5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 19

1. “To have the question disposed of and dispensed with, many Republicans say, could make their opinions on the matter largely moot, providing a political escape hatch that gives them an excuse to essentially say: ‘It’s been settled. Let’s move on.’” The New York Times on how the Supreme Court taking on a same-sex marriage case gives the GOP political cover for 2016.

2. Meet the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case.

3. A bullied gay teen was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for attempted murder after shooting a classmate in the chest with a shotgun and firing at another in the 2013 incident in California.

4. “It’s because I don’t think I’m really going to dive into that role 100 percent because of insecurities about myself trying to play that part.” Actor/comedian Kevin Hart gets honest when explaining why he wouldn’t play a gay character at this point in his career.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Lesbian “SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon brings back her epic Justin Bieber impression in this parody of the singer’s recent Calvin Klein underwear ads.