This Way Out: Russian gays post-Olympics+Sam vs. "pro-mophobia"+more news

By Anonymous (not verified), 18 February, 2014
Overnight Productions (Inc.)


This Way Out #1,351 Program Rundown:

Opening teases/theme music/intro continuity . . . . . . . . . . 1:08

SEGMENT #1 – "NewsWrap": The Ugandan government announces the signature of President Yoweri Museveni on the draconian "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" after lawmakers with medical backgrounds from his ruling political party assure him that it's a "social behavior" and not a genetic predisposition; El Salvador lawmakers reject a constitutional amendment defining civil marriage as exclusively heterosexual, while U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER orders his Justice Department to defend all the rights, responsibilities and benefits of marriage currently available to legally married same-gender couples [with a :24 excerpt from his speech at the Human Rights Campaign New York fundraising dinner]; a U.S. federal court overturns Virginia's constitutional ban on marriage equality, Nevada's Attorney General decides that defending her state's ban in a federal appeals court is a losing proposition, a federal court in Kentucky rules that that state's law banning the recognition of same-gender couples legally married elsewhere violates the U.S. Constitution, and a Kentucky gay couple files suit demanding marriage equality within the state; the Wyoming House of Representatives soundly defeats a marriage equality proposal but also votes down a separate bill to ban legal recognition of same-gender couples legally hitched elsewhere; Indiana lawmakers stumble over language in a proposed constitutional amendment defining civil marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman; and the Kansas state House approves a bill to allow businesses and government agencies to deny service to same-gender couples based on "their sincerely held religious beliefs" -- described by opponents as a "license to discriminate" (produced by STEVE PRIDE, written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by MICHAEL ALLAN and NATALIE PEOPLES) [10:54] + Billboard for the Michael Sam interview [:09] . . . . . . . . . 11:03

SEGMENT #2 – The Olympics are going strong in Sochi, but RUSSIA is not playing games when it comes to quashing LGBT rights. While hosting the international festivities, the government has not been too busy to enact new legislation reinforcing its ban on adoptions by same-gender couples and adoptions of Russian children by single people from marriage equality countries. Violent homophobic attacks continue on the rise, as documented just before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in the U.K. Channel 4 film "Hunted" that drew bitter criticism from the Russian ambassador in London. Many activists fear the situation will deteriorate even further after the Olympics are over. Russian lesbian journalist MASHA GESSEN has profiled President Vladimir Putin, and U.S. writer and college professor JEFF SHARLET reports about Russian repression in the current issue of “GQ” magazine. On the eve of the Opening Ceremonies, they each shared their concerns on MSNBC's "All In with CHRIS HAYES" (with intro music from "Moscow Nights" via YouTube by unidentified Russian performers). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:10

SEGMENT #3 – "TWO" I.D. gay Olympian GREG LOUGANIS [:07] + The Super Bowl may have fallen short of expectations, but the U.S. National Football League now has another media extravaganza leading up to its new player draft in May. Graduating University of Missouri Tiger MICHAEL SAM is expected to be a high-ranking pick -- but will the award-winning defensive end still be in demand now that he's come out as gay? He's gotten "out-standing" support from his team and his schoolmates, who even fended off a protest from the "God Hates You-know-who" Westboro Baptist Church outside a Tigers basketball game this week, while inside the arena Sam enjoyed a standing ovation. However some NFL insiders have expressed doubts about whether the locker room is ready to be liberated. ESPN's CHRIS CONNELLY broke the story in an interview with Sam on "Outside the Lines" (with intro music from "Tiger Rag" via YouTube performed in 2010 by the BLACK AND GOLD PEP BAND OF MARCHING MIZZOU) [7:15] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:22

Closing Credits/continuity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28:58

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