Ultimate LGBT Icon Tournament: FINAL ROUND

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This is it, gang.

The final two. Bette Midler vs. Harvey Milk. Neither of these two icons had easy roads to the finals.

The Divine Miss M was up against some of the biggest divas in all of entertainment; Liza Minnelli, Elton John and Barbra Streisand. She was also able to fend of the Glamberts and keep Adam Lambert from upsetting her like he did with Gaga and Cher. Here she is, Milder started out singing to her gays in the bathhouses and she hasn’t stopped singing to them for almost five decades. ICON.

Harvey Milk isn’t a slouch in the LGBT icon business either. Milk started this competition easily defeating Bernie Sanders and silencing the Bernie Bros before they even had a chance. He then took down Caitlyn Jenner, Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres (easily one of the favored to win the entire thing) with huge, double digit margins. If the word dominate could be used for anyone in this competition, Milk is the man it would be used for. He also has the honor of being the only person in the competition to have an Oscar winning movie about his work with the community. ICON.

It is now left up to you to decide, who is the Ultimate LGBT Icon? Voting ends Friday at noon.

Updated bracket and poll after the jump:

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Poll: Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage issue

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 percent saying that should be the case and 49 percent say they should be exempt.

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AP Poll: Nuanced Views on Gay rights, Religious Liberty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.

The survey uncovered nuanced views on gay rights as the Supreme Court considers, in a case heard on April 28, whether the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry.

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AP Poll: What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans’ sympathy for religious objectors may be limited to just that — wedding-related businesses.

The issue has become a topic for heated debate after critics of Indiana’s recently adopted Religious Freedom Restoration Act charged that the law was intended to permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Most Americans on board with marriage equality… but there’s a catch

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Salt Lake City (AP) – While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll.

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New Gallup poll says LGBT Americans report lower ‘well-being’ compared to non-LGBT individuals

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It seems that LGBT Americans might have lower well-being than Americans who don’t identify as LGBT.

Gallup-Healthways released results from a poll that measured Americans according to a Well-Being Index. The poll scores individuals on how well they’re thriving socially, financially, physically, community-wise and purpose-wise, all things that assist in their daily lives.

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