News Brief: Taiwan Becomes FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief Taiwan FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief Taiwan FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Taiwan Becomes FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Taiwan has become the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalize same-sex marriage.  The highest court in the land has ruled that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

The parliament will now be forced to amend the laws or pass new ones to formalize the decision in favor of marriage equality.

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News Brief: And the Winners of the 2017 Grabby Awards are…

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News Brief 2017 Grabby Award Winners

News Brief 2017 Grabby Award Winners

News Brief:  And the Winners of the 2017 Grabby Awards are…

The winners of the 2017 Grabbys, presented by Grab Magazine, were announced on Saturday, May 27 at the Metro Theater in Chicago.

Considered to be the Oscars of Gay Porn, the Grabbys have been a Memorial Day weekend tradition for more than 20 years.  This year Honey West and Chi Chi LaRue returned to host the festivities.

An after party at Charlie’s and an early morning “Late Night with the Men of Titan” at Touche took place after the Grabbys, which were sponsored by SuperMen.com amongst others.  If you weren’t able to attend this year, don’t miss out on your chance to “meet the stars” next year!

See the full list of winners after the jump.

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News Brief: Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

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News Brief Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

News Brief Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

News Brief:  Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

Four men have been charged on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for allegedly targeting gay men in home invasions. 

An 18-count indictment was returned by a grand jury against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18.  The men, all from Frisco, Texas, could face up to life in prison. 

Investigators said that the men used Grindr to set up dates with four men before they invaded their homes.  The men would then assault their victims, restraining them using tape, and make homophobic comments.  In addition to the abuse, the men would steal their cars and belongings. 

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News Brief: Gay Porn Star Found Guilty of Murder

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News Brief Gay Porn Star Mario Romo Found Guilty of Murder

News Brief Gay Porn Star Mario Romo Found Guilty of Murder

News Brief:  Gay Porn Star Found Guilty of Murder

A federal jury has convicted gay adult film star Mario Romo in the murder of his boyfriend, who was stabbed 24 times including a slash to his throat, earlier this month.

Romo started his career with Sean Cody in 2010 and has since worked for nearly a dozen gay studios under the names Francisco and Elder Gonzalez.  His birth name is David Meza.

Romo was found guilty after Mexican authorities found Jake Clyde Merendino stabbed to death and dumped in a Baja ravine near a highway between Rosarito and Ensenada.

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News Brief: 53 People Face Criminal Charges for Attending a Gay Wedding

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News Brief 53 People Arrested Gay Wedding Nigeria

News Brief 53 People Arrested Gay Wedding Nigeria

News Brief:  53 People Face Criminal Charges for Attending a Gay Wedding

53 people are facing criminal charges in Nigeria after police claimed they attended a same-sex wedding.

Homosexuality has long been illegal in Nigeria, but a 2013 law moved beyond simply targeting gay sex:  extending the provisions to criminalize all forms of same-sex unions and clamp down on the LGBT community.  Under the law, people who enter any form of same-sex union are liable for 14 years imprisonment, while people who “witness, abet and aids the solemnization of a same sex marriage or civil union” can face up to 10 years in jail.

The BBC reports that police in the country this month carried out a raid on an alleged ceremonial same-sex wedding in the city of Zaria.  According to the broadcaster, 53 people were arrested and have been charged with conspiring to celebrate a same-sex wedding.

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