May 16, 2012 20:00 EDT
Comedian Bill Maher has criticized Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and 'Newsweek's' upcoming cover featuring Obama. Comedian Bill Maher has criticized Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and Newsweek's upcoming cover featuring President Barack Obama. Appearing on TBS' late night chat show Conan, Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, told host Conan O'Brien that he thought it ?ridic? that it took so long for Obama to announce his personal support for marriage equality and blasted an upcoming Newsweek cover celebrating the president's move by featuring him with a gay halo and the caption, ?The First Gay President.? ?I don't understand how this translates. What does he do that's gay?? Maher said. When O'Brien noted that Newsweek made him a ?gay angel,? Maher joked: ?Why not just short-shorts and a penis popcicle in his hand?? ?It's also ridiculous because Mitt Romney, I mean, here he is talking about how marriage goes back 3,000 years ? It's not, that's one thi
May 16, 2012 20:00 EDT
Comedian Wanda Sykes has said President Barack Obama's gay marriage nod has put her 'over the moon'. Comedian Wanda Sykes has said President Barack Obama's gay marriage nod has put her ?over the moon.? Sykes, who married her wife Alex in 2008 before passage of Proposition 8 in California, appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show. ?I'm over the moon,? Sykes told host Jay Leno. ?And for a black person to say 'over the moon' that's big. We don't use that. But I'm over the moon. ? I'm very excited. I'm so proud of him.? ?It's so funny, people think he did it for political reasons. How is this going to help him politically? At first they didn't think he was from America, right. They called him all kind of names; socialist. Now he's saying he's for same-sex marriage. You know there's someone saying, 'Ah, this is the last piece of my Antichrist puzzle.'? Sykes went on to label Mitt Romney the Forest Gump of candidates for his eagerness to please everyone. ?I bet if you put Mitt Romney in front of a
May 15, 2012 20:00 EDT
Jane Lynch, who plays coach Sue Sylvester on 'Glee,' has said she was 'blown away' by President Obama's gay marriage endorsement. Jane Lynch, who plays coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, has said she was ?blown away? by President Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement. Lynch, who in 2010 married her wife Dr. Lara Embry in a private ceremony in Massachusetts, cheered the president during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. ?When my president stood up and said that he believes that I and my family should have the same rights ? it blew me away,? Lynch told host Piers Morgan. ?Nothing's going to happen because he said this. Really, I mean most politics are calculus anyway. But just the fact that he said it and there was a risk in his saying it and ? I don't know, it's just nice to hear that the guy who's sitting in the big chair in the big white house supports me and my family.? Lynch added that she once believed marriage was ?for straight people.? ?And I have a really strong wife who
May 14, 2012 20:00 EDT
President Barack Obama explained his gay marriage stance during an appearance Monday on ABC's 'The View'. ?President Barack Obama explained his gay marriage stance during an appearance Monday on ABC's The View. Seated on the show's couch, Barbara Walters asked Obama whether he would seek federal legislation granting gay people equal rights. ?Well keep in mind that, on issues like Social Security for example, a lot of this has to do with what is called the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA. It was passed originally when Hawaii started making noises about recognizing same-sex marriage. The idea was we don't want that drifting in to the federal government. And this is part of the reason my justice department has said to the courts, 'We don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional.'? Obama explained that he decided to embrace marriage over civil unions partly over federal benefits currently denied to gay couples. ?Part of it was also though just knowing friends and family, people
May 14, 2012 19:07 EDT
US President Barack Obama on Monday sought to leverage his decision to back gay marriage for political gain, drawing a sharp contrast between his position and that of his Republican foe Mitt Romney.
