Judge Rules Missouri Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

So I am so excited. Great news as a judge struck down at least part of Missouri’s gay marriage ban. As some of you may know, the man I have been with for nearly 14 years recently went to Baltimore so we could get legally married. And now our state of residence will recognize our marriage! This is wonderful. And here is the article…

Judge Rules Missouri Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

BILL DRAPER | Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A judge struck down part of Missouri’s gay marriage ban for the first time on Friday by ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, saying state laws banning the unions single-out gay couples “for no logical reason.”

The order means that such couples will be eligible to sign up for a wide range of tax, health insurance, veterans and other benefits now afforded to opposite-sex couples. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who has defended the state’s ban on gay marriage, said his office was reviewing the ruling.

The ruling was made in a lawsuit filed by 10 same-sex couples who were married in states where gay marriage is legal. The couples argue that their rights to equal protection and due process are being violated by Missouri’s ban on gay marriage.

Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs agreed, ruling that the couples deserve the same recognition as opposite-sex couples who were married in other states. He said Missouri’s bans serve no legitimate government interest.

“The undisputed facts before the Court show that, to the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs’ legally contracted marriages from other states being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary,” Youngs wrote. “All they do is treat one segment of the population – gay men and lesbians – differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.”

The lawsuit before Youngs only challenges Missouri’s refusal to recognize marriages legally performed in other states, not laws that bar same-sex couples from getting marriage in Missouri. But it is the first ruling to strike down part of the state’s ban on gay marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which helped the couples, applauded the ruling.

“We’re gratified that the court recognized that married same-sex couples and their families are no different than other couples, and that the Constitution requires them to be treated equally,” ACLU attorney Tony Rothert said. “This is not the first court to reach this conclusion, but it is the first court to do so in Missouri, so it’s a tremendous day for our state.”

He said the ruling means that thousands of Missouri couples who got married in other states can now qualify for spousal government benefits and, on a smaller level, make changes such as changing their last name to match their spouse’s on their Missouri driver’s license.

The case is among at least three challenging Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage. The others include a federal challenge in Kansas City and a St. Louis case in which city officials granted marriage licenses to four same-sex couples to trigger a legal test of the ban. The lawsuits are based on the same arguments that led the U.S. Supreme Court last year to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied a tax, health and other benefits to legally married gay couples.

Youngs said he expects the Missouri Supreme Court to weigh in on the overall issue and “provide the last word on all of the important legal issues presented by this case.”

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Announcing My New Novella; “Derek”

So you are hearing about it here first. This December my new novella, “Derek,” will be released. And guess what? It will be FREE.

And it’s not a short story either. I don’t know just what the page count will be since I haven’t seen the galley yet, but it’s a good length. It is an original story, introducing two new characters. But also you will see cameo appearances by a number of characters from previous stories. I feel very honored that Dreamspinner Press is willing to do this. In fact they’ve been more than willing. They’ve done what any publisher does when presented with a manuscript, including multiple edits, layouts and more.

And part of that “more” is the cover, which was done by Paul Richmond. But what really excites me is that this is more step in my MM career. I designed the cover! And what really makes it shine is the excellent and amazing photography of Dave Suntown, who graciously licenced the picture to me for my use.

Upon seeing the model I was stunned at how much he was the man I had envisioned in my mind. OMG! I thought. That’s Derek!

So here it is! The cover of “Derek,” to be released this December as my gift, and Dreamspinner Press’s gift, to you! I hope you enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (early),
BG Thomas

Hey! You can find Dave Suntown’s blog by clicking RIGHT HERE
And you can find his Facebook page by clicking RIGHT HERE

He’s a wonderful photographer with work ranging from the sweet to the deeply erotic, depending on your taste! Enjoy!

I Have a Cellphone! I’m So Excited! And I Just Can’t Hide It!

I have finally joined the modern era and have a cellphone! We got it through Metro PCS and it is awesome! We went to Sprint first and OMG what a ripoff! They wanted $600.00 for the fripping phone and the CHEAPEST service I could get was $88.00 a month and he was “doing me a favor.” AND I can get a 20% discount through my work. And he pressured me. And he pissed me off.

Then we went to Metro PCS and the deal was so good we couldn’t believe it. We didn’t believe it. So we walked the block down to the Cricket store and they had almost the same amazing deals. The only thing is they were out of their deal phone for around $50.00 and had no idea when it would come in and their cheapest phone was $149.00 Thought about it.

But went back to Metro PCS. The price was obscenely low and the first month’s service is $50.00 for unlimited calls and unlimited texting. It is 4G and when I use up my allowed [techno-speak-Husband-understood-something-to-do-with-data] they don’t charge me one dime more, it just slips down to 3G. Heavens to Betsy! Oh No!

I want to go back to the Sprint Store and tell the guy to kiss my…ah…elbow. And stop customers in the store and show them my phone. I took it to my friend Cricket’s house last night and she confirmed I have all I need. Internet access, Facebook, 97% coverage in the United States, and more more more. Why it even has this option so that when I am around WiFi I don’t use up any of my [techno-speak-Husband-understood-and-I-just-nodded].

