Meme: Paula Deen Tries To Use Prop 8 Ruling In Racial Discrimination Suit, Kevin Clash Lawsuits Dismissed, Robbie Rogers For PETA

Meryl StreepRep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wants Florida to repeal marriage equality ban, “Same Love” rocketing up the charts, Constitutional ban on marriage introduced

If you needed any other reason to love Meryl Streep, you have to see how she congratulated Sandra Bullock on her Oscar win.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has confirmed that she has directed that same-sex married couples be treated exactly the same as opposite sex married couples for the purpose of immigration.

Files released in lawsuits with the diocese of Milwaukee confirm that during his time there, Cardinal Dolan moved to protect church assets from being caught up in settlements by pedophile priests by transferring the money out of the diocese. Cardinal Dolan says that the documents are nothing new, and show he was exercising his duty to the church.

Paula DeenIn possibly the most unique and repugnant use of the Prop 8 ruling, Paula Deen is seeking to have the lawsuit that led to her current problems dismissed on standing, since the plaintiff isn’t black. “Attorneys for Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, contend that a woman suing them on the grounds of racial discrimination, among other claims, doesn’t have legal standing to file the claim because she is white.” Yeah, I think we know why she tearfully apologized to the gays in her web video now.

Senator Barbara Boxer has sent a letter to the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration asking that the agency use administrative authority to extend benefits to same sex couples, regardless of residence, and if they are unable to due to law, report back to Congress for remedy.

As expected, Rep. Tim Huelskamp has filed a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as between one man and one woman, with 28 co-sponsors of the usual suspects. The amendment was always dead on arrival, but only mustering 28 cosponsors is just sad.Pam Spaulding

Even though snicks already mentioned it, I want to take a moment to say goodbye to Pam’s House Blend, which closed the doors yesterday. I’ve been fortunate to meet, at least briefly, most of the major bloggers in the gay political arena, but I never met Pam, and now I fear I’ll never have the opportunity. She changed the landscape for some many people and subjects, her voice will be missed.

This really isn’t the normal kind of news I’d cover, but evidently Henry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco are dating now. So Penny is dating Superman. Do we think Sheldon’s head just exploded?

Three of the lawsuits against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash have been dismissed due to the statute of Kevin Clashlimitations having run out. The plaintiffs plan on appealing the decision.

Over the last two weeks, Louis Virtel has asked us to pick our celebrity husbands and lesbians to get married to, and now the straight celebrities are getting in on the action. Amy Poehler would go for Tilda Swinton, while Zach Woods would go for Liev Schrieber.

Are these the next ten states that will get marriage equality?

Model Nick Gruber is officially back with Calvin Klein, and has hired an agency to get him walking the runways at New York Fashion Week. I’d never really heard of Nick until his Klein troubles, but in retrospect, I’m fairly certain he was that breathtakingly beautiful young man on my Atlantis cruise last year that was always impeccably dressed and generally only seen at in places like the piano bar, never the all night dance parties.Nick Gruber

A new book out of Germany credits The Simpsons with changing the views on homosexuality for the better. Homer, despite being straight, has kissed men more than 50 times over the run of the series, and there have been over 500 scenes tackling homosexuality during the show.

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald that it was time for Florida to begin the conversation about repealing their ban on marriage equality. “In light of the court’s rulings in support of civil marriage for same-sex couples, Florida should begin to evaluate the decision that was made five years ago. The path to removing our state’s ban on the freedom to marry will be very challenging, and will take time to do so thoughtfully and with respect for everyone’s beliefs and opinions. It is wrong to deny LGBT Floridians the basic rights enjoyed by so many other Americans. We must actively, and authentically, engage our fellow citizens to ensure that the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are extended to all Floridians.”

Macklemore and Ryan LewisIt turns out gays caused the Colorado wildfires. “When you have a state where the House leadership is performing a homosexual act on the front page of the Denver Post two months ago? Does God read the Denver Post? Do you think He picks up a copy of the Denver Post? He gets it. God gets the Denver Post. How are we going to repent of the sexual sin that is paraded in front of us in the wider culture? Why do we have to submit to theses sexual sins again and again? How many young boys are running out and doing the metrosexual thing with the skinny pants and the little fairy shoes? They’re working on the gender blender for themselves and they don’t want to look like a man and God is just so upset, He hates it when men are not manly in their approach.” I’m sure the Denver Post is thrilled that God is a subscriber.

Not only is “Same Love” rocketing up the charts, it’s getting airplay on some urban stations. The song is likely to be yet another monster hit for the duo, who mysteriously got a Teen Choice nomination for “Thrift Shop” yesterday, despite the song talking about R. Kelly’s sheets smelling like piss. Truly age-appropriate.

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There’s a decent chance that while you’re reading this, you’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee (or, based on the header, your morning wine. We don’t judge). But what’s actually in coffee that gives it magical powers to overcome my Ambien and get me to the gym for cardio?

Some folks were challenged to write the gayest song ever for a a site that helps young people come out. This was the result, with a stop motion video, and I think I’m in love.

Robbie Rogers wants to talk to you about the joy and responsibility of owning a dog, with a reminder that July 4th is coming up, a dog’s least favorite holiday.

Jack Gleeson plays King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, and so he knows a thing or two about villains and what makes them tick. Stick around to the end to see him switch from good guy to bad guy on a dime.

I may not always agree with Andrew Sullivan, but when he’s good, he’s good, and some of his best work is focusing on the relationship between the Catholic Church and homosexuality. He makes an extremely valid point about why if the Catholic Church can live with divorce, they can certainly live with marriage equality.

Peter Jackson has some bad news: There will be nothing from The Desolation of Smaug at Comic-Con this year because he’s too busy with reshoots and editing of the movie. But he does make that bad medicine go down better with the latest production diary, showing the movie ramping up for pickup shots, and the animated cast that came together to make them.

In Afternoon Delight, Josh Radnor’s marriage is getting dull, so his wife suggests they go to a strip club together, where she gets a lap dance. Later, encountering the stripper on the street in some distress, she hires her as the nanny, and learns a bit about what might be wrong with her marriage. Extra points for the hairstyle on Jane Lynch as her therapist.

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