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Joel Johnson, one of the men found guilty in the 2010 slaying of gay DC principal Brian Betts, is dead after being shot in the head. He was released from prison 15 months ago after completing an 18-month sentence.
Some General Mills shareholders are upset the cereal company is backing marriage equality in Minnesota. CEO Ken Powell, however, remains steadfast, telling the worry warts, "We see it as a business issue that's not good for our state, our employees and our company. We did not do it as a public relations move."
Christopher Stoll, senior staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, breaks down the gay-related potential SCOTUS cases: "Depending on what the justices do over the next several weeks, marriage equality may soon be restored in California, the Court may be on its way to striking down a destructive and discriminatory law that denies federal benefits to every married same-sex couple in America, and an important precedent about same-sex domestic partners could be set."
In The Life, a two-decade old public television series documenting the trials and tribulations of LGBT people, will close up shop come December. "ITLM has had the extraordinary privilege and responsibility of being the only newsmagazine to reflect the diversity of the LGBT communities, daring to tell stories other media outlets - both mainstream and LGBT - did not touch," said In The Life Media interim Executive Director Ellen Carton. ITLM co-chair Jayne Sherman remarked, "As the media organization that pioneered LGBT visibility on television,we believe ITLM played a significant role in this historic progress."
What does it mean if a 4th century parchment claiming that Jesus, a man "too holy" for sex, was married is authenticated? Well, for one it means that millions of celibate priests have been living a lie for centuries.
In the wake of Kevin McClatchy's coming out and baseball player Yunel Escobar's anti-gay eye black, CBS' Gregg Doyel looks at the culture of homophobia in the wide world of sports - and beyond: "...This country is evolving. Gays are elected officials. They teach school. They cannot oversee a pack of Boy Scouts, but they can openly serve in the U.S. military, they can get married (in certain states) and they can be clergy members (in certain faiths). But they can't play in the NFL, the NBA or Major League Baseball -- not without fear of being ostracized in a culture where anti-gay sentiment is so prominent that a player wrote a homosexual slur on his own face."
A shirtless Hugh Jackman is all muscle, claws and veins in the first still from The Wolverine.
For good measure, here are some more shots of a shirtless Hugh Jackman - this time on a beach!
Andrew Sullivan says President Obama will become Ronald Reagan if reelected: "If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al-Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery."
Lady Gaga doesn't give a hoot what the Pope says about marriage equality. ""I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal -- humanity -- if we are not allowed to freely love one another... What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope... It is not a reflection of all religious people."
Stephen Saland, one of the Republican New York State Senators whose support for marriage equality brought down conservative fury, has been declared the winner in his tight GOP primary race.
Payback: "Discover Bank will pay millions in fees to settle accusations by U.S. regulators that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. Discover, the sixth-biggest U.S. credit card issuer, will pay a $14 million fine and refund $200 million directly to more than 3.5 million customers, federal authorities said Monday."
The hideous Family Research Council released a congressional scorecard on which LGBT-friendly politicos rank lowest, particularly if they're senators who approved openly gay federal judge Michael Fitzgerald's confirmation. "Mr. Fitzgerald has supported liberal activist organizations and worked to promote homosexual rights in the state of his judgeship," the group gripes.
CNN puts President Obama about nine points ahead of Mitt Romney in the crucial state of Pennsylvania.
Damn! One of the police officers who involved singer Fiona Apple's hash arrest does not approve of how Apple tried to call him and his colleagues out during a recent concert, so the officer, Drug Wars filmmaker and former Glenn Beck guest Rusty Fleming, wrote Apple a letter. This is how it opens: "First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine." Conservatives know how to throw shade with the best of them.
Does Aaron Paul's girlfriend deserve all his love?
The Chemistry Between Us claims that love is simply an addictive chemical imbalance. No word how specific it gets on same-sex sexing, but here's a summation on the straight, er, bits: "[The book] claim that sex tricks women into "babysitting" the men they love - nurturing them as they would their own infants, thanks to the goodly amounts of oxytocin released during the sex act by men hitting the cervix with their large penises and playing with their breasts."