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Viacom Takes Pro Gay Marriage Stance

Viacom is one of several major companies — including Google, CBS, Zynga, Diageo, Levi Strauss, and more — to file a court briefing opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Before you get all giddy and go to Times Square to hug Viacom’s building, MediaPost reports that the company didn’t do this just because it is pro gay rights:

The amicus brief does lay out a self-interest case why DOMA hurts businesses because there is a disconnect between laws in some states and federal legislation. So what a Viacom or a Blue Cross or a Starbucks could gain from a repeal. The filers say that DOMA forces a company to keep separate records; increases tax payments; can necessitate hiring expensive compliance firms; and bring a need for added employee training.

In other words, DOMA costs more.

But hey, let’s not be negative nellies here. Let’s just be happy that Viacom and others did this, no matter what the reason was.

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Portraying Lesbian Cheerleader on Glee Wins Actress Accolades

Not so long ago, a lesbian cheerleader was the stuff of B-movie titillation, but Hollywood has clearly evolved. Actress Naya Rivera has seen her profile rise considerably since the character she plays on Glee, Santana Lopez, was revealed to be gay. In a profile of the actress, the LA Times notes:

Off the set, she’s done a gay-themed Q&A with Vanity Fair, seen her stock soar on sites like AfterEllen, a lesbian media website, and won the ultimate honor for any aspiring gay icon: a gig as host of the GLAAD Media Awards.

Rivera has also seen her on-screen time increased, as Santana’s sexual identity becomes more of a central plot point on the show. Playing gay was long viewed as career suicide, so it’s heartening to hear of it being a career boost.

Glee‘s serving up social progress in a miniskirt.

Funny or Die Takes on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Funny or Die’s all-star lineup of sarcasm attacks the recent filibuster of the congressional effort to repeal “Don’t ask don’t tell.”