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A look back at today's top stories


With gay marriage now legal in 12 states and counting, Stephen Colbert is warning us all against unstoppable world domination by the gays. Same-sex marriage has been legal in certain Brazilian states but today, the country's top judicial panel has authorized marriage equality for the entire nation. And the U.N. Human Rights Office has released a powerful new ad campaign aimed at ending homophobia



For the second consecutive day Michele Bachmann heads our list of wingnuts; this time the crazed politician is urging fellow Christians to engage in "spiritual warfare" in order to stop gay marriage. In light of recent reports that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups, NOM is calling for an investigation into who leaked its 2012 tax forms to the HRC. Also there has been a third anti-gay assault in New York City. No word on if it is linked to the two other attacks in Midtown. 



Sara Bareilles has released the music video to her song "Brave", the subtext of which is about struggling to come out of the closet. The latest episode of the gay-themed web series EastSiders is available for your viewing pleasure and check out the first trailer for Sean Hayes' new sitcom




Jon Stewart, much like the rest of us, is really really pissed that the IRS has given the radical right something with which to bolster its conspiracy theories. Rachel Maddow took a slightly more balanced look at the IRS news. Also just when you thought the world was scary enough, apparently ice tsunamis are a thing

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO


An historic and joyous day in Minnesota as Governor Mark Dayton signed the marriage equality bill into law.

Watch it go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

An unabridged version:

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill

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Governor Mark Dayton has signed the marriage equality bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Star Tribune reports:

"By your political courage, you join that pantheon of exceptional leaders who did something extraordinary," Dayton said. "You changed the course of history for our state and our nation."

Dayton signed the marriage measure at a historic outdoor ceremony, a day after the Senate and House passed the proposal....Dayton acknowledged that a difficult step has been taken, but called it a crucial moment for equality.

“Progress has often been difficult, controversial and, initially, divisive,” Dayton said. “However, it has always been the next step ahead to fulfilling this country’s promise to every American.”

The ceremony kicked off a parade that took supporters to a massive downtown St. Paul celebration. The parade route in was lined with rainbow flags for the event.


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News: Angelina Jolie, Benghazi, Boy Scouts, Steve King, Stockholm

RoadNYC rally against recent hate crimes on Thursday night.

RoadSharp rise reported in anti-gay attacks in France, says report.

JolieRoadAngelina Jolie announces she had a preventive double mastectomy, in the NYT: "My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman...Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could."

RoadWoman forces American Airlines flight to make landing after she won't stop singing Whitney Houston song.

RoadBlack churches key to Illinois marriage debate: "The soup always boils just before it's done and the soup is boiling now," said the Rev. Phyllis Pennese, an openly gay pastor who runs a tiny congregation for black gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the Chicago suburb of Summit. "That's why there's all this fury around this issue because it's almost about to be done."

RoadPoll: Americans who are angry about Benghazi don't know where it is. "Of the 41 percent of Republicans who consider Benghazi to be the worst political scandal in American history, 39 percent are unaware that Benghazi is located in Libya. 10 percent said it's in Egypt, 9 percent in Iran, 6 percent in Cuba, 5 percent in Syria, 4 percent in Iraq, and 1 percent each in North Korea and Liberia, with 4 percent unwilling to venture a guess."

RoadNicholas Hoult puckers up for Flaunt.

MeyersRoadDracula coming to NBC.

RoadLesbian couple turned away by landlord on the Isle of Man: "Kira Izzard and Laura Cull, from Douglas, said they were shocked to discover there was no legislation to protect them from discrimination. They have now launched an online petition calling for the island to adopt the UK's Equality Act 2010. So far more than 1,000 people have offered their support."

RoadNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka take their twins to the Farmer's Market on Mother's Day.

RoadVIDEOS: Illinois' top anti-equality group holds rally, says gays have "deviant sexual lifestyle" and are "offense to nature and nature's God".

RoadMarriage equality unlikely in North Dakota anytime soon: "University of North Dakota political science professor Mark Jendrysik points to a 2004 vote to ban same-sex marriages as evidence that the mindset is different in conservative North Dakota. Seventy-three percent of voters approved that constitutional amendment."

RoadStockholm Pride campaign invites Russians to Go West.

2_ralphreedRoadRalph Reed playing peacemaker between Boy Scouts and Christian conservative leaders? "WORLD learned that Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and now president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has arranged meetings and conference calls between Christian conservative leaders and BSA officials who support the pro-gay resolution. According to John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a group opposed to the policy change, 'After the introduction is made, the BSA officials try to convince these top conservative evangelical leaders to support the resolution by finding friendly media venues to discuss it.'"

RoadJames Franco covers GQ's comedy issue.

RoadRep. Steve King (R-IA) on how Obama should have honored Tebow over Jason Collins: "I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press. Think about the things he's chosen to take sides on. ...[W]e've got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile we have a professional athlete that decides he's going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded."

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Michele Bachmann Calls for 'Spiritual Warfare' Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO


To go along with yesterday's clip of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) delivering a hysterical sermon about how 9/11 and Benghazi were God's wrath, here's a new one unearthed by Right Wing Watch in which she calls on Christians to engage in "spiritual warfare" to fight gay marriage.

She gave this speech in mid-April at the Liberty Counsel's 'Awakening' conference.

Says Bachmann in the clip:

You see if we retreat from our values and fail to make the case on issues like marriage – because it is one man, one woman – because God said it is. Not because it’s poll tested – because God said it is. And life – not because it’s poll tested, because God stands for life. He made us in his image and likeness. And if we tread too softly on issues, like taking on Islamic jihad, and if we fight too timidly, and if we strive too meekly, then I think we all understand we very easily could come face to face with defeat, and then our nation would in fact pay a great and a lasting price, one that none of us wants to face.


Because we need to recognize the desperate situation of our condition, not only in the natural but also in the supernatural. Because as the scripture was read from the pulpit at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, we fight not against this world, we fight against the powers and principalities and 'Prince of the Air,' that’s where we need to focus as well, is on spiritual warfare…


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