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Dan Savage Discusses Gay Culture's Impact On America: VIDEO

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In a pre-taped segment that aired this morning, author and activist Dan Savage, who's getting married today, and MSNBC's Chris Hayes discussed shifting public opinion on marriage equality, raise a champagne toast to all the couples tying the knot in Washington State today, chat about the origins of Savage's It Gets Better campaign and also touch on Savage's syndicated advice column, and other queer expressions, have helped shape mainstream culture.

"We're all sodomites now," says Savage. Indeed.

Watch the videos AFTER THE JUMP.

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George Will: 'The Opposition To Gay Marriage Is Dying': VIDEO

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More polls are showing popular opinion shifting toward marriage equality. Public Policy Polling found majorities in Oregon (54%) and New Jersey (53%) and a near majority in Illinois (47%) support extending marriage to same-sex couples. In Illinois, 58% of people under 45 years old say yes to gay weddings. Meanwhile, Politico found 40% of Americans support letting gays and lesbians marry. Again, young people are leading the way.

From today's Politico survey: "A full 63 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds backed marriage...It dropped off to 36 percent support among both 30-to-44-year-olds and 45-to-59-year-olds. Only three in 10 seniors supported gay marriage."

Asked about such numbers and the Supreme Court's decision to hear two cases on marriage equality, journalist George Will broke it down like this: all the seniors brought up pre-gay rights are kicking the bucket.

"There is something like an emerging consensus," he said on ABC News' This Week. "Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people."

Watch video of Will summing it up AFTER THE JUMP.

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Tories Launch 'Freedom To Marry,' Say 'Marriage Should Be Open To All'

UnionjackJust a few days after British PM David Cameron said "I don't want gay people to be excluded from a great institution [of marriage]," 19 equalliy powerful, equally conservative politicians, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, who is an evangelical christian, joined Cameron in the fight for equality by forming a new coalition, "Freedom to Marry."

In a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph, the group wrote, "Marriage should be open to all, regardless of sexuality."

“We recognize that civil partnerships were an important step forward in giving legal recognition to same sex couples. But civil partnerships are not marriages, which express a particular and universally understood commitment," said the Tory leaders.

Nick Herbert, the openly gay former police minister who brought the group together, also penned his own op-ed today saying his party must learn from the American Republicans: alienating LGBT people and their allies brings nothing but electoral gloom.

As the Republicans found in the recent presidential elections, there is no mileage in alienating the new generation of voters or what is, even in the United States, a growing majority of public opinion. President Obama endorsed gay marriage and was re-elected. So, in London, was Boris Johnson.

Winning politicians who have built the broad base of voter support that is needed to gain office have got themselves on the right side of this argument. It is not gay marriage which will cost Conservatives votes: it is failing to win the common ground.

Cameron said the legislation will be introduced in 2013, meaning the England may see same-sex marriages by 2014.

This British Freedom to Marry movement comes after it was reported last September that Tories were meeting with leaders from the States' Freedom to Marry coalition.


Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Washington State

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It's a big wedding day for Washington State, where at 12:04 am Sarah and Emily Cofer became the state's first same-sex couple to be officially, legally tie the knot. Jesse Page and Brendan Taga soon followed at the King County Court House. Presiding Judge Mary Yu said she had seven such weddings scheduled between midnight and 7:30am.

"This is what courts are supposed to do, respond to the needs of our community," she told USA Today. Bailiff Takao Yamada added, "We'll sleep later."

The other two states that legalized marriage equality during November's election, Maine and Maryland, will allow same-sex couples to marry on December 29th and January 1, respectively. 

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[Images via Seattle PI]


Nate Silver And Conan O'Brien Talk Serious Jibber Jabber: VIDEO

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Conan O'Brien is more than just a funny face hosting a nighttime television show. He's also a person with a brain who likes to talk with other people who also have brains, which is why O'Brien hosts "serious jibber jabber" sessions with some of the world's most brain-having people.

The latest edition features Nate Silver, the gay statistician who has already called every election for the next 1,000 years. Yes, even the intergalactic races. (Kimara Cretak is a lock for Romulan Senator.) But don't worry, Silver still has plenty to talk about, like his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.

Watch O'Brien and Silver's entire 49:54 minute conversation AFTER THE JUMP, because being a brainiac is sexy.

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Obama Takes Romney's Concession Call: PHOTO

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A new photo by Pete Souza posted to the White house Flickr account shows Obama taking Mitt Romney's phone call on election night:

The photo was taken in the presidential suite of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel in Chicago, where Obama and his team watched results come in on November 6. In his concession speech, Romney said that on the call with the president, he wished Obama well, along with his family and staff.

(via political ticker)


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