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Joe Biden Has Been Sworn In For A Second Term: VIDEO

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Tomorrow's inaugural events are all pomp and circumstance. In contrast, today, the day when Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama really re-take their oaths of office, is about friends and family. It's a comparatively more modest affair, as seen in this video of Biden's first second inauguration, conducted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Biden's family was all there, including a granddaughter who again proves that bored children are always the most entertaining people in an inauguration scenes. Watch two videos of a beaming Joe Biden playing the role of a man with job security, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Forecasting LGBT Progress In Obama's Second Term: VIDEO

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Political analysts all have their divining rods honed in on President Obama's second term in hopes of figuring out his post-inauguration agenda, including in terms of LGBT rights. AFTER THE JUMP, Richard Socarides, David Mixner and the National Center for Lesbian Rights' Kate Kendell join Howard Bragman to offer their own insight on where President Obama will focus his energies over the next four years.

One of the things that must be recognized, they all agree, is that that President Obama's first term brought such a tidal wave of progress that the second term will likely be marked by smaller successes.

Check it out AFTER THE JUMP.

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Gingrich Wants GOP To Understand 'Human Side' Of Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Say what you will about failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, but the former Republican House Speaker is poised, either by design or by circumstance, to become one of his party's loudest voices on marriage equality. And that's a good thing.

A few weeks ago Gingrich said he's come to see the "reality" of our changing culture, and last night Gingrich told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he hopes the GOP will come to understand the "human side" of same-sex love.

An excerpt, via JMG:

I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation — and understand that we want to defend marriage in its classic form between a man and a woman. I don’t accept that there’s an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn’t mean it can fly. It’s not that I want to change my belief. I think that in fact it’s a big mistake to be confused about this issue.

But I think it’s also a legal reality that now people are being allowed to create legal status over here.

Watch video of Gingrich's latest remarks AFTER THE JUMP. The pertinent comments begin at about the 8 minute mark.

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As Petition To Replace Anti-Gay Inauguration Pastor Gathers Steam, White House Stays Mum

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President Obama and his inauguration committee are going to have some added stress over the next few days: a growing movement, including a We the People petition on the White House's official page, to replace Louie Giglio as the inauguration preacher.

Giglio, much like the 2008 inauguration preacher, Rick Warren, has a history of preaching hate against homophobia. "We must reach out and we must aggressively move toward the homosexual community," he said in a 1990s era speech called "In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality."

The We The People petition asks the president to replace Giglio with an LGBT friendly clergy person. 

Meanwhile, Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade asked press secretary Jay Carney about Giglio yesterday, but Carney wouldn't comment.

"I haven’t seen that report," Carney said of the ThinkProgress post that revealed Giglio's past comments. "I would refer you to the inaugural committee. I haven’t seen the report." By now Carney and the rest of the team have seen the report, and soon there will be no excuse for official silence.


2012 In 4 Minutes: VIDEO

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Filmmaker Ryan James Yezak took a break from his forthcoming documentary, Second Class Citizens, to review 2012 and compile this 4-minute review of the year ending in a few hours. It's all here: Honey Boo, Obama's reelection, the cruise ship overturning off the coast of Italy...

Relive the past twelve months in four minutes of "that happened too?" AFTER THE JUMP.

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Newt Gingrich Accepts 'Reality' Of Marriage Equality

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Though Newt Gingrich says he and his Republican Party have to come to terms with the "reality" of marriage equality, he doesn't seem too gung-ho about the prospect.

"The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality," he told The Huffington Post. "And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."

As for how such a reality would look, Gingrich says the GOP would prefer a legal distinction between church and secular weddings. But the former House Speaker also said that ironing out tensions over LGBT equality "will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with."

Gingrich was also asked about his role in passing the Defense of Marriage Act 1996, and told reporters Sam Stein and Jon Ward he and his colleagues back then never imagined the "wave" of support marriage equality would gather over the next sixteen years.

"I didn't think [gay marriage] was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act," he said. "It didn't seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing."

In response to Gingrich's comment, Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, the organization for which Gingrich's out half-sister Candace works, told BuzzFeed, "Gingrich has proven that leaders in the Republican party understand where the country is moving on marriage but he is also brave enough to say it out loud."

Stein and Ward of course asked Gingrich about the most recent election and the failed presidential candidate claimed that he would have done better against President Obama than the GOP's ultimate choice, Mitt Romney.

"I would have probably done better," he mused. "I don't want to be arrogant and say I would have done better. I would say my impression is that, from the Obama team's standpoint, the two candidates they found the hardest to cope with were Perry and me."

Wait, wasn't this conversation about reality?


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