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RoadObama asked about gay inclusion in immigration reform during Google+ hangout.

WilliamWilliamsRoadDid you know: Minnesota's last legal execution was a man who murdered his lover.

RoadVin Diesel covers Rihanna.

RoadWelsh MP David Jones says gay couples cannot raise children: "I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do. Which is not to say that I'm in any sense opposed to stable and committed same-sex partnerships."

RoadHarrison Ford to return as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII?

RoadGays in Belarus face reprisals: "Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning. One activist accuses police of beating him during questioning, while others say they were interrogated about their sex lives."

RoadOlympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius weeps in court while being charged with murder of girlfriend.

RoadSnooki's baby is adorable.

Bush-endorses-mccainRoadJohn McCain admits Hagel opposition is political payback because Hagel said bad things about Bush. "He was anti-his own party and people — people don’t forget that. You can disagree but if you’re disagreeable, then people don’t forget that."

RoadSame-sex couples request Valentine's Day marriage licenses in Salt Lake City.

RoadHow romantic: Brad Pitt gave Angelina Jolie a breath freshener for Valentine's Day.

RoadThe New Yorker on Barney Frank's night on Broadway: "Two Saturdays ago, Barney Frank walked onstage at City Center and declared to an empty house: 'I’m not a senator, but I play one in the theatre!' It was a loaded ad lib. Three days earlier, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had appointed William 'Mo' Cowan as interim senator, in the seat vacated by John Kerry. This, despite a public bid for the job from Frank, who had just retired from Congress after thirty-two years. Nevertheless, Frank had one last shot at the upper chamber: for one night only, he was making a cameo appearance as a Republican senator in the 1959 musical 'Fiorello!'"

RoadNot exactly sure you can call it singing, but apparently that is Britney Spears on 'Scream & Shout'.

FakeRoadFake lesbian engagement announcements being sent to small newspapers.

RoadDuluth, MN moms for marriage equality: "The three Duluth women stood among what organizers said was a crowd of up to 2,000 in the Capitol, all asking state leaders to legalize gay marriage. It was one of the largest under the Capitol dome in the past few years."

RoadProminent Methodist pastor says Christians get it wrong on homosexuality: "In my own life, it was both reading the Bible’s passages on same-sex intimacy in the same light as passages on slavery (and violence and the place of women) and coming to know gay and lesbian people that led me to see this issue differently, particularly children who grew up in my church who loved God and sought to serve Christ. As I listened to their stories I saw that they did not fit the stereotypes I had been taught about gay and lesbian people. The love they shared with others looked very much like the love I share with my wife --a deep friendship and companionship. And their faith was as authentic as that of anyone else in my congregation."

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  1. With all due respect Mr. Jones, I didn't know the heterosexual population has "perfected" child raising. They are the ONLY ones who can "essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children..."???

    "which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do." Based on what? Studies? Research? Or just your biased, stupid opinion? I'll take door #3 Monty.

    Meanwhile we are also being treated to pics of Snooki's baby. How ironic.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 15, 2013 4:02:59 PM

  2. It's funny to hear a Republican talk about being able to disagree- if you look at the Republican votes in Congress since the 1980s, you can see the party going more and more to the right, and also fewer and fewer votes not following the party line. It's to bad now that members who don't vote along party lines are pretty much dead to the party.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 15, 2013 4:11:29 PM

  3. That picture of McBush is creepy.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Feb 15, 2013 4:13:44 PM

  4. I sure do remember John McCain circa 2008 going around on the campaign trail (esp. in the debates) trying to run away from george W. Bush as fast as he could.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 15, 2013 4:22:43 PM

  5. The case of the executed Minnesota man would make a great screenplay. Executed for killing his sixteen year old lover and the boy's mother. And the violence was due to his infatuation for the boy, and the boy's family trying to end the affair.

    Does anyone have James Franco's telephone number?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 15, 2013 4:27:22 PM

  6. @Derrick

    I don't think I would call this infatuation. The Wikipedia article on Williams ( actually explains that they lived together for two years, and were then separated by the family. I wouldn't call living with someone for two years an infatuation. In that article Williams says that he killed them out of "rage".

    We'll really never know, but I would lean towards rage.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 15, 2013 4:40:16 PM

  7. Brad Pitt illuminates another benefit of marriage equality. Sharing years of your partner's bad breath.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 15, 2013 5:12:43 PM

  8. @Eric:

    I think you're right. It was rage.

    But you made me realize that a major issue in this story would have to be changed for it to become a movie. If Williams killed the 16 year old boy two years into their relationship then the boy was only 14 when the affair began. You'd have to make the boy older.

    Who the hell would want to see a movie where their is a love affair between a grown man and 14 year old boy? Oh, of course, Rick.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 15, 2013 5:37:14 PM

  9. The rally in Minnesota was nothing short of amazing. I know all three of the women profiled, and their devotion to their children is inspiring. On this day when Jeanne Manford was honored for her work establishing PFLAG, her legacy truly lives on.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 15, 2013 6:12:24 PM

  10. I once had a blow job from someone who had that characteristic foul, sulfur breath. It left my d*ck smelling of it and was quite noticeable when I pulled it out to p*ss a bit later. It was also a turnoff to the next couple of guys who were blowing me. :(

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 15, 2013 6:30:25 PM

  11. @Derrick

    The age question is just a small part of it. Especially since we're applying modern sensibilities to times that were vastly different.

    Besides, the more I read about this case the more muddled it becomes. There are questions about the younger guy's age, whether they even had a physical relationship, if the younger guy led William Williams on by making promises of different kinds(but we never will know what kinds, hell, they could even be financial), and even whether Williams was a stalker. It looks like in the hundred years since this happened everyone has applied whatever filters they wanted to apply, and made the circumstances fit.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 15, 2013 6:54:22 PM

  12. I remember John McCain running around the country running for president professing that he always puts "Country First." Apparently not anymore.

    Posted by: Ike | Feb 15, 2013 7:16:58 PM

  13. Word is that Ford, Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher are ALL returning in the new Star Wars movie, though Latino Review now suggests that Ford's deal is done.

    Posted by: Scottevill | Feb 15, 2013 7:24:56 PM

  14. When a prominent Methodist pastor comes out in support of us, I have to wonder aloud...

    Maybe it's time we started returning to the churches...

    Posted by: MethodistColouringBook | Feb 15, 2013 10:09:30 PM

  15. John McCain: the most angry and embittered member of the Angry White Men's Party, the GOP. John, honey, swallow some Viagra and take some time off with the Missus. You need it. Failing that, you're a solid argument for euthanasia if there ever was one.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 17, 2013 1:39:35 PM

  16. Oh come on Betty, everyone knows the British Isles are the home of warm-fuzzy parenting... oh wait never mind.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 17, 2013 4:17:05 PM

  17. Such lovely, wonderful and creative ideas! Doesn’t the wonder of this season just shine.

    Posted by: | Feb 28, 2013 11:06:51 AM

  18. Thanks to share your experience with us, so you can re-examine their own personal bias and thinking habits. Great stuff, too

    Posted by: | May 2, 2013 4:22:02 PM

  19. Keep it up, wonderful job! Exactly what I had to have.

    Posted by: | May 4, 2013 4:28:41 AM

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