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04/19/2007


Lawrence O'Donnell Talks to Eagle Scout Zach Wahls About the Boys Scouts Half-lift of Gay Ban: VIDEO

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On The Last Word, Lawrence O'Donnell spoke with Eagle Scout Zach Wahls of Scouts for Equality, and MSNBC commentator Jonathan Capehart last night after the BSA held a press conference announcing their decision.

Clips from the press conference, and discussion, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Jonathan Capehart Rants Against the McCains and 'DADT'

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"Senator McCain should be ashamed of himself," says Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, piling on against the anti-gay, anti-equality lawmaker.

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White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett Apologizes for Calling Homosexuality a 'Lifestyle Choice'

Yesterday's post about Jonathan Capehart's Washington Post interview with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, in which she referred to anti-gay bullying victim Justin Aaberg's sexuality as a "lifestyle choice", inspired a great deal of comments.

Jarrett Today, Capehart defended Jarrett, saying she's "no bigot", and published an apology from Jarrett for her use of the term.

Jarrett's statement:

"In a recent interview I was asked about the recent tragedies about gay youth who have committed suicide, and I misspoke when I referred to someone's sexual identity as a 'lifestyle choice.' I meant no disrespect to the LGBT community, and I apologize to any who have taken offense at my poor choice of words. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice, and anyone who knows me and my work over the years knows that I am a firm believer and supporter in the rights of LGBT Americans. Most of all, I hope this does not distract from the issue I was asked about -- the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives because they are being bullied or harassed because they are gay, or because others believe they are gay. We must instill in young people respect for one another, and we must set an example of mutual regard and civility to create an environment that is safe for every person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."


News: Texas, Lance Bass, New Brunswick, Scholastic, Curry

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GLAAD announces inaugural GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising. Top TV winner was Orbitz commercial featuring Human Rights Campaign logo.

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Lance Bass and his latest guy.

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Scholastic backtracks on gay-themed book Luv Ya Bunches, says it will carry the book in its book fairs.

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Two gay candidates vie for spot in Illinois General Assembly, and nobody's talking about their sexuality.

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Adam Lambert and Katy Perry go on a Michael Jackson date.

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Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis speaks out about Paul Haggis defection: "In his first extensive interview since the resignation, Davis says Haggis’ letter is based on a series of misunderstandings. The church’s San Diego branch was erroneously named as backing Prop 8, he says. And he argues that his comments on CNN about disconnection have been mischaracterized. He declines to say whether, in light of his explanations, he believes Haggis might become reconciled to the church."

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Morrissey returns to the stage.

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Crowd of more than 1,000 turns out in New Brunswick, New Jersey to counter-protest six members of the Westboro Baptist Church

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Jonathan Capehart: Harry Reid "crazy like a fox" with Hate Crimes bill.

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CHART: Does policy trail public opinion on gay rights?

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Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival winners announced: "The Man Who Loved Yngve," directed by Stian Kristiansen, wins Best Feature Film.

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Curry spice found to kill cancer cells.

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Someone poured scalding water into Channing Tatum's wetsuit on the set of his latest film, but he's ok.

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Fort Worth police appoint LGBT liaison: "[Sarah] Straten, who serves as the liaison in addition to her full-time job as a neighborhood police officer in the far north part of town, hopes the position will become an official, full-time one. She’s made it clear that she wants the job."

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Alan Ball offers some spoilers for the upcoming season of True Blood.

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Judge Tena Callahan talks about the courage she needed to summon in order to declare Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and proceed with a gay divorce case: “I was sitting at my dining room table and I was thinking, I’ve got to make this decision, I’ve got to rip this Band-Aid off and I’ve got to make this decision. My dad always used to tell me that a billion people can believe in a bad idea, and it’s still a bad idea. And that man taught me to have the courage of my convictions and to do what’s right — it’s always the right time to do the right thing. And as I’m sitting there and all this is going through my head, I’m looking at the back of this bag, and I went, ‘Oh my God, I just got my answer.’"


MSNBC: 'Gays Angry at Obama'

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Michelangelo Signorile, Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, and The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel discuss Obama, LGBT rights, and the DOMA flap.

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NAACP Supports Challenge to Prop 8, Calls for Court to Overturn It

The NAACP yesterday sent out a press statement expressing its opposition to Proposition 8 and voicing its support of the California legislature's challenge:

Jealous "In a letter to legislative leaders, NAACP national board chair Julian Bond and President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous urged passage of House Resolution 5 and Senate Resolution 7 to put the legislature on record calling for invalidation of Prop. 8 as an improper and dangerous alteration of the California Constitution. SR 7, sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 24th and will proceed to the full Senate for a vote shortly thereafter. Its companion bill, HR 5, also sponsored by EQCA, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Feb. 17th and is eligible for a vote before the full Assembly as early as today."

Said Jealous: "The NAACP's mission is to help create a society where all Americans have equal protection and opportunity under the law. Our Mission Statement calls for the 'equality of rights of all persons.' Prop. 8 strips same-sex couples of a fundamental freedom, as defined by the California State Supreme Court. In so doing, it poses a serious threat to all Americans. Prop. 8 is a discriminatory, unprecedented change to the California Constitution that, if allowed to stand, would undermine the very purpose of a constitution and courts - assuring equal protection and opportunity for all and safeguarding minorities from the tyranny of the majority."

The California State Conference of the NAACP filed briefs with the California Supreme Court, "arguing that the measure drastically alters the equal protection guarantee in California's Constitution and that the rights of a minority cannot be eliminated by a simple majority vote."

The Court will hear arguments on March 5 and has six months to rule on the matter.

Watch a pre-election interview of NAACP national board chair Julian Bond by Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart, AFTER THE JUMP...

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