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1NewsIcon Two Oregon men were attacked by a wrench-wielding man hurling anti-gay epithets as they walked their pink poodle. Police are looking into whether or not the incident can be considered a hate crime.

QueenElizabethA1NewsIcon Queen Elizabeth has been hospitalized with gastroenteritis, an intestinal inflammation typically caused by a virus. Apparently these commoner viruses do not know the 86-year old is royalty!

1NewsIcon Gay and lesbian couples, and the wedding industry, are gearing up for spring and summer ceremonies in Maine.

1NewsIcon Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb sees marriage equality on the horizon. Civil unions, he says, are just the first step.

1NewsIcon Lincoln Chafee, the independent governor of Rhode Island, where same-sex marriage recently passed the state House, makes an economic argument for passage: "Without marriage equality in Rhode Island...very desirable employer(s) will consider the difficulties and costs of hiring in Rhode Island against conditions in other Northeastern states. And the company may simply feel it's wrong to deny its gay and lesbian employees a fundamental freedom: the right to marry the person they love in the state they call home."

1NewsIcon Could docs have a path toward a potential "HIV cure" for newborns? "A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection... A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth... That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby's blood before it could form hideouts in the body."

1NewsIcon Sequestration and HIV.

Nflenda1NewsIcon While litigation can create positive change in some cases, it likely won't work when it comes to breaking down homophobia in the NFL, says NBC Sports' Mike Florio.

1NewsIcon "Palestinians Only" buses coming soon to Israel.

1NewsIcon Gay Orthodox Jewish group preps for their first seder in Jerusalem.

1NewsIcon Obama's second term will continue to see the judiciary undergo long overdue demographic shifts: "Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress."

1NewsIcon James Franco admits he teases people about his sexuality, and that questions about it are now a big part of his public persona. "One of the things that's very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality. It's not something that bothers me in the slightest. It hasn't gone away and I get asked about it from all sides. It's partly my doing and partly not my doing," he tells Attitude.

Stepford1NewsIcon From a New York Times op-ed called "The Perils of Perfection:" "Barriers and constraints — anything that imposes artificial limits on the human condition — are being destroyed with particular gusto. Superhuman, another mysterious start-up that could enliven any comedy show, promises to offer, as its co-founder recently put it, an unspecified service that 'helps people be superhuman.' Well, at least they had the decency not to call it The Übermensch."

1NewsIcon Right wing magazine the National Review blasts CPAC for banning the gay group GOProud and not inviting Chris Christie: "...As friends of CPAC and fellow conservative advocates, we nevertheless regret that CPAC has excluded the gay conservative group GOProud and declined to invite New Jersey governor Chris Christie."

1NewsIcon Daft Punk teases a new album.

1NewsIcon The best type of reporters are the ravishing kind...

1NewsIcon Jack the Giant Slayer topped the weak weekend box office with a meager $28 million.

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  1. Since Joe Ratzinger quit his job, I wonder if Betty Windsor is feeling the pressure?

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 3, 2013 7:48:12 PM

  2. Dude, making fun of the elderly is not cool. She's over 80 and shes sick, that combination can kill and take weeks to recover from. So seriously, yes shes a celebrity, but not cool.

    Posted by: thrutch | Mar 3, 2013 10:25:53 PM

  3. James Franco - Stop using the gay mystique to enhance your cool. Come out or give it up. Your little brother might tone down the exploitation as well.

    Posted by: GB | Mar 4, 2013 12:03:19 AM

  4. James Franco is a HUGE attention whore! He loves when the media, especially the gay media, talk about his sexuality. It inflates his already huge ego. Plus it makes his seem like the "cool" actor who doesn't think about sexuality. Everything he does and says is completely fake and seems to be more so for his image.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 4, 2013 4:22:50 AM

  5. I'm so tired of James Franco. It's like he keeps screaming, "Look at me, look at me!"

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 4, 2013 5:50:35 AM

  6. So there are riots aimed at their tiny black population and Palestinians will now be given separate but presumably equal public transport in Israel? Israel is also a world center for human sex trafficking, money laundering narcotics trafficking. You really can't make this up. Oh, and they also blatantly and perniciously spy on their only real world patron, the U.S., not just state secrets but business and industrial secrets.

    It's a ridiculous situation but $ talks. I hope the U.S. government can or desires to at least prevent them from starting another war in which American blood and $ would be shed.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 4, 2013 8:03:38 AM

  7. I know who Betty Windsor is but who's James Franco?

    Posted by: Squeak | Mar 4, 2013 8:52:34 AM

  8. The creation of Palistinian Only buses in Israel is a disturbing new occurence. Isn't anyone else reminded of "No Jews" in 1930's Germany or "Whites Only" in the American South? While I support Israel's right to exist, I am increasingly dismayed by their 40 year occupation of another people's land and their continual refusal to make a lasting peace with a Palestinian state.

    Posted by: Kelly T Keating | Mar 4, 2013 9:04:25 AM

  9. @Squeak Franco? Wasn't he a Dictator in Spain; or some other Country a few years ago?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Mar 4, 2013 9:59:11 PM

  10. @Andrew: Unlike the Pope who can motu proprio things into existence, she'd have to persuade Parialment to pass a bill to allow her to retire. Given Prince Charles, I'm not so sure it would have a good chance of passing.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Mar 7, 2013 1:20:47 AM

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