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Jay Leno Joins Protest Outside Beverly Hills Hotel Against Brunei's Anti-Gay 'Death by Stoning' Law: VIDEO

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A major protest was held on Monday outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in support of what's become a very large boycott against Dorchester Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over his implementation of an anti-gay law which punishes homosexual acts with death by stoning.

Jay Leno was among the celebrities attending the demonstration, Variety reports:

“What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014,” said Jay Leno, before some four dozen protesters with banners directed at the Sultan, including one that read, “Seriously, dude?”

“Evil flourishes when good people do nothing, and that is pretty much what this is,” Leno said at the rally, adding that the issue should hardly be divisive but was a matter of “common sense.”

The paper adds:

At the rally speakers that condemned the Sultan included Leno, wife Mavis, the Feminist Majority’s Kathy Spiller and Eleanor Smeal, labor activist Dolores Huerta and Lorri Jean of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. The event was held at Will Rogers Park, just across the street from the hotel, with speakers set up before a bank of a dozen news cameras and with the hotel’s iconic logo as a backdrop.

Jean denounced religion as a justification for violence abroad and here in the U.S.

Watch her fiery speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Other high-profile figures and organizations boycotting the hotel chain are Sir Richard Branson, actor Stephen Fry, designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood , Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, director William Friedkin, and the Outgiving conference.

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Senator Ted Cruz Talks Obamacare, Gay Marriage, and His Homophobic Dad with Jay Leno: VIDEO

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Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) paid a visit to Jay Leno last night and ripped the state of the "entrenched" federal government, blasted Obamacare as a "jobs killer", and clarified his "states rights" view of gay marriage.

Leno also asked him about his father, who has been in the news lately for his rabidly homophobic rants about gay people.

"My father's a pastor. He's a man of deep integrity. Some folks have decided to go after him because they want to take some shots at me."

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President Obama to Leno: 'I Have No Patience' for the Persecution of Gay People in Russia - VIDEO

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President Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and offered a broad interview on a number of current topics, one of which was the current situation with Russia. After a discussion of the Edward Snowden NSA case, Leno expressed his dismay at Russia's anti-gay laws, and wondered why it isn't a bigger story?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

My transcript below:

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"This seems like Germany - let's round up the Jews, let's round up the gays, let's round up the...it starts with that. You round up people you don't like. Why isn't more of the world outraged at this?"

Obama:

"I've been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people's basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that should transcend every country, and I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”

Obama then brought up the situations he encountered on his recent trip to Africa:

"What's happening in Russia is not unique. When I traveled to Africa there were some countries that are doing a lot of good things for their people, who we're working with and helping on development issues but in some cases have persecuted gays and lesbians and it makes for some uncomfortable press conferences sometimes but one of the things that I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that's what we stand for and I believe that's not a preset that's not just unique to America but should apply everywhere."

When Leno asked him if it would affect the Olympics, Obama replied:

“I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure that the Olympics work, and I think that they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They are athletes. They are there to compete. If Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Couple Snagged by Jay Leno's 'Pumpcast News' are a Viral Hit: VIDEO

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Will and Monifa Sims were surprised by Jay Leno's Jack Rafferty and since Friday night their instant karaoke performance has been viewed more than 4 million times.

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Cher's Mugshot from Age 13, Revealed: VIDEO

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Cher was arrested when she was 13 years old.

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Cyndi Lauper Talks 'Kinky Boots' with Jay Leno: VIDEO

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Last night Cyndi Lauper appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about her new musical Kinky Boots (read our theatre critic Naveen Kumar's review HERE if you missed it) as well as a new tour she's doing in which she'll sing the entire She's So Unusual album beginning to end to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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