03/07/2013PHOTO OF THE DAY: Matt Damon talks about doing it doggy-style with Michael Douglas' Liberace
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Two more sports figures have added their name to the growing list of athletes who support gay rights. This time, Chicago area legends Ernie Banks and Richard Dent have signed a letter urging the Illinois House to pass a marriage equality bill. The Mexican government has taken astance against hate speech; the country's Supreme Court has ruled that gay slurs are not protected under freedom of expression. The FBI has announced that it will investigate the likely hate-driven slaying of a gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi.
If you are a gay person living in Tennessee and desperately looking for a silver lining, you can look to the fact that the "Don't Say Gay" Bill is just about as unpopular as gay marriage. I guess you have to really want to see it. A horrible story out of Texas where a woman is facing charges after brutally beating her son after walking in on him committing a gay act; what's worse is that the arresting officer said he agreed with her. C'mon Texas! Also a city councilman in Pennsylvania is taking flak after he sent out a memo announcing that someone was gay.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Our favorite super adorable gay marine couple answer questions on YouTube about their relationship and how they like their nuts.
Joy Behar is leaving The View, reports the Hollywood Reporter:
"Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning," read a statement from ABC. "We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season."
...Behar and Walters had seats at The View table with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos when the show premiered in 1997. Tweaks to the lineup along the way, most notably the firing of Jones and Rosie O'Donnell's controversial two-year stint as moderator, led to a current panel that includes Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg.
Said Behar to Deadline: “It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”
Former President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law in 1996, calls on the Supreme Court to overturn it in a Washington Post editorial. He writes, in part:
In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian. As a bipartisan group of former senators stated in their March 1 amicus brief to the Supreme Court, many supporters of the bill known as DOMA believed that its passage “would defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.” It was under these circumstances that DOMA came to my desk, opposed by only 81 of the 535 members of Congress.
When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that “enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.” Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned.
Arguments will be made before SCOTUS to do so on March 27.
This afternoon, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act which explicitly includes LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
As part of his remarks, Obama said "today is about all the Americans who face discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity when they seek help" and specifically thanked Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project for her advocacy for the LGBT community.
Watch the remarks and signing, AFTER THE JUMP...
This year's Conservative Political Action Conference had barred gay groups Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud from officially participating. They're still not, but...
The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports:
A sponsor for the upcoming CPAC gathering, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will use a room assigned to the free-market conservative think tank to conduct a pro-gay rights panel titled, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” CEI spokesman Brian McNicoll says via e-mail, “As a sponsor, CEI gets use of a room for two hours.” For the “Rainbow on the Right” panel, McNicoll tells me that Fred Smith, a CEI head, is moderating. Liz Mair, Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Hoover and Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud are all confirmed.
CEI did not disguise its intentions from the CPAC organizers, who have been roundly criticized for excluding prominent conservatives such as Govs. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, as well as GOProud. McNicoll says, “We turned in the name [of the panel] and chose it so there could be no doubt what we were trying to do.” He says that there was “complete radio silence,” and the session was put on the schedule.
CPAC takes place on March 14-16 in D.C..
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