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[I actually got sleep last night, therefore posting will be light (and I’m completely offline Thursday)…don’t forget to enjoy the diaries of Blenders down in the left column.]

* Cool! Bill in Portland Maine of Cheers and Jeers at DKos is featuring a big hat tip on the front page re: my interview with former AFA staff attorney and columnist Joe Murray.

* Openly gay Minnesota state Sen. Paul Koering (R-Fort Ripley), faced off against the local fundie organization, the Minnesota Family Council, during a hearing on a bill that would give hospital visitation rights to domestic partners last week. The Republican legislator came out of the closet in 2005. Read more at Minnesota Monitor, including the homophobic comments in that post.

* Rex dives into the closet and digs up some analog ACT UP memories. Today is the the 20th anniversary ACT UP march in NYC, btw. He’s also been covering the controversy over GLAAD banning gay media from submitting entries for the GLAAD Awards competition

* Who knew about these magic properties of Ovaltine? Click to enlarge. (H/t Rog)

* Soulforce Equality Riders were arrested on a public sidewalk outside of the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Cumberlands has a policy that “any student who engages in or promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles (including sex outside marriage and homosexuality) may be suspended or asked to withdraw from the University of the Cumberlands.”

* Papa Ratzi eruption of the week: the fires of Hell are real and eternal.

* Amos from Out4Immigration reminds us that more than 30,000 same-sex binational couples living legally in the United States, but many have a partner without a green card and cannot sponsor (or be sponsored by) their partners for the right to stay together in the United States.

* Another campaign to stop another Gay-Straight Alliance — this time at Molalla High School in Oregon.

* Soulforce Equality Riders were arrested on a public sidewalk outside of the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Cumberlands has a policy that “any student who engages in or promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles (including sex outside marriage and homosexuality) may be suspended or asked to withdraw from the University of the Cumberlands.”

* Papa Ratzi eruption of the week: the fires of Hell are real and eternal.

* Radar Online has a feature up: Playing for the Other Team: In the pros and in the closet. Three gay athletes are interviewed: John Amaechi (former player in NBA),  Esera Tuaolo (former NFL player) and Billy Bean (former MLB player).

* Speaking of gay athletes, HRC spokesperson Amaechi will appear with Billy Bean, Joey Fisher, David Kopay, Terri O’Connell and Esera Tuaolo on a panel at the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament in Atlanta on gays in sports.

* The latest issue of the Advocate has a good cover story on Clinton and Obama, “Who’s gayer: behind the gay-friendly faces” (only a snippet is online), by Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0. I was quoted in the piece about the federal DOMA and the candidates’ need to address it.

* Another battle on the front lines: Lambda Legal is going to battle in California on behalf of a gay Orange County man whose domestic partner never registered their partnership with the state, and this were not entitled to benefits conveyed by the state. “Without access to marriage, same-sex couples are left with an inferior, confusing system that causes people like our client to fall through the cracks,” said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli, based in the organization’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles. “In addition to dealing with what amounts to a divorce, people like Darrin Ellis have the additional burden of demonstrating to the state why they should be treated as spouses are when they honestly thought they were married, but for one technical legal reason or another were not.”

* It’s all about the “right parts” fitting again. Jeremy of Good As You has the lunacy of this man testifying at a hearing against sodomy, by someone calling themselves the SodomOppositionCrew. He explains the evils of homosex by schooling attendees about how the telephone wire plugs in the hole, and that’s the bottom line.

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