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Rhode Island activists and lawmakers are "guardedly optimistic" they can pass marriage equality in the next legislative session there.
There are still no deals on the so-called fiscal cliff. Though the Republicans are reportedly willing to give up on tax breaks for the rich, they want to create regulations that will result in lower social security benefits for millions of Americans, a proposal Democratic insiders are calling a "major setback."
After President Obama took issue with GOP obstructionism, House Speaker John Boehner said the commander-in-chief should "lead, not cast blame. The president’s comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party."
Terrible: "Potential heir to $300 million Clark copper fortune found dead, homeless"
The cash-strapped USPS may start selling magazine subscriptions.
The Hobbit dominated the box office for the third weekend in a row, pushing Django Unchained to number two and Les Misérables to number three.
While 2012 showed that it's easier for gay actors to come out, some are still encouraged to hold out lest they jeopardize a big budget blockbuster. "With a studio and all the amassed forces behind an actor in a role, an actor is not always a man or a woman who has total command of his own world," The Advocate's Matthew Breen told Bruce LaMera.
Miley Cyrus said her gay fans are her favorite and she's particularly excited to perform in London because the city's positively overflowing with men who like men. "My favorite place to perform is London, because I have never seen more gay people in my whole life," said the singer.
YouTube stripped major record labels like Sony/BMG and Universal of billions of inflated video views.
Family lunch for Chris Hemsworth.
Channing Tatum is excited to be in St. Barts.
"Even though public opposition to same-sex marriage and gay rights is rapidly eroding, the locker rooms and clubhouses of the country's four major sports leagues remain among the last bastions of homophobia in the U.S."
Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mother stripped of her "Den Mother" Cub Scout title because she's a lesbian, is now blogging. From her first post, "Rebel Who Found Her Cause": "If you would’ve asked me at any point in my life if I thought I would be an anti-bullying/equality advocate, I would have laughed hysterically. In fact, a frequent victim of bullying as a child, I became full of rage and set on vengeance."
Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster who describes marriage equality proposals as an "Orwellian plot," is urging voters to write to their MPs and oppose same-sex nuptials. "I urge everyone who cares about upholding the meaning of marriage in civil law to make their views known to their Members of Parliament, clearly, calmly and forcefully. Please do so as soon as possible," he wrote.
Charlie Sheen claims a lisp that has gone unnoticed by anyone for the past three decades of his career caused his "maggots" to sound like "faggots" in the following sentence, "How we doing?...Lying bunch of maggot assholes, how we doing?" Watch the video, he definitely didn't say "maggot."
'SEXUAL ETHICS:' Archbishop of Westminister's aforementioned comments on marriage equality.
SHARK ATTACK: Why I don't visit aquariums or Chinese malls.
RAISE THE ROOF IN THE 513!: Incredible Cincinnati traffic reporter Bob Herzog gets down on Fridays.
'JOLENE:' Miley covers Dolly.
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A somewhat belated congratulations to California lawmaker Cathleen Galgiani! The Democratic state senator who came out of the closet to fight anti-gay bullying eked out a reelection victory last week.
As Mitt Romney settles into post-campaign life at his mansion in La Jolla, California, one has to wonder how he's coping with the town's growing stench. From the NYT: "...The smell, a pungent stench that emanates from the accumulation of bird feces on the rocks, has become a growing problem. And strict environmental regulations in the cove have stymied the city’s efforts to address the problem before it drives tourists and businesses away, effectively roping the rocks off with red tape."
There's definitely still plenty of red tape to be put up before Washington and Colorado residents can buy legal green: "Like Washington, Colorado still needs to set up a regulatory framework to handle what is expected to be a big expansion of its marijuana market, even though the state already has more medical marijuana dispensaries than it has Starbucks."
A cost of mobile accessibility in India: "Millions once bought sex in the narrow alleys of Kamathipura, a vast red-light district here. But prostitutes with inexpensive mobile phones are luring customers elsewhere, and that is endangering the astonishing progress India has made against AIDS."
