The WaPo takes a closer look at the numbers:
Picking apart support within sub-groups in the polls reveals the ranging dynamics at play. Women are 18 percentage points more supportive of gay marriage than men (59 to 41 percent), but men are seven points more apt to support legalizing marijuana. And racial diversity explains much of the generational gap on immigration: Support for a “path to citizenship” is at 52 percent among whites under age 50 and 49 percent among those who are older. But two-thirds of both older and younger non-whites support a route to citizenship.
A bare 51 percent majority of African Americans oppose gay marriage while a similarly slim 54 percent support marijuana. Hispanics tilt the other way with 53 percent in support of gay marriage and a much wider 65 percent in opposition to marijuana.
They add: "This poll was conducted Nov. 7 to 11 among a random national sample of 1,023 adults, using conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Error margins are larger for subgroups."
A new trailer is out for Any Day Now, in which Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt play a gay couple fighting to retain custody of a child with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) who comes to live with them after his mother, their neighbor, abandons him. The film, which has won the Audience Award at Outfest and the Chicago, Seattle, Woodstock, Provincetown, and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as an acting award for Cumming at this year's Outfest, hits theaters on December 14.
Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...
James Spencer, a transgender student at Clarke High School in Durham Region, Ontario, can't use the men's room at his school despite going through the demeaning chore of collecting signatures from half the student body, Metro News Canada reports:
He’s been granted access to the women’s washroom and a private washroom that needs a key from the main office — neither of which work for him.
“I thought, ‘They’re figuring it out, it’s temporary,’ but as time went on they’re portraying the message that transgender people are wrong and they need to be segregated. And I don’t sit well with that,” said Spencer.
Spencer was born Samantha De Graauw. He began transitioning in Grade 10 while at school in Cobourg. Then the rumours and bullying started. He moved in with his sister and enrolled at the new school in Clarington as James Spencer. Sex? Male.
During his first week and a half, he said he was asked to go to the bathroom at a Harvey’s beside the school while the administration found a solution. Officials deny sending the student off-site.
Spencer awaits a solution.
Channing Tatum is People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012:
"My first thought was, 'Y'all are messing with me,'" says Tatum, who married actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum in 2009. "I told Jenna after we'd been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they'd gotten skunked."
Currently training to play an Olympic athlete in next year's Foxcatcher, Tatum is all heart and muscle at 195 pounds. "I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can't move well and I like to move," he says. "When I'm not training, I get really round and soft."
Which is just fine by his wife. "People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don't know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is," says Dewan-Tatum, 31. "He is such an open-hearted person; what you see is what you get."
Since I know everyone's been mulling their choices while waiting with bated breath for this announcement, who would you pick as the sexiest man alive?
Remember the guy who got the regrettable Romney-Ryan face tattoo?
Jimmy Kimmel Skyped with him last night. Hartsburg says he had the idea of putting his forehead up for sale and the election happened to be going on, so he approached some Republicans with the idea, and someone put down the money. Hartsburg says he'll keep the tattoo for the rest of his life, and hopes that Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan run in 2016.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Senator Ed Murray will become the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after being chosen as majority leader of the Washington state senate late yesterday, the Victory Fund reports:
Murray, 57, was first elected to the Senate in 2006 after serving 11 years in the Wash. House of Representatives. He was a leading voice in favor of passage of the state’s marriage equality bill, which voters affirmed last week.
“We have work to do in Olympia – prioritizing education, creating jobs for the middle class, and ensuring Washingtonians have the health care they need. And one of our challenges in a closely divided chamber is to ensure that the Senate is able to fulfill its obligation to govern the state, in tandem with Gov.-elect Jay Inslee and the House. These are not simple challenges, but they are solvable. We can find solutions that work for all of Washington,” Murray said in a release tonight.
The first state senate leader was the late Allan Spear of Minnesota, the VF notes, who served 28 years in that state's legislature, retiring in 2000.
Other out gay lawmakers currently leading their chambers are Assembly Speaker John Perez in California, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox in Rhode Island, and incoming House Speaker Mark Ferrandino in Colorado.