Utah Couple

Just when you thought Utah it all…

Salt Lake City-County Building

Salt Lake City-County Building

I’m a little late to the party having just found out about this now, but Utah yesterday became the 18th state in the U.S. to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Wow. It’s probably the last place in America I would have expected to do that. I’ve got tears of joy right now.

A of couple random early-morning thoughts:

As I was reading the Boston Globe article on this, I had a feeling it wouldn’t be long until I saw the phrase “activist judge.” And then came paragraph 8:

The decision drew a swift and angry reaction from Utah leaders, including Republican Gov. Gary Herbert. “I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah,” Herbert said. “I am working with my legal counsel and the acting attorney general to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”

 
Oh that religious right… always so predictable.

Also, the rush to obtain marriage licenses reminded to me of the rush to get off another play in American football before the other team can throw the challenge flag… and we did. We got the play off, just like what happened in California before Proposition 8 passed. No turning back now.

I’m certainly no law expert — this falls under the “What Do I Know, I’m Just A Dumb Porn Star” category — but the moment the first ceremony was performed, new rights were available to any gay Utah couples who chose to marry… and dozens of couples have already claimed those rights. If a stay is ordered by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (which, by the way, currently consists of 5 Democrat-appointed judges and 5 Republican-appointed judges, with the chief being a Clinton appointee) and new marriages are halted, wouldn’t that violate the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment? You’d have two classes of gay couples in the state, those have been enjoying marriage benefits and protections and those who haven’t (and can’t). While it’s possible, I guess, that the state could work to take away rights already granted legally, I think it would be a long uphill battle for them. Existing marriages would stand, this would go to the Supreme Court as a 14th Amendment case, and any circuit-level appeal that might have succeeded would be overturned.

To wit: In August 2010, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, since it purported to re-remove rights from a disfavored class only, with no rational basis. Maybe I’m just an idealistic Dumb Porn Star, but that’s why I believe there’s no turning back now. But what I keep asking myself, over and over, is this: Why do some people continue to resist the inexorable march of freedom?

On another note, check out one of couples who sued so that they could be allowed to marry. Hot!  
 

Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, Plaintiffs

The wallaby project has a title! Introducing… “Dick Danger”

It’s been in the works for months, but Titan’s upcoming feature — which until now we’ve been calling “the wallaby project” — finally has an official title! “DICK DANGER” will be Jasun Mark‘s sixth Titan feature, joining “Nightfall”, “Wide Open”, “Grind”, “Working Stiffs”, and “Wide Awake” in what’s quickly growing into an impressive catalogue. Jasun’s already won a Grabby award for “Nightfall”, and “Wide Awake” (his latest film, which includes my outdoor scene with Johnny Parker) has been getting great reviews.

My scene partner in “Dick Danger” is the drop-dead sexy Aussie Rogan Richards (he has plenty of dialogue that really plays up the accent), and as I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the film will have the look and feel (and plot!) of a 1950s crime drama. It also stars Titan exclusive Hunter Marx, Scott Hunter, Jake Genesis (who filmed this scene before his retirement from the industry), and Tom Wolfe as Mr. Danger himself. Watch for “Dick Danger” coming this January exclusively to TitanMen.com! (By the way, if you wanna see the film when it comes out, now might be a good time to get in on the $99/year holiday special… details at www.join-titan.com).

Check out a bunch of brand new teaser images from the credits below.
 

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Live from the set: 22 pics that were too hot for Facebook!

Tyler Edwards and Matt Stevens

For the past few days, Dave and Jasun (Titan production assistant and director, respectively) have been sending me photos from the TitanMen set, capturing the action as it happens. I’ve been sharing what I can on Facebook, but if I posted the others, it would get me banned. So I’ve posted them below instead. The actors in this series, by the way, are Tony Orion, Alex Graham, Ethan Ayers, Paul Steele, Matt Stevens, Tyler Edwards, and TitanMen Exclusive Nick Prescott. Check them out at TitanMen.com!

One quick unrelated plug: If you haven’t done so already, please vote for me for Performer of the Year at the 2004 XBIZ Awards! It only takes a second and can be done at http://tinyurl.com/xbiz-actor… I’m pretty sure you can skip the part about tweeting your vote, but it would be cool if you did anyway. Thank you so much!
 


 
 

Gay Comic Geek reviews “Caught in the Act: A Joe Gage Chronicle”

Check out Gay Comic Geek‘s awesome review of my latest Titan film, “Caught in the Act: A Joe Gage Chronicle”, below. Hey GCG: you’re one of my particular favorites too. And it never even occurred to me that I’m dressed more like a park ranger than an Army colonel.

Titan members can watch “Caught in the Act: A Joe Gage Chronicle” in its entirety right here. And if you’re not a member, sign up today for instant access to this and thousands of other videos in streaming HD! And with your membership, you can even download them to keep forever. Or, if you prefer, you can also buy “Caught in the Act” on DVD.
 


 

Surprise!

The Island House pics that were too hot for Facebook

Dirk and I recently spent 5 days at the amazing Island House in Key West. Such a great place! We hosted several events related to Bone Island Weekend, a twice-annual gathering of nudists from all over the world. I posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook, but obviously not all of them are Facebook-friendly… so I’m including them here! I also took some NSFW pictures from the Manhunt Toy Party we hosted on Saturday night; I put them all in a separate blog post which can be found here.

Thanks again to Island House, Manhunt, and the Key West Business Guild for making us feel so welcome. You guys sure know how to have good time!