The country’s most powerful ‘family values’ group, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has attacked Channel 7’s Sunrise and magazine Marie Claire for launching a campaign this week in support of marriage equality. The media have partnered with activist organisation GetUp.
Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell said of the initiative:
“For a long time now they have both been behind the whole gay marriage issue. They understand everyone does not support it, but a show like Sunrise, we care. We are trying to make a difference – it’s not an issue about sexuality, it’s a human rights issue.”
The ACL suggested its members might like to: “Register your disgust that the press, supposedly the neutral umpire and facilitator of public debate, should allow itself to be captured by the propaganda machine of the gay lobby.”
If you feel so inclined, you can register your support for Sunrise and its partners here.
Here’s what else is on our radar today:
1. Gwyneth Paltrow used the ‘N-word’. But it’s not quite so cut and dried. The actress and mother was watching (live) Jay-Z and Kanye perform in Paris. The name of their hit song? Ni**as in Paris. Gwyn tweeted: “Ni**as in paris for real.” She even used the asterisks. She clearly meant it as a reference but fans turned on her all the same, criticising Paltrow.
Her response was short and sweet: “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”
2. Meet David Boone. He was accepted into 22 of the 23 schools he applied for, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. He landed a scholarship. He also spent much of his youth homeless, sleeping at friend’s houses when he could or in the park when he had nowhere else. He did his homework at bus stations. Now he’s studying computer science and engineering at Harvard. Nice.
3. Catch me if you can? A man spent more than a month pretending to be a police officer at the Perth Watch house. He turned up at regular shifts in full police uniform. The man, 18, has now been charged.
4. A Latvian airline is the ‘world’s first’ to introduce seating for passengers … according to their mood. The free service on Air Baltic also takes into account any hobbies and interests in the three ‘mood’ seating categories (wanting to work, wanting to network and wanting to be left the heck alone).
5. The first images of Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor have been released and, well, the resemblance is uncanny. Lohan will play Taylor in the TV biopic Liz and Dick. What do you think?
6. The CEO of the Australian Rugby League (ARL) Commission David Gallop, frequently referred to as a gentleman of the sport, has resigned effective immediately. He has overseen the game, and all its struggles, for a decade. Management said it was because they wanted someone ‘fresh’ to guide the game.
7. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations turned up a notch last night / today as a concert jam-packed with stars took place outside Buckingham Palace in the Mall. 500,000 turned out to sing along and Prince Charles gave a moving speech in which he thanked the Queen … or, in his words, ‘Mummy’.
– Here are 12 facts about the Queen you might not know.
You can watch his speech below, but first, our ridiculously awesome gallery of the Queen herself because, why not?
Side note: The RBA has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.50%.