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NEWS: Democrats Debate, John Stamos Kisses, Atheists Unite, James Cameron Dives


Towleroad-roadicon As Democratic leaders discuss adding marriage equality to the party agenda, tensions develop behind the scenes:

... sources told The Huffington Post that the DNC has been asking advocates for patience, worried that more sweeping platform language would put the president in an awkward bind.

"The DNC folks -- their political shop -- have been calling people and really pressuring them," said Paul Yandura, a political and fundraising strategist at the firm Scott+Yandura who led gay and lesbian outreach on both Bill Clinton and Al Gore's presidential campaigns. "Look, I'm not going to claim that they're pressuring them not to be for it, but this 'let's wait' thing is always what happens in politics -- let's wait so they can find a way to slow this down and maybe get a good reason not to do it."

"But that doesn't mean that activists and other people have to wait and see," Yandura added. "I think that we have to keep up the pressure."

Melanie Roussell, a spokesperson for the DNC, did not directly refute Yandura's assertion. Instead, she emphasized the party's commitment to equality and inclusion, with respect to both LGBT Americans and the platform process.

"The President and the Party are committed to crafting a platform that reflects our values and a belief that this is a nation in which everyone deserves a fair shot and hard work is rewarded," she wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “The time will come to consider the content of the platform but not a single platform committee member has been chosen and the process has yet to begin."

Towleroad-roadicon Last week, Andy reported on an imminent pro-marriage rally in Cleveland; the brain-child of 17-year-old Adam Hoover. The rally's over, and it looks like it was a smash -- but Hoover's disconcertingly absent from the press coverage. Give the guy some credit!

Towleroad-roadicon Cuddling with full-grown lions atop a car painted like a zebra: Why not? 

IMG091-1024x768 Towleroad-roadicon The Reason Rally: More than 10,000 nonbelievers gathered Saturday on the National Mall:

The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as a “coming-out” party in the heart of Washington for a segment of the American population that is growing faster than any religious group.

“There are too many people in this country who have been cowed into fear of coming out as atheists, secularists or agnostics,” said the event’s star turn, Richard Dawkins, the British scientist and best-selling atheist author.

“We are far more numerous than anybody realizes."

Towleroad-roadicon The next morning, Dawkins turned up on Up! w/ Chris Hayes to chat with Jamila Bey, Steve Pinker, et. al. Watch the discussion here.

Towleroad-roadicon Salman Rushdie: Socialite.

Towleroad-roadicon Christiana, Denmark's most famous hippie enclave, could be shut down by the man.

Towleroad-roadicon It is mathematically improbable that Rick Santorum will be the Republican nominee for the American presidency.

Towleroad-roadicon Sometime in the last week, people began tweeting things hashtagged "#tomyunbornchild." The tweeters don't want gay kids.

Towleroad-roadicon As I type these words, James Cameron is the deepest man alive:

The director ... used a specially designed submarine called "Deepsea Challenger" to dive nearly seven miles. He completed his deep dive a little before 8 a.m. Monday local time, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society.

"All systems OK," were Cameron's first words, according to a statement. He arrived at a depth of 35,756 feet early Sunday evening on the U.S. East Coast.

Towleroad-roadicon OutQ News interviewed veeps at the GLAAD Media Awards last night ...

Towleroad-roadicon ... where John Stamos auctioned off a rather enthusiastic gay kiss. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Atheists are a religious group?

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 25, 2012 8:22:14 PM

  2. Gay marriage puts the "president in a bind" and 90 percent of the tweets "#tomyunbornchild, if you're gay I'll kill your ass" seem to be from blacks. No, not "seem to be", they are. Interesting.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 25, 2012 8:34:42 PM

  3. So now Cameron will be screaming: "I'm King of the Ocean!" We'll never shut him up now.

    Posted by: Notkony | Mar 25, 2012 9:04:41 PM

  4. The kissing was fun.

    Posted by: Alan | Mar 25, 2012 9:28:17 PM

  5. This lifelong liberal gay democrat says: don't put the marriage equality plank in the democratic party platform.It gains us nothing. Those who favor marriage equality will vote democrat no matter. However, the republicans will use it as a wedge issue in the swing states to pull some moderates to their side. There are many good hearted and open minded Americans who have not YET accepted the idea of marriage equality. Don't drive them away. The most important thing now is to hold the White House, increase democratic numbers in the Senate and retake the House. After that many progressive things WILL be accomplished. Loose the White House and we are in for MANY lean years.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 25, 2012 10:10:03 PM

  6. I have always had a crush on John Stamos. Now I adore him even more.

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 25, 2012 10:35:32 PM

  7. @PAUL R. "A segment of America is growing faster", not "a religious group is growing faster". Read it slowly.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Mar 25, 2012 10:56:50 PM

  8. OK, good point. I am apparently dumb. Sorry.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 25, 2012 11:12:15 PM

  9. Radical activists: platforms are basically meaningless - why give the repugs free ammunition when it serves absolutely no purpose? Don't be stoopid.

    Posted by: Notkony | Mar 26, 2012 12:09:01 AM

  10. "The reason rally" - kinda like the Moral Majority.

    Funny, the way when homophobes try to brand themselves as the side of morality, we see that as prejudice, but no one seems to see the explicit prejudice when atheists brand themselves as the side of reason.

    Atheism is a prejudice.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Mar 26, 2012 12:33:18 AM

  11. @Cassandra. define reason and you'll see it's not related to religion. Faith maybe. Not reason.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 26, 2012 12:36:07 AM

  12. there's nothing prejudiced about choosing factual realities over beliefs that can only be held if one chooses to ignore, or dismiss, those proven factual realities.

    <-- born n'raised in the united church of canada, proudly agnostic, humanist anti-deist

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 26, 2012 12:39:34 AM

  13. Never mind John Stamos; I've had a crush on Lenny Broberg, the auctioneer, for years. IML titleholder, police officer, heavy-duty charity worker... what's not to like?

    Posted by: Urbear | Mar 26, 2012 1:59:11 AM

  14. Men kissing men. Yum. What were those women doing up there, do they like to kiss men too? What an outrage.

    Posted by: uffda | Mar 26, 2012 2:40:17 AM

  15. John Stamos = My Hero

    Posted by: Marcito | Mar 26, 2012 5:37:07 AM

  16. Equality - You're either for it or against it. You stand up for it or you ignore it. But you don't get to pretend your some "fierce advocate" when it's clear that your career goals are always more important than the equality and legal protections that marriage could bring but is still denied to millions of LGBT Americans.

    Hypocrite - You are one or you're not.

    Posted by: Wayne | Mar 26, 2012 7:33:57 AM

  17. @Wayne: You're either elected or you are not. Jack has it right.

    Pragmatism beats principles, anytime.

    Posted by: No kidding | Mar 26, 2012 7:52:39 AM

  18. Markus, you must be psychic, there is no way in hell you know who is what on Twitter.

    But keep beating that racism drum. It makes you stand out as the trog you are.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 26, 2012 9:56:45 AM

  19. Cameron is exploring the Mariana Trench, yet he is off of the US East Coast?

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 26, 2012 11:22:07 AM

  20. JOHN STAMOS! Muah! Muah! Muah!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 26, 2012 2:36:31 PM

  21. Titanic—the most overrated movie ever. Or maybe that was the blue people one. Oh well. Hopefully Cameron, his simplistic schlock, and his ego will go away soon.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 26, 2012 5:06:05 PM

  22. Let's fight back against hateful discourse like those in those horrible #tomyunbornchild tweets!


    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 26, 2012 8:52:30 PM

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