Manila – It was just a matter of time before the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines poked its ugly head into the growing popularity of “My Husband’s Lover,” a new TV series that tackles the bold theme of homosexuality.
GMA 7 quickly moved to cling to the ratings momentum created by the cancelled series by replacing it with a new show which reportedly has the full blessing of the Catholic Bishops. The new show is titled, “My Father’s Lover.”
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District of Columbia – In a decision considered the most controversial in its entire history, the Supreme Court of the United States today struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in its entirety, handing the LGBTQQI community its greatest victory since Stonewall.
The Supremes voted 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote. Justices who favored striking down DOMA aside from Roberts were Thomas, Scalia, Alito and Breyer. In the majority decision, penned by Roberts, the high court said of DOMA, “What was Congress thinking? There was no compelling reason to defend marriage. No one was attacking marriage. The LGBTQQI community was, as a matter of fact, all for it. The community members simply wanted to be included.”
In a dissenting opinion, penned by Ginsburg, the minority said, “This is a day of infamy. It marks the end of what is left of the liberal agenda. What’s next for us as justices? It will be a boring rest of the term for us.” Outside the court chambers, Ginsburg was quoted as saying, “It’s time for me to retire.”
On the other landmark case, Prop 8, the justices were unanimous in declaring that those who brought the case before the court had “no standing.” In an unprecedented move, the court sent back the Prop 8 case to California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. The court said that since Newsom started this whole thing on gay marriage in California when he authorized to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 2004, he should just make an executive decision to strike down Prop 8.
The decision comes just a few days before the biggest Pride celebration in the country. The San Francisco Pride Committee quickly convened a board meeting during which it decided to cancel Sunday’s Pride Parade and Festival. “We no longer see the need to stage a separate Pride celebration,” the committee said. “We are now equal with everyone else.”
Manila – On the feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24, pigs took to the streets of Balayan, in Batangas province of the Philippines to protest what they called centuries of torture and sadism inflicted upon them by local residents.
Each year, Balayan holds the Parada ng Lechon, (Parade of Roasted Suckling Pigs), dressing the porkies in outlandish costumes ranging from Superman to Queen Elizabeth. “We’ve had enough,” the pigs’ leader proclaimed. “We will no longer tolerate being skewered and burned in fire pits, then treated like Mattel dolls.”
As residents were waking up at dawn to butcher the pigs and begin the tedious roasting process, hundreds of pigs broke off their bamboo pens and blockaded the main street and route of the annual parade. Police were called to disperse the pigs, using tear gas to calm the protesters, but to no avail.
The mayor of Balayan had no choice but to cancel this year’s festivities and vowed to turn the traditional parade to an all-day karaoke competition capped by a beauty pageant — among humans, beginning in 2014.