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Dan Savage is tired of hearing from Christian liberals who say that they "are not at all" like the Christian Right and he wants them to make themselves heard. Speaking of the right, Amy Davidson of The New Yorker added her two cents about Supreme Court Justice Scalia's recent angry and homophobic comments.
A few stories involving good news on the marriage equality front. A new poll in Indiana shows that a majority of voters are against a proposed ban on gay marriage. In Illinois lawmakers are reportedly pushing for a January vote on a proposed marriage equality law. Also a poll in Washington shows that people really believe love is the deciding factor for same-sex marriage.
Nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globes were announced today. Lincoln leads all films with seven nominations, while Argo and Django Unchained scored five each.
At a concert in Moscow last night, Lady Gaga let the Muscovites know she was totally cool with them being gay.
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With news today that Stephen Saland, one of the four GOP New York State Senators to support marriage equality, had conceded his reelection campaign to Democrat Terry Gipson, only one of the aforementioned four GOP Senators is returning to Albany next month.
Saland and another both lost their fights, while the fourth retired. So, what does this mean for Republicans across the country who are on the fence about supporting marriage equality?
The New York Times tries to answer that very question in an article called "Costly Toll for Republicans Who Voted for Gay Marriage." Here's an excerpt:
Activists on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue nationwide had kept a close eye on the fate of the four New York Republicans, whose re-election battles were depicted as a de facto referendum on whether it was electorally safe for Republicans to support same-sex marriage.
The outcry against the Republicans had an awkward side effect — although conservatives contributed significantly to their fates, two of the three are being replaced by Democrats who support same-sex marriage.
But Michael R. Long, the chairman of the state’s Conservative Party said the races should amount to a wake-up call for Republicans.
“Principles matter,” Mr. Long said. “These guys were institutions. And I think their voters were upset and were tired of being taken advantage of.”
Gay-rights advocates on Thursday played down the significance of the election results, suggesting that, as with any local races, the outcomes were the result of a blend of factors.
For example... the senator who lost his primary, Roy J. McDonald of Saratoga County, emboldened his critics by saying that anyone upset with his position on the issue could “take the job and shove it."
But don't expect conservatives to accept that argument, no questions asked. One right wing activist, Rev. Jason J. McGuire from the group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, told the paper, "...Policies of appeasement always fail. And essentially that’s what they did: they caved to the governor and really more liberal-minded interests rather than their core constituency."
House Speaker John Boehner and his fellow Republicans are constantly harping on about the national deficit and financial responsibility, yet they're more than happy to pump millions into their ideologically-driven mission to "defend" DOMA, the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
The budget bump was given a green light by Rep. Dan Lungren (pictured), the House Administration Chairman, on September 28. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't catch wind of the raise until today.
Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade asked Boehner today, before the $2 million story broke, whether he would ask for more funds, to which Boehner said, “If the Justice Department is not going to enforce the law of the land, then Congress will," even though the Obama administration does indeed still enforce DOMA.
Maybe the topic will came up during Obama and Boehner's conversation today about the so-called "fiscal cliff"?
CALIFORNIA: Amanda Seyfried shows Ellen she knows how to rap West Coast style.
QUIET!: CALM Act goes into effect today, bringing the reign of loud commercial terror to an end.
'NOT CHRISTIAN': Conservative commentator Todd Friel is disturbed... by Obama's reelection.
'CORNBALL BROTHER:' AJ Daulerio says ESPN's Rob Parker's offensive comment about football player Robert Griffin III is "the Stupidest Thing Ever Said on Television in the History of Everything Period." Quite possibly.
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The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that the CIA tortured, shackled, beat and sodomized detainee Khaled el-Masri, a German national they claimed had ties to terror groups.
Pennsylvania GOP state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is going to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage there. "It is important that we support traditional marriage and have constitutional amendments to protect it at the state level. Marriage is a common good, not a special interest. Special interests should not have the right to redefine marriage for all of us," he said.
Conservatives in Texas are looking for new ways to prohibit abortion, while liberals and concerned doctors in Wisconsin and North Carolina are fighting back against other right-wing attacks on a woman's right to choose.
The new The Knife album is coming soon. Get excited here.
The new poster for The Wolverine movie moves!
Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo look beefy on the set of Foxcatcher.
Drew Barrymore debuts new baby Olive on People cover.
Matt Bomer does some pre-holiday shopping.
On marriage equality and affirmative action at the Supreme Court: "Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to be the swing vote in these cases, and many are predicting he will side with conservatives to limit racial preferences and with liberals to support gay marriage. Paradoxically, the very reasoning that could guide Kennedy to support marriage equality may bolster his decision to curtail race-based affirmative action, spurring colleges to adopt new approaches."
The UK Network Rail Service turned CCTV footage of three ladies' embarrassing escalator moments into a PSA.
Expect to see a lot of nude Matt Damon for his turn as Liberace's long-term lover Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra: "I had to come out of the pool, go over to Michael Douglas, straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him... It's not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan."
Congratulations to new married couple Larry Duncan And Randell Shepherd, the Washington couple who became famous after a picture of them getting a marriage license went viral. Even though neither is particularly religious, they still married Sunday in a church. Said Duncan, "Enough people have told me, 'God hates fags. I want someone in a church to say, 'God loves fags,' to have that stamp on it."
The University of Iowa is now asking applicants if they identify as LGBT, making it the first public university and only the second school in the nation to do so. "This is a question whose time had come. We think this will cause them to look more closely at the university because we value that part of who they are. We want students to feel we are receptive to and sensitive to their lifestyle and their description of themselves," said admissions director Michael Barron.
Fresh Deepwater leak? "CBS News has learned that BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster."
Equality and cents: "Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he has been hearing from companies that fear that a measure that would put Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution might also prevent firms from offering benefits to gay couples"
Ashley Broadway believes she is being excluded from the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses in North Carolina, because she is a lesbian. "The facts here are simple: there is no legal need or justification for any spouse to be excluded from a group like this, which exists to provide support to the spouses and families of our military men and women and the communities they serve," said Outserve-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.
Are One Direction band members truly fascinating?
Posted Dec. 13,2012 at 5:36 PM EST by Andrew Belonsky in 2012 Election, Deepwater Horizon, Discrimination, Drew Barrymore, Education, Gay Marriage, Indiana, Iowa, Matt Bomer, Matt Damon, New York, News, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Texas, Washington | Permalink | Comments (17)
MSNBC is reporting that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has taken her name out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when Clinton steps down next year.
The confirmation process, which Republicans have vowed to derail, "would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities," Rice wrote to President Obama in a letter obtained by NBC News.
"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country...Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time." Rice, a fierce advocate of international LGBT rights, also reportedly said she is "saddened" by the partisan bickering that arose over her consideration.
"The position of secretary of state should never be politicized," she wrote. "I’m saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.”
Republican Sens. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham have been particularly voracious in their attacks on Rice, particularly her handling of the attack on the States' embassy in Benghazi, an attack that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others dead.