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Roman Catholic Church Gave $2 Million To Stop Marriage Equality


With the dust settling from this month's national elections, Human Rights Campaign has had an opportunity to look over donations to anti-gay marriage initiatives and found that the Roman Catholic Church gave $2 million to the conservative efforts in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington State.

From HRC:

Taking up where the Mormons left off in 2008, the Catholic Church – and its affiliate, the Knights of Columbus – have made considerable investments in the marriage fights in Minnesota, Maryland, Washington State and Maine this election cycle – spending nearly $2 million. In addition, a close ally of the Church and past co-conspirator, the National Organization for Marriage, spent more than $5.2 million this cycle. Final campaign figures for Maryland and Maine will be available by the end of the month.

Marriage equality opponents across the four states raised $11.3 million. The Catholic Church’s contributions make up 17 percent of that total figure. When you add in the contributions of Church ally NOM, the reality of the coordinated effort becomes clear: the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and NOM are responsible for funding nearly 65 percent of all anti-equality efforts in Minnesota, Maryland, Washington State and Maine.

All this despite poll numbers showing that almost 60% of American Catholics support marriage equality and with poverty, something the Catholic Church claims to oppose, steadily climbing, particularly among Latinos, a largely Catholic demographic. #priorities.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 2:15 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Catholic Church, Gay Marriage, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, News, Religion, Washington | Permalink | Comments (26)

Will And Sonny Finally Consummate Relationship On 'Days:' VIDEO


Finally, Sonny and Will, the Days of Our Lives gay couple with the slowest moving, most unnecessarily controversial relationship in all of infamously slow-moving daytime television, have consummated their relationship, and though the deed itself happened off camera, the fictional men say it went great.

Will finally feels like he's in the right place in his life, he says in the post-coital pillow talk, but he probably won't be so serene for long, because Gabi, his mom's ex-husband's sister, is pregnant after they had sex during one of the show's most disappointing twists.

Yes, the poor people of Salem lead very complicated lives. I blame the DiMera Family - they're always a good Days of Our Lives scapegoat.

Watch Will and Sonny work their way into bed, and then discuss the ins and outs of their tumultuous relationship, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 1:52 PM EST by in Film and TV, Freddie Smith, Soap Operas | Permalink | Comments (31)

David Petraeus Says He Didn't Give Broadwell Classified Info: VIDEO


Speaking to the press for the first time since his affair with Paula Broadwell was revealed and he left his post as CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus told HLN's Kyra Phillips that he did something "dishonorable" and felt he had to step down, according to the journalist, who recounted their conversation on-air today.

Petraeus reportedly told Phillips that his resignation has nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, a topic on which he'll testify before the House Intelligence Committee this Friday, nor did he give Broadwell any classified information.

Here's a transcript of Phillips' conversation with colleague Robin Meade about her conversation with Petraeus:

RM: ...Did he talk about Paula Broadwell? Did she have access to information that other people did not, the public did not? Especially regarding Benghazi? I think some people feel she seemingly alluded to some information that she had in a speech recently.

KP: Correct. And I will say, Robin, he has insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell. As long as I have known him, he has never wavered on classified information, ever. And to the best of my knowledge, you know, that has always been sacrosanct. I have also never known him to tell me something that is not true, Robin.

RM: Did he say how this may relate to Behghazi? I know he has to testify this week about Benghazi and, you wonder, about the scandal too.

KP: Yes. He has said this has nothing to do with Benghazi and he wants to testify. He will testify. He has maintained to me all along this was a personal failing, Robin, which, as I said, to me was quite stunning and to many other people. He’s not the type of person that I’ve ever known to fail at anything, knowing [him] as long as I have over the years. And so he has made it very clear that this was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or Benghazi.

Watch video of Meade and Hill's conversation AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 12:50 PM EST by in David Petraeus, Libya, News | Permalink | Comments (4)

Ellen DeGeneres Loves The 'SNL' Her, Kate McKinnon: VIDEOS


On last weekend's Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon did her best impression of Ellen DeGeneres, and it was pretty spot on. So, how did DeGeneres feel about it? She thinks McKinnon is so good that she wants McKinnon to attend Thanksgiving for her. The impersonation is that good.

SNL also spoofed Sophia Grace and Rosie, the Nicki Minaj-loving tots Ellen helped make famous, and, yes, the girls approved.

Watch the SNL skit as as DeGeneres' reaction, via BuzzFeed, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 12:25 PM EST by in Ellen DeGeneres, Film and TV, Saturday Night Live | Permalink | Comments (13)

BP To Pay $4 Billion For Deepwater Oil Spill


BP will pay a record-breaking fine for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: $4 billion. They will also pay $525 million in additional security and exchange commission fines.

Also, there are reports that two BP employees will face manslaughter charges for the deaths of eleven Deepwater workers and that BP will plead guilty to lying to Congress about the amount of damage caused:

[A source], who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.

The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. The person declined to say exactly how much the fine in the billions of dollars would be.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 11:55 AM EST by in BP Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon, News | Permalink | Comments (9)

Is This Doritos Marriage Parody For Real? VIDEO


It's unclear whether this "Doritos Marriage" video, produced by Atlanta-based production company Felton Interactive Group and found at Good As You, is actually meant for Doritos or is just an example of Felton's aesthetic. And like Doritos themselves, one's opinion of the video will largely depend on personal taste.

Give it a sample and let us know what you think AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 11:40 AM EST by in Advertising, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (16)


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