guaranteed a second term? That’s still up in the air, but his chances of getting my vote have increased and I’ve never been in a relationship long enough to even consider talk about getting married. Obama’s support of gay marriage has made gay Hollywood happy again. Yes, they were not happy with the President, but I’m sure they were planning on voting for him anyway.

But why is Obama doing this now? And more importantly, why did he not take a stand prior to Tuesday’s North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriage? It’s a little ill-timed for me. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve lived in Kentucky my entire life, and, I will probably die here; my state voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and believe me I begged my parents and my sister to vote no. I have no idea what they ended up doing. The day a Southern state votes in favor of gay marriage is the day I’ll run naked through the streets and I’ll be more than happy to do it. In other words, I’m used to the Southern/Bible Belt way of thinking, but does Obama change anyone’s mind in the South? Probably not. Being a forward-thinking person in a backward-thinking place is not a easy thing to deal with, but whether I live here or New York, I’ll always be a proud member of the LGBTQ nation.

Here’s the downside to the President’s announcement. There is no pending national referendum and I believe individual states still have the right to vote for or against an issue (see North Carolina). The scrutiny Obama will be under will now be at a fever pitch, especially since the election is getting closer and closer. So what did presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney have to say? He’s not budging. And I doubt he will. Isn’t that they way it should be? Obama supports it, Romney doesn’t. It’s not brain surgery. Even if Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex marriage. Gotcha! Moderation is a beautiful thing, but equality would be even better.

‘Nuff said