Welcome to the Short List, where you’ll find all the news or entertainment tidbits worth digesting for the day.
Here’s the breaking news you’ll need to get through Hump Day, from the primary results in New Hampshireand the resignation of a marriage-equality advocate in North Carolina. Plus: What exactly is an AIDS awareness ad from Israel trying to say?
*In news that will stun absolutely nobody, Mitt Romney won today’s GOP primary in New Hampshire. The former governor of Massachusetts snagged 37.3% of the vote, beating out Ron Paul (23.6%), Jon Huntsman (16.9%) and the rest of the peanut gallery. “Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we go back to work,” Romney said in his victory speech. Speaking of which, check back with Queerty tomorrow for more election analysis. [New York Times]
* A Georgia man landed a 15-year prison sentence after using the Social Security numbers of AIDS patients to scam the state’s Medicaid program for upwards of $300,000. He got off light if you ask us. [Project Q Atlanta]
* We’re not the only ones pissed about a ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina: Sherre Toler, Director of Elections for Harnett County, NC, quit her job so she could work to defeat the amendment. [Towleroad]
* Police in Baltimore are on the lookout for a suspect who assaulted a 16-year-old transgender girl in November. [WBAL]
* Did someone forget to tell Oklahoma Representative Mike Reynolds that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed? ‘Cause he’s trying to make it so gays can’t serve in the National Guard. ”The bill goes beyond the discrimination contained in the now-repealed DADT statute and allows government officials to directly question som eone about their sexual orientation,” explains a statement from HRC and the Equality Network, “[It] essentially remov[es] the ‘don’t ask’ component contained in DADT,” [GLAAD]
*The daughter of Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has come out… in favor of same-sex marriage. “I believe in marriage equality and I just don’t understand why we’re still having this debate,” says Jessica Rudd. [Star Observer]
*Freddy Mercury thinks better of going bareback in a surreal semi-NSFW safe-sex commercial from Israel [AIDS Israel Task Force]
Photos: Mitt Romney Media, AIDS Israel Task Force