Podcast: Tyson Beckford, Will & Grace, The Amazing Race And More

Who wants to hear me talk on this week’s headlines?

• NBC, having already given the green light to the Will & Grace reboot, wants even more
• I’ve got a favorite on this season’s The Amazing Race, and I bet you will, too
• New Mexico says “no” to so-called ex-gay therapy
• Nebraska finally scrubs it’s anti-LGBT adoption stance
• International supermodel and actor Tyson Beckford talks with me about his residency in Las Vegas as the Celebrity Guest Host for the world famous Chippendales.

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report. Hit the play button below 🙂

News Round-Up: April 7, 2017

Tyson Beckford

Some news items you may have missed:

• World famous model and actor Tyson Beckford returns to Chippendales tonight as the iconic male revue’s first “Celeb in Residency” in Las Vegas. And he looks ready 🙂

• Will former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat next year?

• After denying SCOTUS nominee Judge Merrick Garland any consideration for almost a year, Senate Republicans confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court by a vote of 54-45 after utilizing the “nuclear option.”

• Nebraska Supreme Court strikes down longtime ban on gay/lesbian foster parents.

• New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that bans the use on minors of so-called “conversion therapy” which purports to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, six other states have banned ex-gay torture: California, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.

• Virulently anti-LGBT Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is asking folks who are shining a spotlight on his alleged adulterous affair with a staffer to “please stop now.” In a press conference he announced that although he’s “struggled” in the past with temptations, he gave himself completely to God last year, so – all good.

News Round-Up: August 7, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• The first gay couple to be married at West Point Military Academy got attacked by anti-gay hater who learned it’s not smart to attack West Point grads.

• Guess which boy-bander is looking to corner the legal marijuana market in Ohio?

• Caitlyn Jenner’s second episode of her docuseries  I Am Cait saw a 50% drop in viewers from it’s premiere.

• A Nebraska judge has struck down a policy which has kept same-sex couples from being foster parents.

• The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in July which means 65 straight months of positive private sector job growth.

• Northwestern University is working on research to develop an implant that could deliver PrEP meds continually over an entire year.

• NYC gets a big sexy billboard courtesy of Calvin Klein Jeans

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty

Zeke Miller of Time.com tweets that the state legislature of Nebraska has voted 32 to 15 to repeal the state’s death penalty. Gov. Pete Ricketts had promised to veto such legislation, but the lawmakers appear to have a veto proof majority.

Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973.

Check the map below to see how many inmates (if any) are on death row in your state, and how many have been put to death since 1976.

Nebraska: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against “All Homosexuals”

Sylvia Driskell’s handwritten lawsuit

Last week, Sylvia Driskell from Auburn, Nebraska filed a lawsuit against all homosexuals – ALL of us – asking the court to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

Judge John Gerrad does not suffer fools lightly, and has dismissed the case in a strongly worded opinion.

From Omaha.com:

Gerrard said Driskell lacked subject matter jurisdiction and cannot sue a class of unidentified defendants. Driskell did not set forth a factual or legal basis for a federal claim.

“The United States Federal Courts were created to resolve actual cases and controversies arising under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Judge Gerrard said. “A federal court is not a forum for debate or discourse on theological matters.”

Gerrard declined to allow Driskell an opportunity to amend her complaint.

Nebraska: 8th Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

On March 2nd U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled against Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage. With a one week stay in place, same-sex marriage was scheduled to begin in Nebraska Monday barring 8th Circuit action.

And now, the 8th Circuit Court steps in. From the ruling:

“Appellants’ Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal has been considered by the court, and the motion is granted. The District Court’s Injunction Order of March 2, 2015 will be stayed pending the disposition of this appeal.

“It is further ordered that this case be set for oral argument in Omaha, Nebraska on May 12, 2015, together with the three other same-sex marriage cases now pending before the court.”

Those other three cases scheduled for May 12th are Missouri, Arkansas, and South Dakota.

Marriages had been due to commence in Nebraska on Monday morning.

Nebraska: Attorney General Asks 8th Circuit Court To Issue Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

As expected, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has filed a request with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay on the ruling from U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon which struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Bataillon issued his ruling on Monday saying the law is unconstitutional. Tuesday saw Peterson ask the 8th for a stay on that ruling.

Bataillon has placed a stay on the ruling which would expire on March 9th.

Peterson would like the issue put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on marriage equality this summer.

Nebraska: Omaha Man Arrested For Stealing/Burning Rainbow Flag

Twenty-three year old Cameron Mayfield of Omaha, Nebraska has been arrested for stealing a neighbors rainbow flag and burning it in the street.

Via Gay Star News:

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went ‘beyond vandalism or a threat’ as it was a ‘direct attack’.

‘It’s just a reminder that hate is still out there,’ they said.

The two women woke up just after midnight on Sunday morning (1 March), believing their home was being burglarized.

When Meadows-Anderson rushed downstairs to check on their two girls, her wife saw a van drive off.

When they woke up again, they went to a window to see a man running down the street with what looked like a burning stick.

They then both realized he was burning their rainbow flag.

‘You almost feel bad for a minute,’ Meadows-Anderson told WOWT. ‘He’s a young man and he made a hate-filled, drunken mistake that will have a lasting effect on his life and his family.’

Later that day, a new, bigger, brighter Pride flag was flying on their front porch.

Mayfield is facing a 2nd degree felony arson charge and a separate charge for resisting arrest.