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Mexico City enacts marriage equality law: "The law, approved by city legislators on December 21, was published in Mexico City's official register on Tuesday and will take effect in March. It will allow same-sex couples to adopt children and municipal officials say it will make Mexico's capital a 'vanguard city' - and attract extra tourism revenues."
Tourists flock to Philippine volcano in hopes of witnessing eruption; may get burned.
Birth mother in Vermont-Virginia lesbian custody battle, Lisa Miller, appears to have fled with the child.
One Iowa plans rally to counter wingnuts on eve of legislative session.
Dutch Caribbean islands to recognize marriage equality: "Married and registered gay couples will obtain legal protection against discrimination by government agencies in the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba after the islands have obtained their new status as public entities in the Dutch Kingdom."
Jersey Shore cast gets 'Hollywood' makeover.
Michael Musto takes on Carrie Prejean on annual Village Voice cover - his end of the year wrap-up here.
Variety on Tom Ford's 27-year-old DP Edward Grau: "Perhaps he was taking a risk with the Barcelona-born cinematographer -- Grau was 27 at the time and had only a few obscure films to his credit -- but few would dispute the success of their collaboration."
Justin Bartha to go Broadway in Lend Me a Tenor?
Bizarre incident in Minneapolis: Park staff member tells kid he's gay, inspiring altercation, then police arrive and break the kid's arm.
'Wise Latina' Sonia Sotomayor is also now a cover girl.
Jonas brother gets married, finds out what that purity ring was all about.
Girl acquitted in rock-throwing incident against three boys she claims were yelling anti-gay slurs at her friend.
Names sought for chick being raised by lesbian albatrosses.
NY Senate Committee debates girlfriend-beating senator Hiram Monserrate's fate: "A New York Senate committee met Tuesday to decide whether a state senator convicted of assaulting his girlfriend should remain in office, but reached no immediate conclusion...The Queens Democrat was sentenced earlier this month to probation for injuring his girlfriend by dragging her through his apartment lobby on Dec. 19, 2008. He could have been jailed for up to a year for misdemeanor assault."
GLAAD launches online petition against Buju Banton Grammy noms.
Phoenix city councilman Tom Simplot and his partner David Smith, who were first to sign up for the city's domestic partner registry, have split.
Tom Ford photographs, discusses Single Man cast for V magazine.
Does Mariah Carey H.A.T.E.U???
Preliminary witness list for federal challenge to Prop 8 revealed.
Teen seeks $4 million from Tel Aviv LGBT youth center for injuries sustained during attack: "Yonatan Buks, 15, suffered internal damage when he was shot in the lower extremities of his body. He is undergoing rehabilitation and has difficulty speaking, Ynetnews reported Tuesday."
Air Force acknowledges existence of stealth spy plane.
Williams College hit by homophobic graffiti incident.
Sonia Sotomayor uses term "undocumented immigrant" rather than "illegal immigrant" for first time ever in SCOTUS opinions.
Tom Brady making a bunch.
Jersey Shore's "The Situation" defends his Guido-ness.
Barney Frank endorses Sestak over Specter in Pennsylvania Senate race.
Whatever happened to Ennis Del Mar? The Autry National Center of the American West takes a look at LGBT representation in the American West at a panel discussion this weekend in L.A: "Moderated by Virginia Scharff, author and professor of history/director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the panel includes Los Angeles Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan; Peter M. Nardi, Ph.D., author and professor of sociology at Pitzer College; and William Handley, associate professor of English at the University of Southern California and editor of The Brokeback Book (forthcoming)."
Maine reporter fired for personal email against marriage equality.
Sacha Baron Cohen sued by Bethlehem grocer and peace activist over Bruno film: "Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's attempt to pretend that he interviewed a notorious terrorist leader in the film Bruno may cost him $110 million in damages - 80 percent of the movie's gross box office earnings. That's the sum demanded by Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian grocer and peace activist from Bethlehem who says his life has been ruined byBaron Cohen's movie."
Hubble goes deep...very deep.
Kabul contractors' $189 million contract dumped by State Department following exposé of hazing practices.
Jessica Simpson smashes some pumpkins.
Episcopal Bishop Mary Glasspool speaks out about election: ''I've had hundreds, probably a thousand, e-mails from people all over the world who don't know me but who are expressing through the fact of my election a pride in the Episcopal Church. 'I've committed my life as a life of service to the people of Jesus Christ, and what hurts is the sense that anybody might have that my name or my servanthood could be perceived as divisive.''
