BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
It was a wild night in the Boston area as the hunt for the two suspects behind the attacks at Monday's marathon turned into something out of an action movie. The two men have been identified as brothers of Chechnyan descent, the older of whom was killed last night in a dramatic stand off with police. Meanwhile the uncle of the two suspects spoke to the media earlier today and after calling the duo "losers", pleaded with the remaining suspect to turn himself in.
It turns out that the two men were not the two people identified on the cover of the New York Post and last night Rachel Maddow laid into the paper for its sloppy and shameful reporting.
It seems that the Boy Scouts have failed again as they are set to end their ban on gay scouts but plan on keeping their rule against gay leaders. Rio de Janeiro has become the latest Brazilian state to legalize same-sex marriage and I can't think of a more enjoyable place for a destination wedding. Republican Senator Rob Portman has seen a dip in support from Republicans since he came out in favor of marriage equality. And check out ABC Family's new show that is built around a family with two moms.
The two men who were arrested for a brutal and sickening attack on a gay man in Atlanta have pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime. And the Nebraska woman who faked a bizarre hate crime has been sentenced to a week in jail.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
With all the anti-gay violence going on in France one gay Frenchman has a message for all the anti-gay people in his country. Empty-headed but gorgeous Ryan Lochte as been doing the promotional circuit for his new reality show and two anchors in Philly just couldn't believe how dumb he is. But seriously how ARE they gonna fill a whole show with this guy?
SUNGLASSES: Soon you'll be able to try them on at home.
PIPPIN: Deconstructing the opening number of the new Broadway show.
WRING IT OUT: Chris Hadfield demonstrates what happens to a wet washcloth in space.
THE WEEK IN UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP: Jimmy Kimmel's weekly tribute to the FCC.
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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act: “We need to protect kids at school regardless of what adults think about the different ways that people live their lives,” Polis said. “Our schools need to be a safe place where everybody can go to learn; nobody should be forced to drop out or not attend school for fear. Education is the right of every student, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Justin Bieber for "Channel".
Politico on LGBT-inclusive reform legislation: "In a Senate immigration proposal full of political minefields, it’s an omitted item that could fracture the delicate coalition backing the bill and force Democrats to choose between two key constituencies: gays and Latinos."
New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell has come out in support of marriage equality: ''My view - a view that I've come to in recent years - is that as a Liberal who believes that commitment and family units are one of the best ways in which society is organised, I support the concept of same-sex marriage. We should, as governments, be encouraging commitment. As societies we should be encouraging commitment. Because, ultimately, people caring for each other works side by side with governments to create better communities.''
Sean Patrick Flanery offers up a beefcake boxing shoot.
David Hockney is not a man of many words in VF's Proust Questionnaire.
Seeing double: One Direction pose with their wax figures.
GetEQUAL Texas plans for up to 20 arrests in coming weeks in support of state ENDA. "The Senate Economic Development Committee has already heard testimony on SB 237, filed by state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, but the bill was left pending in committee. Michael Diviesti, GetEQUAL TX state co-coordinator, said the organization was planning actions that could lead to arrests. He said the first is planned for Wednesday, but he doesn’t expect anyone to be arrested. Next week is when he expects anywhere from 14 to 20 activists to be arrested."
Prince Harry is going to make a trek to the South Pole with Walking with the Wounded.
French lawmakers exchange blows over marriage equality: "On Friday, the lower house of French National Assembly almost mirrored violent protests outside, around the issue of equal marriage, as MPs came to the end of the capped 25-hour debate around the bill which would allow equal marriage, and same sex couples the right to adopt."
William Levy makes you overlook the hideous wig.
Superstorm Sandy jolted the entire U.S.: "Earthquake sensors located as far away as the Pacific Northwest detected the storm's energy as it surged toward the New York metropolitan region last year."
Virginia to become 'ground zero' for same-sex marriage this year: "Since Virginia seems certain to be the lone competitive contest for governor this year, exploiting the contrast will prove irresistible to the media - especially the national press."
12 confirmed deaths and more than 200 injuries in West, Texas explosion.
When she's not sleeping in a glass box at the MoMa, Tilda Swinton is doing avant garde photos shoots.
Columbus Ohio mayor tweets support to teacher fired from Catholic high school for being gay: "On Thursday, the following tweet was sent from Coleman’s account: 'I stand with Carla Hale. No one in Columbus or in the United States should be denied employment because of their choice of who to love.'"
As the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tzarnaev continues, the media has contacted two of his uncles, his father, and his aunt.
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle who lives in Maryland, told reporters what he thought motivated them:
"Being losers. Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else, with religion, with Islam. It’s a fraud. It’s a fake."
“Somebody radicalized them, but it wasn’t my brother,” Tsarni said of his brother, the suspect’s father, who lives in Dagestan, a Russian republic. “It’s not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table. Fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything. He’s been working, that’s it.”
He implored Dzhokhar to turn himself in.
Another uncle contacted by the media said, "If they did this, I am sorry."
News media also contacted the suspect's father, who said it was a set up:
“I will never believe my boys could have done such a terrible thing,” he said in a telephone interview from Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region. “I have no doubt they were set up.”
“My older son is killed and now they are after my little boy,” he said. “It is a provocation of the special services who went after them because my sons are Muslims and don’t have anyone in America to protect them.”
And the suspect's aunt, who lives in Canada, believes they were set up.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
ABC News spoke with the suspect's father:
The suspect's aunt:
Rio de Janeiro has become the latest Brazilian state to authorize same-sex marriage after the General Magistrate of Justice of Rio published a provision today allowing it, MixBrasil reports.
The other Brazilian states to allow it are São Paulo, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Alagoas, Sergipe, Piauí, Ceará. The Federal District allows it as well.
Many of you will recall this brutal attack outside an Atlanta grocery story (video at the link) in which a man was beaten while another laughed and repeated, "No faggots in Jack City."
The two men responsible, Christopher Cain (pictured), 19, and Dorian Moragne, 20, both of Atlanta, pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal hate crime, the FBI reports:
“Hate-fueled violence will not be condoned,” said Roy L. Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will use all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.”
“Using violence against another person because of his or her sexual orientation has no place in our civilized society. The Department of Justice is committed to aggressively enforcing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to prosecute acts motivated by hate,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
Cain and Moragne admitted to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal jurisdiction to include certain assaults motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. The federal hate crimes law criminalizes certain acts of violence motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity. This case is the first in Georgia to charge a violation of the sexual orientation provision of this federal hate crimes law.