Among this weeks subjects in Jimmy Kimmel's weekly tribute to the FCC: Scott Pelley, Dennis Rodman, Donald Trump, Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, and Judge Alex.
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A new poll shows that more Catholic voters support same-sex marriage than ever before:
American voter support for same-sex marriage is inching up and now stands at 47 - 43 percent, including 54 - 38 percent among Catholic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to a 48 - 46 percent statistical tie among all voters on same-sex marriage December 5 and reverses the 55 - 36 percent opposition in a July, 2008, survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.
Said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute: "Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage. Among all voters, there is almost no gender gap, but a big age gap. Voters 18 to 34 years old support same sex marriage 62 - 30 percent; voters 35 to 54 years old are divided 48 - 45 percent and voters over 55 are opposed 50 - 39 percent."
Among all adult Catholics, 52 percent say the Church is moving in the right direction, while 31 percent say it is going in the wrong direction. Church leaders are out of touch with the views of Catholics in America today, all Catholics say 52 - 40 percent. Men say out of touch, 54 - 37 percent, while women agree by a smaller 49 - 43 percent margin.
The next pope should move the Church in new directions, 55 percent of Catholics say, while 38 percent say the pope should maintain the current direction.
American Catholics say 62 - 30 percent that the next pope should allow priests to marry and say 64 - 28 percent, including 68 - 24 percent among women, that he should relax the church ban on contraception.
Under the next pope, Catholics say 81 - 13 percent, the Church should do more to combat sexual abuse of young people by priests.
Added Brown: "Looking at all adult Catholics, different from the wider survey of all registered voters, we see a conflicted group: a slim majority say the Church is moving in the right direction while slim majorities say Church leaders are out of touch with their views and the next pope should change directions."
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Minnesota's marriage equality reportedly has the votes it needs to get to the House floor, the AP reports:
...the bill was already headed for a key boost in the House Civil Law Committee: nine of 17 members on that committee told The Associated Press they would vote for the bill, enough to send it on to the full House.
Both House Civil Law and the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled hearings next Tuesday on the bill, and its success in Senate Judiciary looks nearly as likely. Four of eight members told the AP they'd vote yes; a fifth, DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin, said she supports gay marriage but is uncomfortable moving so quickly to legalize it in Minnesota. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble (above), said he was confident of winning over Goodwin.
All the confirmed yes votes in both committees come from Democrats, who hold the House and Senate majorities. So far, only one Republican lawmaker out of 89 has committed to supporting the bill.
"I never pretended I would do anything but support it," said Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester. "It's just the right thing to do and I can't even imagine voting another way."
Because why not?
"[Justin's] heading to the doctor now," Bieber's spokeswoman said. "He fainted and took a 20-minute reprieve and was given oxygen."
Bieber, 19, returned to the stage after the break to finish the show.
"Justin got very light of breath; the whole show he has been complaining," Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, told the crowd in several amateur videos posted on the internet. "He's backstage with the EMTs [emergency medical technicians] and the doctor."
Bieber's spokeswoman said the singer ignored doctors' orders and returned to the O2 arena stage to finish the performance. The singer had not been suffering from any health issues prior to the show, she added.