Canada lifts ban on gay bone marrow donors.
Nebraska Supreme Court rejects appeal by Westboro Baptist Church in flag desecration case: "Police arrested Phelps-Roper for wrapping a flag around her waist as a skirt and allowing her son to stand on another flag as she and other members of the church picketed the Bellevue, Neb., funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Phelps-Roper argued that she was exercising her constitutional right to 'symbolic expression' in disobeying a law passed in the 1970s against 'mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling' on a flag."
George Michael denies split with partner Kenny Goss.
NASA probe takes aim at Moon.
D.C. police investigating man's death at "JO party": "The organizer of the men's parties, who asked that he be identified only as David, said the victim appears to have fallen on a cement floor in the basement of the house about 5 a.m. and possibly hit his head on a metal pipe or a brick wall. He said he does not believe the victim fell down a flight of stairs, as some have speculated in postings on Craigslist."
Gossip Girl ménage à trois in the works.
Shepard Fairey and the art of the election to be featured in new book, Manifest Hope.Joe the Plumber's stand-up comedy routine.
Florida student teased for being gay breaks, assaults another student: "He said he had been teased for two days and that he was upset and lost control. He said he was sorry if he hurt anybody, but when he gets angry he cannot control himself and that it runs in the family, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office report."
David Beckham hangs out with his in-laws.
Spice Girls plotting reunion?
New York magazine takes a lengthy look at the danger faced by gays in Iraq.
Gavin Newsom struggling with fundraising in California gubernatorial bid?
Former Boston City Councillor sues police department, alleging gay bashing following sting over liaison with teen.
Sharon Lettman named Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition.
Largest ever dinosaur footprints found in France: "Imprints measuring up to 2 metres (6ft 6in) in diameter and stretching over a vast area of land have been uncovered near the village of Plagne, 30 miles west of Geneva, according to the National Centre of Scientific Research. In a statement, the centre said the significance of the prints could not be overestimated. 'According to the researchers' initial work, these tracks are the biggest ever seen,' it said."
Sonia Sotomayor begins work as SCOTUS justice: "in the two cases on the docket, she asked as many questions and made as many comments as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The only sign of her newness was that she at times forgot to turn on her microphone before posing a question."
Backstage with Rufus Wainwright at last night's benefit for New York's Ali Forney Center.
David Letterman apologizes on air to wife and staff.
Tasmania to allow same-sex couples to register relationship.
Whitney Houston to join Desperate Housewives?
Dr. Erik Steele on marriage equality in Maine: "In the end, though, gay marriage is not about marriage or teenagers, and it is not even about gays as much as it is about us. Over the last 250 years, Americans have slowly chipped away the bias and ignorance used to deprive almost every American except wealthy, white men of equal standing before the law. The right of civil marriage for gays is about continuing that same march toward 'one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' You cannot oppose it without betraying American values and the rights hard won for you by those victims of prejudice in almost every family tree who fought in their time for the rights we have in ours."
Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed on a 68-31 vote by the Senate today, making her the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice, the third woman, and the first of Hispanic descent to serve on the Court:
"In a sign of the increasing partisan tension to battles over Supreme Court nominations, the 31 Republican votes against Sotomayor far outnumbered the GOP opposition to the Clinton administration's Supreme Court justices in the early 1990s, Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. But it was a similar to the level of Democratic opposition to George W. Bush's nominees earlier this decade: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. received 22 'no' votes from Democrats in 2005, while Associate Justice Samuel Alito received more than 40 'no' votes from Democrats in 2006."
Nine Republicans voted for Sotomayor. They are Lamar Alexander (TN), Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), Richard Lugar (IN), Mel Martinez (FL), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH).
Lambda Legal applauded the confirmation. See its statement here.
Watch the vote tally and announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...
PROPOSITION 8 2010 BALLOT MEASURE: David Mixner talks to Michelangelo Signorile about why it should happen.
JOHN MCCAIN: Still "going back and forth" on whether to vote for Sotomayor. UPDATE: McCain's decision, AFTER THE JUMP...
IMPLOSION FAIL: A building doesn't come down right.
JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA: Not arresting people for sex in a public park.
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