Comedienne and quixotic presidential candidate Roseanne Barr will appear on tonight's installment of Piers Morgan Tonight, um, tonight, and to whet the public's appetite, CNN released video of Barr discussing her love life.
Asks Morgan, "How many times have you been properly in love in your life?" to which Barr replies:
There were many times in my life where I was in love, I'll just have to say that, many times… And I happen to be in love right now. I'm not like my gay sister, and my gay brother that have both been with the same partner for 25 and 26 years, respectively. I, as a straight person, have not been able to hold any relationship together as well as they [can].
Watch Barr's remarks AFTER THE JUMP.
In addition to including marriage equality in their official policy platform, the Democratic Party is also throwing their collective weight behind an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all LGBT people.
And as seen in the wording, again obtained by BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner, the president's peers are framing the issue as not only one of equality, but economics:
Meanwhile, HRC President Chad Griffin this afternoon urged the Democrats to officially adopted the proposed language on marriage equality. "Marriage equality has quickly become a mainstream American value and it’s a sign of the times that the Democratic Party has included language affirming the ability of gays and lesbians to marry in its draft platform," he said. "We encourage the Platform Committee and the delegates to the convention to adopt this strong statement that all loving and committed American families deserve equal treatment."
We know that putting America back to work is job one, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to ensuring all Americans are treated fairly. This administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth.
The President’s record, from ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in full cooperation with our military leadership, to passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to ensuring same-sex couples can visit each other in the hospital, reflects Democrats’ belief that all Americans deserve the same chance to pursue happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love.
As promised, Madonna spoke out for LGBT rights at her concert in St. Petersburg, the Russian city that recently passed a law banning so-called "gay propaganda".
Watch video, AFTER THE JUMP...
"Do we live in fear?" Madonna reportedly asked the audience, who of course responded in the negative.
Reuters offers more details about the demonstration.
Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience - most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door - to "show your love and appreciation to the gay community".
"We want to fight for the right to be free," she said.
The American singer has turned a two-concert tour into a platform for comment on Putin's Russia.
Madonna has also been using her stage to fight for the riot grrrl band Pussy Riot's release from prison.
There's no word on whether officials will try to fine the Material Girl for all this rabble-rousing, but Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called her a "former whore" — or "slut," depending on one's translation. And even some activists are criticizing the singer.
"One should not mix showbusiness with human rights activism," gay activist Yuri Gavrikov said. "If she wanted to support the LGBT community, she could have ... refused to hold concerts in Russia."
Here's a picture of Gavrikov's one-man protest outside the concert venue:
We already know that the Democratic Party will be drafting marriage equality into their official platform, but we haven't be able to see the specific language.
Until now, because BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner worked his magic and got the wording from a committee member.
Here it is:
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
This puts further heat on the Log Cabin Republicans to have something to show for their efforts on the GOP platform.
TOP THAT: Japanese beatboxer knows her stuff.
ANACHRONISM IN ACTION: Lawmaker says Founding Fathers never envisioned fines for texting while driving.
ENDOWED: Contrary to what the right may say, President Obama believes in the Creator's place in the Constitution.
'DEADWEIGHT': 1997 Beck music video directed by Michel Gondry.
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Deputy Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had some harsh words for pro-equality Madonna. "Every former whore seeks to lecture everyone on morality as she gets older. Especially during tours and gigs abroad," he said on Twitter. Meanwhile, some Lady Gaga fans are accusing the Material Girl of encroaching on their pop star's turf.
Vogue cover girl Gaga does all of her topless dancing and beach sexing in private, like a lady.
GOProud hopes at least 1,000 people will turn out to Homocon 2012, being held at the same time as the Republican National Convention. The event, they say, will be a "who's who" of conservatives.
Congratulations to Sharon Easton, the NFL's first female referee.
Here's a snippet from an upcoming New York Times magazine article called "What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?" "When Alex was 4, he pronounced himself “a boy and a girl,” but in the two years since, he has been fairly clear that he is simply a boy who sometimes likes to dress and play in conventionally feminine ways. Some days at home he wears dresses, paints his fingernails and plays with dolls; other days, he roughhouses, rams his toys together or pretends to be Spider-Man."
The shape of male genitals, explained.
Mitt Romney may not be enough to keep Jason Sudeikis at SNL.
CBS News' Brian Montopoli tsks pro-Obama super PAC Priorities Action USA for a commercial tacitly linking Mitt Romney and Bain Capital's closure of a steel mill to an uninsured woman's cancer-related death. "...Bad behavior by the Romney campaign does not excuse an unfair attack from Obama's backers. And the Obama campaign's refusal to disavow the spot speaks to just how nasty the campaign has already gotten - a full three months before Election Day."
Actor Jonathan Groff wants other actors to join him in coming out. "When I came out, people said it may have a negative effect on my career, and that’s definitely something I thought about before I did it," he told Out magazine. "But I don’t hold that belief. I just go on my auditions and plug away as I normally would. At the end of my career, I can look back and ask, ‘Well, did it, or didn’t it?’ But at the moment, I just have to move forward and hope that people will follow my actions."
The Duchess of Cambridge enjoys Prince Albert.
Ellie Goulding's new single, "Anything Could Happen," is pretty happening.
Conservative polling firm Rasmussen has some good news for out Senatorial candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin: "The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters shows Baldwin receiving 45% to 48% of the vote regardless of which Republican she is matched against. She leads by margins ranging from three to ten points."
Learn about ACT UP, early AIDS activism and what makes an effective social movement at the How To Survive a Plague Tumblr, created ahead of the September release of Sundance favorite How To Survive a Plague.
Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse's ex-husband, is in a coma after a recent binge.
Retired Navy Captain Joan Darrah penned a letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asking him to back marriage equality. "Quite simply, these objectives correspond with the ideals of the Republican Party - opposition to government intrusion in people’s lives and a modern military that supports all service members and their families," she said.
Ha-ha! The phone hacking scandal has cost News Corp. over $220 million.
A staffer at Vanderbilt University has been caught red-handed tossing copies of the free gay paper Out & About. No charges have been filed since the paper is free, so the publishers will now charge 50 cents for the second issue so that if the unidentified employee becomes a repeat offender they can charge her with an actual crime.
Posted Aug. 9,2012 at 4:32 PM EST by Andrew Belonsky in 2012 Election, AIDS/HIV, DOMA, Film and TV, Jason Sudeikis, Lady Gaga, Madonna, News, Religion, Republican Party, Russia, Sports | Permalink | Comments (10)