No wedding for Batwoman
Batwoman writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman resigned in September, saying DC Comics forced them to cancel a gay marriage plot in which Batwoman married her girlfriend. But DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio says the marriage plot wasn’t nixed for the reasons you might think. He said Batwoman couldn’t get married because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests.” DiDio added, “Name one other publisher out there who stands behind their gay characters the way we do.”
Texas Hold ’em
The state of Texas will not allow the divorce of a gay couple who now live there, but married four years ago in Massachusetts. A lower court allowed the dissolution of the marriage, holding that Texas’ Proposition 2, which prohibited the court from recognizing a same-sex marriage, violated the due-process and equal-protection guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. A Texas appeals court reversed the decision, saying the state cannot recognize the divorce without recognizing the marriage. The state supreme court will hear the case in November.
‘Sex with me will set you free’ ex-pastor/rapist to serve no time The Council Bluffs, Iowa pastor who admitted to having sex with underage boys in an effort to help them “get rid of evil [gay] thoughts” will serve no time in prison, thanks to a judge who thought probation would better serve him. Charged with 60 counts of “suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist,” 31-year-old Brent Girouex was issued a 17-year-prison sentence for the rape of as many as eight underage boys in 2012, which was suspended to allow Girouex to seek “sex-offender treatment” and remain on probation for five years.
(Semi-) nude wrestling at the Olympics
Sexy singlets worn by wrestlers are “old fashioned,” according to Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s international federation. The 2016 Olympic Games may well have shirtless wrestlers — one step closer to how wrestling was done in the Games’ beginning days. Actor Billy Baldwin, who was part of wrestling’s delegation, said he could see the change for entertainment value. “It’s why beach volleyball is on for 17 hours in prime time and we’re buried at three in the morning,” he said.
Gyllenhaal calls gay rumors a ‘huge compliment’
In an appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Jake Gyllenhaal discussed Heath Ledger and their roles in Brokeback Mountain. “Heath and I knew each other for years before that because we had both auditioned for Moulin Rouge together,” Gyllenhaal tells host James Lipton. “And I remember thinking, ‘I like this guy. He’s just like, super lovable.” When the gay rumors started rolling in like tumbleweed across the plain, Gyllenhaal says he took it as a “huge compliment.” Losing Heath, however, was like “losing a family member” the 32-year-old actor said and he still misses Ledger ”to this day.”