May 13, 2012 20:00 EDT
Singer Clay Aiken and lawyer Ted Olson on Sunday joined a 'Face the Nation' panel on gay marriage. Singer Clay Aiken and lawyer Ted Olson on Sunday joined a Face the Nation panel on gay marriage. Aiken, Olson, Newsweek contributor Mark McKinnon, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Freedom to Marry CEO Evan Wolfson and Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins joined host Bob Schieffer in discussing President Barack Obama's recent announcement in support of gay marriage. Olson, who is currently representing two gay couples challenging the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, said the president's statement was important because it recognized ?the dignity of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors.? Olson reiterated that marriage and equality are conservative values. Perkins said gay nuptials should not be allowed because it is ?counter to natural law? and disagreed with Olson. ?I do not think that you are going to see
May 13, 2012 20:00 EDT
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is being criticized for saying he wasn't sure President Obama's views on marriage 'could get any gayer'. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is being criticized for saying he was not sure President Obama's views on marriage ?could get any gayer.? Paul, the son of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, drew laughs Friday at an event organized by the Christian conservative Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition when he said of Obama's endorsement of gay marriage: ?[C]all me cynical, but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.? ?It did kind of bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference,? said Paul. ?He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage. And I'm like what version of the Bible is he reading?? ?Now that doesn't mean we need to be harsh and mean and hate people ? But that doesn't mean that we have to go ahead and give up our traditions. We've got 6,000 years of tradition,? he added. Appearing Sunday o
May 13, 2012 20:00 EDT
Singer Adam Lambert on Monday performed music from his sophomore album 'Trespassing' on 'Good Morning America'. ?Singer Adam Lambert on Monday performed music from his sophomore album Trespassing on Good Morning America. Lambert discussed Trespassing, which lands on store shelves Tuesday, before performing. ?I just wanted to get back down to what I loved about music. And take my time and write it from a place where I was at home, hanging out with friends, going out, celebrating birthdays, you know, being with family. That's what music is all about ? a celebration.? ?And being back in like a normal life really helped inspire me.? ?It hasn't been normal for you since American Idol,? host Robin Roberts said. ?A lot has come your way and all well deserved.? When Roberts asked about the sound of Trespassing, Lambert answered: ?I think funk is something that's universal. You know, I think funk exists now, today on the radio with dance music. It's a more modernized version, but if you go back
May 11, 2012 20:00 EDT
Illusionist Penn Jillette has said if the government recognizes straight marriage, then gay marriage must be recognized as well. Illusionist Penn Jillette has said if the government recognizes straight marriage, then gay marriage must be recognized as well. Appearing on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, the 57-year-old Jillette, also a best-selling author, told host Piers Morgan that he approved of Obama's endorsement of gay marriage. ?Once you've had straight marriage, you have to have gay marriage,? said Jillette. ?And the slippery slope they talk about. Like, oh, what if they want to do polygamy and they want to do this. I think that's all terrific. I'm all in favor of the slippery slope. I think love is a good thing and commitment is a good thing. People should be able to make any sort of life commitment to anybody they want.? He added that he did not believe marriage was the government's business. ?It just seems a little creepy to tell the government who you are having sex with,? he sai
May 10, 2012 22:54 EDT
President Barack Obama jetted into Hollywood for a George Clooney-hosted fundraiser tipped to make a record-breaking $15 million, and add a touch of stardust to his re-election campaign.
May 10, 2012 20:00 EDT
Shock jock Howard Stern on Thursday said he supported President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage. Shock jock Howard Stern on Thursday said he supported President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage. Obama became the first sitting president to endorse gay nuptials during an interview with ABC NEWS. Appearing on ABC's The View, Stern said Obama had not gone far enough and joked that perhaps he should marry a man. ?It's about time the president said what he said about gay marriage,? Stern told the women of The View. ?I think he didn't even go far enough. They should have a national sort of referendum on this thing.? ?He should marry a man maybe,? Joy Behar interrupted with a laugh. ?He should marry a man,? Stern added. ?Joy, I agree with you.? ?But this is something long overdue. I mean, why in this country we care about an issue like this. Two people being happy together. We want love in the air. I support the president saying this. But we do need gay marriage in this co
May 10, 2012 20:00 EDT
Anna Wintour has told Stephen Colbert's conservative character on Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' to stop resisting gay marriage. ?Anna Wintour has told Stephen Colbert's conservative character on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to stop resisting gay marriage. The 62-year-old, British-born Wintour has helmed fashion glossy Vogue since 1988. She stopped by the show to pitch a Costume Institute exhibit currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When Wintour told Colbert that he could take a few more risks with his clothing now that he is endorsing gay marriage, Colbert said he wasn't endorsing but resisting the institution. ?You're in the fashion world, okay. Are there gay people in the fashion world?? Colbert asked. ?Are you as angry about this gay marriage thing as I am?? ?I am thrilled,? she said, referring to President Obama's Wednesday endorsement of gay nuptials. ?There were tears in the office of Vogue today, and the support of gay marriage. We're thrilled a
May 10, 2012 19:29 EDT
Hollywood stars welcomed Barack Obama's public endorsement of same-sex marriage, as the US president jetted in Thursday for a record-breaking fundraiser in Tinseltown.
