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Kristin Chenoweth Says Supporting Gay Rights Doesn't Clash With Her Christian Beliefs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:25AM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is probably best-known to TV audiences for her hilarious guest-star spots on 'Glee,' playing the alcoholic high school dropout April Rhodes. But come midseason she'll be hitting the small screen with a starring role in ABC's new Bible Belt comedy, 'Good Christian Belles.'

The Tony-winning Broadway star ('Wicked') also has a successful recording career, and has been out on the interview circuit lately to promote her latest album, 'Some Lessons Learned,' which is where she's courted controversy in some circles by confirming that her staunch Christian beliefs are not at odds with her support for the gay community.

In an interview with 'The Advocate' Chenoweth says that people are born gay or straight, just like they're either tall or short, and that it's not a choice. In response to a question about people who cite Christinaity as justification for passing discriminatory laws, she said "I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?'"

She added that, "It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You're going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.' I think he'd be accepting and loving."

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Hate E-Mail Makes Miley Cyrus Shut Down Her Twitter Account (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 31st 2010 6:20PM
Miley Cyrus on Love vs. HateMiley Cyrus, whose current film 'The Last Song' opened Wednesday, had to shut down her Twitter account because she started getting hate e-mail after coming out in favor of gay marriage. She was on the 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and discussed the issue with DeGeneres.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Newlywed Game' Goes Gay

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 17th 2009 9:23AM
Even as states and jurisdictions made gay and lesbian marriages legal, 'The Newlywed Game' has played it straight - until now.

The long-running game show, now on the GSN cable network, said Wednesday it will feature its first gay couple this season on a celebrity edition. George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on 'Star Trek,' will appear with his partner, Brad Altman.

They just celebrated their first anniversary after being married in Los Angeles last September, but they're nothing like the giggly young couples the game is known for. Takei and Altman have been together for 22 years.

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George Takei: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2006 11:06AM
George TakeiGeorge Takei is a busy guy. Believe it or not, of all the interviews I've done, his had the most regimented procedure: I was supposed to call him and immediately begin the interview, because he had other interviews scheduled around mine.

Apparently, his itinerary has been a bit crowded lately. And for that, Takei -- best known for playing Mr. Sulu on the classic series Star Trek -- can thank the combination of his public coming out late last year and his addition to Howard Stern's Sirius satellite show as its announcer. In fact, the 69-year-old actor's voice was the first one that people heard when Howard first debuted in January. He spent the entire first week there telling graphic stories about his first sexual encounters, cutting goofy IDs, and trading wise-ass remarks with sidekick Artie Lange. He also got pranked not once, not twice, but three times by the crew: once with a David Letterman impersonator and twice with an Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator. As always, though, he was a good sport, giving the audience his trademark halting laugh whenever he got scammed.

Since the Governator vetoed the state's same-sex marriage bill, Takei has spoken out passionately for gay rights. He is currently on a speaking tour for the Human Rights Campaign he has dubbed an "Equality Trek". So between that, his appearances at Trek conventions, and his negotiations to return to the Stern show, it's a wonder he has time to talk to any reporters at all.

In our conversation (after the jump), George and I talked about the speaking tour, Howard, his guest turn on Will & Grace, and his appearance as Sulu on a web-only Star Trek series. Oh, and I couldn't leave without asking him about Bill Shatner at least once.

Because Takei needs to be heard as much as he needs to be read (I mean... that laugh!), I've made the audio version of the interview available for download. It's available here.

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