Morning Meme: “Star Wars: The Old Republic” Moving Forward With Same-Sex Couples, Dan Savage Thanks Straight Allies, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Think It’s the Year For Blue People

Frank Ocean was pulled over and the police smelled a whiff of pot, leading to a search of the singer. Frank OceanA small amount was found, resulting in a citation, confiscation of his license, and his passenger having to drive the singer home.

A condom-themed restaurant: perfect for a first date, or perfectly wrong?

The House of Representatives put the authority to keep defending DOMA in the new House rules set up for governing the new Congress, and then passed the rules 228-196. Rep. Nancy Pelosi finds that offensive. “Additionally, for the first time in the House Rules, the Republican leadership has decided to include an explicit acknowledgement that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) ‘continues to speak for, and articulate the institutional position of, the House in all litigation matters in which it appears…As House Democrats have time and time again made clear, the BLAG does not speak for all Members of the House of Representatives and we will continue to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer funds to defend DOMA.”

While the Illinois marriage equality billed was voted successfully out of committee today 8-5, there will be no time to take up the bill during the lame duck session, and the bill is tabled until the new legislature is sworn in next week.

George Lucas and Mellody HobsonMeanwhile, marriage equality was introduced simultaneously into both houses in Rhode Island.

Congratulations to George Lucas, who is engaged to longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson. Should they have a Star Wars or Indiana Jones themed ceremony? Or maybe choose from her work and go with Madagascar?

The DOD bans websites like Towleroad and AmericaBLOG for being LGBT or partisan political, but allows sites from Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.

I’m not sure what’s more horrifying, that Ashley Tisdale has joined the Left Behind reboot, or the fact that she has to play Nicholas Cage’s daughter.

Glenn Beck is pissed that Al Gore refused to sell him Current TV, but sold it to Al Jazeera, who “hates America.” I’ve only seen a few Al Jazeera English reports, but the ones I saw were remarkably unbiased and fact-centric, like what I would expect from the BBC.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is moving forward with same-sex relationships in the game with Star Wars: The Old Republicthe Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack. Executive Producer Jeff Hickman apologized for the delay in implementing the changes. “First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised same gender romance to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.”

Bigot Jim Davidson will be missing Celebrity Big Brother in the UK after being arrested on suspicion of sexual offenses.

Hoping for more civility between House Democrats and Republicans this Congress? Things are not off to a great start. And why’d they have to drag corgis into this?

Rob James-CollierAs a loud liberal who decried the signing statements begun by President Bush meant to bend the implementation of laws passed by Congress, I realize the hypocrisy of me applauding a signing statement by President Obama concerning the conscience clause for military chaplains to discriminate in their work as including in the NDAA, but I’m going to do it anyway.

Downton Abby’s Rob James-Collier is thrilled with his part in the upcoming third season of the show, and how they built the story. “If you’re including a gay character, there’s an onus and responsibility to at least show what the impact of the time will be on him, and of him on that time. Thankfully we’ve done that, and I’m so proud that I’ve been used to tell that tale.”


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