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1NewsIcon Hoorah! The Michigan legislature put the kibosh on a plan that would have allowed adoption agencies and health officials to forbid same-sex couples from adopting.

Affleckdamon1NewsIcon Matt Damon explains why he never denied rumors about him and Ben Affleck being an item. "I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay, as if being gay were some kind of f--king disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense," he told the New York Daily News.

1NewsIcon James Badge Dale covers Glow.

1NewsIcon Dido and Kendrick Lamar make beautiful music, "Let Us Move On."

1NewsIcon Neil Patrick Harris steps out to step into Barney's.

1NewsIcon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is recovering at home after fainting and suffering a concussion early last week. "At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon," said Deputy Secretary of State Philippe Reines The Secretary of State, who also said she will miss a Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony next week.

Donaldduck1NewsIcon Another fun reason to visit New York City: the just-opened National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

1NewsIcon Actress Amanda Seyfried is moving to New York with a gay pal Alex Nesbitt and they plan on opening an antiques shop. "We're planning on opening an antiques and curiosities home store, which we want to call Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt," said the Les Misérables star. "I'm worried that I'll lose my career one day, and I'll need something I can contribute to creatively."

1NewsIcon Reed Gusciora, a freshly elected gay New Jersey Assemblyman, talks to Michelangelo Signorile about bringing marriage equality to the Garden State, where he says activists and allies need a fresh approach. "The Human Rights [Campaign], the national groups, they need to talk to other gays in the state instead of one person, who everyone seems to talk about [Steven Goldstein, at Garden State Equality]. They're not even talking to legislators. It's short-sighted not to talk to openly gay legislators in the state," he said.

1NewsIcon Heroes large and small of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

1NewsIcon Local sources say that the Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a rifle mere days before the shooting but said he didn't want to wait two-weeks for a background check.

1NewsIcon His motive is still unknown.

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1NewsIcon Anglican leaders in England are threatening to derail marriage equality legislation there.

1NewsIcon And religious and conservatives leaders are still protesting French President Francois Hollande's plans to legalize same-sex nuptials.

1NewsIcon Inspired by the American Tea Party, which is never a good thing, a group of Australian lawmakers recently formed an organization called CANdo, which among other things is warning that gay marriage down under will lead to Muslim polygamy. "All he was saying was that if you open up marriage to a wider group, then there will be calls for more... Muslim people are allowed polygamous marriage, but there will no doubt be calls for recognition, such as through the welfare system," said one of CANdo's founders, David Flint, the former Australian Broadcasting Authority chair.

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  1. "Anglican leaders in England are threatening to derail marriage equality legislation there."

    That is not AT ALL what that article says! Normally I ignore errors here but it says almost exactly the opposite!

    What it SAYS is that Anglican clerics are threatening to defy the BAN that prevents them from marrying same-sex couples and marry gay couples anyway because they WANT to. They are concerned that their own gay parishioners (and gay clergy) will have to go to Unitarian and Quaker churches to be married, which sends a message that they are not welcome in the Anglican church.

    They are threatening Anglican church leaders, pressuring them to opt out of the ban, and warning that if they don't their own clergy is going to marry gay couples anyway.

    Sheesh!

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 15, 2012 5:31:48 PM


  2. Andrew never reads the articles he links to in these summaries. Again and again his one line summaries are the exact opposite of what the linked articles actually say. I've brought this up numerous times, and the Anglican clergy article is an excellent example. It's much better to miss a story than to sloppily link to an article that you didn't read or understand just for the sake of completeness.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 15, 2012 6:35:36 PM


  3. And Damon didn't talk to the New York Daily News. The Daily News is "reporting" a story that's been around for days. It appeared in Playboy.

    Posted by: Bingo | Dec 15, 2012 6:44:46 PM


  4. Pretty big screw up...

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Dec 15, 2012 7:00:33 PM


  5. Numb nuts seems like the right word for Gusciora. Why in a hurry for an override vote that will fail? To what end?

    Lobby the legislators. Pressure Christie.

    If going to a popular vote, you don't want to do it in an off year!

    Posted by: Bingo | Dec 15, 2012 9:36:45 PM


  6. Matt and Ben have been as wonderful friends to us as they have been to one another, and at very personal expense. I love them both.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 16, 2012 4:37:39 AM


  7. Matt said something close to that in an Advocate interview at the time of The Talented Mr Ripley (1999): to deny a gay component to his relationship with Ben would have been an insult to his gay friends. I'd like to know why he was offended, when there are enough Hollywood leading men who enjoy the compliment, like his friends Clooney and Pitt.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 17, 2012 6:15:27 PM


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