Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 14, 2015
August 14, 2015
Colorado's Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a baker opposed to same-sex marriage may not refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, and violated the state's anti-discrimination law. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner JACK PHILLIPS claimed that baking the cake violated his First Amendment rights.
But Judge DANIEL M. TAUBMAN wrote, "We conclude that the act of designing and selling a wedding cake to all customers free of discrimination does not convey a celebratory message about same-sex weddings likely to be understood by those who view it... Masterpiece remains free to continue espousing its religious beliefs, including its opposition to same-sex marriage."
He added, "However, if it wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, CADA prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation." (Pacelli)
Sucks to be you:
Love is rarely cheap, but PABLO SCHREIBER is quickly discovering that divorce ain't cheap, either. TMZ.com reports the "Orange Is the New Black" star has to pay ex-wife JESSICA MONTY $85-hundred dollars per-month in spousal support, half of his earnings and residuals from several shows and a cool $93-grand in cash. On the bright side, they'll enjoy joint custody of their two children while dear old dad is sitting pretty with cash from "The Wire," "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Lords of Dogtown."
Phone starter: Did you wind up richer after a nasty split? Do you show off your new designer sunglasses or flashy car when you drop off the kids? Did your husband demand child support or alimony --and did you tattle to his friends or family? (Lee)
Stupid people, stupid places:
Remember that time that McDonald's got sued because someone burned themselves on the hot coffee? Well, dinner rolls just became the new coffee. Lambert's Cafe in Branson, Missouri, known as "Home of the Throwed Rolls," has servers who lob dinner rolls across the dining room to guests. In other words, if you don't want rolls thrown at you, don't go there.
Transvestite TROY TUCKER has filed a lawsuit claiming she got a "lacerated cornea with a vitreous detachment and all head, neck, eyes and vision were severely damaged" after she was hit in the eye with a roll. Tucker's lawyer called the roll throwing a "defective condition" of Lambert's saying the restaurant should have known it was dangerous. Tucker is asking for $25 grand in medical bills and legal fees and all future medical costs to be covered. (Myers)
The Smoking Gun website got hold of PHARRELL WILLIAMS' tour rider and the nerd world is going nuts over the most unusual item for his dressing room: A framed picture of the late great astronomer CARL SAGAN. Nerdist.com says Pharrell has been "obsessed with Carl Sagan since he watched the classic "Cosmos" series as a child. Pharrell once told the Today show that "Every time I look at that picture I realize how lucky we all are…to be on this planet and to do what we love to do every day. Carl's face reminds me of it."
In case you're wondering, other items on Pharrell's dressing room rider list include: gluten-free crackers and bread, all the fixings you might need for a nice spot of tea (including fresh ginger root and "squeezy honey" ) and "SUPER COLD" cans of assorted sodas. (Bartha)
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