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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
If you haven't watched TLC's My Crazy Obsession you are really missing out on some wonderful guilty pleasure watching and you should especially tune in tonight to check out the guy who is super into living like a mermaid. Apparently it is not a good idea to get in the way of Busta Rhymes' morning cheeseburger lest you want to have homophobic epithets thrown at you. Earlier this week a Catholic priest appeared on Fox News and claimed that Catholics are being oppressed by gays. Pardon me while I don't shed a tear for him.
It is somewhat disconcerting to be agreeing with Bill O'Reilly but, he continues to have to fend off members of the Christian Right who were upset by his "bible thumpers" comment in reference to gay marriage; this time it was "Dr." Laura Ingraham. Alan Keyes appeared on a right-wing talk show recently to let everyone know that gays are committing crimes against humanity. And Rep. Louie Gohmert continues to show that no one is gonna take that "craziest congressman" title away from him as he somehow manages to link his opposition to gun control to gay marriage leading to sex with animals. Well done!
In a some-would-say apropos marriage of subject and medium a mosaic artist has made a portrait of Lindsay Lohan completely out of trash. Jimmy Kimmel asked his audience to play the ever-confusing game of gay couple or straight friends. Also Bill Maher was a guest on Kimmel's show last night and laid into the mean-spirited opponents of marriage equality.
GLAAD has announced that it will honor former President Bill Clinton with it's first ever 'Advocate for Change' Award at its Los Angeles GLAAD Awards. In an amazing piece of quantifiable proof that support for marriage equality is on the upswing, check out this graph depicting Senate support for same-sex marriage. And Kobe Bryant says Magic Johnson's gay son is (and should be) a non-issue. Now if he can just get the Lakers into the Playoffs.
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has a long history of anti-gay threats, has made a few more.
“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison,” Jammeh said.
“We want the population to grow. There will be children in this country. Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.”
Jeremy Irons Worries That Giving Gays Marriage Might 'Debase' It, Says Father and Son Might Marry: VIDEO
Actor Jeremy Irons has concerns about same-sex marriage, he tells HuffPost Live:
"Could a father not marry his son?" Irons asked HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. Irons argued that "it's not incest between men" because "incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed," and wondered whether same-sex marriage might allow fathers to pass on their estates to their sons without being taxed.
"It seems to me that now they're fighting for the name," Irons said of advocates for same-sex marriage as opposed to civil unions. "I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that."
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Irons added that he wishes "everybody who's living with one other person the best of luck in the world."
MASEN DAVIS: Transgender rights and the disgusting Arizona bathroom bill.
COACHELLA 2013: What you totes need to know.
GIORGIO MORODER: On the early days of electronic dance music, disco, and his collaboration with Daft Punk.
RONAN THE SEAL LION: A master beatkeeper.
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Brutal mugging in NYC subway caught on video.
Gay and lesbian candidates win elections in Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Chris Kluwe on gay marriage, video games, and his favorite writers: "One book that everyone should read from the science fiction genre is Neuromancer by William Gibson. He wrote it back in, I think 1987 or ’88, and he basically predicted the Internet and kind of the rise of Internet culture and also what he called the sprawl — which is the growing sprawl of suburbia and cities kind of morphing into each other — and it’s a really fascinating read in that he predicts a lot of what we take for granted now."
Jon Hamm takes his Hammaconda for a walk.
Adam Lambert narrowly escaped a parking ticket!
Gay marriage hasn't won, but its opponents have lost. "It’s a defeat for 'a social norm that holds out opposite-sex marriage as the right and best way to form a family.'"
Roger Ebert says his cancer has returned.
The Ticket previews the legal maze if DOMA is struck down: "If DOMA is struck down, then same-sex couples residing in states that allow gay marriage will suddenly be included in the more than 1,100 federal laws that give benefits to married couples. Gay couples, for instance, could file jointly on their tax returns, apply for Social Security survivor benefits if their spouse dies, and take up to 12 weeks off to care for a sick family member without fear of losing their job under the Family and Medical Leave Act. But what about a gay couple that get married in New York and then move back to North Carolina, or any other of the 38 states that have explicitly banned gay marriage?"
Beyoncé releases five seconds of new music.
Kevin Tachman goes backstage at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2013.
Scientists identify body's anti-HIV 'training manual'.
Madonna returns to Malawi with her two adopted children: "Madonna initially planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund several community schools to benefit more Malawians. She arrived in Malawi Monday to tour the 10 school wings she has helped to build."
Author of Arizona's anti-trans "bathroom bill" defends it to Michelangelo Signorile: "First of all, the bathroom wasn’t the major issue. The real purpose of my bill was for showers..."
High School: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne put out a new video.
NYT on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Roe v. Wade remarks during the Prop. 8 arguments: "How Justice Ginsburg will vote on same-sex marriage is unknown. But her comments misread the legal and political landscape at the time of the Roe decision and have been used to bolster the inaccurate notion that the court’s ruling on abortion rights somehow short-circuited a political process that was moving in the states to end criminalization of abortion"
Bradley Cooper's new perm is amazing.
Ken Cuccinelli fights to keep Virginia's sodomy law on the books.
Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury comes out on Instagram.
Pat Robertson says miracles don't happen in America because people are too educated: "Well, we are so sophisticated, we think we've got everything figured out, we know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isn't real, we know about all this stuff. in many schools, in the most advanced schools, we have been inundated with skepticism and secularism."
Hundreds pack church in Asheville, North Carolina for marriage equality vigil.
Dr. Ben Carson cozying up to the virulently anti-gay Illinois Family Institute: "IFI is one of the few state anti-gay groups labeled as a 'hate group' by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for its extreme views on LGBT people."
Rapper Busta Rhymes reportedly unleashed a tirade of homophobic slurs at employees at a Miami Beach restaurant this morning after he wasn't allowed to cut in line and then became angry that his condiments were not properly dressing his burger, the HuffPost reports:
Stephanie Vitori, the owner of local late-night favorite Cheeseburger Baby, told The Huffington Post the rapper's party became belligerent when the restaurant refused to take their order before others waiting in line -- then Rhymes flew into a rage when condiments were served on the side, calling one server a "fag" and Vitori a "bitch."
"It's degrading," said Vitori, who is gay. "Thirteen years and every celebrity in there, and I've never had a problem."
The restaurant told him it was first come first served, but served him promptly, they say:
But despite being served his to-go bag within 10 minutes, Vitori said Rhymes became enraged that his mayonaise, ketchup, salt and pepper were included on the side -- something she said Cheeseburger Baby does as a rule to prevent soggy buns.
According to Vitori, after an employee explained the policy to the 40-year-old rapper, he allegedly screamed, "F*** you, fag! I'm not leaving until I get ketchup, mayo, salt and pepper on my burger," and he began coming over the counter. "F*** you, bitch," he said, turning to Vitori.
Vitori filed a police report.
It's not the first homophobic incident Rhymes has had at a Miami Beach restaurant.
In 2006, Towleroad reported on an incident he had with a fan at the 11th Street Diner during the Winter Music Conference in which a fan tapped him on the shoulder to compliment him and Rhymes allegedly replied:'Why the [bleep] you touchin' me, man? Get the [bleep] away from me' . . . his two huge bodyguards then caused an even larger scene by pushing the kid away . . . Busta quietly whispered to his bodyguards, 'I hate [bleeping] faggots, man.'"
The HuffPost notes that Rhymes spoke out in support of Frank Ocean when he came out, saying, “I don't know if it's just about hip-hop being willing to accept it, I think the whole world is ready to accept whatever people choose to be in life.”