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Watch LIVE: Illinois Senate Executive Committee Hearing on Marriage Equality Bill


At this point it's unclear what's happening in Illinois, given the earlier report from the Windy City Times on the delayed status of the marriage equality bill, because there is a hearing underway now in the Senate Executive Committee.

You can watch it LIVE HERE.

UPDATE: The bill has been advanced in an 8-5 vote!

Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 5:56 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tammy Baldwin Sworn In, is First Out Gay U.S. Senator: VIDEO


The U.S. has its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin.


Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 5:29 PM EST by in News, Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin | Permalink | Comments (5)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1277

HANNAH STORM: ESPN anchor opens up about propane grill explosion.

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE: Walk Off The Earth covers Taylor Swift.

2012 CLIMATE REVIEW: Paul Douglas looks back at a "jaw-dropping" year.

DAN SAVAGE: Thanking straight allies for their support.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 5:15 PM EST by in Dan Savage, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)

News: Ryan Murphy, Tammy Baldwin, Frank Ocean, Patti Page

RoadSinger Patti Page dies at 85.

RoadA record 20 women, including Tammy Baldwin, were sworn into the U.S. Senate today.

MurphyRoadRyan Murphy shows off new son on Twitter. "Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes. Logan is one week old and doing great. Happy new year!"

RoadWaPo profiles Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ): "Sinema is a bracingly unfiltered talker, a precocious achiever, a high-energy persuader, an adjunct professor, a lawyer, a marathon runner, a lover of designer clothes. She is a holder of many, many degrees — this she’s happy to tell you in a humble-braggy sort of way. And she can be a lot of fun to hang out with, a rambling, kind of kooky monologist who can pivot from whimsical and wacky to substantive and earnest without a pause. Krysten Sinema is also — and it irks her to no end that this is such an object of fascination — an openly bisexual woman."

RoadTwilight actor Bronson Pelletier, who was thrown out of a West Hollywood gay bar in mid-December, was arrested for urinating at a gate at LAX, and there's video.

RoadJake Gyllenhaal and Katie Holmes not an item.

RoadMaggie Gallagher retiring syndicated column.

ReaganRoadRonald Reagan's former home for sale for $5 million. "The Pacific Palisades, Calif., home where Ronald and Nancy Reagan lived just before they moved to the White House is on the market."

RoadChris Hemsworth to get plum 50 Shades of Grey role?

RoadHouse Republicans move to ensure constitutionality of DOMA is settled by Supreme Court: "The Supreme Court's 'review of DOMA's constitutionality,' lawyers for House leaders wrote in a brief, is 'a question all agree merits this Court's review and resolution' — even if the court decides the Obama administration's appeal of the case to the Supreme Court can't be heard."

RoadNOM's Jennifer Roback Morse promotes article accusing gay men of living like "rutted, uncontrollable animals".

RoadFrank Ocean cited for speeding, driving with a suspended license and a tinted window violation, not "suspicious behavior" as gossip site Media Take Out reported.

RoadSean Penn, buff on the beach.

M_bachmannRoadMichelle Bachmann introduces first bill of 113th Congress, to repeal Obamacare. "House Republicans have already unsuccessfully voted 33 times in the last two years to repeal Obamacare, while failing to pass a single piece of job creation legislation in the last session of Congress — contributing to a record-low approval rating of just 10 percent by the time the session ended on Thursday."

RoadBuzzfeed announces $20 million in new financing.

RoadJoseph Gordon-Levitt tipped for lead role in Marvel adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy.

RoadAdam Lambert clarifies critique of Les Miz after tweet goes viral: "My movie review has gone viral. U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny," he wrote. "Those raw and real moments when characters broke down or were expressing the ugliness of the human condition were superb. However... My personal opinion: there were times when the vocals weren't able to convey the power, beauty and grace that the score ALSO calls for."

Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 3:45 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (12)

No Marriage Equality Vote in Illinois This Week

There's still hope before the end of the legislative session on January 9, but it's running out. Senate Democrats say it will not happen this week.

IllinoissenateThe Windy City Times reports:

Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, confirmed that Senate Democrats have stated that the vote will not come to pass Jan. 3 or 4. Repeated foibles have raised serious questions about whether the vote can pass by Jan. 9, when new lawmakers are sworn in.

Senate Democrats had hoped for a vote on Thursday, but they failed to secure the votes to waive a 24-hour rule on the posting of the original marriage bill. Democrats then tacked marriage equality onto an unrelated bill in an attempt to push it through faster.

But two supportive senators have been called away from Springfield on family emergencies, leaving sponsors scrambling to secure needed votes.

"It doesn't mean that the whole marriage equality bill in the lame duck session dies," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

However, a big push remains for supportive senators. The Senate will have to be called back for a special session on Jan. 8 if they are take up marriage equality before Jan. 9. That would mean that the House will be voting on marriage before the Senate takes it up.

The Illinois House is scheduled to reconvene on January 6-7.

Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 2:54 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (3)

Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind: VIDEO


The guys at ASAPScience are starting off 2013 with another one of their "amazing facts" clips, including what it takes to turn peanut butter into diamonds, and how long it would take to heat a cup of coffee by yelling at it.


Posted Jan. 3,2013 at 2:31 PM EST by in News, Science | Permalink | Comments (4)


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