Ellen Wishes Oprah A Happy Birthday

1.29.2014

By Jesse Steinbach

...and 5 other things you need to know today

1. Ellen wishes Oprah a happy 60th birthday! But the congratulations was a bit strange and off-beat. Ellen first presented a huge, bedazzled portrait of the bday-gal, and then talked to a Siri-Oprah over the phone. Weird? Funny? Whatever, we love both of these ladies and the skit got some laughs.

2. The fight for marriage equality in Indiana took a hit today when the amended version of the constitutional ban passed the House on Tuesday. "Passage of the revised amendment was expected in the House following Monday’s vote to eliminate the amendment’s second sentence, which also banned civil unions," reports IndyStar. But legalized same-sex marriage isn't entirely off the table in the future. "Senators have the ability to amend the measure back to its original form," writes Fox News, "If senators restore the measure to its original form, they could set the ban back on track for an appearance in November's ballot."

3. A Hong Kong property and shipping tycoon offered his lesbian daughter millions of dollars to find her a husband. Gigi Chao, however, married her partner Sean Eav in France back in 2012, and in response to her father's proposal, said: "There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me." In a patient and elegantly written letter, Ms. Chao explained that she did not expect her partner and father to be best friends, but did ask for his tolerance and respect.

4. Surprise surpise, Kirk Cameron LOVED the Grammys' gay marriages. Cameron wrote on Facebook that the ceremonies were "an assault on the traditional family" and that he can't wait to release his new family movie, Mercy Rule, which is about "family, faith, and baseball." Psssht, how gay does that sound?

5. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act garnered another House Republican signature. Rep. Michael Grimm became the 200th cosponsor of the bipartisan ENDA. Re. Jared Polis, an openly gay democrat from Colorado, welcomed Grimm and said, "This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate." Boom, #teamwork.

6. The Disney Channel aired its first gay couple on the network's popular series, Good Luck Charlie. Bob and Amy Duncan set up a play date for their daughter...but wait! Two moms and a kid show up at their door? No biggy, the Duncans are cool liberals. Good job, Disney. Watch the short clip below:

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