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News: Iran, Lone Gunman, Rhode Island, 'The Gay All Black'

1NewsIcon From The Guardian, a first-hand account of growing up gay in Iran: "I struggled. I was sure that I was sick. I thought all these desires were unholy and sinful. I sought a thousand different ways to rid myself of these thoughts, but alas it was not possible. They were the inescapable desires of the body and the soul."

Nomfrance1NewsIcon Colton Brugger, the anti-gay activist who does the National Organization for Marriage's web work, designed the new webpage for opponents of equality in France. One can only assume that NOM, well aware they're facing a losing battle here, thinks their hateful ways will play better overseas.

1NewsIcon Justin Theroux looks dashing at the Calvin Klein Collection show in Italy.

1NewsIcon And here's Glee star Chris Colfer strolling around New York City.

1NewsIcon Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly spent $200,000 on their daughter's 1st birthday party, setting a very troubling precedent for their accountant.

1NewsIcon Destiny's Child will indeed perform during the Super Bowl half-time show.

1NewsIcon Sex and the City, drag edition.

Andrewrannells1NewsIcon An interview with gay actor Andrew Rannells about his roles on HBO's Girls.

1NewsIcon The United States is giving France tactical support in the country's battle against militants in Mali, a former French colony.

1NewsIcon Robert F. Kennedy Jr is convinced that his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated by more than one person: "The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman."

1NewsIcon Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland Business School professor Dr. Mike Lee opposes the campaign asking a closeted member of the All Blacks rugby team to come out: "If any All Black was to come out as a homosexual, he would probably be known as 'the gay All Black', rather than an exceptional rugby player and individual. And that could create exactly what human rights groups in New Zealand surely don't want - a step backwards to a time when sexual preference was more of a big deal."

1NewsIcon From Israel: "An Israeli gay couple married 10 months ago in New York has asked an Israeli family court to validate a spousal support agreement. Elad Aflalo Farber and Roni Farber Aflalo on Sunday asked the Ramat Gan Family Court to recognize their agreement -- the first time a legally married gay couple has done so, according to Haaretz. Previous recognitions of same-sex spousal support agreements involved common-law spouses."

1NewsIcon A great read: "The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings"

Rhodeisland1NewsIcon The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition will hit the ground running on Monday as they lobby lawmakers and voters to get behind marriage equality in The Ocean State.

1NewsIcon Changing attitudes toward gay people in Singapore: "A nationally representative survey in the Southeast Asian city-state found that in 2005, 68.6 percent of adults had negative attitudes toward gay people, while 22.9 percent had positive views and 8.5 percent were neutral. By 2010, fewer adults in Singapore had negative attitudes toward homosexuals (64.5 percent), while more expressed positive attitudes (25.3 percent) or were neutral (10.2 percent), the survey found."

1NewsIcon Conservative Christians in Hong Kong protested new laws that would outlaw anti-gay discrimination there. Like their counterparts here in the States, they claim such legislation would impede their free speech rights.


Senators Not Keen On Hagel For Defense Secretary: VIDEO

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Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel cleaned up one political headache, kind of, by apologizing for comments he made in 1998 about Ambassador James Hormel being "aggressively gay."

Hormel has accepted the apology, though does point out it most likely came to clear a path for President Obama to nominate Hagel to be the next Defense Secretary. "While the timing appears self-serving, the words themselves are unequivocal--they are a clear apology," Hormel wrote. 

But there's still the pesky problem of Republicans who oppose Hagel for opposing the surge in Iraq, his votes and comments about Israel and his resistance to sanctions on Iran. If Sen. Lindsey Graham's remarks this morning are any indication, that GOP problem isn't going away anytime soon.

"The Republicans are going to ask him hard questions, and I don’t think he’s going to get many Republican votes," Graham said on Meet the Press. "His positions -- I didn’t really, quite frankly, know all of them -- are really out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president. I think it would be a challenging nomination." Asked if he would support Hagel, Graham said he's going to wait until the nomination hearings. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer was also asked, but said he's standing by until an actual nomination has been put forth.

Meanwhile, independent Sen. Joe Lieberman used similar language on CNN's State of the Union, telling host Candy Crowley, "...If I were in the Senate on the Armed Services Committee and he was nominated, I would have some really serious questions to ask him, not just about Israel, but to me, the most significant foreign policy challenge for President Obama and our country and the world in the next year or two is Iran and it's nuclear weapons program. Chuck Hagel has had some very outlying votes on that."

Watch Graham, Schumer and Lieberman discuss Hagel's odds AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Iran, Ohio, Big Tex, Chris Kluwe

1NewsIcon Former Jersey Shore star Angelina Pivarnick now says that same-sex couples should be able to get married, even though she said precisely the opposite just last week.

