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Lena Dunham is unafraid to expose various body parts on HBO's smash new comedy, Girls. Seriously: she's naked A LOT.

In real life, meanwhile, the actress/director/writer is equally unafraid of expressing her political views, which she did yesterday via Twitter.

"I'm voting because I want to party at my sister's future wedding #ForAll," Dunham wrote, while making clear her affection for Barack Obama and her support of gay marriage:

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Where do you stand on these pressing issues? Do you support marriage equality?

 

Who will you vote for in the Presidential election?

 

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Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups, according to Chicago's Joe Moreno, the alderman whose opposition of a proposed Chick-fil-A on the Windy City's north side helped fuel the controversy surrounding the fast food chain.

The company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers and says that WinShape Foundations, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A Logo

A memo, "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are," will be distributed to all employees and restaurant operators, encouraging them to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect, regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

In a letter to Moreno, the company said WinShape is "taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas."

Since 2003, it has donated millions to groups that promote "traditional marriage," such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

According to the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocate, Chick-fil-A execs "clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."

The firestorm over the popular restaurant began this summer when Dan Cathy, its President and COO, said unequivocally that he opposes gay marriage.

The comments sparked boycotts, which in turn led to a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day fueled by supporters. Conan also devised a hilarious new mascot for the chain.

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Zac Efron doesn't get it.

The former High School Musical star not only has a gay fan base, but he's often been the subject of rumors regarding his sexuality (despite public romances with Vanessa Hudgens and Lily Collins).

And that's totally fine with Efron, the actor tells The Advocate in a new interview.

"I don't judge anyone and I never have," he says. "I don't like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with - that's the way I was raised - but I just can't see what's so wrong about being gay."

Zac Efron in Venice

As for gay marriage in particular?

"It's an issue that affects so many people in my life - a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me," Efron adds. "I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do."

It's a sentiment shared by man, but not all of course. Where do you stand on the issue of gay marriage?

 

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Sophia Bush stars on Partners, a CBS sitcom that debuts next month and which focuses on the close bond between two best friends, one of whom is a homosexual.

In light of that subject matter and in the wake of the recent hullabaloo over Chick-Fil-A and the comments made by CEO Don Cathy, the former One Tree Hill actress recently went off on the topic of religion, gay marriage and equal rights.

And we mean OFF.

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"Here's my issue," Bush tells E! News. "It shocks me how many people come to their defense, first of all. I'm sorry, it's 2012, if you really think it's OK to deny anybody their basic human right of loving who they choose to love, you can go f-ck yourself, honestly. And you can print that, because I'm done. I am so over it."

She wasn't done, either. Take in her passionate stance below and then chime in with your take on gay marriage.

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Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes, things change and you have to move on. So says D.L. Hughley in calling it quits with Chick-fil-A.

The comedian penned a letter to The Huffington Post confirming the split, saying he and the chain are "growing in two different directions."

Mainly on account of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's stance against gay marriage, of course. Here's what Hughley had to say about it...

D.L. Hughley and Chick-fil-A

Hughley said he felt forced to "choose between my heart and my stomach," but had no choice, since "baby, lately you've been doing me dirty."

"You've been speaking with a forked tongue, spewing hate instead of frying love," the comedian deadpanned ... Ed Helms would surely agree.

"Who would have thought a chicken sandwich would become a symbol for both free speech and intolerance at the same time?"

While supporting Chick-fil-A's boss' right to believe and vote how he pleases, Hughley lamented Cathy's use of Bible verses to make his point.

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While hundreds of thousands partook in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin repeated her support for the fast-food chain.

In a Fox News interview, the 2008 V.P. nominee defended Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's decision to publicly express anti-gay marriage views.

Moreover, she called backlash against Chick-fil-A an affront to free speech.

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"Well, that calling for the boycott is a real - has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

"And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage."

"One boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married."

"Having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified."

Whichever side you're on in the gay marriage debate, Sarah Palin's interpretation of the 1st Amendment is interesting to say the least.

Dan Cathy certainly can express his opinions, but as the head of a popular company, has to expect repercussions from such statements.

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An unofficial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brought hundreds of thousands of fast food lovers out to the support the embattled restaurant, which has endured serious criticism resulting from its ownership's gay marriage stance.

Supporters converged on its locations on Wednesday after former GOP presidential hopeful and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared it to be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day called on people to show support a great business.

Tea Party groups, conservative activists and countless ordinary patrons flocked to the chain, which has been under fire since chief executive Dan Cathy recently stated that he and his company were against gay marriage.

The comments drew strong reactions, with customers pledging to boycott the chain and some mayors - most notably Boston's Tom Menino and Chicago's Rahm Emanuel - proclaiming they would not allow Chick-fil-A in their cities.

Interestingly, many came out to support the restaurant and Cathy's religious beliefs, even if they say they are less than religious themselves.

"I'm not getting myself involved in the issue of gay marriage and all that, I'm not getting involved in a religious debate," Gwilym McGrew said.

"I'm getting involved in the government and the media basically putting their thumb on a businessperson for his religious beliefs."

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Former political figure/celeb Sarah Palin stopped by a lucky Chick-fil-A restaurant Friday to "support a great business" slash their anti-gay marriage views.

Palin Tweeted and Facebooked a picture of herself, former Alaska First Dude Todd Palin, at Chick-fil-A, looking happy to be at the Houston-area spot.

"Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business," is her caption, no doubt in support of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance.

Sarah Palin, Chick-fil-A

To be clear, Chick-fil-A's founders have a right to their opinions, and by visiting there and posting the photo above, Sarah's exercising that same right.

Freedom of speech. Great stuff. But to be equally clear, Palin is quite obviously using it to imply her distaste for gay rights without overtly saying so.

Way to be cowardly - chicken if you will - in your bigotry, Sarah. At least pull a Mike Huckabee and declare a full-on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Ed Helms, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian and others have called for a Chick-fil-A boycott, while Boston banned the restaurant from the city.

Where do you stand on the calls to boycott the chain?

 

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Unlike the cities of Boston and Chicago, Laguna Hills did not place a ban on the opening of Chick-fil-A in its area. But perhaps it now wishes it had.

A new store in that town was greeted this morning by protestors from the Orange County Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, holding signs and calling for boycotts of the chain whose President has come out against gay marriage.

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Aside from simply saying his company was "guilty as charged" when it came to supporting the "biblical definition of marriage," Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has donated millions to the Marriage & Family Foundation and the Family Research Council.

The issue first came to attention when Ed Helms Tweeted his reaction to that news and said Chick-fil-A had lost him as a customer.

The The Jim Henson Company has also severed ties with the store, who tried to stem the tide of public disdain by releasing a statement that read: "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

So far, as today demonstrated, it has not worked.

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There are television shows about families with 19 kids. And television shows about teenage mothers. There's even one that features strange addictions such as eating laundry detergent.

Yet One Million Moms - a conservative group that went after JC Penney after it hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson - believes an upcoming NBC sitcom titled The New Normal is "attempting to desensitize America and our children" because it centers on a gay couple and a surrogate.

The series stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as partner looking to adopt. That's the entire premise. And this is the statement One Million Moms has released in response to it:

NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture. Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

As for the millions of Americans who believe marriage should be between any two people in love and/or don't believe that their beliefs ought to dictate the airwaves?

The organization appears to have no comment.

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