Behold These Nominees for Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter's New Logo

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Councilman Peotter, prepare to be blown ... away.
UPDATE, JULY 17, 6:30 A.M.: So far, talent has exceeded volume when it comes to submissions to our contest aimed at finding a new logo for Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, who agreed to take the City of Newport Beach seal down from his newsletter after some cutting observations about same-sex marriage and the LGBT community.

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Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter Now a "Victim" After Whipping Up LGBT Shitstorm

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Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, still defiant.
UPDATE, JULY 9, 9:03 A.M.: Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter is doubling down on his divisive public comments about same-sex marriage and the perceived theft of rainbows from God, making himself out to be the victim of having his First Amendment free speech rights infringed.

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Jack'd: Dating App Lands Laguna Niguel Gay Man In Trouble With Horny, Underage Teen

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Given increasing potency of the Internet in everyday lives, alleged criminal activity isn't what it used to be in your grandfather's era.

Just ask Laguna Niguel's Matthew Ryan Mitchell.

In September 2013, Jack'd--a popular iPhone app created to enhance same sex dating connections--innocently brought together 26-year-old Mitchell and an equally horny Dana Point teenage boy who'd just turned 17.

What happened next is now a criminal issue in Superior Court Judge David A. Hoffer's ninth floor Santa Ana courtroom.

For those of you have been vacationing on Mars, sexual intercourse between adults and non-adults in California is against the law even when consensual.

Deputies at the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) claim the teenager contacted Mitchell through his online Jack'd personal ad, won access to the adult's private penis photo and the two eventually met for an intense, consensual sexual rendezvous.

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Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Rallies in Santa Ana and Long Beach TONIGHT

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UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2:12 P.M.: In the wake of today's historic same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, rallies will be held in Santa Ana and Long Beach. The LGBT Center OC presents the Orange County rally at 7 p.m. in Plaza de Santa Ana, which is at the corner of Fourth and French streets in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ Center Long Beach has a gathering set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Plaza, where Robert Garcia, the city's first
openly gay mayor, was to have held a midday ceremony where he'd raise a Rainbow Pride Flag in response to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.


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HB Attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's Proposed Slay Gays Away Initiative is Killed

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Pride flag flaps prouder today.
Huntington Beach attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's proposed California voter initiative that would authorize the murder of gays and lesbians by "bullets to the head" or "any other convenient method" will not be on the November 2016 ballot--or any ballot in the future, apparently.

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Marriage Equality Backlash Did Not Slow Progress for Gay and Lesbian Couples: UCI

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Whatchoo talkin' about, Willis?
A public backlash to gay marriage won't impede future policy gains for gay and lesbian couples, according to a new study co-authored by a UC Irvine professor.

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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Director Participates in Saturday Showing at the Frida

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Frida Cinema just received confirmation that director Michele Josue is coming to downtown Santa Ana Saturday night to introduce her new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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Sale Near for Former Home of Homo-Hating St. James Anglican Parish in Newport Beach

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Take this church ... please!
An Episcopal church bishop announced to Newport Beach congregants Sunday the closing of the sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, whose previous flock broke from the diocese in 2004 when openly gay Gene Robinson became a bishop in New Hampshire, realigned with an Anglican church in Uganda and later lost the OC property in court.

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Scott Steiner, OC Judge Censured for Courtroom Sex, Already Fundraising for 2016 Reelection

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Steiner: Likes 'em...

Last time we heard about OC Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner, the California Commission on Judicial Performance censured him for banging ex-students of his inside the courtroom (a story our own Moxley broke in 2013). It was an embarrassing moment for the former prosecutor and son of former OC Supervisor Bill Steiner, especially given Scott has a wife, a kid, and always tried to portray himself as a conservative type of guy.

But Hizzoner must be scared of not winning his reelection campaign, which ain't happening until the fall 2016 elections. Because Steiner and his favorite defense attorneys are already organizing a fundraiser for him next week.


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Matthew Gregory McLaughlin of State Initiative to Kill Gays Must Be Disbarred: Online Petition

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A West Sacramento resident has started an online petition that calls on the California Bar Association to disbar Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, the Huntington Beach lawyer who authored the state voter initiative that would "put to death by bullets to the head" anyone who has had sexual relations with a person of the same gender.

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