News: Jim Dabakis, Anthony Kennedy, Paula Deen, Mouse Blood

RoadWhite House marks National HIV Testing Day by urging all Americans to get tested.

KennedyRoadAnthony Kennedy: 'The first gay justice?'

RoadCameron Diaz to play Miss Hannigan in Annie?

RoadTexas Governor Rick Perry plans to call special session of legislature because his anti-abortion bill didn't get passed.

RoadMouse cloned from drop of blood: "Circulating blood cells collected from the tail of a donor mouse were used to produce the clone, a team at the Riken BioResource Center reports in the journal Biology of Reproduction. The female mouse lived a normal lifespan and could give birth to young, say the researchers. Scientists at a linked institute recently created nearly 600 exact genetic copies of one mouse."

RoadTarget drops Paula Deen. "We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory." And Walmart, too.

RoadYesterday's Supreme Court decision inspired Anna Wintour to tweet.

RoadTyson Beckford takes a call, looks sexy while doing so.

PflagRoadNYC gay landmarks lost and found.

RoadFrench gay couple sue mayor over wedding refusal: "Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of Arcangues, stirred up controversy by becoming the first French official to formally refuse to officiate at the wedding of gay partners, Jean-Michel Martin and Guy Martineau-Espel, and has made several combative statements."

RoadHenry Cavill brings his good looks to LAX.

RoadThe tempered joy of being gay and black in a SCOTUS week like this one.

RoadTimothy Greenfield-Sanders expounds on The Out List, airing tonight on HBO: "It started as a way to take my signature portrait style, where you focus on one person with a single light and a plain background. I thought, 'If you could look at my portrait for a few minutes and enjoy it, you could certainly watch somebody talking directly to you.'"

RoadListen: Beyonce's "Standing on the Sun".

RoadJulianne Moore is about to join The Hunger Games trilogy.

DabakisRoadGay Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis proposes to his partner: "Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis was giving remarks Wednesday during a party at Salt Lake City’s rainbow flag-draped Club Sound when he asked Stephen Justesen to join him onstage. Dabakis says he met Justesen 26 years ago. Dabakis got on one knee and gave Justesen a ring while the crowd whooped."

RoadGay couples now eligible for Social Security benefits: "Many gay couples may not know this, but married folk get treated better – a whole lot better — than single folk by Social Security.   Specifically, Social Security provides spousal and survivor benefits to one’s spouse.   And you only have to be married one year to get spousal benefits and nine months to get survivor benefits.  Moreover, if your partner has a child below age 16, you can collect spousal benefits regardless of your age."

RoadLithuania bans LGBT Pride: "Previously, Vilnius authorities had allowed the event, but only on Upės Street, further away from the city centre. However, the organizers sued the decision and the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania ruled that the authorities had no right to unilaterally assign a venue for the event. According to the court, the city council could either grant a permission to hold the LGBT march on the location chosen by the organizers or refuse the permit altogether, provided there is legitimate ground to do so."

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  1. That 58-page guide to P-town is the funniest thing I've seen this week. Every group of friends has a detail-oriented party planner, but that is extreme.

    Posted by: ripper | Jun 27, 2013 4:49:54 PM

  2. That's weird, my anal plans are different when I head to the Cape. Also, I was unaware that the Sagimore bridge spanned the Atlantic.

    Posted by: me | Jun 27, 2013 5:15:30 PM

  3. No "tempered joy" over the Social Security benefits for gay couples. That was always part of the plan. It's staying together for a year that will be the only hard part. And it's Sagamore Bridge. I liked P-town when it was more like a cheap novel. Illicit and interesting - not a playground for gay snobs.

    Posted by: Happy | Jun 27, 2013 5:42:57 PM

  4. What if a gay couple travels to a marriage equality state to be wed and then moves to a non-marriage equality state to live? Would they still be eligible for Social Security and other federal benefits even if their state of domicile doesn't recognize or even outlaws their marriage? How exactly will all this work for Social Security and veterans benefits?

    Posted by: Bob R | Jun 27, 2013 5:52:45 PM

  5. For the story about the French mayor refusing to officiate at the gay wedding, he's finally backed down. One of his adjuncts will be presiding.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 27, 2013 5:54:39 PM

  6. It should be noted that Perry is actually calling a SECOND special session. The session that ended this week was a special session unto itself that had been called for a different reason, and the abortion legislation was new to that process.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 27, 2013 6:24:02 PM

  7. I don't like this idiotic faux po-mo "if you approve of X, you are X" trope. It really diminishes the humanity of people who have shown a true concern for universal human rights.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 27, 2013 6:42:22 PM

  8. The ptown link is gone?

    Posted by: mvecera | Jun 27, 2013 7:23:56 PM

  9. per the cloning

    "...The female mouse lived a normal lifespan..."

    ??? in the past all clones of sheep whatever tended to have the lifespan of what years remained in a normal lifespan of the in a sheep with a lifespan of 10-12 years having a clone made of cells removed from a 5 year old sheep would result in a cloned sheep that could/ would only live 5-7 years

    more info on "lived a normal lifespan" + knowing at what age they removed the cells etc would be nice

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 27, 2013 7:27:20 PM

  10. That Ptown guide is indicative of everything that sucks about July 4th week. The NYC and DC boys ruin it. They're all so douchey, it turns a fun place into an anorexic judgmentfest. Go back to Fire Island and Rehoboth and let the laidback, friendly people have fun.

    PS - your super skimpy bathing suits are NOT attractive at all. You're all essentially women.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 27, 2013 7:44:18 PM

  11. "Mike" - whoever you are - right on!

    Posted by: spatial79 | Jun 27, 2013 7:46:12 PM

  12. Spoken like a real New Englander. Go Mike! We LA boys play it the best.

    Posted by: Smile | Jun 27, 2013 9:15:56 PM

  13. I just saw the Out List at the Frameline Film Fest in San Francisco...REALLY AMAZING.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 28, 2013 11:04:48 AM

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