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Ireland To Introduce Gay Adoption Law Prior To Same-Sex Marriage Referendum: VIDEO

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The Irish government has announced that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the forthcoming referendum on same-sex marriage, reports the Irish Times.

The government also today announced the exact wording that people will vote on in the May referendum: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

The announcement in relation to adoption by gay couples comes following the first televised debate earlier this week on the same-sex marriage referendum during which potential pitfalls on the issue of gay adoption were revealed.

Actor Colin Farrell had pre-recorded an interview with host Claire Byrne in which he spoke passionately about his support for equal rights and how growing up with a gay brother and seeing him be at "the tail end of the whip of intolerance" left an indelible impression on him.

Frances_Fitzgerald_2014Whereas existing laws state that only married couples or sole applicants can seek to adopt a child, proposed changes would extend the right to adopt to same-sex partners. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year, with a revised version published last September by current minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald (right).

The bill on same-sex marriage - along with a bill dealing with another referendum on reducing the age at which an individual can contest the presidential election from 35 to 21 - is expected to be published shortly and to be debated by both Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks.

Earlier today we reported that the Union of Students in Ireland has launched the Vote For Love campaign in support of same-sex marriage. Watch the campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

In December, the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran (above) released a manifesto outlining the reasons behind the Catholic Church's continuing war against equal rights for gay people.

Last weekend, Ireland's health minister Leo Varadkar announced that he is gay. Earlier today, Labour politician Dominic Hannigan announced that he married his partner of 20 years Chris, in London on New Year's Eve.

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Mayor Of Paris Announces Plans To Sue Fox News: VIDEO

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Between giving bigot Bill Donohue a platform to spout his hatred and glibly comparing a fight for LGBT rights to the abominable attack on Charlie Hebdo, Fox News has done anything but handle political discussion around Paris, France with the objective professionalism one would expect from a station that dares call itself a "news" source. In fact, their coverage has reached such an offensive point that Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced plans to sue the media giant.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour broke the news over Twitter:

BREAKING: Paris is going to sue @FoxNews after image of Paris was “insulted” and “prejudiced,” Mayor @Anne_Hidalgo tells me.

— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January 20, 2015

And Hidalgo further expressed her disdain to her followers:

Je suis bien sûr choquée par la bêtise stigmatisante de Fox News : @BilldeBlasio et moi irons d'ailleurs dans le 19e cet après-midi

— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) January 20, 2015

Which roughly translates as: "I am of course shocked at the stigmatizing stupidity of Fox News. Bill DeBlasio and I will be at the 19th [District] this afternoon."

You can watch an interview between Amanpour and Hidalgo on CNN Money AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Shores Up Old Man Bona Fides, Calls Beyoncé 'Unwholesome': VIDEO

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Attempting to cling to relevance for his probable upcoming presidential run, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called into question the Obamas' parental judgment in an interview with People that was published last week, highlighting the (false) dichotomy of Barack and Michelle's encouragement of both broccoli and Beyoncé in their daughters' lives. In his book he called the singer "obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics", and yesterday in an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz he doubled-down by claiming the pop diva's lyrics are "unwholesome" to put in one's brain.

Alyssa Rosenberg at The Washington Post has a rundown of some of Beyonce's songs that utterly eviscerate Huckabee's talking points about the lack of "wholesomeness" of Beyoncé and the mistake that the Obamas have made by allowing Sasha and Malia to listen to her tracks. 

You can watch Huckabee speak for himself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sciences The Meaning Of Life: VIDEO

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Astrophysicist extraordinaire Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a lecture on the 15th at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and as  part of his presentation took some questions from the audience. One of those who spoke up was six-year-old "Young Jack" - which sounds like the name of a Scott Pilgrim character - who wants to be Neil deGrasse Tyson when he grows up, who enquired, "What's the meaning of life?"

Tyson, only mildly caught off guard by the question, went into a long and insightful response, saying in part,

To learn is to become closer to nature, and to learn how things work gives you power to influence events, gives you power to help people who may need it, the power to help yourselves, to shape a trajectory. So, when I think of 'What is the meaning of life?' to me that's not an eternal, unanswerable question. To me, that is in arm's reach of me every day. And so for you, at age six-and-three-quarters, may I suggest that for you, you should explore nature as much as you possibly can, and occasionally that means getting your clothes dirty because you might want to jump into puddles and your parents don't want you to do that. You tell them that I gave you permission.

The video is terrible - and vertical! - but the audio on the recording is just fine, so you can watch Tyson's full response AFTER THE JUMP...

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Thousands Protest Ejection Of Kissing Lesbian Couple From Vienna Cafe: VIDEO

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Last week a lesbian couple was kicked out of a cafe in Vienna, Austria for daring to engage in a public kiss that was deemed by management to be appropriate for "a brothel."

Sooooo...public cunnilingus, presumably?

Backlash to the homophobia was swift, and as nothing is private anymore, Vienna's tourist agency denouncing the ejection is the least of Cafe Prueckel's worries. The bigger issue is the some 2,000 protesters who marched down the street on Friday, forcing the street to close. Several of the protesters engaged in long, amorous kisses of their own to drive the point home that they will not be discriminated against.

The prudish manager has since apologized for ejecting the couple, an apology that is no doubt utterly sincere contrition for her homophobia and not at all a weak attempt at damage control. Damage control which is not really possible, given the flood of photographs on Twitter, and videos available all over the internet, including a report from DailyMotion that you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

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Singer Alexander O'Neal Apologizes For Calling Perez Hilton 'Silly-Ass Faggot' On Celebrity Big Brother: VIDEO

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Singer Alexander O'Neal (above) has apologized for calling Perez Hilton a "faggot" on English reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, reports The Mirror.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c73908b6970b-250wiO'Neal's outburst came after Hilton (right) had been antagonizing the singer by blowing him kisses.

“I know what you want but you’re not going to get it ... you’re going to sit there with that silly ass faggot look on your face,” said O'Neal.

O’Neal later told housemates that although he regretted his choice of words, he didn’t regret using that phrase against the celeb blogger.  Suggesting a threat of violence had the incident occurred off camera, he added:

"He knows well that he couldn't do that out there, but he did that in here 'cos it's safe in the Big Brother house. He taunted me...no man taunts me ever, you don't play with me.

"I apologise to the gay community. I have gay cousins, gay friends, I have people in my family that I love with a passion, if anybody hit them or messed with them the wrong way it's on. God don't make no mistakes.

"For that I apologise, but I never apologise for what I said about him to him ever.”

Although some housemates were supportive of Hilton, others were shocked by his antagonistic behavior towards O’Neal.

Following his apology, O’Neal disappeared into the diary room and didn’t return.  Housemates were later informed that the singer had made the decision to leave the show.

Watch a clip of the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was reprimanded by Celebrity Big Brother for saying being gay is akin to being "handicapped" and "is a choice." Holyfield later apologized. 

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