May 18, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- The Washington Blade has been covering a story about the the stabbing death of a Marine by a fellow Marine. The victim was called an anti-gay slur at the time of the stabbing. There were charges filed in the case and now the government considers the stabbing an anti-gay hate crime.
- The French Prime Minister has promised to implement marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples, advancements that were promised by the newly elected president of France.
- Marriage equality is fast becoming a big issue even in South Dakota, as the two Democratic Congressional candidates running for South Dakota’s one at-large seat have opposing viewpoints on the issue. One opposes marriage and the other supports it:
Barth said he is more concerned about Social Security, Medicare and national security, but he feels gay marriage is an issue worth supporting.
He said Varilek’s opposition to it has done two things: It struck a chord with voters who wondered where he stood on issues important to them, and it raised the question if Varilek was acting out of political interests, not speaking from his heart.
“I call it as I see it,” Barth said. “I don’t base my answer on who’s in the audience.”
- Activists and politicians in battleground states feel emboldened by the president’s support of marriage equality.
- Malawi’s president wants to repeal their gay ban.
- A gay election board nominee in Oklahoma was denied a vote in committee. This just a day after Virginia’s Assembly did the same to a qualified gay judge.
- A legislator in Mississippi says gay people spread disease and should be put to death.
- The pioneer of “gay cure” research has apologized and repudiated his research, and the New York Times takes an in-depth look.