Gay marriage is legal in California… again!

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled on Wednesday that gay couples in California can once again get married as he declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said the ban on gay marriage passed by California voters in 2008 violates the constitutional right of gays to marry the person of their choice.

“Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the judge wrote. “Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.”

Prop 8 supporters are expected to appeal Judge Walker’s historic decision in the case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger.  Walker, however, said he based his decision on facts given during testimony by both sides. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did not show up to defend Prop 8 during the trial.

Argentina legally marries first gay couple

Jose Luis Navarro and Miguel Angel Calefato were the first gay couple to get married under Argentina’s new marriage laws that permit same sex unions.

“Respect has prevailed over prejudice,” Navarro, an architect, told the newspaper El Liberal.

Navarro and Calefato wed after having been together for over 27 years.

Argentina became the first country in Latin America to permit gay marriage after President Cristina Fernandez signed the law July 21.

Music Mondays: “California Gurls” by Katie Perry featuring Snoop Dogg [Video]

Here is the latest nominee for the Song of the Summer Award.

This is “California Gurls” by Katie Perry and Snoop Dogg.

“California Gurls” joins previous nominees Kelly Rowland with “Commander” and Wynter Gordon’s “Dirty Talk” in the Song of the Summer contest.  The winner will be announced in September.

Lindsay Lohan out of jail, rehab bound for meth addiction and bi-polar

Everyone’s favorite part-time lesbian, Lindsay Lohan, has been released from jail and will serve the next month or so in rehab.

Lohan served 13 days of a 90 day sentence at Lynwood jail in California stemming from a DUI arrest several years ago.  From here, Lindsay will serve a court ordered stint in rehab.

The judge got to pick Lindsay’s rehah destination, and Marsha Revel sent the “Mean Girls” actress to Morningside Recovery Center at UCLA.

“The judge’s order will dictate the manner in which she will be released and to whom, and I have not seen that,” attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said earlier Sunday after paying Lohan a visit in jail. “She is doing fine…She is ready.”

Lindsay evidently has a problem with Crystal Meth (an addiction more typical to men that part-time lesbians) and suffers from bi-polar disorder.

Theatre Review: “A Little Night Music”

by Jonathan Warman

The reason to re-review A Little Night Music is obviously the replacement of Hollywood royalty Catherine Zeta-Jones (far better in the show itself than her nervous Tony performance) with Broadway royalty Bernadette Peters. Bernadette has taken over the role of glamorous Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt, who is renewing a romantic entanglement with lawyer Fredrik Egerman (Alexander Hanson) after many years apart. This is easily my favorite Peters performance of all time. Her ease and wry comic timing bring a delicious sparkle and flash, not just to the role, but the show as a whole.

The casting of Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Desirée’s former courtesan of a mother, is more tricky. There’s nothing European, let alone Scandanavian, about Stritch’s Madame; she’s an American-style “broad” pure and simple. That aside, she does give us a performance that’s consistently entertaining, and does something interesting (if not always appropriate) with every moment of Madame’s big song “Liaisons.” Still, age and experience singing Sondheim aside, Strich is fundamentally odd in the role.

This musical, set in the very earliest years of 20th century Sweden, is as optimistically romantic as Stephen Sondheim ever got. Even here there are generous helpings of his wry cynicism, but never enough to truly darken the sweetly swooning mood. Director Trevor Nunn has taken Sondheim and book writer Hugh Wheeler at their words, going directly for the sharp humor and heartache that are right there on the surface. Nunn has given Night Music a warmly emotional reading that I find seductive.

Most of the original Broadway cast remains, and my favorite perfomance in the show is still Erin Davie as the tart-tongued Countess Charlotte. Already hilariously high-strung and eccentric when I saw her before, she’s added a peculiar warmth that makes the Countess even more compelling. Night Music is probably the Sondheim show I like the most throughout, and it’s a real pleasure to see this solid and good-humored production continuing to prosper on Broadway.

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