The cowardly Westboro Baptist Church hatemonger nutballs who were threatening to picket Seacoast Rep's performance of The Laramie Project last week never showed up, turning what might have been an ugly protest/counter-protest into the opposite of what the "God (and we intolerant bigots) hates fags" group was hoping for.
On the godhatesfags.com website, a Westboro Baptist Church action protesting the performance of The Laramie Project at Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth is slated for next week. It's unclear whether this protest will actually happen; WBC has threatened protests around here before, but has never delivered. Nevertheless, worth being aware of.
From last night's Daily Show, here it is, your moment of Zen:
That's right -- as we reported earlier, Lady Gaga has decided to get up on a soapbox about DADT at a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network rally at Deering Oaks Park today, and you can see the whole thing in all its live-streaming glory above. (She goes on around 5; and so does the live stream.) UPDATE: Full video is now here.
Yep, Lady Gaga's coming to town today. It's part of a nationwide effort to repeal the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Watch for more in this space!
No doubt Deirdre will have many thoughtful things to say on this subject in the next couple days, but since she's off for the afternoon, I'll attempt to weakly fill her shoes by telling you that a George HW Bush-appointed federal judge has just struck down Prop 8, California's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage.
Richard Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Portland (which covers all of Maine), wrote an opinion piece in this weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram, addressing climate change, and arguing that the interests of "a global community for which we all must care" require us to deal with the climate crisis.
His arguments are cogent and strong.
Courtesy of local activist Jill Barkley, we discover that Bob Emrich (one of the leaders of the Yes On 1 campaign) has sent around to supporters a note appearing to endorse the proposal in Uganda that would create a law that criminalizes homosexuality, and allows homosexuals to be put to death under certain circumstances.