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March 22, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Which states have the strongest LGBT protections?
    States laws differs widely in their treatment of LGBT Americans regarding employment, housing and other aspects of life, John Sutter writes. The disparity means LGBT Americans need to consider many factors when deciding where to live. "For what other group ... are state borders so important?" he asks. CNN has created a tool that helps match people with states depending on which LGBT protections they believe are most important. CNN (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Senators aren't swayed on marriage, despite shifting public opinion: Senators who oppose allowing same-sex couples to marry have told Politico their views haven't changed, despite the rapid shift in opinion polls on the issue. "I don't mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I've stayed with the concept of traditional marriage," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. When asked his opinion, Sen Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said, "I'm not gay, so I'm not going to marry one." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. bill would tie restroom use to birth certificates
    Pending legislation in Arizona would restrict the use of gender-designated restrooms to persons with a corresponding gender on their birth certificates, an idea critics say could turn transgender people into criminals. State Sen. Nancy Barto, a Republican, said the law would require those held by police to produce birth certificates to back up claims they're using the correct restroom. "Otherwise," said state Rep. John Kavanagh, also a Republican, "you're going to go to jail, which is where you belong." Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (3/20), Portland Press Herald (Maine)/The Associated Press (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatricians group declares support for marriage equality
    The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing a four-year review of scientific literature, issued a policy statement this week declaring that legal marriage for same-sex parents is in the best interests of their children. "[C]hildren growing up in households headed by gay men or lesbians are not disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents," the academy said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Warsaw's rainbow sculpture attracts vandals, admirers
    A 30-foot-tall sculpture of a rainbow that stands over Warsaw's Savior Square has been burned four times, perhaps by vandals who interpret the work of art as support for gay rights. LGBT volunteers have helped rebuild the colorful arch and anti-gay politicians have denounced it as "disgusting," but the artist, Julita Wojcik, says her piece is actually about "tolerance, diversity and openness." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staff retracts Ohio governor's support of civil unions
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, this week said he supports civil unions for same-sex couples, a policy shift that his staff walked away from a day later, saying, "He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio's constitution to allow for civil unions." In an interview about Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's change of heart on the issue, Kasich had told a reporter, "If people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer their resources, I'm for that. I don't support gay marriage." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LGBT Mississippians live under "cloud of fear"
    LGBT people in Mississippi say they fear not only for their happiness but also for the potential that they will be harmed or fired from their jobs. A black LGBT Pride event recently was held indoors because participants worried they would be stoned if the event were held outside, one organizer said. When Mississippi passed a ban on marriage for same-sex couples, 86% of people voted in favor of it. CNN (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • When do you think the Republican Party will nominate a presidential candidate who supports legal marriage for same-sex couples?
    2020  30.69%
    Never  19.97%
    2016  15.38%
    2024  15.14%
    2028  11.95%
    I'm not sure  6.87%
  • Marriage equality at the Supreme Court
    Linda Greenhouse writes about the last time the Supreme Court was presented with a case involving the constitutionality of marriage bans. In 1972, the court unanimously dismissed a case "for want of a substantial federal question." Next week's oral arguments in two landmark marriage cases will follow several years of national discussion about the issue and a sea change in public opinion, conditions that are likely to produce much richer opinions from the Court, Greenhouse writes. The appeal in the Proposition 8 case might stop at the issue of whether marriage equality opponents have standing to bring the case, an outcome that would reinstate marriage rights in California. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Opinionator blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Meningitis strain is killing gay men in NYC, officials say
    A new strain of meningitis that can kill quickly has been "marching through" the gay community in New York, health officials warned this week. Victims include men who have had sex with men they've met online, through smartphone applications or at bars and parties, making it harder to track the disease. "All they know is a screen name and a physical description. It's another big challenge for us to identify how this disease is spreading," said Dr. Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at the city's health department. Seven of the 22 cases so far have resulted in deaths. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Folk singer says anti-gay comments were misinterpreted
    Music venues across the U.S. this week canceled upcoming shows by folk singer Michelle Shocked, who recently made comments during a show in San Francisco that seemed critical of marriage equality and homosexuality. The singer later said she was misunderstood. BuzzFeed (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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