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04/19/2007


Watch: Biden Swears in Gay NZ - Samoa Ambassador David Huebner

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Vice President Joe Biden swore in openly gay ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner on Friday. Huebner is the third openly gay man to hold an ambassador post. James Hormel was the first, to Luxembourg during the Clinton administration, and Michael Guest was the second, to Romania under George W. Bush.

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Prop 8 proponents to get to keep internal campaign documents private?

Brangelina

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Nude Brangelina immortalized.


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Witness immunity sought for gay service members at "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" hearings. Alcee Hastings: "How can there be anything more important than a gay member of the service having the right to testify before the Armed Services Committee of the Congress that he is under the aegis of. But if they come and testify, that testimony could be used against them under 'don't ask, don't tell.' In my judgment, it's just a question of fairness."

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On the New Jersey marriage vote: the letter.

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David Huebner, the openly gay ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, is being sworn in this afternoon.

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Mugshot: James Franco busted.

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Franco pens WSJ op-ed about General Hospital "performance art."

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Black gay New Yorkers take out full page ad against Reverend Donnie McClurkin.

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Irish lawmakers open debate on gay rights bill: "Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said the bill would give gay couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples on questions of property ownership, inheritance, medical care and access to state benefits — and also the same right to go to court seeking financial support from higher-earning partners when relationships fail."

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Rick Warren tweets he's prohibited from hurting anyone or hurting back.

Herron

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Is the NRCC using anti-gay innuendo against Tennessee state senate candidate Roy Herron?

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SMU rejects adding sexual orientation and gender identity seat to the student government body.

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Elf with dynamite threat terrorizes mall in Atlanta: "When Caldwell, who was wearing an elf suit, reached the front of the line, 'he told Santa Claus that he had dynamite in his bag,' Morrow police Capt. James Callaway said. 'He said that two times to Santa Claus.' Santa notified mall security and Morrow police quickly arrested the 5 feet tall, 108 pound Caldwell. The mall was evacuated and the bomb squad was called in to examine the packages."

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Daily Beast: What's hot at Art Basel Miami.

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Two openly gay candidates in pool for assistant bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

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Guidos

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Rich at FourFour takes a look at the Guidos of the new MTV show Jersey Shore.

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The Southern Voice is now the Georgia Voice.

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Pittsburgh gay bar Pegasus to shut down.

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She's starting to remind me of Carol Channing.

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Bus driver who refused to respond to requests for help from  gay beating victim Jayron Martin has been fired: "Langham Creek High School officials acknowledged that the day of the beating, Martin asked school leaders and his bus driver for help and protection. A Cy Fair ISD spokeswoman said an assistant principal at Langham Creek is still under review. At question -- did the assistant principal respond appropriately when an openly gay student asked for help before he was beaten by another student. The district said the school bus driver has been fired. As for the assistant principal, a district spokeswoman said more details have come to light on how he responded, but those details are not being released now."


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ABC cancels Adam Lambert Good Morning America concert following complaints.

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Snapped up by CBS Early Show...

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Taylor Lautner wets T-shirt for Rolling Stone.

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David Huebner confirmed as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

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Signorile: Max Blumenthal on Palin's ties to homophobes and white supremacists.

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Ugandan president: European gays are "recruiting" in Africa. “We used to have very few homosexuals traditionally. They were not persecuted but were not encouraged either because it was clear that is not how God arranged things to be.”

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David Geffen to attend Obama state dinner?

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Ryan Phillippe takes a shirtless hike in L.A.'s Runyon Canyon.

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Straight couple's UK civil partnership bid rejected.

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Lesbian U.S. war resister seeking asylum in Canada speaks: "My mom misses me and she wants me to come back home. Sometimes she cries when I talk with her, wishing she could see me. It's hard. (My family) is hoping the best for me."

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Do we now know what happened to Demi Moore's hip?

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University of North Texas students vote down the right of same-sex couples' eligibility for homecoming king and queen titles: "A total of 4,895 students voted, or 13.5 percent of the student body. "No" votes were 2,836, or 58 percent of the ballots, while 2,059 students, or 42 percent, voted yes. Student leaders say turnout was high."

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders may testify in Prop 8 case.

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VIDEO: Paula Deen hit by a ham.

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Bang: Hadron Collider produces first collisions.

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Vermont judge awards full custody of 7-year-old girl to non-biological lesbian parent: "Jenkins' ex-partner - Lisa Miller - denied visitation rights, and the judge in the case got angry. Miller refused to let Jenkins even visit Isabella — who was conceived while the pair were together — while the custody proceedings continued for months. And that was enough for Judge William Cohen, who called the battle 'a first-of-its kind parent custody change,' to eliminate any chance of Miller to have custody of her biological daughter."

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P. Diddy to sell his scent on HSN?

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Westboro Baptist Church targets pop-punk band All Time Low: "How do you know how far gone a society is? You look at their social icons. When you look at these gender-confused, haphazard freakazoids then you can plainly see that america is DOOMED, for real! This is the final generation, and a little concussion is the least of their worries."

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Obama to Name Gay Man Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

HuebnerPresident Obama will name David Huebner, currently serving as general counsel for GLAAD, as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, the Washington Blade reports:

"A formal announcement was expected Wednesday evening.Huebner, who currently works at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, specializes in handling international arbitration and mediation cases. Formerly a resident of California, Huebner is now based in Shanghai. Long active in non-profit and community organizations, Huebner has chaired the California Law Revision Commission and served as president of the Los Angeles Quality & Productivity Commission. He's also guest lectured on international topics at several schools domestically and abroad."


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