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Gay Iranian boxer wins battle to have asylum case reconsidered in Britain: "The UKBA had rejected his claim based on sexual orientation, saying there was no realistic prospect of an immigration judge finding he had established he was gay or would be treated as such by potential persecutors in his homeland. However, Lord Stewart said the decision was 'technically flawed', and a new ruling should take into account mental health material that was omitted."
Chris Pratt lands lead in upcoming Marvel superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy: "The 33-year-old Parks and Recreation actor, who bulked up last year for his role in the Oscar-nominated flick Zero Dark Thirty, will play the role of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill), who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father."
John Travolta cruise ship case dropped: "On Friday, a judge denied Travolta's attempt to throw it into arbitration. On Monday, the parties agreed to drop the case. Neither party was available to discuss what prompted the dismissal. In the lawsuit, Travolta gave his own sworn declaration. 'While I was indeed a passenger aboard the MS Enchantment of the Seas in or about June 2009, Mr. Zanzi's allegations in the Complaint are entirely false, including... a purported physical encounter with me and his allegations... regarding an alleged financial offer I made him. None of these events happened, and Zanzi's allegations are pure fabrication.'"
Right-wing author Jonathan Cahn: 9/11 was a message from God to ban gay marriage. “We’re watching rapidly since 9/11, America depart from God and it’s becoming, just like Israel did, it became almost like a pagan nation, we America are forgetting our foundation and it’s becoming almost the same as a pagan nation.” Cahn said. “But to whom much is given, much is required; so if we go this route, God is warning and God is calling.”
Lesson: Don't flip off the judge.
Beyoncé's reps demand that unflattering photos of her be removed from the internet!
Marc Jacobs is Diet Coke's new creative director and he's celebrating with a can of it in a photo booth.
Roseanne Cash donates song to benefit the Outreach programs at St. Luke's: The People Living with AIDS project. Background on it: "Cash wrote the song, 'Jim and George,'about an elderly gay couple in Chelsea who she says were 'very dear' to her. Cash described the writing process as 'an exercise in compassion and awareness to see myself through their eyes, and them through my eyes. Love is love, and love doesn’t contain itself within arbitrary borders of gender, orientation, race, nationality, creed or age. Love is love.'"
Drones get scrutinized.
Nate Berkus' sexuality gets scrutinized.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee presses for marriage equality: “We are in intense competition with Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts,” said Chafee, a 59-year-old Republican- turned-independent, ticking off three nearby states where gays can wed. “We are all in the same economy. We have to have the same welcome mat at our door that our neighbors have.”