May 08, 2012 20:00 EDT
Comedian Jay Leno on Tuesday told Rick Santorum that he's wrong on gay marriage. Comedian Jay Leno on Tuesday told Rick Santorum that he's wrong on gay marriage. On NBC's The Tonight Show, Santorum gave Leno one of his signature sweater vests before Leno asked him his thoughts on gay marriage. ?I know you oppose gay marriage,? Leno told Santorum. ?You're not going to change your mind on that, even though I think you're wrong, but that's okay.? ?Well, I think Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, think most of the people in political life, oppose gay marriage. At least they say they do,? the former GOP presidential nominee said. ?They just say they do. I think you really do,? Leno answered. When asked about civil unions, Santorum returned to marriage. ?I think that marriage is an institution that has a defined benefit for society. Moms and dads coming together for the benefit of themselves and having children, for the benefit of continuing society going forward is something that government reco
May 05, 2012 20:00 EDT
Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed gay marriage. Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed gay marriage. Appearing Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, Biden told host David Gregory that he is ?absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women.? He then added, ?The president sets the policy.? An indication that Biden was shifting towards acceptance could be found in his 2010 remarks on the ABC morning talk show Good Morning America, where he compared gay marriage to repeal of ?Don't Ask, Don't Tell,? the now scrapped policy which banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. ?Well, I think the country is evolving,? Biden told George Stephanopoulos, ?I think there is an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage. That is my view.? ?I remember the first time [Obama] met with the Joint Chiefs ? I was with him. He said, 'Gentlemen, I want you to prepare now. I want to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' And so he prepared the ground so that it is as wide
May 04, 2012 20:00 EDT
Ellen DeGeneres says she's 'still waiting for that puppy' 15 years after coming out gay episode aired. ?Ellen DeGeneres says she's ?still waiting for that puppy? 15 years after coming out gay episode aired. ?Today's the anniversary of 'The Puppy Episode' of my sitcom,? DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 11 million followers on Monday. ?I'm still waiting for that puppy.? The talk show host was referring to the 15th anniversary of the broadcast of her character's coming out on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen. The Puppy Episode was an enormous ratings success and became a cultural phenomenon but a backlash from social conservatives led to its cancellation after only one more season as advertisers, including JCPenney, pulled out. DeGeneres, who also officially came out, was driven out of Hollywood. ?I didn't work, didn't have any money. No one [in the business] would even talk to me on the phone,? DeGeneres told PARADE. She turned things around by convincing Hollywood that she was ?not just gay? but
Apr 27, 2012 20:00 EDT
Adam Lambert-Queen collaboration described as 'fireworks' by Queen drummer Roger Taylor. ?Adam Lambert and British rock group Queen will perform together at four concerts dates this summer, a collaboration Roger Taylor has described as ?fireworks.? Queen currently includes guitarist Brian May and drummer Taylor. Taylor and May formed the band Smile, which Freddie Mercury altered to Queen when he joined. Mercury died in 1991 of complications due to AIDS. While a July 7 performance at Sonisphere 2010 has been canceled, Lambert and Queen will perform together at a June 30 show in Moscow's Olympic Arena, and a show with Elton John is also under consideration. They'll also perform two shows in July at the Hammersmith Apollo to provide ?some alternative ? for some of the the people who had bought tickets? to the now-canceled Sonisphere date, Taylor told Billboard. Speaking to Yahoo!'s Reality Rocks music blog, Taylor described the collaboration with a single word: ?Fireworks!? May added: ?So
Apr 26, 2012 20:00 EDT
Adam Lambert was the musical guest on Thursday's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'. Adam Lambert was the musical guest on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The 30-year-old Lambert took to the Bud Light outdoor stage to perform a five song set from his sophomore album Trespassing, which is due May 15. Roughly 1,000 fans watched the live performance, which is broadcast from the parking lot behind El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Two songs, Trespassing and Never Close Our Eyes, which Lambert co-wrote with Bruno Mars, were broadcast on the ABC late-night talk show. (His performance of Never Close Our Eyes is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.) Lambert also performed Naked Love, Broken English and Cuckoo. The American Idol alum also made the cover of gay glossy Instinct. He told the magazine that the gay community is resistant to celebrate gay male pop stars. ?As a community, we're a little bit resistant to a gay male pop star ourselves,? Lambert said. ?It's ve
Apr 17, 2012 12:50 EDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday made his debut as a chat show host on a Kremlin-funded channel with a deliberately shocking choice of first guest -- the leader of Hezbollah.
Apr 17, 2012 09:45 EDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviewed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday in the debut of his "The World Tomorrow" talk show on Russia's state-funded RT cable broadcaster.