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August 20, 2011 – Page 2 – QNotes

Bert and Ernie: No wedding plans

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

“Sesame Street” puppets Bert and Ernie are longtime roommates who have famously provoked the question “are they or aren’t they” for decades. However, in recent weeks the push for the plush pair to come out of the closet has gained even more steam with the creation of a popular petition calling for the adorable couple to get hitched to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in New York. Plus: More national and global headlines.

Columbia: Wedding announcement published

News Notes: Carolinas

The wedding announcement of William Hasty III and Gregory S. Smith was published in The State after from their New York nuptials. Their marriage was on July 26 at Town Hall in Mamoroneck, N.Y. This is a first and a significant moment for the South Carolina paper, which in 2006 ran an editorial endorsing the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Raleigh: Pastor says no to marriages, Center needs E.D.

News Notes: Carolinas

Pastor Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church has taken a stand against anti-gay matrimony and has declared that she will not perform state-sanctioned celebrations until everyone is afforded the ability to wed. Plus: Raleigh LGBT Center needs new executive director.

Campus Scene: ENC seeks student ambassadors

News Notes: Carolinas

ENC seeks ambassadors RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) is on the prowl for a new brand of organizers — post-secondary student ambassadors. Those selected will lead the fight for equality across the state in supporting the organization’s initiatives to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians. ENC Ambassadors will represent a …

Has Lady Gaga peaked?


I read a number of message boards devoted to music and I follow the “Billboard” charts pretty closely. I like to think I have my ear to the ground and am pretty good at spotting trends before they bloom. If it’s true, I have a feeling the presently scattershot sniping about Lady Gaga’s recent commercial results might kick into overdrive any moment now.