Reports are coming in that the vote on Scottish independence is being called for the "no" side. With more than half the results declared, an estimated 55% of voters are expected to reject independence by the time final votes are tallied.
The Guardian reports that the yes campaign scored a handful of notable successes - succeeding in the largest city of Glasgow by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and a 57% win in Dundee.
All throughout the campaign, celebrities voiced their opinion on whether or not Scotland should leave the UK and become an independent country.
Those in favor of independence included Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, Russell Brand, Gerard Butler, Rhys Ifans, and Morrissey.
Those opposed included Simon Cowell, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tom Daley, David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle, J.K. Rowling, Eddie Izzard, John Barrowman, Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.
Others, such as James McAvoy, Billy Connolly, Annie Lennox, Pierce Brosnan, and Hugh Laurie remained largely neutral.
And for American audiences that were tuned-in to the results tonight, Brett Belding helped put things into context:
Just in case you don’t understand the significance of #ScotlandDecides, the last time Scotland was independent was before America existed.
The McCardles - played by Abby Mcenany and Tim Paul - are just your average, everyday couple who just happen to have met at "ex-gay" reparative therapy. Since then, their hetero love for one another has really blossomed and the two are living totally happy, not-at-all-gay lives of personal fulfilment.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has put a stay on its ruling earlier this month overturning Wisconsin's gay marriage ban until the Supreme Court weighs in on the matter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinelreports:
The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals blocked its own order in the Wisconsin case two days after it blocked its order in a similar case out of Indiana. Those moves by the 7th Circuit were widely expected because of an earlier ruling by the Supreme Court that showed a majority of justices want the marriage bans around the country to remain in place while they consider whether to hear one of the lawsuits against those bans.
Last week, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the U.S. Supreme Court to restore Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, arguing that the case that began in Madison offers the justices the best vehicle for resolving the historic question of whether bans on same-sex unions violate the U.S. Constitution.
The 7th Circuit said Wednesday that it would let that Supreme Court appeal play out.
"The stay will terminate automatically if the certiorari petition (to the Supreme Court) is denied or will terminate upon the judgment of the Supreme Court if the certiorari petition is granted," the 7th Circuit's one-page order reads.
Last week, plaintiffs in the Indiana and Wisconsin gay marriage cases urged the Supreme Court to review challenges to their states' gay marriage bans.
The court has announced it will consider those petitions in a private meeting September 29.
As we reported earlier, the group charged with assaulting a gay couple in Center City, Philadelphia last Thursday won't be charged with a hate crime because sexual orientation is not included in the state's hate crime statutes.
Sims says that he hasn't yet spoken with the victims of last week's Center City attack of two gay men, simply because he's been told that they need time to heal. "I want them speaking with victims' advocates right now, not with me over policy," he explains. "But we'll find the time. I have to make sure that something comes of this, not just that I'm pissed off."
The bill would add gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical and mental disability to the state's hate crime law.
Hopefully this incident has awakened the public and lawmakers of the need for such additions.
Do you have your costume picked out for Halloween yet?
How about joining Towleroad at Halloween New Orleans for a weekend of festive, sexy, and spooky events from October 23-26?
Halloween New Orleans is one of the largest and most amazing party events of the season and the weekend, now in its 31st year, is one of the only 100% donation/volunteer event weekends left in the U.S.. Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans which provides healthcare and support services for men and women with AIDS, is the sole beneficiary of all the funds that are raised.
Meet up with us! We'll be there and don't want you to miss a thing! "RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.
Sign up AFTER THE JUMP and be sure to look for our camp cart at the events and all weekend on Bourbon Street in front of OZ to get some great free stuff and have your official pictures taken. We're holding a costume contest with the photos shot by our team so find us and make sure we get your photo.
Here are this year's events and you can get tickets at this link:
Thursday: The Lazarus Ball Presented by Boomtown Casino New Orleans US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at WWII 7:30-11pm Silent Auction Music and Food Black Tie Preferred
Friday: Casual/Dance/Club Night Presented by VIP Magazine Republic Nightclub 9pm-2am DJ Blacklow VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons
Saturday: Main Event! Costume Contest & Parade (costumes required) Massive Dance Party with DJ Tristan Jaxx Theme: “Descent” (a journey through the underground) 10pm-4am VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons
Sunday: Brunch and Second Line House of Blues 1-4 pm Jazz and Gospel Entertainment Second Line from HOB to corner of Bourbon and St. Ann
All events are open bar.
"RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.