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TBposter 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi This makes me feel gross: "Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to President Barack Obama for comments that led the president to speed up his public acknowledgement of his support for gay marriage."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is the DNC preparing to move their party convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, after voters there approved gay marriage ban?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Some Brits are pissed after Queen Elizabeth II neglected to mention gay marriage in her law-oriented speech yesterday. "Gay rights activists were described as 'bemused' by the decision not to include the issue in the legislative program outlined Wednesday in the annual speech by Queen Elizabeth II."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi HBO is building suspense for the forthcoming fifth season of True Blood with some new promo posters.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Milla Jovavich flashes some tush while filming Avon commercial. [NSFW?]

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan has, not surprisingly, criticized President Obama for endorsing gay marriage. "President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening," he said, apparently unaware that there are actual sad things happening in the world.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Brad Pitt is for some reason the new face of Chanel No. 5.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Senator John Kerry and 16 of his colleagues have come out to oppose the deportation of the "illegal" half of binational same-sex couples. "In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the senators said they were troubled that some immigration field offices 'are apparently following a blanket policy to deny green card applications for all gay spouses.'"

GB6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The always awesome (seriously) Amy Davidson on Mitt Romney's alleged bullying: "Does [Romney] count this as high jinks or a prank? It was neither; it is hard to imagine that hurt, rather than being the byproduct, was anything other than the point of the attack on Lauber. In terms of what a gay teen-ager might encounter, and what other boys might go along with at a school like Cranbrook, 1965 was different; but memory and empathy are not qualities that have only been invented since then."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on Obama's gay marriage announcement: "We now confront a variation of that miscegenation issue, and that has been what to call the relationship between two people of the same gender. The word ‘marriage’ has held a specific meaning for centuries as the union between a man and a woman. But it has also meant, in a broader sense, a commitment of one person to another, recognized by each of them and by society."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wiNew Zealand Prime Minister John Key is "not personally opposed to gay marriage."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Herndon Graddick, the kind, happy GLAAD president, takes on CNN for using hideous and sad anti-gay activist Tony Perkins to comment on Obama's gay marriage announcement: "Tony Perkins and others of his ilk cannot be used to exemplify those who simply oppose marriage equality. CNN is more than welcome to interview him on the issue of marriage equality, of course. His is unquestionably one of the loudest voices in the nation speaking about the issue. But when Perkins gets interviewed, a responsible journalist needs to tell the audience exactly who Perkins is speaking for."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Now you too can own Amy Winehouse's DNA. Your mother will be so proud.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jerame Davis, the executive director for National Stonewall Democrats, had a little face-off on-air with Brian Brown, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage. Sadly, gloves were (mostly) on.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Why I love being a nerd: Ghostbusters tour of New York.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi When Arnie met the Predator, a love story.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Get prepared to say goodbye to 30 Rock.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Your sun is weak: "The sun is no cosmic Concorde. Our star is moving through a cloud of interstellar gas too slowly to create a 'sonic boom' that would shield the solar system from some galactic cosmic rays. The finding could help determine whether the sun's previous passage through interstellar clouds could have led to mass extinctions." That could be useful, actually...

OurGorgeousSun6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Harry Reid says he supports gay marriage, but would prefer if nuptials were of the heterosexual variety: "My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. But in a civil society, I believe that people should be able to marry whomever they want, and it’s no business of mine if two men or two women want to get married."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mitt Romney has no idea how evolution works: "Romney did everything he could to keep Massachusetts from becoming the 'Las Vegas of gay marriage,' backing a constitutional ban at the state and federal levels. But he denies any inconsistency, saying when he said he was for equality, he meant in employment and housing — not marriage."

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  1. Biden, Obama, Reid all seem to have magically evolved this week on their gay marriage views. Funny since Cheney evolved in 2009. Glad these Dems are making the transformation months before the election. Truly invigorating.

    Posted by: Alan | May 10, 2012 7:39:55 PM

  2. Yeah, real funny how Cheney involved after he was out of office. Real helpful.

    Posted by: Mike M. | May 10, 2012 7:47:31 PM

  3. why should this make you feel gross? Are you truly that naive politically? what a bizarre thing to say. As for Cheney, he's not running for office, obviously.

    Posted by: carl | May 10, 2012 8:04:39 PM

  4. Agree with Carl that the apology was not about content but about message discipline within the campaign. Clearly, POTUS is worried about VPOTUS backsliding in the self control department not about the topic on which he backslid.

