Attorneys Argue Oregon Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

EUGENE, Ore. April 24, 2014 --

Excluding loving, committed same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon is unconstitutional, attorneys said during oral arguments today in Oregon’s marriage equality lawsuit, the Rummell v. Kitzhaber and Geiger v. Kitzhaber consolidated case.

“Oregon’s marriage exclusion tells loving, committed same-sex couples that their relationships are unworthy of equal recognition," ACLU cooperating attorney Misha Isaak of Perkins Coie, LLP said in his opening argument in front of U.S. District Judge Michael McShane. "It demeans same-sex couples, who the Constitution protects. And it humiliates children being raised by same-sex couples.

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The Fight Against AIDS/HIV is Not Over503

For the cover of our new issue, we thought we would spice things up just a bit. Clothing designer Nir Zilberman created a military motif campaign to remind gay men that the fight against AIDS/HIV is not over, and we thought the photos were thought provoking, if nothing else. There is a blurb on page 21, but if you would like to read the whole story, check out our web site,

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Seduction - A Hot Look for the Fetish Fighter

by Paul Hutnick, photos by Ronen Zilberman

Barebacking videos continue to be a controversial topic in the adult community, and the latest industry insider to take a public stand against the trend is fetish wear designer Nir Zilberman. His new collection, Seduction, releasing in May, uses a military motif to remind gay men that the fight against HIV/AIDS wages on.

“When I see young men in film risking their lives just for more money, it makes me mad,” he says. “What is worse is that the older segments of the community — those who should know better — are supporting the trend by buying the movies. How do we sleep when we know these kids are risking their lives simply so that we can have a few minutes of entertainment?”

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Boom Boom Boom … Take Him Back To Your Room

by Mike Tomasulo, photos by Dick Mitchell

In the short time he’s been in the adult industry, Boomer Banks has become one of the most popular stars at adult film studio Raging Stallion, where he’s currently an exclusive. He was also just named the world’s top hustler at last month’s International Escort Awards, an event hosted by in New York City.

Boomer says he didn’t enter the trade lightly. “I really weighed out all the pros and cons. I knew going into it, I had to respect myself first and foremost.”

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Musicals Can Be Murder

by Chris Narloch

Musicals can be murder, both to sit through (if they’re bad) and to successfully produce (because of all the ways they can go wrong.)

Here’s a heads up on a trio of recent cast recordings for shows that got it right. All three of these musicals include murder as an integral part of their plots.

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