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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today defended Ambassador Rice from GOP-led attacks and again pushed aside speculation that she'll run for the White House in 2016. "I'm frankly looking forward to returning to living a life that enjoys a lot of simple pleasures and gives me time for family and friends and other pursuits," she said.

AppleTim Cook, Apple's gay CEO, told NBC News' Brian Williams that the tech giant will start manufacturing a few of his products here in the States. "We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," he said. But don't expect a deluge of jobs, because Cook tells Businessweek the work done in the USA will be minimal: "Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S... This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

Janee Harteau has been sworn in as the first female and first openly gay police chief of Minneapolis. "Thank you to my life-partner and better half, Holly. And for those of you who know us both, she's truly the better half," she said at the swearing in ceremony.

Lindsay Lohan is everywhere The Wanted want to be - and she takes the bus there.

Congratulations to Steve Elmendorf: the political strategist has just been voted in as chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

VanityFairJudd Apatow guest edited the latest edition of Vanity Fair. Yes, there is a Freaks and Geeks reunion, of sorts.

Rejoice! Morning sickness-stricken Duchess Kate has been released from the hospital.

Glee actor Matthew Morrison likes his pants tight.

Here's Terry Miller's shot of him and Dan Savage getting their marriage license.

Get your Game of Thrones on.

Nick Gruber, famous for being designer Calvin Klein's former boyfriend, sat down for an interview with the New York Post's Page Six magazine and claims to be straight, that he presented a military sergeant with a bisexual porn he did to get out of service and that Klein hooked him up to a lie detector test to see if he was cheating.

The U.S. Senate today advanced the nomination of lesbian Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If she wins the seat, Judge Chen will be the first out Asian-American on the federal bench.

Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow have both been nominated for Best Spoken Word Grammy Awards, DeGeneres for her book Seriously… I’m Kidding and Maddow for Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power.

MarylandLicensesLike Washington State, Maryland has started distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "I started tearing up when I saw the marriage license; all of a sudden, it's right there in front of you," 34-year old Alli Harper, who plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Monti, told the Herald Mail.

279 marriage licenses were given to same-sex couples during the first six hours of legality today.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage in Nevada is asking the Supreme Court to hear their case against equality, thereby bypassing an appeals court and perhaps intentionally delaying SCOTUS' consideration of same-sex nuptials. "In the past this year, it has appeared that the court held off on considering any of the petitions until all of them were fully briefed. And, with the court scheduled to discuss the 10 petitions at its conference on Friday, this petition could be a last-ditch effort to hold off a decision on which of those to hear," writes Chris Geidner.

A clue for the Doctor Who Christmas special?

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  1. If the Nevada case stops the Supreme Court from hearing all the current gay marriage cases we need to be out on the street making noise and being seen. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ! We have waited too damned long already. We will not be delayed again. We pay taxes and we are going to have our legal rights.

    We need to organize a march on the Supreme Court if they ignore us any longer. This has gone on far too long already !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 6, 2012 5:37:42 PM


  2. Nick Gruber--straight or gay? i'd bet he gets hard for money--no matter whose it is.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Dec 6, 2012 5:50:33 PM


  3. Uh, we no more "know" that it's a fact Tim Cook is gay than we know that Lincoln was gay/Bi. Unless he's publicly acknowledged it since last I checked, this is nothing more than gossip.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Dec 6, 2012 5:51:44 PM


  4. Tim Cook's not 'out', so I think that's why he said "gay CEO" although it does sound debasing; like casually saying, "Barack Obama, our black president..." But I don't think it was meant to be reductive or even passive-aggressive; just lazy writing, unfortunately.

    Call me weird, but I'm glad Nick Gruber exists. Finally, a male gold digger in the spotlight. And no, I don't feel bad for his sugar daddies; it's mutual parasitism. Even if their relationship was one-sidedly romantic, at least if things go south, they still have their big pile of money to cry on.

    Posted by: Hugh | Dec 6, 2012 6:25:59 PM


  5. Micahel B: Tim Cook being gay is not just gossip. Steve Jobs himself said in an interview (years before his death)that Tim Cook was the closest gay friend/colleague he had and that Cook was instrumental in his change of attitude towards homosexuality.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Dec 6, 2012 6:29:55 PM


  6. I guess as a CEO of such an important company, Tim Cook has to attend a lot of official functions and parties. It would be awkward if he is not bringing along anyone. People will wonder.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 6, 2012 6:34:42 PM


  7. Looking forward to seeing your documentation, Mr. Espinola. This from "The Advocate" just an hour ago: "Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally done an interview, more than one year after the passing of the company's famed leader Steve Jobs. But in the wide-ranging discussion with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Josh Tyrangiel one question REMAINS UNANSWERED.

    The CEO has been included in Out magazine's Power 50 list and been assumed as gay many times in news reports but has never commented, and his representatives won't comment on it either."

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Dec 6, 2012 7:52:08 PM


  8. It is a pity. While Bill Gates contributed a lot money to gay cause, Tim Cook remains silent.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 6, 2012 8:42:28 PM


  9. Nothing about the suit Matthew Morrison is wearing fits him. And, what kind of legitimate suit has a button fly fer gawd's sake?

    Posted by: anonymous | Dec 6, 2012 9:01:10 PM


  10. Are gay people so stupid that they are obsessed with looking at "celebrity's" flies ? REALLY ? No wonder the rest of the world doesn't take us seriously.

    I don't give a f%ck about Matthew Morrison's or anyone else's pants.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 6, 2012 9:17:01 PM


  11. Nick Gruber's big problem - "...there's, like, something about me that attracts everyone..." Oh guy, I know, I know, I have the same trouble, like 24-7, like unrelenting much.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 6, 2012 9:22:59 PM


  12. What attracts people to Nick Gruber is that he seems available - i.e., easy. What's the cost? - a modeling gig or $500? Whatever. Meanwhile I looked at all of those pictures of Matthew Morison over and over. Something about him really is attractive and I doubt he can be had on a casting couch or for almost any amount of dollars.

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 6, 2012 9:52:41 PM


  13. What attracts people to Nick Gruber is that he seems available - i.e., easy. What's the cost? - a modeling gig or $500? Whatever. Meanwhile I looked at all of those pictures of Matthew Morison over and over. Something about him really is attractive and I doubt he can be had on a casting couch or for almost any amount of dollars.

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 6, 2012 9:52:42 PM


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