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News: Fiona Apple, Zach Wahls, Kato's 'Shocker', Cowboys

1NewsIcon Eagle Scout Zach Wahls and over 11,000 other Americans are calling on Intel to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts of America: "Until the Boy Scouts of America removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality -- especially innovators like Intel." Lend Wahls a hand by joining the campaign.

TimTebow1NewsIcon Does objectifying Tim Tebow make it easier to swallow his right wing proselytizing?

1NewsIcon Since the Dallas Cowboys didn't want to shell out the $275,000 to buy, that domain is now a gay dating site - and it's open for business. Yee-haw!

1NewsIcon GOP House Speaker John Boehner says all the fuss over videos of Mitt Romney denigrating nearly half the nation is just "hand-wringing."

1NewsIcon Jeremy Hooper's clever commentary on all the actual right-wing hand-wringing about DADT's repeal.

1NewsIcon Karl Lagerfeld takes back saying he doesn't like Pippa Middleton's face. He now says he just doesn't like her make-up.

1NewsIcon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fully expects the court to hear a case on the Defense of Marriage Act in the very near future. "I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term," she said.

1NewsIcon Mitt Romney should have started playing nice a long time ago.

1NewsIcon Kato Kaelin now says that, yes, OJ Simpson murdered Nicole and Ron.

DrWho1NewsIcon The marriage equality debate would be much easier if it were just about watching Doctor Who on Sundays.

1NewsIcon Tom Ford and Anna Wintour attended an Obama fundraiser together in London. Just in case you're keeping tabs.

1NewsIcon Composer Nathan Hall needs help to 'Tame Your Man'.

1NewsIcon Rachel Maddow topped Bill O'Reilly - in Monday and Tuesday ratings, that is...

1NewsIcon Can Marco Rubio save Mitt Romney's campaign?

1NewsIcon Tommy Thompson, Tammy Baldwin's GOP opponent in the Wisconsin senate race, says Mitt Romney is to blame for his bad poll numbers: "If you're a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

1NewsIcon On a related note, President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by 7 points in Wisconsin, according to Public Policy Polling.

1NewsIcon A poll out of Maine shows pro-equality positions still in the majority, but the numbers are getting closer: 52-44, a far cry from the 20-point lead marriage equality had earlier this year.

FionaArrest1NewsIcon Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas for having some hash.

1NewsIcon LA Weekly has a great piece about the debate over whether discrimination really causes depression in minority groups.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, the latest edition of Perspectives on Psychological Science reports on a study showing that, yes, prejudice can cause depression: "This depression caused by prejudice -- which the researchers call deprejudice -- can occur at many levels. In the classic case, prejudice causes depression at the societal level (e.g., Nazis' prejudice causing Jews' depression), but this causal chain can also occur at the interpersonal level (e.g., an abuser's prejudice causing an abusee's depression), or even at the intrapersonal level, within a single person (e.g., a man's prejudice against himself causing his depression)."

1NewsIcon Oh, good: another "invisible Obama" lynching.

1NewsIcon Enjoy some "Glory Box".

Did Justice Ginsburg Plant a 'Time Bomb' for Marriage Decision?

Did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg set a "time bomb" for the inevitable SCOTUS marriage decision when she wrote, in the recent decision against Hasting Law School's Christian Legal Society in which the group was forced to abide by the school's anti-discrimination policy or be denied recognition? 

Ruthbaderginsburg Wrote Ginsburg:

“Our decisions have declined to distinguish between status and conduct in this context.”

That's what Adam Liptak suggests in a NYT article. A "time bomb", Liptak explains, was a phrase often utilized by Justice William Brennan Jr. in a decision "that would be exploited to [its] logical extreme in a later case."

Liptak suggests (as do the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case) that Ginsburg's discussion of status and conduct is important:

"Justice Ginsburg’s bland talk about status and conduct was significant because courts are more apt to protect groups whose characteristics are immutable. Calling sexual orientation a status may not require the conclusion that being gay is immutable rather than a choice, but it certainly suggests it."

While some are wary of reading forward with limited information, others see it as a good sign, and consider this detail as well:

"The Christian Legal Society decision was notable, too, because it was the only one in an argued case in the last term in which Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joined the court’s four more liberal members in a 5-to-4 decision. It is inconceivable that advocates for same-sex marriage can win in the current Supreme Court without his vote."

News: Marriage, Zac Efron, Houston, Natasha Richardson, Helsinki

 roadTop Citigroup and Morgan Stanley execs hold discussions to see how they can skirt government rules and keep their fat paychecks.

Marriage  roadSanctity: Arrested for choking his wife, while wearing "I [heart] My Marriage" T-shirt.

 roadClergy hold breakfast for legislators in Maine to press for marriage equality.

 roadJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to undergo chemotherapy.

 roadFormer girlfriend of Jesus Luz, on Madonna: "She is a ridiculous old bag, jumping around on stage at her age."

 roadMan fights for life after assault in Vancouver's gay village.

 roadActress Natasha Richardson critical after skiing accident...UPDATE: Not good.

 roadGuerrilla Gay Bar incident resolved in Houston. Bar: "Due to a miscommunication between management of Union Bar and Lounge and the door staff, we acknowledge that actions by the door staff caused an unintended perception of discriminatory actions towards the gay and lesbian community. We wholeheartedly did not want or intend for this to happen. We also acknowledge that this unintended action caused hurt and bad feeling within the gay and lesbian community towards Union Bar and it staff. We also extend this apology to all of our regular gay and lesbian customers who may have been hurt by this misunderstanding.”

 roadRihanna rumored to remake Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard with Channing Tatum.

Whitehouse  roadWhite House fountain flows green for St. Patrick's Day...

 roadCFDA: Biggest awards in fashion announced...

 roadLGBT youth to march in L.A. this Sunday.

 roadSci-Fi channel changing name to SyFy.

 roadNew anti-gay marriage amendment push to begin in Minnesota: "The amendment, which will be sponsored by several legislators, would give voters the opportunity to define marriage in Minnesota as between a man and a woman only. The Minnesota Family Council, legislators and other community groups are scheduled to unveil their plans at a news conference at the Capitol this morning."

 roadKylie Minogue wiggles it...

Zefron  roadZac Efron mudwrestles.

 roadMethodist Bishop and gay ally Melvin Wheatley dies at 93: "Wheatley was known for his sometimes unpopular stances on issues like gay rights and interfaith tolerance. In 1980, Wheatley publicly refused to support a statement by fellow Methodist bishops calling homosexuality 'incompatible with Christian teaching,' according to the Los Angeles Times."

 roadDetails looks at identical twin gay porn crime duo Keyon and Taleon Goffney...

 roadTrial: Rochester-area woman who killed a man after plowing her car into a crowd outside Nasty D's gay bar last summer claims she was just trying to break up a fight.

 roadHelsinki, Finland tries to improve its image as a gay-friendly city to attract tourists.

 roadNancy Pelosi asks Attorney General Eric Holder for help keeping newspapers afloat.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

RuthbaderginsburgSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hads surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer today, the Court is reporting:

"U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for an apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer today, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. According to Dr. Murray Brennan, the attending surgeon, Justice Ginsburg will likely remain in the hospital approximately 7-10 days. Justice Ginsburg had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) Scan revealed a small tumor, approximately 1 cm across, in the center of the pancreas. Justice Ginsburg is 75 years old. She was appointed to the Court in 1993 by President Clinton."

Based on her votes, Ginsburg is considered one of the Court's more liberal justices.

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