WATCH: More video of LGBT advocates speaking at Dallas County Commissioners Court

In the video above are Annemarie St. John, Tori Van Fleet and Cece Cox. In the video below are Elizabeth Lopez, Patti Fink and Stephen Sprinkle. To watch the other six speakers, go here.

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News: Elizabeth Taylor, Photo Awards, Leonardo Dicaprio, London

 road Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized after suffering symptoms from congestive heart failure.

Time  road Time magazine cover photo awarded "World Press Photo of the Year": "The woman it depicts is Bibi Aisha, who was 18 when she left her husband, a Taliban fighter, over claims of domestic abuse. In an act of retribution, the Taliban allowed him to cut off her ears and nose. Aisha's husband abandoned her after the assault; American soldiers and aid workers later rescued her and transported her to the United States–where she now lives–for reconstructive surgery."

 road Tom Cruise to star in the Hollywood version of Rock of Ages.

 road Moby Dick ship discovered in the Pacific Ocean.

 road Lowell, Massachusetts man wakes up to find his door covered with numerous anti-gay slurs.

 road Contestant on UK reality show admits to doing gay porn.

 road Scientists find that "Lucy" walked on two feet.

 road Disturbing rise in racist and anti-gay hate crimes in London.

Leo  road Leonardo Dicaprio suits up as J. Edgar Hoover in LA.

 road Get ready for a Wonder Woman-themed brand of cosmetics from MAC.

 road Things just keep getting worse for Borders bookstores.

 road Nashville mayor says he will sign anti-discrimination legislation for gays and lesbians: "Nashville is known as a welcoming and friendly city and as a city that doesn't tolerate discrimination."

 road Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is the fastest selling single in iTunes history.

 road Andrew Garfield keeps getting more and more acting gigs.

 road Rhode Island Republican House Minority Leader Robert Watson under fire for comments he made during an event at the Chamber of Commerce: "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."

 road New spanish-language radio drama "Bienvenidos a Casa" focuses on gay Latino teen.


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Westboro Baptist Discovers Cool iPhone Camera Effects Just In Time For Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

OH SNAP — Having been granted a permit to protest outside Elizabeth Edwards' funeral today in Raleigh, the Westboro Baptist Church did just that. We spotted this TwitPic uploaded by Megan Phelps. Isn't it nice to see strong women supporting each other?

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Elizabeth Edward Dies at 61 After Cancer Battle

Ee Elizabeth Edwards, a mother to four who very publicly faced the infidelity of her senator husband in the last years of her life, and a vocal ally of gay rights, died at 61 this morning after a battle with cancer.

"Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment."

RIP.

Watch Chris Matthews discuss Edwards' life on CNN, AFTER THE JUMP

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Elizabeth Edwards Is Dead

After taking doctors' advice and ceasing treatment for cancer, Elizabeth Edwards passed today at age 61, at home surrounded by family. Including John Edwards.


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Breaking: Elizabeth Edwards Has Passed Away

Local press in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is reporting that Elizabeth Edwards has passed away. From WRAL‘s Elizabeth Edwards dies:

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Elizabeth Edwards, the political wife whose public battle with breast cancer, coping with marital infidelity and continued advocacy for the downtrodden raised her profile above that of her husband, died Tuesday. She was 61.

Edwards died at her Chapel Hill home, where family and friends had gathered in recent days after doctors informed her that her cancer had spread and recommended that she not undergo further treatment.

CNN confirms the story.

UPDATE FROM PAM: The statements from the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2010

Statement by the President on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards.  This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences.  I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign.  She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind.

In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain.  Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up.  But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2010

Vice President Biden Issues Statement on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

“Elizabeth Edwards fought a brave battle against a terrible, ravaging disease that takes too many lives every day.  She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and to those who felt they knew her.   Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Edwards family as they grieve during this difficult and painful time.”

The DNC:

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s Statement On The Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

Washington, DC – Today, Elizabeth Edwards passed away.  Following her death, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement:

“Elizabeth Edwards’s death at much too young an age will be mourned and she will be fondly remembered in the hearts of women and men from all across our nation.  Elizabeth was a woman of firm convictions and strong principles, and she was an inspiration not only to members of the Democratic Party but to countless Americans of all backgrounds.  

I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends, and my thoughts go out to all those who will miss her.  Elizabeth will not soon be forgotten, and her spirit will live on in all those who loved and admired her.”

Unlike our President (and her husband John Edwards), Elizabeth Edwards endorsed marriage equality. Speaking at the HRC San Francisco Dinner in 2007:

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* Elizabeth Edwards is gravely ill; further treatment for cancer ‘unproductive’
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How many logic fails can you find in Tea Party candidate Elizabeth Scott’s video?

Elizabeth Scott is a tea party candidate challenging openly-gay, pro-equality Washington state Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds).  Marko was the prime sponsor of the safe schools law which was passed unanimously by the legislature last year – a spectacular accomplishment.  

A political newcomer, Scott quickly earned a reputation for engaging in slimy politics.  Despite this, she represents a serious threat to Rep. Liias’s reelection because the national economic meltdown has put voters in a sour, anti-incumbent mood.

At a recent candidate forum, the moderator asked the candidates their opinions of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.  Elizabeth Scott has posted a video with her answer to the question, which she restates as “Question: Where do you stand on homosexual marriage?“.  How many kinds of crazy can you find in her brief reply?  Sorry, can’t get the video to embed.

I also believe in one man, one woman marriage, but I don’t believe the government should come into your bedroom.  So, I would leave it at that.  Marriage is where I draw the line – using the term marriage.

I want to point out that some endorsements on my website of a lesbian couple here in the district.  They’re in our neighborhood, and who are thrilled I’m running because frankly I’m surprised this is the first question that comes up. We have one out of seven people out of work or more.  The reason the lesbian couple have endorsed me is that they’re very concerned about their jobs being sent out of state by our high taxes and the concerns about overspending.

Here in the Herald recently a gay man wrote in that he was upset by his tax dollars not being spent wisely on education.  We all want our money’s worth,and I’m not getting it.  I believe in equal rights and opportunities, but I do not believe in special rights.

Only a minute long, yet she manages to pack in a lot of crazy:

  • Government should stay out of your bedroom…unless you’re gay and want to marry.
  • Two Uncle Tom lesbians endorse her and she’s heard of a gay man who is concerned about school funding.  The implication she’s reeeeally stretching for is that she’s not an incoherent homophobe.
  • Equality for straights is equality, while equality for gays is “special rights”.

    Let’s not let this kind of crazy replace the smart and sane Rep. Marko Liias in the legislature!  If you’re in Marko’s district or, like me, in a nearby safe district, please consider volunteering with Marko’s campaign.  To learn more about Marko Liias and his opponent, come to the first general election debate Wednesday night, September 22nd, at Edmonds Community College. More details here: Civic Engagement: 21st LD and 1st LD Candidate Forum.

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    * Sour grapes ferment into MarkoMadness
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