And it is an Android LG, whatever that means.

I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it!

Now I just have to figure out how to use it and actually upload pics to Facebook and stuff like that. My friend Cricket uploaded the pic of Sarah Jane for me last night to my Facebook.

And when I go to GayRomLit I will be able to load the app that lets me know all that is going on!!!

I am so happy!

Life is good!

Remember! Leap and the net will appear!
BG

Male Homosexuality Study: Gay Men Have Evolutionary Benefit For Their Families, New Research Suggests

By Natalie Wolchover
Published: 06/12/2012 12:59 PM EDT on Life’s Little Mysteries

While female sexuality appears to be more fluid, research suggests that male gayness is an inborn, unalterable, strongly genetically influenced trait. But considering that the trait discourages the type of sex that leads to procreation — that is, sex with women — and would therefore seem to thwart its own chances of being genetically passed on to the next generation, why are there gay men at all?

Put differently, why haven’t gay man genes driven themselves extinct?

This longstanding question is finally being answered by new and ongoing research. For several years, studies led by Andrea Camperio Ciani at the University of Padova in Italy and others have found that mothers and maternal aunts of gay men tend to have significantly more offspring than the maternal relatives of straight men. The results show strong support for the “balancing selection hypothesis,” which is fast becoming the accepted theory of the genetic basis of male homosexuality.

The theory holds that the same genetic factors that induce gayness in males also promote fecundity (high reproductive success) in those males’ female maternal relatives. Through this trade-off, the maternal relatives’ “gay man genes,” though they aren’t expressed as such, tend to get passed to future generations in spite of their tendency to make their male inheritors gay.

While no one knows which genes, exactly, these might be, at least one of them appears to be located on the X chromosome, according to genetic modeling by Camperio Ciani and his colleagues. Males inherit only one X chromosome — the one from their mother — and if it includes the gene that promotes gayness in males and fecundity in females, he is likely to be gay while his mom and her female relatives are likely to have lots of kids. If a daughter inherits that same X-linked gene, she herself may not be gay, but she can pass it on to her sons.

But how might the “gay man gene” make females more reproductively successful? A new study by Camperio Ciani and his team addresses the question for the first time. Previously, the Italian researchers suggested that the “gay man gene” might simply increase androphilia, or attraction to men, thereby making the males who possess the gene homosexual and the females who possess it more promiscuous. But after investigating the characteristics of 161 female maternal relatives of homosexual and heterosexual men, the researchers have adjusted their hypothesis. Rather than making women more attracted to men, the “gay man gene” appears to make these women more attractive to men.

“High fecundity, that means having more babies, is not about pleasure in sex, nor is it about promiscuity. The androphilic pattern that we found is about females who increase their reproductive value to attract the best males,” Camperio Ciani told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Turns out, the moms and aunts of gay men have an advantage over the moms and aunts of straight men for several reasons: They are more fertile, displaying fewer gynecological disorders or complications during pregnancy; they are more extroverted, as well as funnier, happier and more relaxed; and they have fewer family problems and social anxieties. “In other words, compared to the others, [they are] perfect for a male,” Camperio Ciani said. Attracting and choosing from the best males enables these women to produce more offspring, he noted.

The new study will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Of course, no single factor can account for the varied array of sexual orientations that exist, in men as well as in women. “It is quite possible that there are several influences on forming a homosexual orientation,” said Gerulf Rieger, a sexual orientation researcher at Cornell University. He noted that environmental factors — including the level of exposure to certain hormones in the womb — also play a role in molding male sexuality. But as for why genetic factors would exist that make men gay, it appears that these genes make women, as well as gay men, alluring to other men.

Originally posted HERE in The Huffington Post

WOW! Rukkle Just Listed Their Top Ten Best Gay Books of the Summer!

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Photo Credit: Simon Cocks on Flickr

Best Gay Books – The Top 10 Gay Reads For Summer 2013

FICTION:

The Boy Who Came In From the Cold
BG Thomas

Tuck And Cover
SJD Peterson

Captive Prince: Volume One
S.U. Pacat

Promises (Coda Series)
Marie Sexton

Plan B
SJD Peterson

WOW!!

http://rukkle.com/features/best-gay-books-the-top-10-gay-reads-for-summer-2013/

Tonight I Will Be On the Radio!!

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Hello My Readers,

Tonight at 10:00 PM CT I’m going to be interviewed on KRCB Radio in San Francisco. We will be talking about my books and writing, and I am going to use the time to tell people to make sure they pursue their dreams. It is never too late. Leap and the net will appear!

The interview streams live on http://www.krcb.org. It will be available a few days after it airs on http://www.outbeatradio.org by clicking on Outbeat Collage-Out in the Arts.

I am nervous and very excited at the same time.

HUGS
BG