Alaska officially drops lawsuit challenging gay marriage

first_imgThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a court case that struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the appeals court Wednesday accepted a joint notice to dismiss filed by the state and attorney Allison Mendel, who represented the couples who filed suit against the Alaska.A federal judge in October ruled Alaska’s ban violated the U.S. constitution.After the appeals court lifted a temporary stay and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a review of the case, the state had asked federal appeals court panel for a review.That appeal was suspended in January when the Supreme Court agreed to hear a series of marriage equality cases. The high court ruled Friday to legalize same-sex marriage across the county.last_img read more

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Ian McKellen wants you to watch Englands World Cup semifinal in technicolor

Ian McKellen wants you to watch Englands World Cup semifinal in technicolor

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Tonight, like every Monday, “Quiz Night” @TheGrapesLondon. My team was second last week, and second the week before. pic.twitter.com/lSurdY0C7J— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 27, 2015The match at The GrapesEstablished in 1583, The Grapes is located in a Grade II listed building in Limehouse, East London. To add to its quirky history, Victorian author Charles Dickens’ described the pub in the opening chapter of his novel Our Mutual Friend written in 1864-65.More than 150 years later, the pub will be among the preferred venues for Londoners to watch the World Cup.The Grapes, owned by Sir Ian McKellen in partnership with theatre and film director Sean Mathias, and Evgeny Lebedev, publisher of UK newspaper Evening Standard. | Photo: Wikipedia CommonsCroatia v EnglandTonight’s game at Luzhniki Stadium is crucial. If they lose, England will play Belgium for the third place position on 14 July. If England wins, however, the team will go straight to the final against France on 15 July. It will be their first appearance in a World Cup final since 1966.As much as we would love to watch anything with Sir Ian McKellen – whether in black and white or in technicolor – we must warn you: he might not be there. Although he has been spotted serving his customers the occasional pint and bowl of chips from time to time, there is no guarantee the Lord of the Rings actor will be at The Grapes tonight. It will be up to the fellowship of his most loyal fans to find out.You might also like:Ian McKellen shares another amazing throwback pic of himself in his 20s Family Guy’s Stewie to reveal sexuality to therapist Ian McKellenIan McKellen leads protest outside Russian Embassy over Chechnya persecution of gay menIan McKellen: It’s ‘un-American’ for Trump not to protect LGBTI rightsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ian-mckellen-wants-you-to-watch-englands-world-cup-semi-final-in-technicolor-at-his-pub/ The openly gay British thespian and national treasure is among the owners of The Grapes, a cozy pub on the north bank of the Thames. It will screen the match at 7pm.An official invite from Ian McKellenMcKellen tweeted to his followers this morning, encouraging them to go and watch the match at the pub. Furthermore, he proved his hashtag game to be particularly strong.Watch the semi final at The Grapes #Limehouse We’ve set up a Colour (!) TV at the bar. #ItsComingHome https://t.co/g7i3vi0kCU— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) July 11, 2018‘We’ve set up a Colour (!) TV at the bar,’ the tweet reads enthusiastically. Perhaps a cheeky, vintage hint to the 1966 World Cup, the last time the World Cup was hosted by England? The Three Lions won that time around, so McKellen’s time-traveling tweet might be good luck.It’s Coming HomeThe hashtag #ItsComingHome is also a shout out to England’s football team. The refrain of Three Lions, a 1996 song by the Britpop band Lightning Seeds, ‘It’s coming home’ referred to England hosting the UEFA Euro Cup on that year and literally bringing the football back home for the first time after 1966.It has become a popular slogan during football competitions ever since and fans may howl it tonight at McKellen’s pub. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Sir Ian McKellen played the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. | Photo: LOTR/New Line Ahead of tonight’s World Cup soccer semi-final which will see England go up against Croatia, actor Ian McKellen invited fans to watch the game at his London pub.last_img read more

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