Now you too can be an action figure.
The mystery of the black dahlia has been solved. The actual flower, not the legendary murder mystery.
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 topped the box office this weekend, as expected.
Derek Hough left his sleeves at home for Dancing with the Stars rehearsal.
PETA says happy birthday to Miley Cyrus by giving her a pig.
Feeling lucky enough to buy a ticket for the $425 million Powerball drawing?
And a very happy birthday to The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman.
A Catholic speaks out against Vatican-backed hate.
Faced with protests for his ouster, Egyptian President Morsi now claiming his dictatorial power grab is just temporary. "The presidency reiterates the temporary nature of those measures, which are not intended to concentrate power, but to avoid ... attempts to undermine democratically elected bodies and preserve the impartiality of the judiciary," he office said in a statement that gave no end date for his sudden one-man rule.
Former French first lady Carla Bruni said that she, unlike husband Nicolas Sarkozy, supports same-sex marriage and gay adoption. "I am rather in favor of gay marriage and adoption, I have a lot of friends -- women and men -- who are in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with homosexual parent," the former model and musician told Vogue.
It will be a big, gay week for the Supreme Court.
A Kentucky teacher has been reprimanded after writing "You can’t be a Democrat & go to Heaven" on her classroom's chalk board.
Brazil loves small dogs.
A pair of male King penguins at a Danish zoo are currently over the moon (well, they would be if they could fly) about the recent birth of their first little chick. According to zoo keepers, the same-sex partners are "natural parents."
Right Wing Watch has a great compilation of conservatives griping about Tuesday night's election results. "We wrestle with these political issues but at the core our problems as a nation are not political, they are spiritual. These are symptoms of a deeper moral and spiritual problem that we are facing in our nation," said Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council.
A big congratulations to Stacie Laughton, the first transgender public figure elected to the New Hampshire state legislature. "I believe that at this point, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community will hopefully be inspired," Laughton told The Telegraph. "My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman. Maybe in the next election, we’ll have a senator."
Laughton and about 110 other LGBT candidates who won Tuesday have helped establish LGBT presence in 40 out of 50 state legislatures.
There is no such thing as too much David Gandy - period.The same could be said about Kate Moss, but for different reasons.
Just in time for the holidays, a new David Beckham H&M ad campaign.
Ellen DeGeneres generously gave guest Miley Cyrus two lap-dancing men to celebrate the singer's upcoming marriage to Liam Hemsworth.
Have a listen to Rihanna and former boyfriend Chris Brown's aural collaboration.
President Obama will soon fly off to Southeast Asia for a historic trip to Cambodia.
Charles Blow says the GOP needs to look at the numbers and face the facts, their political vision no longer fits in contemporary America. "If your idea of America’s power structure is rooted in a 1950s or even a 1920s sensibility, here’s an update: that America is no more," he writes in an article called "Picket Fence Apocalypse". "Republicans are trying to hold back a storm surge of demographic change with a white picket fence. Good luck with that."
Gruesome news from UK's Guardian: "A teenager has admitted killing a gay barman and then setting his body alight after he flew into a rage when they discussed his confused sexuality. Ryan Esquierdo, 19, attacked Stuart Walker, 28, and choked him to death after the pair had met one night while they were separately walking home in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in October last year."
Presenting: Kenny Loggins' "Playing with the Boys."
It's about time: "Conservatives turn on Karl Rove."
This cat will not tolerate reflection.
TIME looks at how marriage equality organizers finally changed the game: "Evan Wolfson, 55, the Harvard-educated founder of the group Freedom to Marry, helped convince others in the gay-rights movement to use ads that featured loving couples and the importance of commitment. 'We made a real connection on emotion,' he says."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offers a grim meteorological outlook for the Empire State.
The top 5 candidates backed by NOM leader Brian Brown's right wing fundraising machine all lost.