Fox News has since changed their headline but because of the ridiculousness of it and the extreme homophobia behind it, that someone supporting one group’s right to marriage and the rights/privileges is bestows is tantamount to a war on marriage just because that group is made of of same-sex couple is atrocious.
I will be boycotting not only Fox News, but the Fox network itself as well as any productions by Twentieth Century Fox and all of it’s affiliates until an apology is issued by the company.
North Carolina’s new ban (they already had a measure in place stating marriage is between a man and a woman) could end up putting businesses in a tricky situation.
The new law, which passed 61% to 39%, states that marriage between a man and a woman is the only valid domestic legal union. So how does this affect businesses? Well any business in North Carolina that is currently covering people who are in same-sex marriages/civil unions/domestic partnerships OR in opposite-sex civil unions/domestic partnerships might have to stop recognizing those relationships according the new law. Unfortunately some of those organizations have pretty strict equality measures in place.
TD Bank for instance, a branch of the Toronto-Dominion Bank recognizes civil unions, civil/domestic partnerships, and same-sex marriages. How would they be supposed to operate within North Carolina when the law states that they cannot recognize those? Will they and other organizations like it be fined? Furthermore how are companies expected to attract talent from other areas of globe, where many heterosexual couples have shifted towards domestic partnerships rather than marriages (Quebec, many European countries) and their relationships will be made invalid within the state.
It seems like the law makers and more importantly, the voters, weren’t really thinking of what’s good for North Carolina. They were just thinking how they can screw over a group of people who want nothing more than to have the same rights and privileges that everyone else is entitled to. It turns out they may very well have ended up screwing over their state in the process.
2012 marks the 6th year since it’s inception for the Toronto International Pride Cup, or TIPC.
While the tournament has been in a couple of different venues over the past few years it seems to have found a home at L’Amoreaux Field in Scarborough where the 2011 tournament was held and where it will be held again during the August 10-12 weekend this year.
The tournament has two streams, mixed or open (which are open to people of any gender identity) and womens (open to those who are female identified).
The matches take place over 2 days, which a registration event on the Friday evening (which will be held at Slacks) in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village (Church-Wellesley Village, or Gaybourhood).
This year the tournament is experimenting with the format: Whereas in the past squads were comprised of the traditional 11 or more players this year each squad will have 7 members (with the option of including and ‘alternate’). For each game 2 squads will be paired to play against 2 other squads for a full 11v11 match. Stats for each game will count toward the round-robin standings of both squads. Squads with an 8th alternate may only play 7 of their players in any one game, but the alternate may switch in throughout the weekend. Additionally a team cannot have more than 6 players from their squad on the field during play.
For those with spouses, partners, family, friends, or FWBs that may not be soccer fans other highlights in Toronto that weekend include the Toronto Beer Festival and the ever popular Taste of the Danforth.
Other events during TIPC include the banquet held on the Saturday evening, all signs point it being held at the 519 community centre in the heart of the gay village and will be catered by Fabarnak recently named one of the top five restaurants to go in to Toronto for locally sourced food by Now Magazine (http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=186034).
Registration can be done through the TIPC website - http://www.tipc.org/.