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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
RIGHTS AND FIGHTS
It's been two days since President Obama's inagural address in which he mentioned gay rights and Bryan Fischer of the AFA is still palpitating about it. A horrible story out of Boston where an LGBT group at Boston Law School had their office vandalized with disgusting and offensive graffiti. Also an openly gay pastor from Louisville and his long-time partner were arrested yesterday after they tried to obtain a marriage license.
Hilary Clinton was questioned today at Senate hearings about the Benghazi attacks and was not at all amused. First she ripped into a Republican Senator from Wisconsin about his line of questioning regarding "ill-preparedness" prior to the attack. Then she did her best McKayla Maroney impression while she listened to Rand Paul tell her that he would have fired her. Overall, she made her critics look small.
On her show last night, Rachel Maddow hypothesized that Obama's mention of gay rights was a preemptive message for the Supreme Court. And Jon Stewart was at his finest taking down the major networks' coverage of the inauguration.
Anderson Cooper has a message to all the Beyonce haters out there. Why is no one more impressed with how flawless her lip-syncing was? Manti Te'o gave his first interview post-Catfishing to Katie Couric and admitting to briefly lying to the public about his non-existent girlfriend. And congratulations to Chely Wright and her wife Lauren who have announced they are expecting twins!
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
This high-schooler from New Jersey could teach Jodie Foster a thing or two as he comes out to his entire class and receives a well-deserved standing ovation. And is this what John Boehner said to Michelle Obama that earned him some epic shade from the First Lady?
After an afternoon of hearings, Colorado's Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Colorado Civil Union Act, KDVR reports:
The first vote came late Wednesday afternoon — and it came as no surprise to anyone — when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-to-2 on party lines to send Senate Bill 11 on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Bringing down the gavel on the vote was Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Adams County, elected in November, who had sat on the other side of the room the past two years and testified twice about how the bill’s legal protections would help support his partner and their son.
“It’s a very different year, a very exciting year,” Ulibarri told FOX31 Denver prior to the hearing. “We have folks here who are willing to stand up for committed couples and there will be a very different result this year.”
The bill was introduced in the Senate by openly gay Senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman.
The LGBT rights coalition One Colorado applauded the bill's passage:
If passed, SB-11 will provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, such as the ability to take family leave to care for a partner, to make medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner, to live together in a nursing home, and to adopt children together.
"Gay and lesbian couples share similar worries as everyone else, like making ends meet, losing their job, or being denied health insurance." said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, the lead organization advocating for passage of the bill. "Civil unions are an important part of building the security we all long for."
Said Steadman: "Civil unions will allow committed couples to share in the responsibilities and protections in Colorado law that most families take for granted. Our society is stronger when we promote personal responsibility and taking care of one another."
Added Guzman: "Civil unions are about commitment. They’re about responsibility. And they’re about being able to take care of the one you love. Two people in a committed relationship, gay or straight, should be able to take care of and be responsible for each other. Civil unions allow them to do just that."
The office of the Lambda Law Students Association at Boston Law School was vandalized over the weekend by someone eager to demonstrate the breadth of their potty mouth vocabulary, Above the Law's David Lat reports.
One Lambda Law member told the blog that it isn't the first time: "This seems to indicate a systemic issue that the undergraduate body has with racism and homophobia, as opposed to a reflection on the law school’s students or administration. I have never encountered anything but openness and acceptance at BCLS and refuse to believe that this recent incident was committed by a member of our community."
Dean Vincent D. Rougeau released a statement:
The cowardly act of vandalism that was discovered this morning is reprehensible and runs counter to everything we stand for as a law school. We are working closely with the Boston College and Newton Police in the hope of resolving the matter, which occurred over the weekend in an unlocked room in an unlocked building. I have attached a copy of letter that I have distributed to all members of the BC community.
A fascinating image of human settlement patterns. Try zooming in here.
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SEXYBACK: Barack Obama sings the Justin Timberlake classic.
MEETING A FENNEC FOX:A magical day at the beach.
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Nepal to issue third gender IDs.
Gay poet Richard Blanco did not lip-synch at the inauguration.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.
Was Jodie Foster's coming out a step backward for gays and lesbians? "If any harm is done, it's certainly not going to be to Ms. Foster's image or career, but to all of those still closeted — whether 15 or 50 — who may find yet another reason not to come out, lest their way might not be the 'right' way. Sometimes we 'ramble'; sometimes we're 'disjointed'; but it's the raw kernel of honesty that matters — and that I heard in the six-minute speech."
Lady Gaga has a lot of work left on ARTPOP songs.
Facebook apologizes after blocking 'Gay Marriage USA' owner: "Murray Lipp, the founder of the Gay Marriage USA Facebook page, which has 300,000 fans, received a notification that the photograph of a gay couple was 'offensive'. The photograph of the marriage of a bishop at a relatively small Pentecostal church movement with his husband resulted in a number of complaints."
Sheryl Crow isn't saying much about the Lance Armstrong controversy.
PETA's Dan Mathews gives long interview, talks about "working the streets" in Rome after high school (work-unfriendly site): "I did it for about a year and a half. When I moved to Rome, I didn’t have European citizenship and I couldn’'t get a regular job. My roommate said, ‘If you walk down a certain street in Rome, cars will stop and you can get in and charge fifty bucks without doing too much.’ Working the streets might sound rough, but it was better than it is today, where people hook up online. Now you have no idea who you are meeting, what they are really going to look like. When you see someone on the street, within ten seconds you can tell if it's a bad move just from their mannerisms. I was able to support myself and live in Italy. I did not want to live in Ronald Reagan’s America."
GOP Congressman blames rising gun violence on the children of "welfare moms".
11-year-old transgender girl writes powerful essay in response to Obama inauguration address: "It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else."
The Hollywood Reporter reviews James Franco's Kink: "It's not every doc in which you can hear lines like 'Sorry, we have a gang-bang going on next door' and 'There's a way to step on a cock where you don't hurt it, hon.' There are fewer films still in which you might then see the latter claim in action."
Leonardo DiCaprio to take a "long, long break" from movies.
Artist Paul Emsley was destroyed over internet criticism of his portrait of Kate Middleton: "It felt like a bit of a witch hunt and people who have not even seen my portrait joined in with what quickly became a circus,. The worst thing is it was not only destructive to me, but particularly upsetting for my two daughters and my wife."
Ryan Gosling talks to GQ about fame: “It’s strange. It has a dream-ish quality. Like, you’re in a dream where everybody knows you but you don’t know anymore. It kinda feels like that. I guess the benefit is that it’s kept off the internet. At the end of the day I think that’s probably for the best. It’s a like a minefield for me.”
Urge Obama to speak out against Proposition 8.
How the NY Daily News covered Stonewall: "Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. 'We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over,' lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens."