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02/21/2013

News: Mark Hamill, Mitt Romney, Harvey Milk, Orson Scott Card

RoadOrson Scott Card's homophobic worldview worries Ender's Game adaptation producers.

SkywalkerRoadMark Hamill in talks to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.

RoadVideo: Ke$ha blows a cannoli, feeds it to friends baby bird-style.

RoadMitt Romney to speak at CPAC: “The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections. We look forward to hearing Governor Romney’s comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement.”

RoadCyprus considers civll partnerships: "The draft bill passed through the Cabinet last Thursday and the legal services will need to process and approve it before passing it on to parliament for discussion and voting."

RoadIdiot manhandles a manatee calf, lets his daughter sit on it.

RoadKristen Wiig joining Arrested Development?

RoadShia LaBeouf airs private emails, revealing differences with Alec Baldwin that caused him to leave the Broadway show Orphans. Plagiarized apology?

License_milkRoadIs this Harvey Milk's unofficial "marriage license"? "While the document does not use the word 'marriage,' the hand-written note outlines the 'terms, conditions and clauses' of a contract between Harvey Milk and Joe Scott Smith to be "lovers from this day on." It is signed and dated on December 22, 1971."

RoadWhat your face needs to be 'Oscar-ready'.

RoadMatt Rettenmund lines up history's hottest 100 male models.

RoadIs HIV being shortchanged by major donors? "Major philanthropists are ignoring the continuing AIDS crisis in the United States, and people are dying because of it. Sounds harsh? It is, but only because it's true. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released a list of the top 50 American donors in 2012, and only two donors, Jon Stryker and David Geffen, gave significant funds to combat HIV and AIDS in the United States."

RoadVideo: Penguin with a case of the nerves.

RoadObama job approval rating at three-year high.

SunspotRoadNASA observes massive, growing sunspot more than six Earths across.

RoadGoogle in talks with Warby Parker to design more fashionable frames for the Glass. "They join other companies that are grappling with these design challenges, including big companies like Apple, Nike and Jawbone and smaller ones like Pebble, MetaWatch and Misfit Wearables."

RoadTop GOP Senator Chuck Grassley inadvertently embraces Roe v. Wade: "nothing can be done to your body without your permission. It’d be a violation of the constitutional right to privacy if that were to happen."

RoadStill waiting for an LGBT Cabinet appointment from Obama: "One that has sparked media attention recently is the potential appointment of gay California Assembly Speaker John Perez as a replacement for Hilda Solis as labor secretary. John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California, said Perez would be an excellent choice as labor secretary because he’s a champion of both LGBT people and the working class."

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 3:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (14)


Jon Huntsman to GOP: Embrace Marriage Equality or 'Marketplace of Ideas Will Render Us Irrelevant'

In a new piece for the American Conservative, former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman warns that "the marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history" and calls on Republicans to embrace marriage equality:

HuntsmanWhile serving as governor of Utah, I pushed for civil unions and expanded reciprocal benefits for gay citizens. I did so not because of political pressure—indeed, at the time 70 percent of Utahns were opposed—but because as governor my role was to work for everybody, even those who didn’t have access to a powerful lobby. Civil unions, I believed, were a practical step that would bring all citizens more fully into the fabric of a state they already were—and always had been—a part of.

That was four years ago. Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.

Huntsman warns the GOP that it is at a crossroads and risks losing even more if it does not progress socially.

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 2:45 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Jon Huntsman, News, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (22)


How DOMA is Hurting the Gay Military Couple Who Got Engaged at the White House: VIDEO

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Back in December, Marine Corps. Captain Matthew Phelps made history when he became the first gay man to ask his partner Ben Schock to marry him at the White House.

PhelpsToday, the Center for American Progress and OutServe/SLDN profile the soon-to-be-married couple, who will be heading for Okinawa, Japan soon when Phelps takes on a new assignment, in a video highlighting the financial struggles they'll incur because of DOMA:

As long as DOMA remains in effect and the cost of his moving is taken into consideration, Capt. Phelps may expect to receive about $20,000 less in benefits and allowances than the other married servicemen that he serves beside.

The video comes alongside a new CAP report: How DOMA undermines the U.S. Military.

The report describes the nearly 100 statutory benefits conferred on our troops by Congress that depend on DOMA’s definition of marital status and are denied same-sex military spouses and their children. These include housing and moving benefits, health insurance, employment assistance, immediate emergency notification if their husband or wife was killed, wounded, or missing in action, and the right to be laid to rest beside them in a military cemetery.

Watch the profile on Phelps and Schock, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 2:32 PM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (2)


CNN Debates Whether the Gay Rights Movement is the Same as The Civil Rights Movement: VIDEO

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A CNN panel that makes you ask, what's the point of this panel?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 1:54 PM EST by in Carol Costello, News | Permalink | Comments (32)


AP: 'Husband' or 'Wife' Acceptable to Use for All Married Couples, Regardless of Sexual Orientation

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A new entry in the AP stylebook, added today:

husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.

Said AP Senior Managing Editor for U.S. News Mike Oreskes: "The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife. All the previous conversation was in the absence of such a formal entry. This lays down clear and simple usage. After reviewing existing practice, we are formalizing 'husband, wife' as an entry."

See HERE for background.

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 1:29 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (16)


Beefcake Zombie Attacks Bradley Cooper: VIDEO

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Last year in his post-Oscar show Jimmy Kimmel featured a trailer for Movie: The Movie, a star-studded parody trailer for a film that "packs everything moviegoers love into one spectacular motion picture event." The clip quickly went viral.

Looks like Kimmel is planning another go-round this year, and this one features Bradley Cooper being attacked by a beefcake zombie as he screams: "They're too sexy!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 21,2013 at 12:55 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (10)



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