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Former McCain Aide Steve Schmidt Tells Bill Maher GOP Can't Attract Cutting Edge Workers Because They're Anti-Gay: VIDEO

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Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt told a apanel on Bill Maher which included California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom that the GOP lags in its tech and internet capability because it can't attract young, cutting edge workers. Why? They don't want to work for a bigoted party.

Said Schmidt.

"If you look at your first guest on talking about brilliant young people in computers who understand all this stuff [and] be at the cutting edge, it's difficult to make the case to work for a political party that wants to discriminate against their friend who happens to be gay. So we have an enormous problem because of some of our issues in the Republican party that are so out of step whether its with regard to women, gays, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, and it makes it difficult to attract the best and the brightest in this space."

The panel then moved on to CPAC and its rejection of Chris Christie, and Schmidt got thanks from Newsom for signing on to the GOP SCOTUS amicus brief.

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Gavin Newsom Talks to Jimmy Kimmel About Obama's Prop 8 SCOTUS Brief: VIDEO

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California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the man who defied his state's same-sex marriage ban and began marrying gay couples in 2004, joined Jimmy Kimmel last night and as it usually does when Newsom is around, the topic of marriage equality came up.

Newsom applauded Obama for opposing Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court and for his evolution on the issue.

"The idea that within this period of ten years a President would actually use the words marriage equality and support same-sex marriage is an extraordinary thing. I couldn't be more proud of him and the progress this country has made on the issue."

Kimmel and Newsom also discussed the Republican amicus brief that was filed, and Newsome noted that "it tends to be mostly ex-politicians" who signed it but praised the two current congresspeople who signed it for their leadership."

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Sen. Boxer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Support Ryan Andresen, Scout Denied Eagle Status For Being Gay

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Ryan Andresen has some new heavy weights behind his campaign to win the Eagle Scout status that is rightfully his. Andresen has been in the Boy Scouts for twelve years and should be an Eagle Scout, but the tenaciously discriminatory Scouts denied him the award because 17-year old Andresen is openly gay.

Since the story broke, bold-faced names like Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper have come out for him. And now so have Sen. Barbara Boxer, San Francisco Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 33 California state lawmakers, including State Senator Leland Yee.

For her part, Senator Boxer wrote a letter to Ryan sharing her support. "Your perseverance to raise awareness against bullying is commendable. I admire your courage to stand up for who you are, as well as the bravery you have demonstrated in the face of intolerance," she wrote.

Newsom took a more direct approach, writing to the Boy Scouts of America, "In defending this hurtful and discriminatory policy barring gay youth and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America are simply standing on the wrong side of history. And in doing so, the Boy Scouts are hurting the very people that you aim to serve: the young men who participate in your programs."

He went on, "Scout leaders who are speaking out against this hurtful policy inspire me. I urge the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council to follow the brave precedent established by other local councils by ending anti-discriminatory practices and approve the Eagle Scout award Ryan so justly deserves."

State Sen. Yee and his colleagues, meanwhile, had this to say to the BSA: "We ask that Ryan Andresen receive the honor that he has rightfully earned. To deny him the title of Eagle Scout denigrates his efforts, and cheapens the title for his fellow Eagles."

"To hold him to a different standard, to say he is unworthy of this honor because of his sexual orientation is as offensive and un-American as it would be to do so because of the color of his skin."


Socarides, Mixner and Newsom All Celebrate Obama's Gay Marriage Support

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It is pretty safe to say that almost all Americans have by now heard about -- and discussed -- President Obama's support for gay marriage. And you can be sure that longtime allies have something to say about the news.

Richard Socarides, a former aid to President Clinton and currently one of the most outspoken proponents of equality, took to the New Yorker to offer his thoughts, writing that Obama has adjusted himself to a new American reality.

While [Obama's decision] was a useful electoral strategy, changes in public opinion and in the culture have created a new reality. Obama’s political advisers badly underestimated the extent to which the marriage issue would remain at the forefront of the national discussion—and the determination of those of us who work to keep it there.

So while this is an important moment in civil-rights history, it is also an important moment in political history—in which the lesson, for the gay community and, perhaps, for anyone advocating for change, is that words are important, but we have to insist on action from our friends.

Meanwhile, legendary activist David Mixner told BuzzFeed that Mr. Obama's support will have "enormous impact" on state-based marriage decisions. "His words and his actions will have enormous impact across the nation in many states," he said. "It could influence referendums in Washington, Maryland, and Maine."

Mixner also said he's surprised by Obama's decision to announce before the election, but that timing is not the most important element here. "The whole purpose of working all these years to reach this moment for me is to change minds, not to punish people on their timing, but to celebrate when you reach a mutual point of enlightenment."

Gavin Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor who is now California's Lieutenant Governor and also a long-time equality advocate, said that Obama's announcement proves the president's salt.

"He’s become, once again, the president we elected," Newsom said on Current's The Young Turks. Do you agree?


Gavin Newsom Suggests President Obama 'Do the Right Thing' on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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If you missed our legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman's excellent analysis of yesterday's Prop 8 ruling, you can read it HERE.

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom appeared on Jennifer Granholm's Current show last night to talk about the Prop 8 ruling and the chances the Supreme Court might hear the case.

While he acknowledged that "no president in history has done more to advance the rights of the gay and lesbian bisexual and trangender community than President Obama," Newsom said the President should "do the right thing" on marriage equality: "It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

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News: Caribbean Airlines, American Socialism, Gavin Newsom, Gay Christians

CaribbeanAirlines  road Barack Obama's reelection campaign is currently running a Facebook ad touting his support for the Respect for Marriage Act.

 road Caribbean Airlines jet from New York crashes during landing in Guyana; luckily there were no fatalities.

 road Beyond the Rainbow helps LGBT immigrants find friendly spaces in Canada.

 road The rich and well-heeled gathered to celebrate royal granddaughter Zara Phillips' wedding.

 road Comedian Bill Maher to closeted socialists: "It gets better:" "Yes, there are millions of people in the world just like you in nice places lie Switzerland and Sweden. They enjoy high standards of living and freedom and they’re socialists. Studies show they’re happier than we are and that’s not surprising because the only difference between American socialism and European socialism is European socialism works.”

BillMaher road Gay Christian musicians strike balance between love and faith. "It became clear to the record label that my theology was a potential liability ... not because I was unique as a same-gender-loving person singing gospel music, but because I was clear about my sexuality and clear about my theological position regarding human sexuality," said gospel singer Yvette Flunder.

 road Chicago CBS affiliate edits tape to make it appear that a little boy living in a crime-riddled neighborhood says he will own a gun when he gets older. They failed to include the bit where the tot explains he hopes to be a cop.

 road New York Post tells employees to preserve any documents pertaining to parent company News Corp's ongoing phone hacking scandal. From the company memo: "We are sending this notice not because any recipient has done anything improper or unlawful. However, given what has taken place in London, we believe that taking this step will help to underscore how seriously we are taking this matter."

 road Minnesota gay marriage supporters hold equality rally in Waite Park.

 road Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has been kicked out of that city's Democratic Party after moving to Marin, California.

 road Conservative radio host says gays are bullies, and should be stopped.

NPH_Smurfs  road Slain student Lawrence King's mother was banned from the court room after calling her late son's gay-supportive teacher an expletive during alleged murderer Brandon McInerney's trial.

 road Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays discuss their Smurfs movie.

 road Rick Perry hasn't yet announced his presidential campaign, but he already has a powerful conservative supporter in Iowa: State Sen. David Johnson.

 road One-in-four gay and lesbian teens in Massachusetts are homeless.


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