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**Zach Wahls, after finding out that Intel has given the Boy Scouts of America $700,000 back in 2010, started a petition to ask Intel to stop funding BSA, which is an organization that bans gay scouts and gay scout leaders from participating.

After receiving support and a little over than 30,000 signatures, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer , Rosalind Hudnell told Think Progress that the company had adjusted its policies:

Due to significant growth in the number of organizations funded, earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel’s anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding.

Intel is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and to supporting the communities in which we live and work.

Yay for Intel and Zach Wahls and to all those who signed the petition!

**Paris Hilton -whom we haven’t heard from in a while – was in hot water this week after getting caught speaking anti-gay rants.  After getting blasted by the media and gay people and their allies, she immediately apologized saying “Gay people are the strongest!“:

“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning. I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.”

“HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women,” she said. “It’s something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.”

Okay, she can go back to her hole now.

**Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that received a backlash after its CEO Dan Cathy admitted that the company is “guilty as charged” when asked about its contribution to anti-gay organizations, seemed to have changed its tune lately but then backpedaled again once questioned by Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  The governor wrote on his website:

“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect,” the fast-food chain’s statement read, according to the former Arkansas governor. “Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”

Huckabee noted on his website that he “talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil-A about the new reports that Chick Fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage. This is not true. The company continues to focus on the fair treatment of all of its customers and employees, but to end confusion gave me this statement.”

The question is:  GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?
**President Barack Obama hailed the end of the “DADT” policy in the military on September 20th.  Here’s the full statement:

“A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing â??Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love.

“It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian.

“The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world.”

That’s ALL folks!

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