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Puerto Rico’s Brutal Gay Decapitation … Canada’s Supremes to Rule on Polygamy?

ON OUR GAYDAR — News, notes, clicks, and quips from around the web.

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→ Nineteen-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, was murdered Saturday in Puerto Rico. He was found “partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered, both arms, both legs, and the torso.” According to iReporter Christopher Pagan, “The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.'”

→ So Rachel Maddow lied about whether her colleagues and employer engage in political activism.

→ Brooklyn’s Starlight Lounge, the borough’s oldest gay bar (and self-proclaimed oldest black-owned NYC bar), risks closure as its building’s new owner wants the place empty.

→ Even though Gap this year is explicitly excited for Christmas, the American Family Association is initiating a temporary boycott because of “the company’s censorship of the word ‘Christmas.'”

→ Laid off from the New York Times, Kenneth in the 212 blogger Kenneth Walsh is sort of “eh” about it.

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→ Democrat Alex Sink, who’s running for the Florida governor’s seat that Charlie Crist is leaving open, wants to abandon the state’s ban on gays adopting: “We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home — a home that’s determined not by any law. The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation with the experts, to determine what is the best for that individual child.”

→ As Perry v. Schwarzenegger moves marriage equality closer to the U.S. Supreme Court, Canada’s top court will be asked to decide whether it’s time to say yes to polygamy.

→ Love Honor Cherish’s SignForEquality.com kicks off for a 2010 Prop 8 repeal effort.

→ Is it racist when the British version of the Couples Retreat movie poster “omits” the two black characters?

→ Homophobic reggae star Buju Banton saw his concerts killed stateside. Now Beenie Man is seeing the same thing happen in Australia and New Zealand.

(Photo: Miami Herald)