PHOTO OF THE DAY: A map of International same-sex marriage laws.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Santa Fe, New Mexico Mayor David Coss is breaking ground by attempting to offer gay couples marriage licenses. Coss cites the fact that the city's definition of marriage is gender neutral. More power to him! Citizens in Finland are tired of being the only Scandinavian country that doesn't allow same-sex marriage and are attempting to force their Parliament's hand.
Better late than never; after it was reported earlier today that Chipotle was continuing to support the Boy Scouts despite their anti-gay policies, the restaurant chain has pulled out of a Boy Scout event in Utah. The New Jersey teen whose coming out went viral is hoping lawmakers in the state take steps to ban "ex-gay" reparative therapy. And it seems the ACLU might be coming to the rescue of some bullied students in California.
After being suspended over a rash of homophobic tweets, CNN contributor Roland Martin will be leaving CNN soon and is blaming Jeff Zucker. Also Rachel Maddow is skeptical that the GOP can actually achieve that re-branding they talked about after CPAC.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Model and Personal Fitness Trainer "Go Green" takes part in the second installment of "Interviews with Underwear Models" Swimming Pools! Movie Stars! Take a look at old Hollywood via the air. And if this is the future of mobile phone keyboards, I will never be able to text again.
The march toward marriage equality has begun in Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun reports:
Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced a Senate Joint Resolution that would repeal the section of Nevada’s constitution that says “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized.”
The repeal would start the lengthy process by which Nevada could legalize same-sex marriage. The resolution needs to pass by majority vote in the Legislature this year and again in 2015 before it would be placed on the 2016 ballot. If the majority of voters in Nevada decide to repeal the marriage definition, then the Legislature could act in 2017 to legalize same-sex marriage in statute.
Vanessa Spinaloza, lobbyist for the ACLU, worked with Segerblom on the resolution and said she’s confident that a majority of legislators support the repeal.
Vanity Fair has the scoop from Saturday night's GLAAD awards:
Just days before the Supreme Court will be considering the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, both of which prohibit same-sex marriage, the Jersey Shore stars hope the justices strike down both. “They better pass it,” JWoww said. “They better. Or I’ll come for them.” Snooki concurred: “Yeah. I will find you, and I will kill you,” she said.
I don't think Sonia Sotomayor has much to worry about but Scalia might.
And if you're interested in what they had to say about Anderson Cooper and Madonna, Boy Culture got that scoop, AFTER THE JUMP...
No matter where you are in the country on March 26 and 27, there is likely a rally or event to mark the Supreme Court's historic hearings on DOMA and Proposition 8.
Find or create an event of your own on the United for Marriage 'Light the Way to Justice' page. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
For New Yorkers, there is a march this weekend, on Sunday March 24 starting at 1 pm:
On Sunday, March 24, marriage equality supporters will march from the historic Stonewall Inn to Washington Square Park to express support and solidarity with those who fight for marriage equality across the country, and especially before the Supreme Court. At Washington Square Park, supporters will rally for freedom for everyone—including our gay and lesbian family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. The rally will feature flag dancers, singers, and speeches.
Marriage Equality USA, GLAAD, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, Equality Beyond Gender, New York State Democrats, NYC for Action, Dignity New York, Chelsea/West Village for Change,The Bronx LGBTQ Center, Heritage Of Pride, Henrietta Hudson,The LGBT Community Center, Manhattan Young Democrats, LAMBDA Legal, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Greater NYC for change, Shelter of Peace, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Camp Highlight, Democracy for New York City, NYU Law Democrats, Democracy for America, Empire State Pride Agenda, The Queens Pride Center, The Anti-Violence Project, AM 1600 WWRL, Imperial Court of New York, Montclair State University LGBT Center, Middle Collegiate Church, JQY, The Global Gender and Sexuality Project at The New School and The Stonewall Inn are together for this one.
Here's the Facebook page for that.
As I reported yesterday, New Jersey is considering a bill that would ban so-called gay conversion therapy and held hearings before the Senate Health Committee.The bill, S2278, would ban licensed therapists from trying to turn gay kids straight. The committee advanced the bill in a 7-1 vote.
Among those testifying was Parsippany high school senior Jacob Rudolph, whose speech coming out to his entire class at an awards show assembly went viral on YouTube in January.
Said Rudoph to the panel in a powerful speech:
“What disturbs me the most is that our government would allow orientation-conversion organizations to subject children to such so-called therapy. It is hard enough for LGBT teens to accept that their sexual orientation differentiates them from their classmates. Consequentially, I cannot fathom how emotionally scarring it must be for these kids to be told they are somehow broken and are then manipulated to reject their innate sexual preference and ‘become’ heterosexual again. What strikes me as the most cruel facet of this practice is that these young people cannot defend themselves from being subjected to this harmful practice.”
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume on Rob Portman, Obama and Prop 8, Colorado, Minnesota, and Rhode Island.
I WISH: An amazing Stevie Wonder a cappella.
HUH? That's what I was wondering.
TOM MINNERY: Focus on the Family spokeshater invites you to the NOM pro-discrimination march.
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