    I really don't get the Cheney love. This is one half of Bush/Cheney who ran and governed as part of the most homophobic administration in modern times, right? Whereas Obama's language caught up with his policies, Cheney's policies never even got within sight of his language.

    Posted by: Chris | May 10, 2012 8:11:49 PM

  5. At least they evolved when it mattered. You know, while they are in office and can do something. They are also risking the November elections over it. Cheney evolved well after he left office long after he could have done something positive. That would have taken real courage. Did Cheney step up and voice opposition during the 2004 midterm elections when Karl and the gang used gay wedge issues (the Federal Marriage Ammendment) in an effort to drive the religious conservatives to the polls? Did he stand up then?

    Posted by: WOW | May 10, 2012 8:12:54 PM

  6. Gross is right. Evolution? No, donations!

    Posted by: Creepy | May 10, 2012 8:46:38 PM

  7. alan

    actions not words speak louder

    cheney + shrub administration = anti-gay

    obama etc = most pr gay administration with hiring the most out gay people, DADT repeal, etc

    repub gays who refuse to face reality are as useful as a zit

    Posted by: say what | May 10, 2012 8:51:23 PM

  8. I'm sure many folks would like to see the DNC remove itself to a more congenial place for its convention. At this time, though, it would mean breaking numerous contractual arrangements and scrambling to find a new venue. That could be done, of course.

    However, I think we need to look beyond the rebuff given to gay Americans by SOME of the voters of NC--that is, those who actually turned out to vote. Cancelling contracts would hurt some homophobes and "send a message" but part of the message would be that the DNC is insensitive to the ordinary working people whose livelihood would be affected. Not the rich but the people who work for low wages in hotels, restaurants, bars and all the other businesses providing services for the crowds who go to conventions. Some--maybe many--of those workers are not supporters of marriage equality, they may have voted for Amendment 1. Some would have done it out of genuine conviction, and others because they were stampeded by misleading ads and hateful rhetoric.

    Regardless of that, I don't think this is a time to punish low-wage working people for the sins they might have been led to by corrupt homophobes within and from outside their state.Inflicting economic damage on a corporation or some organization that exists to hurt us is fair. Attacking the livelihoods of their pawns is something else. We need all the friends we can get for whatever the next round of combat will be.

    Posted by: gregory brown | May 10, 2012 8:58:16 PM

  9. As a resident of North Carolina I feel obligated to correct you, Charlotte (and the entirety of mecklenburg county) voted 61% to 40% AGAINST the amendment. There are SOME strongholds of equality in NC.

    Posted by: ThisBitch | May 10, 2012 9:34:14 PM

  10. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, I'll tell you what is deeply saddening, there are millions of starving children around the world yet your church is spending millions paying settlements to those who were molested under your watch. And millions more to prevent loving couples from committing to each other. You sir need to step back and take a look at your corrupt organization and ask, WWJD? I'm sure he would be so proud of the church in it's current state.

    Posted by: Craig | May 10, 2012 9:37:27 PM

  11. FYI the queen doesn't write the throne speech, the government does. It's her duty to deliver it as head of state but she has zero say on the content. It's the same in other commonwealth countries; the governors-general deliver throne speeches written by elected governments.

    Posted by: Jmac | May 10, 2012 9:54:20 PM

  12. Didn't Towleroad note Brad Pitt as the new face of Chanel earlier this week?

    Posted by: FancyPants | May 10, 2012 11:50:59 PM

  13. @fancypants: here comes the hall monitor. It's getting old.

    Posted by: Bigboy | May 11, 2012 12:57:52 AM

  14. I'm not sure how to start one of those petitions but I think it would be a great idea to start a petition to have Mitt Romney apologize to Lauber(or his family because he is deceased)for his battery.

    Posted by: SFHarry | May 11, 2012 2:35:27 AM

  15. I despise Cheney, but he's been supportive of gay rights for far longer than 3 years. Go back to 1991, when his chief of staff and later DoD press secretary, Pete Williams, was outed. Go to his (awful) lesbian daughter Mary. I could say 10 million horrible things about the Cheneys (especially Lynne), but they aren't antigay.

    I find it really hard to believe that NBC would cancel three of its biggest comedies. Community, sure. The other two, I doubt.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 11, 2012 4:43:47 AM

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