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Equality news round-up: More on Illinois marriage equality lawsuit, and other news

Marriage equality Right-wing

By Scottie Thomaston

– Josh Seefried, one of the founders of OutServe, discusses ENDA and anti-LGBT job discrimination in The Huffington Post.

– The California State Senate has voted to ban gay “conversion therapy.”

– A new partnership is forming between LGBT groups fighting economic disparities and mass incarceration, two social problems that affect LGBT people and primarily LGBTs of color in the United States.

– There is a challenge against the Boy Scouts and its anti-gay policies, via a petition.

– Dharun Ravi, sentenced to 30 days in jail for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in the death of Tyler Clementi, had been criticized by the judge for showing no remorse in Clementi’s suicide. He has now apologized.

– Fred Karger has prevailed in the first round of a challenge alleging discrimination by a conservative organization.

– Brian Brown from the National Organization for Marriage accepted a dinner invitation from Dan Savage. And Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council will have dinner with a same-sex couple who is raising a family.

– ExxonMobil shareholders vote against providing LGBT discrimination protections by a wide margin.

– A video from the Illinois couples suing for marriage equality:

Here’s more from the ACLU and Lambda Legal.


  • 1. Reformed  |  May 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I wonder if all that porn sold in exxon gas stations is straight and share holder approved?

  • 2. Reformed  |  May 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This video is very good.

  • 3. Gregory in SLC  |  May 31, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Of late, the right side of all videos are cut off. Anyone having this problem? (p.s. it is a beautiful video!)

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  May 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    New Poll inWAShington State:Seattle, WA) A new, independent, statewide poll finds that an overwhelming majority of voters approve of the Washington’s law extending civil marriage to same-sex couples. Washington voters approve of the law by a 54-33% margin. In addition to extraordinary support by Democrats (87%), the poll also found significant support among Independents, nearly mirroring the full poll, at 52-36%.

    Next week, Washington United for Marriage expects opponents to submit more than enough signatures to put the existing law allowing committed same-sex couples to marry in Washington up for referendum in November. The poll was taken May 22-24 of 500 voters, with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

  • 5. AnonyGrl  |  May 31, 2012 at 7:16 am

    According to their website, they have 151,338 signatures. I hope they are carefully looked over… but even if that is enough, I am glad that the majority of Washingtonians seem to be on our side and that they only got JUST enough to put it on the ballot, not a significant amount that indicates support.

  • 6. Ann_S  |  May 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Hmm, DD will be in college in Washington this fall. I wonder if she can register to vote there . . .

  • 7. Gregory in SLC  |  May 31, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I have an 11-yr old son who loves scouting(sponsored by local church) He hasn't questioned yet why his father can't/chooses not to participate. Seems there is and ENDLESS list of ways our family is discriminated against– how many of those to you share with an 11-yr old person? For myself, nearly-an-eagle-scout, I just want to say F.U. to the BSA. I admire Zach Wahl's optimistic approach. I could learn from his undaunted determination.

    "President Obama said the exact same thing up until the day he endorsed same-sex marriage. I expect we'll see a similar progression from the Boy Scouts," he said. "Obviously, this is a very long-standing policy and I don't think it we'll see a change today, this week or even this year. But over the coming months, we'll continue to take steps in this evolution."

  • 8. Kate  |  May 31, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Link to the JC Penney FB site so we can all leave our thanks for their courageous, supportive and inclusive new advertising campaign:

    Guess I'm going to have to find something I need at a Penney's store! Haven't been in one in years………..

  • 9. Todd  |  May 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Appeals court rules DOMA unconstitutional!

  • 10. Gregory in SLC  |  May 31, 2012 at 7:41 am


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