News Roundup: July 14, 2011

Headlines around the web – July 14, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    New Deportation Case Tests Obama Administration on Gay Marriage (here via FOX News) - ”The couple was granted a reprieve Wednesday when an immigration judge delayed Benshimol's deportation by at least two years, as he presses the government to drop its efforts to deport him, the Times reported. He came to this this country in 1999, but his visa has since expired. The U.S. allows citizens to sponsor their spouses for green cards and eventually citizenship, but the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars the government from recognizing such applications from same-sex spouses.”

    Judges Signing Up for Sunday Duty at Gay Weddings (here via New York Times) - “In a summer Sunday, Justice Thomas D. Raffaele of State Supreme Court in Queens would usually be in a bathing suit at the Jersey Shore. Instead, on July 24, the Sunday that New York’s same-sex marriage law goes into effect, he plans to be in his judicial robes at the city clerk’s office on Queens Boulevard, ready to marry people, possibly in large numbers.”

    Mayor Bloomberg rewards GOP senators who backed gay marriage with $10K thank you (here via NY Daily News) - “Bloomberg had made no secret he'd be willing to back Republicans who stuck their necks out and sided with the majority of Democrats to support same-sex nuptials. He sent $10,300 apiece - the maximum contribution allowed - to Sens. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) and James Alesi (R-Rochester).”

    Netflix price hike angers users, some drop plan (here via Yahoo! News) - “On Tuesday, the company said it was splitting up its two services, which means that subscribers who want both streaming video and DVD-by-mail access will have to get separate plans that cost at least $16 per month total. Netflix had been offering both services as a single package that was available for as little as $10 per month. The price changes took effect immediately for new subscribers, and will begin Sept. 1 for current Netflix customers.”

    'Glee' Exclusive: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith Not Returning for Season 4 (here via The Hollywood Reporter) - In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator Ryan Murphy says the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fall’s upcoming third season.

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