RomneyOhio1NewsIcon A new Obama campaign ad running in the crucial swing state of Ohio hits Mitt Romney on his infamous "let Detroit go bankrupt" op-ed, while another commercial from the president's reelection effort criticized the Republican rival's education policy. Meanwhile, Romney's campaign claims that a second Obama term would bring more debt, more taxes and general malaise.

1NewsIcon Justin Timberlake's got a ring on it.

1NewsIcon Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, an advocate of curbing illegal immigration with moats and alligators,said that marriage equality is a "socioeconomic issue". "Walsh argues that 'male-female, two-parent households' produce children who do better in school, stay away from drugs and are less likely to be in poverty," reports the Chicago Tribune.

1NewsIcon Check out the Michael Jackson BAD 25 trailer.

Bigtex1NewsIcon RIP Big Tex.

1NewsIcon Just two days before Mitt Romney and President Obama's debate on foreign policy, officials say that Iran has agreed to nuclear talks. From the Times: "The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran."

1NewsIcon A profile on Elizabeth Emken, the GOP Senate candidate from California: "Prior to her friendship with Diaz, Emken had a similarly intense friendship with Tim Radi, a fellow member of the group, not realizing that he too would later come out as gay. 'It was the same pattern as with me,' Diaz states. 'She had intense feelings for him, but he didn’t want to date her. It was as if history were repeating itself.'"

1NewsIcon In addition to allegations that she fixed the school's state-based ratings, a Queens principal named Nancy Casella is accused of making racist, homophobic and other offensive comments.

Kluwe1NewsIcon Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe made good and debated marriage equality with empty chairs representing various anti-gay foes, including Michele Bachmann. To Bachmann's lie that same-sex marriage will lead "all schools teaching homosexuality," whatever that even means, Kluwe responded, "I would say that that is a flat out falsehood. What we'll be teaching our children is tolerance. We'll be teaching our children that it is okay to be who you are." And to the argument that marriage equality is "redefining marriage," Kluwe says, "We're not redefining marriage to take away someone's rights. We're redefining marriage to give someone rights. It's about freedom." Video here. I'll try to find an embeddable version.

1NewsIcon Former NFL player Kris Jenkins thinks it's time for a player to come out.

1NewsIcon Flava Flav was arrested.


Iran's Ahmadinejad Says 'Homosexuality Ceases Procreation': VIDEO

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In the United States for the UN General Assembly, crazed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat down with CNN's Piers Morgan. Morgan, perhaps forgetting that Ahmadinejad is a vitriolic, tenacious and willfully unreasonable homophobe, asked the Iranian president whether a man such as himself has a responsibility to extend rights to gay people.

Ahmadinejad, who looks like he's been visiting Vladimir Putin's plastic surgeon, says no, only he says it with right-wing platitudes: "Do you believe anyone has given birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or you believe in doing something ugly and others do not accept  your behavior, they're denying your freedom. Who says that?" He then equates same-sex love with thieving.

Morgan also asks Ahmadinejad what he would do if one of his children came out. Ahmadinejad avoids answering the direct question, choosing instead to claim that homosexuality can be eradicated through education reform. "The proper education must be given; the education system must be revamped; the political system must be revamped," he said. "But if you, if a group recognizes an ugly behavior or ugly deed as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition."

Watch Morgan and Ahmadinejad's exchange AFTER THE JUMP.

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Filmmaker Hopes to Bring Attention to Plight of Gays in Iran: VIDEO

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Filmmaker Wajahat Ali Abbasi is hoping to spread awareness about the plight of gays in Iran with a film inspired by the 2005 hanging of two gay youths there.

Watch the Kickstarter trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's the film's page.

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Romney Shrugs off Newsweek 'Wimp' Label, Talks Iran and Israel: VIDEO

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During his trip to Jerusalem, Mitt Romney sat down with Face the Nation to discuss his position on Israel and Iran:

Wimp_romney"I respect the right of Israel to defend itself. We stand with Israel. We're two nations that come together in peace and we want to see Iran dissuaded from its nuclear folly."

Romney refused to speak about differences between his and Obama's policy while "on foreign soil".

"I don't want to create new foreign policy for my country or in anyway distance myself...Are there differences between [Obama and me]? Of course. But being on foreign soil, particularly being here in Israel, this isn't the right time for me to draft those out....[W]e should use every diplomatic and political vehicle that's available to us to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear capability state. Those actions should be executed with the greatest speed that we can muster. If all those options fail... then we do have other options and we don't take those other options off the table. But that's as far as I'm willing to go in terms of discussing this matter while on foreign soil."

Romney also commented on his "wimp" Newsweek magazine cover:

"If I worried about what the media said I wouldn't get much sleep."

Watch the Face the Nation interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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