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SpideyCostume TLogoSmall Oregon's Beaverton County school district and Seth Stambaugh, the teacher they fired and then reinstated after he revealed to a fourth-grade student that he's gay, have reached a monetary settlement: $75,000.

TLogoSmall Today was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' last day on the job. President Obama thanked him by returning a tie he borrowed 7 years ago, and joking, "Gibbs' departure is not the biggest one today."

TLogoSmall James Franco may star as the lead in a live-action remake of Akira.

TLogoSmall Debate over publicizing Grindr profiles at CPAC.

TLogoSmall Now that Spider-Man has joined the Fantastic Four -- which is now called "The Future Foundation" -- he has some new threads: a white and black costume, as opposed to his red and blue duds. Concerns, comments, questions?

TLogoSmall John Travolta reportedly tried to pick up a handsome waiter in front of his wife, Kelly Preston, who kept her eyes down the entire time.

TLogoSmall Ingmar Guandique was sentenced today to 60 years in prison for the 2002 murder of DC intern Chandra Levy.

TLogoSmall Auditions are being held in Philadelphia for a gay version of Jersey Shore, which is clearly something the world needs.

TLogoSmall Pet Shop Boy' 'West End Girls.' Nuff said.

PetShopBoys TLogoSmall NYPD sirens get new sound.

TLogoSmall Photographer Todd Cole directs Elle Fanning for Rodarte.

TLogoSmall John Hatzistergos, the Attorney General for Australia's New South Wales, supports a law allowing private schools to expel gay students because it "maintain[s] a sometimes delicate balance between protecting individuals from unlawful discrimination while allowing people to practice their own beliefs." Others, including a senior Anglican bishop, call the policy "appalling."

TLogoSmall Derek Rawcliffe, the first Church of England bishop to come out, has died at the age of 89. "I began to love everybody in a new way and to see that in spite of our sins and failings, God loves us," Rawcliffe saidd of coming out in 1995.

TLogoSmall Presbyterian leaders in Central Wisconsin will debate this weekend whether or not gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as pastors, deacons and other high-ranking officials.

TLogoSmall Utah may soon have an official "state gun," a first for the nation.

TLogoSmall Anti-gay hate crimes in London up 28%?

TLogoSmall Elaine Donnelly, tiresome opponent of DADT's repeal, explains how the army's decision to allow openly gay soldiers will lead to "social change," which to her is a bad thing. I don't know: take a listen to her logic and see if you can figure it all out. Is segregation a positive or a negative?

OprahChange TLogoSmall Andrew Breitbart and gay conservative group GOProud's big CPAC party last night included a variety of slogans, like this one: "Our gays are more macho than their straights." Way to perpetuate gender norms, guys.

TLogoSmall A Spanish-language radionovela called "Bienvenidos a Casa" ("Welcome Home") hopes to tackle homophobia among Spanish-speaking communities.

TLogoSmall Oprah Winfrey told the crew at MSNBC's Morning Joe that she has "no problems" with the Obama administration and wishes people would show the president some "respect."

Watch: Robert Gibbs Dodges Questions on Obama and Same-Sex Marriage


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attempted to end today's press briefing following a series of questions related to Obama's flip-flopping on same-sex marriage. The questions came from the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson, who asked Gibbs if the President had backtracked on statements he made in support of marriage equality in 1996.

Said Gibbs: "I think there’s a whole host of issues that I would direct you to the campaign on — on different questionnaires and I would again reiterate what the president has said recently on that issue."

Later, Gibbs was questioned by Mediaite regarding tomorrow's State of the Union address and whether Obama would mention DOMA repeal or marriage equality in the speech. Gibbs said he didn't know.

Watch a brief clip of Johnson's exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

More at the Blade...

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Robert Gibbs Calls Repeal of DOMA 'Inordinately Challenging' When Asked if it Will Happen Under Obama's Watch

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked today by Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade about the Justice Department's Defense of DOMA, and if there was any chance that the administration might drop the defense and declare it unconstitutional.

Gibbs Said Gibbs: 

"Well, we can’t declare the law unconstitutional. … Obviously if you look at what was written, the president enumerates in there … our belief on this law as we balance the obligation that we have to represent the federal government; the president believes as you said that this is a law that should not exist and should be repealed but at the same time we have to represent the viewpoint of the federal government."

Gibbs added that, given the current make-up of Congress, legislative repeal would be "inordinately challenging" when asked if it would happen during the Obama administration.

Gibbs also said he was "unaware" of any plans to mention it, or marriage equality during the upcoming State of the Union Address.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Robert Gibbs to Step Down as White House Press Secretary

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving to become an outside political adviser to the President and his reelection campaign, the NYT reports:

Gibbs"Mr. Gibbs said that he intends to leave the podium in early February. His successor has not yet been decided, he said, but will likely be announced within the next two weeks...The leading potential replacements for press secretary include Jay Carney, a spokesman for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., along with Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, who work as deputies to Mr. Gibbs. Other candidates also could be considered, an administration official said."

The White House Chief of Staff position is also in flux, with former Commerce Secretary William Daley and political consultant Pete Rouse, who is serving as interim Chief of Staff, in the running.

Watch: White House Press Sec'y Robert Gibbs Grilled on 'DADT'

(Above, Obama meets the Joint Chiefs to discuss DADT on November 29, 2010 - Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about 'DADT' today. Gibbs told reporters that "certainly our hope is that the Senate will take this up again."

When asked about Obama's pledge to stay in town until the START treaty is done, and whether he might promised the same for DADT, Gibbs said,

"Let me be clear, the President isn’t -- if START gets done, the President and Congress is here, the President is not leaving.  I said earlier that the President will be here as long as the Congress is here...I think that we always envisioned it that if the Congress was here, the President would be here.  There’s a whole host of important things beyond the tax agreement and START -- 'don’t ask, don’t tell' being one of them -- that the President believes can be dealt with before Congress leaves town."

Gibbs was also asked if there are other options on the table should DADT repeal fail legislatively:

"Well, I should say this.  I think it’s a distinct possibility that 'don’t ask, don’t tell' will be repealed by the end of this year and that’s where our effort is focused."


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New Gallup Poll Shows 67% Support Repeal of 'DADT'



New numbers from a Gallup poll released today are consistent with previous findings that a large majority of Americans support repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:

"If they had an opportunity to vote on it, 67% of Americans say they would vote for a law that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could yet call a vote on the issue, after he pushed back a vote Wednesday night on the defense authorization bill that includes repeal. The delay came at the request of lawmakers who wanted more time to debate and secure the 60-vote majority necessary to block a Republican filibuster. Rank-and-file Republicans currently are evenly divided on the issue, with the most opposition coming from conservative Republicans. Large majorities of Democrats, independents, and moderate and liberal Republicans are in favor."

Gibbs White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spoke out again on the issue today at his press briefing:

"The president strongly believes that one of two things are going to happen: Either Congress is going to decide this legislatively, or the courts are going to decide this. And, uh, the policy is going to come to an end. Congress has to ask themselves how they want to end this -- what role they want to play in ensuring that it's done in an orderly way."

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