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Celebs tweet their reaction to North Carolina's Amendment One

In the wake of North Carolina’s election results that approved Amendment One, a ban on same-sex marriage, celebrities have rallied on Twitter to speak out for equality. Ellen DeGeneres, who had a legal wedding in California before Prop 8 passed, tweeted, “Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.”

Fellow out actors Alan Cumming and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted their disappointment with the decision in North Carolina, as did straight actors Russell Brand, Christopher Gorham, North Carolina native Brooklyn Decker, and even a certain Harry Potter character who must not be named. See their responses and more below. READ FULL STORY

Dan Savage apologizes for 'insulting' teens who walked out of Bible speech, but not for attacking hypocrisy; Catholic League does not accept

It Gets Better Project creator Dan Savage has found himself in hot water after video of his April 13 keynote address to a convention of high school journalists on the power of social media and the problem of anti-bullying veering into a lecture on Christian hypocrisy went viral. Savage said people often say they can’t help with anti-gay bullying because the Bible tells them it’s wrong. “We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things…” Some in the audience applauded, some got up and quietly walked out. Watch this segment of his speech in its entirety below (“The Bible says that if a woman isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death… Callista Gingrich lives,” he says).

After he brings his point home — “People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle, they can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible” — he announces he’s ready to move on. “So you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” he says. “It’s funny as someone who’s on the receiving ending of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed some people react when you push back… I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings, but I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.” READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' shocker! America's Next Drag Superstar NOT crowned in season finale

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You read that headline right, Drag Race fans: RuPaul pulled a fast one on the queens — and the show’s rabid viewership — by shockingly announcing on tonight’s season 4 finale of the reality competition that she would not be crowning America’s Next Drag Superstar. Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Sharon Needles all remain in the competition…for now.

“Ladies, I’ve made my decisions,” RuPaul said, with all the drama in the world, just as she was about to reveal her choice on the runway. “Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Drag Superstar is…going to be announced next week on RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited.” (Note: EW will be on the scene for the reunion, which is taping Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, and will share all the details will you in time.)

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' contestant Latrice Royale talks elimination, Sharon Needles, and what's next

Latrice Royale was shockingly eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race in last week’s new episode, which whittled the field down from four to three. (Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Chad Michaels are still standing.) At the time of her departure, Ms. Royale was nowhere to be found for a patented EW exit interview, but we caught up with the beloved big queen for a few minutes today. Latrice is a pleasure: She gamely talked to EW about her elimination, that touching speech she made to RuPaul, the contestant she’s rooting for now (thankfully, it’s not Phi Phi!), whether a big girl will ever win the Race, and what her next move is. Read on for all the dish from Latrice Royale.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did it feel when you were eliminated? Sad?
LATRICE ROYALE: I had such an amazing experience, and I had grown and gotten so much more out of the competition than I expected, so it was really a rush of emotions overtaking me. I had come to the realization that I had really, really made a mark and a difference on the show. It was so emotional for me. I didn’t want to leave the girls. RuPaul has really changed my life. I really feel that. I’ll never be the same.

How have you changed?
For me, personally, I had a lot of healing to do and I didn’t realize that coming on the show was going to give me the opportunity to do that, to close some chapters and open up some new ones, you know? It was just amazing. Of course I was with other contestants, but I was there by myself — no distractions — so you kind of have to face your dark days, you know?

With the challenge that eliminated you, did you think the judging was fair? Should someone else have gone home?
I mean, it coulda went either way. For me, we were all trying to create and make things fresh and new. And then some people just grabbed their dirty laundry out of their suitcase and walk it down the runway and win? I’m bitter! I still can’t swallow that pill.

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Former '80s child stars rally against Kirk Cameron's 'stupid opinions' -- VIDEO

What do Maureen Flannigan, Keith Coogan, and Josie Davis have in common? Aside from being former child stars from neon-splattered ’80s sitcoms, the three are all CCOKCs (pronounced exactly how you think it is): Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron.

In a new Funny Or Die video, the erstwhile teen thespians — including Kenn Michael (The Parent ‘Hood), Brice Beckham (Mr. Belvedere), Jeremy Licht (The Hogan Family), and a surprisingly hot Christine Lakin (Step by Step) — join together in solidarity against their former peer Kirk Cameron, whose incendiary remarks about homosexuals launched the wrath of a thousand seven child stars.

“We’re pledging to raise awareness about a serious threat to our civil rights: Kirk Cameron’s stupid opinions,” say the actors from the ’80s and ’90s. “As former child stars ourselves, we don’t want to be associated with that horses—.” Watch the video below, lest I spoil more of what’s spewed from the mouths of the poster children of a lost era. READ FULL STORY

'Hard Times of RJ Berger' star comes out, talks new MTV show

Hard Times are getting better for Paul Iacono. The 23-year-old actor and former star of MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger today announced on Twitter and in an interview with The Village Voice that he is gay.

Iacono tweeted, “Yes I’m gay. And yes, it does get better. #YOLO.” If you didn’t get the references, the hashtag stands for “you only live once” and the allusion is to the It Gets Better Project, which focuses on preventing suicide and encouraging positivity among gay youths. In his interview with Village Voice, Iacono — who played high school nerd RJ Berger on the cancelled MTV comedy — revealed that his coming out wasn’t wholly planned or expected: “I’m rolling with the punches here. I was asked if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said ‘Of course.’ I didn’t think I’d be coming out. But why not now? I think it’s the right time to say something.”

Though Hard Times was cancelled, Iacono is prepping for a role in another upcoming MTV show called Kenzie’s Scale, in which he plays a college student who moves with his high school sweetheart to New York, only to have a gay awakening when he gets there. Iacono insists that the show is “a radical young Will & Grace” (in that they continue to live together as friends) and hopes that his role will provide LGBT youth with another gay character to look up to (he mentioned Glee‘s Chris Colfer as another positive influence).

Read more:
MTV cancels ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’
MTV’s ‘RJ Berger’ returns to series-high; ‘Jersey Shore’ ends strong

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