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road.jpg Same-sex marriage supporters turn out to testify in Vermont: "Members of the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection heard only statements of support for moving past civil unions to same-sex marriage during the two-hour hearing at Montpelier's Statehouse. It was a startling switch from the legislative hearings on civil unions in the same building seven years ago, which attracted hundreds of divided Vermonters who passionately argued both for and against a legal recognition of same-sex couples."

Ac360road.jpg Anderson Cooper taking suggestions for AC360 voiceover intro personalities. Coop: "While we have not made a final decision, I thought I'd let you know about our four finalists, and if there is anyone else you think should be considered, please let us know. In no particular order, the four people we are considering hiring to introduce 360 everynight are: Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman), Cher. Personally, I'm arguing for Fran Drescher, but I'm keeping an open mind." (via popnography)

road.jpg With Britney Spears a bigger mess than ever, and her younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears now knocked up, their mother Lynne Spears makes the family's ONLY recent wise decision and decides to put the parenting book she wrote on hold — indefinitely.

<road.jpg 710-year-old copy of the Magna Carta sold at auction for $21.3 million by David Rubenstein, of The Carlyle Group: "Bearing the seal of King Edward I and dated 1297, it is one of 17 known copies of the historic tract that defined human rights as the foundation for liberty and democracy as it is known today. It is one of two that exist outside Britain; the other is in Australia."

road.jpg New Zealand warehouse worker fired for posting note on social networking site Bebo that said "work sux" and working until midnight was "gay like the management". Sux for her.

road.jpg Justin Timberlake shows off his helium heels for Super Bowl ad.

road.jpg American Gladiator Alex Castro has a gay porn past: "Before he joined the cast of NBC's recently relaunched American Gladiators and began wielding gigantic Q-tip shaped battle thingies, Alex Castro, the drop-dead gorgeous massive mound of muscle, was wielding more "personal" and impressive clubs as a highly-paid gay porn model."

Marsroad.jpg Mars closest to Earth and brightest in recent and coming days: "In addition to being at its closest to Earth December 18, Mars will be more-or-less at its brightest on Christmas Eve. December 24, Mars will be at opposition (perfectly opposite the Sun, with the Earth on the other side). December 23, Mars will likely attract the most attention, as it rises extremely close to the Moon, and will even be occulted (or blocked-out) for viewers in the West - A prime digital camera opportunity, either way."

road.jpg Japan's top government spokesman: UFOs exist.

road.jpg Gay cops on both coasts embroiled in lawsuits. In L.A., a jury is set to hear closing remarks in a suit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation, and in New York, an officer acquitted after being targeted in an undercover sting by the NYPD has been fired by the city. Asked his lawyer: "Why does the NYPD want to humiliate and embarrass themselves in front of a jury about what they did to him? All the 12 jurors who found him not guilty were livid and outraged at what the New York City Police Department did to one of their own."

road.jpg Augusten Burrough's new book cover revealed.

Uruguay_2road.jpg Last month I reported that Uruguay was set to legalize civil unions. Now, with the Senate's approval, it has been done: "Under the new law, gay and straight couples will be eligible to form civil unions after living together for five years. They will have rights similar to those granted to married couples on such matters as inheritance, pensions and child custody. Uruguay's Senate passed the bill unanimously after the lower house approved it last month, a congressional spokesman said. The country's center-left president is expected to sign it into law. Several cities, including Buenos Aires and Mexico City, already have gay civil union laws on the books. Uruguay's law would be the first nationwide measure in Latin America, which is home to about half the world's Roman Catholics."

road.jpg Ryan White's former attorneys publish letter responding to Huckabee's statements on AIDS.

road.jpg Larry Craig secures $1.6 million earmark for dude ranch.

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  1. Hmmm, I hope the authors of the original article realize that Mexico City and Buenos Aires are not in Uruguay. :)

    Congrats to Uruguay! Although isn't five years a REALLY long engagement? :)

    Travi

    Posted by: Travis | Dec 19, 2007 4:08:55 PM


  2. re gay rights in latin america: i'll bet pope ritzo ratzo's panties are getting in quite a bunch ...

