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MattBomerDad 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anti-gay crusader Bryan Fischer is angry with the New Yorker and journalist Jane Mayer for their pay-walled profile on him. Philistine.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Department of Defense finally has some gay pride. "Now that we've repealed 'don't ask, don't tell,' [Defense Secretary Leon Panetta] feels it's important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops," said a spokesman.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Matt Bomer held his own at NYC’s Most Stylish Dads Dinner last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Meanwhile, Bomer had this to say about manscaping down under for male stripper flick Magic Mike: "I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again, but for that project it was necessary. We were all in the boat together."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The National Organization for Marriage is really grasping at straws by supporting a flawed study on gay parenting.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Some are wondering if President Obama will legalize marijuana to woo young voters. "Past attempts to bong the vote have been disappointing, in part because stoners aren't the group anyone would most count on to bother filling out a ballot... [But] several have argued that this could be the year for pro-marijuana turnout."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A Tennessee pastor claims that gay marriage-supporting singer Carrie Underwood does not understand the Bible. "What she said...has increasingly become a pretty broken understanding of what the Bible is saying. You want to listen to the Scripture in terms of what it says about everything, including marriage, including sexuality," claimed Scotty Smith, who says he has worked with the writer of Underwood's track "Jesus Take The Wheel."

ObamaWeedLegalization6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi HBO has apologized after it was revealed that Games of Thrones included a scene featuring George W. Bush's head on a spike.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Georgian government has made efforts to align with international allies' pro-equality politics, but that may just further incense far-right activists in the former Soviet state. From the NY Times: "The LGBT community has found itself the subject of heated political attacks, and subsequent social reactions... New homophobic and anti-gay Georgian-language Facebook groups have also emerged, including one in which its members debate the best way to kill gay people."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi AP: "5 Reasons Gay Marriage Losing Streak May Be Over"

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong is again being accused of using performance enhancing drugs and says he is "considering all options" to combat the latest charges.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chris Brown and Drake got into a bar fight over who loves Rihanna most...

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi President Obama speaking in Ohio today: "What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. And this election is your chance to break that stalemate. At stake is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mitt Romney was also in Ohio today, and claimed the commander-in-chief's policies are driving the nation "forward over a cliff."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is this what Lindsay Lohan will look like in 50 years?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Did Melissa Etheridge play Pittsburgh Pride simply for the pink dollar?

NASAImage6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is Minka Kelly hiding her face after hooking up with Jake Gyllenhaal? Most of us would be telling the world.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is willing to give almost any amount of money to make sure Mitt Romney wins the White House.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi NASA's image of the day looks like two galaxies colliding. Don't worry about potential inhabitants, though: the star systems are in fact tens of millions light years away from one another. Phew!

Desperate Anti-Gay Congressmen Ask Defense Secretary to Delay Next Week's Final Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

FOX News reports that House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (pictured), R-Calif., and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. have asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to delay next week's final repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Mckeon Mr. Secretary, we trust that you will see the risk of moving forward with repeal without giving service members and their leaders adequate time to study, understand and prepare themselves to implement the revised policies and regulations they will need to be successful," the letter reads.

The pair also requests that the Defense Department share with the committee the service chiefs and the views of senior military leaders in memoranda form, a request that has been denied by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the past.

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

Panetta says no:

"The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on September 20," a Pentagon spokesman said. "Senior Department of Defense officials have advised Congress of changes to regulations and policies associated with repeal. We take that obligation seriously."

Ham This week, General Carter Ham, who co-directed a Pentagon study on ending the ban, told the AP that lifting it would make little noise:

“My hope, my expectation, my belief is that it will be pretty inconsequential,” he told The Associated Press in a brief interview. His comments echoed the prevailing view among senior U.S. military and civilian officials at the Pentagon, who think repeal will largely be taken in stride.


The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, said last week that he does not expect to make any public pronouncement when repeal takes effect next week. “We’re beyond that now,” Odierno said. “I’m not concerned it. I think we’ll be okay.”

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Survival, Mike Huckabee, Westboro, Gay Television

RussellDavies  road Rudolf Brazda, possibly the last gay Holocaust survivor, just published a new book outlining his ordeal. "People need to know that we homosexuals were persecuted by people who themselves were also gay," said the 98-year old.

 road Homophobic conservative Mike Huckabee isn't running for president, but he still plays a formidable role.

 road Russell T. Davies, creator of Queer as Folk, Torchwood and the Doctor Who remake, is working on a new Showtime series about gay men. It is called Cucumber, which sounds promising.

 road Here's a reason to relocate to Cambridge, Massachusetts: the city council approved a stipend for married LGBT public workers who pay federal taxes that heterosexuals don't have to pay.

 road Glee actor Darren Criss jumps for joy. And why shouldn't he?

 road Eagle co-owner Robert Kelley reacts to the APD dismissal of six officers over the 2009 raid on his bar: “I feel like I've been punished for doing absolutely nothing wrong while these people are getting a little letter stuck in their file saying everything is OK."

 road Westboro Baptist Church continues protesting at soldiers' funerals.

 road A species of stick insect is facing extinction after 1.5 million years of asexuality. Coincidence?

WillKateHollywood  road About 1,618 couples have filed for civil unions since Illinois' new law went into effect last month.

 road The leftist International League of People's Struggle reiterated its support for LGBT rights. Homophobic Representative Steve King will love that.

 road Ordination of clergy in same-sex relationships officially begins for the Presbyterian Church here in the States. Remarked one pastor on the historic move, “The Presbyterian Church is best when we live in unity amongst diversity... This will truly give the church equally to all ordain people.”

 road Will and Kate look right at home on Hollywood's red carpet.

 road So does Jason Bateman.

 road Another strong earthquake struck Japan today. No injuries have been reported, thankfully.

 road New Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says defeat of al-Qeada is "within reach." Wonderful, but that won't end terrorism.

 road Former football player Akil Patterson knows the relief of coming out.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #410

BARACK OBAMA: Responding to Paul Krugman's column criticizing him for an economic stimulus package that falls short of what's necessary: "If Paul Krugman has a good idea in terms of how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy, then we're gonna do it."

LEON PANETTA: Obama's nominee for CIA director gives his speech, continues 'war on terror' terminology.

SHEILA DIXON: Baltimore mayor indicted on 12 counts of corruption.

HOWARD DEAN: Chris Matthews gives Howard Dean his due.


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