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Bank Of America Settles With Lesbians Denied Mortgage

BoasignThe Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that Bank of America has settled a discrimination claim filed by a Florida lesbian couple denied a mortgage because they're not legally married, something they can't do in Florida.

This is the first time HUD's new rules prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people, particularly those who are unable to get married.

Details about the claim from HUD:

HUD claimed BOA denied a loan to a Florida couple seeking to obtain an FHA-insured mortgage because of their sexual orientation and marital status.  Because one partner was not employed, the applicant enlisted her partner’s mother as a co-applicant on the loan. The couple worked with BOA for several weeks to provide all of the necessary loan application documents and the couple was assured by BOA that they were likely to receive a mortgage.

One business day prior to closing, BOA denied the mortgage because it did not consider the loan applicant and the co-applicant directly related because the applicant and her partner were not married. As a result of BOA’s actions, the couple was not able to close on the loan.

BOA will pay HUD $7,500 for its violation and has agreed to inform all mortgage agents of the new rules.

HUD General Counsel Helen Kanovsky said the "agreement demonstrates that HUD will vigorously enforce its Equal Access rule and pursue lenders that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status."

She went on, "By the same token, BOA should be commended for stepping up and taking immediate corrective action after HUD notified BOA of the violation."


Watch Obama Explain The Fiscal Cliff Deal: VIDEO

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Democrats and Republicans performed a seemingly impossible feat by striking a deal to prevent the United States from plunging off the fiscal cliff of their creation this week. Well, for now.

From CBS News:

Ultimately, yesterday's "fiscal cliff" deal didn't address the issue at all. In the remarks he gave after the House passed the deal, Mr. Obama once again warned against a debt ceiling fight: "I will not have another debate with this Congress about whether they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed," he said. "We can't not pay bills that we've already incurred."

Around the same time Washington will hit its debt limit, the "continuing resolution" by which Congress is funding the federal government will expire. Since Congress has been too dysfunctional to pass a real budget, it passed short-term "continuing resolutions" to keep the government running. The current resolution is set to expire on March 27, leaving open the threat of a government shutdown.

AFTER THE JUMP, watch President Obama discuss how this stop-gap plan will help the unemployed, impact middle class taxes and what it means for wealthier Americans not being asked to pay a fairer share.

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News: Charlie Sheen, Fiscal Cliff, Huguette Clark, USPS

1NewsIcon Rhode Island activists and lawmakers are "guardedly optimistic" they can pass marriage equality in the next legislative session there.

Wiley1NewsIcon 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."

1NewsIcon 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."

1NewsIcon Terrible: "Potential heir to $300 million Clark copper fortune found dead, homeless"

1NewsIcon The cash-strapped USPS may start selling magazine subscriptions.

1NewsIcon 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.

Hudson1NewsIcon 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.

1NewsIcon 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.

1NewsIcon YouTube stripped major record labels like Sony/BMG and Universal of billions of inflated video views.

1NewsIcon Family lunch for Chris Hemsworth.

1NewsIcon Channing Tatum is excited to be in St. Barts.

1NewsIcon 10 athletes who came out in 2012.

1NewsIcon "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."

Tyrell1NewsIcon 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."

1NewsIcon 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.

1NewsIcon 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."


News: Chuck Bass, Taiwan, Authors, Male Escort, 'Dictatorship'

1NewsIcon Rather than discussing US-Taiwan relations with King Pu-tsung, their representative to the US, Taiwanese lawmakers were more interested in asking him questions about rumors that he's gay and having an affair with President Ma Ying-jeou: "King said it was 'unfair' that people have claimed that his political progress has been spurred along through sexual relationships, adding that the insinuation was also insulting to homosexuals."

Boehner1NewsIcon Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is blaming GOP House Speaker John Boehner of running the House like a "dictatorship" and intentionally obstructing fiscal cliff negotiations. "Everyone knows that if they had brought up the Senate-passed bill, it would pass overwhelmingly. But the speaker says, no we can't do that," Reid said today. "It's [the House] being operated by a dictatorship of the speaker."

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan got a bit of a break on the tax lien on her home.

1NewsIcon Johnny Depp's 2012, a photo essay.

1NewsIcon "How An Author Should Be." (Good at building anticipation.)

Steamroom1NewsIcon Presenting "The Fabulous Fags of the Steambath."

1NewsIcon Don't you wish you would find British Olympic diver Tom Daley under your mistletoe?

1NewsIcon Puppies in the snow.

1NewsIcon A look back at 2012 in celebrity fashion.

1NewsIcon Nick and Nate Montana show off their football bodies on the beach.

1NewsIcon Following in Richard Hanna and Ileana Ros-Lehtinan, a third GOP congressman has come out against the anti-gay DOMA: "U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-Peterborough, took a symbolic step this week by being the first Republican member of Congress from New England to sign on to an effort that would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage."

1NewsIcon "A Gay Male Escort Recalls His Craziest Client Request."

1NewsIcon Anti-gay conservative MP Tim Loughton: "[Marriage is] a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God."

Hotpriests1NewsIcon Men said to be Romanian Orthodox priests posed suggestively for a calendar being described as "homoerotic."

1NewsIcon The Journal-News, a newspaper for New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, is at the center of a privacy debate after publishing the names and addresses of gun-owning residents. "Turns out the stunt was so unpopular — with gun owners and privacy advocates alike — that a blogger named Christopher Fountain took it upon himself to dig up and organize the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the Journal-News staff, starting with editor Cyndee Royle."

1NewsIcon Brian Schatz has been sworn in to replace late Hawaiian Sen. Daniel Inouye. "I am honored to serve in this capacity, and I can assure you that if given the opportunity, I will make Hawaii proud," he said. "I'm going to work very hard, and I understand the road ahead is going to be challenging for all of us, but it also is potentially a hopeful time to rebuild as a united congressional delegation."


Mouse Frets About Fiscal Cliff As Owner Charges For Treats: VIDEO

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Cindy the mouse is so civilized that she's even adopted our financial system. And like everyone operating in today's economy, she's counting every penny. Note that Cindy's hoping to haggle down the price of her treat, but her owner stands firm. There are no limits to Cindy's cuteness, but market forces? Well, those are more binding.

But never fear, Cindy's not so stressed about her wallet that she can't relax by playing basketball and skateboarding, which she and her pals also do AFTER THE JUMP.

[Video via the surprisingly addictive Mouse Agility YouTube channel.]

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53% Think Republicans 'Too Extreme': POLL

Angry-elephant-300x225With the dreaded "fiscal cliff" approaching, and Democrats and Republicans still squabbling over what's to be done with the economy, CNN decided to ask Americans what should be done with Democrats and Republicans.

And according to their findings, a slight majority of the nation thinks the GOP needs to mellow out.

...53% say the GOP should compromise more, with 41% saying the Democratic Party should give up more of the proposals it supports to develop bipartisan solutions.

"That's due in part to the fact that the Republican brand is not doing all that well," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37% say they view the polices of the Democratic Party as too extreme.

The same percentage of the public, 53%, believes that when it comes to bipartisan compromise, the GOP should be the party to cave on its demands.


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