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 19, 2007 4:17:14 PM


  3. Regarding AC360 story: This is why I watch either the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer or the BBC.

    Posted by: 207guy | Dec 19, 2007 4:17:31 PM


  4. Is this Anderson's awkward way of coming out? The mind boggles...

    Posted by: Butter | Dec 19, 2007 4:51:19 PM


  5. I don't mind a little humor from my news people. Anderson might joke around a little, but AC360 still turns out serious and harrowing reports like last night's story on US troops under a deadly insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 19, 2007 4:52:36 PM


  6. Hey all you gay guys!!!

    Do you think Jamie Lynn (Britney's younger sister) is too young to be pregnant? So often it seems that young girls her age who have babies always seem to give birth to healthy young children. Meanwhile, women who wait until their late 30's to have kids have all sorts of problems (either getting pregnant or complications during their pregnancy, whatever). So, is she too young to start a family?

    What do you think?

    Posted by: Hollywood Dave | Dec 19, 2007 5:07:30 PM


  7. dear hollywood dave, i can only speak for myself and can tell you in all honesty that i'm seriously uninterested in the reproductive dilemnas of breeders, least of all miss spears or anyone in her family. cock anyone?

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 19, 2007 5:55:38 PM


  8. I am continually amazed by those that oppose gay marriage and adoption! Afterall, the Spears family alone stand for all the things that are "sacred" about family. Brit, married for 55 hours the first go round, and in and out of her second marriage in record time certainly stands for all things "wholesome" in America today. Now Jamie Lynn is pregnant at 16 and her mother, Lynne Spears, has written a "parenting book"!

    The fact that this woman wrote a book at all on parenting is a joke! It angers me that my partner and I, along with our three kids are not a "family" in America, but the Spears "family" represent all things legal in this country. My family cannot get a family membership to the YMCA and yet Brit can say I do for 55 hours and be married with all benefits.

    Lynne should not have a book on parenting to place on hold. She should have spent her time acutally being a parent and maybe she would not be in the situation she is in now! I just don't get it.....and I am the bad parent just because I am gay!

    Posted by: RB | Dec 19, 2007 6:27:36 PM


  9. Can we get a copy of Magna Carta to Bush and the Justice Dept.??????

    Posted by: RickT | Dec 19, 2007 6:38:53 PM


  10. AMEN RB my friend! Preach it brother! :)

    These two girls are a product of the "Louisianna values" that David Vitter touted when, in his campaign, he over and over said that they didn't want no "godless Massachusetts' values" invading the god fearing Pelican State.

    After seeing the Vitters' and the Spears' version of Louisianna values I think they could use a little bit of those "godless Massachusetts' values" in Louisianna!

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 19, 2007 7:26:48 PM


  11. I just love those Spears girls...trashy tramps. Love it!

    She's got a long way to go to catch up with her big sis' Britney, but I'm sure it'll be hilarious watching her try.

    Posted by: Jordan | Dec 19, 2007 8:47:09 PM


  12. Sure, Matt...in the proud lineage of Edward R Morrow and Walter Cronkite.

    Posted by: 207guy | Dec 20, 2007 12:31:26 AM


  13. Hollywood Dave... if you even NEED to ask whether 16 is too young to be pregnant...

    In general, teen pregnancies are still much higher risk than those of women in their 20's and 30's. Then there's all that pesky child-rearing you have to do when the little buggers have popped out. Of course, Jamie Lynn can just read her mom's book on parenting or ask big sis for a few tips...

    Posted by: RJ | Dec 20, 2007 3:57:06 AM


  14. Vermont's commission should allow for the civil unions, i.e., the legal recognition of same sex couples, but to equate that with marriage is a mistake. They are different, though from a legal perspective, virtually equal.

    Posted by: GoodDayYesterday | Dec 20, 2007 9:39:42 AM


  15. Actually, Alex Castro has a nude "present". He is going to be in naked videos on www.maleperfection.net

    Posted by: Katty | Dec 26, 2007 2:13:04 PM


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