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Delaware School Board Cancels Summer Reading List Rather Than Include LGBT Novel

The Miseducation of Cameron Post coverThe Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age novel about a young lesbian  sent to live with her conservative aunt after her parents die in a car crash. She is subsequently sent to a "de-gaying" camp where she develops a relationship with another girl who becomes her best friend.

The Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware removed the book from its summer reading list after complaints from parents, allegedly about profanity within the book, but the book's author emily m. danforth (who spells her name in lowercase) and others believe it was due to the subject matter of homosexuality.

When danforth and an AfterEllen campaign protested the school board's decision - a decision they reached by violating their own rules and deciding without proper investigation - the school board took the logical and completely not-crazy next step by canceling the reading list program altogether.

danforth responded with an open letter to the school board, stating in part:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post was included on a librarian-developed list that was part of a summer reading program for incoming freshman. You took the drastic action of removing the book from that list, thereby eliminating it as one of the books students participating in that program might choose to complete their assignment. Yes, my book is (apparently) still available in the school library--which is wonderful--but it is no longer a part of this important summer reading program because of a direct action taken by this school board. Period. That's the very definition of censorship, Mr. Brittingham. But surely you know this. (It does seem that this board rather likes to hide behind its rhetoric.)

The book, as she mentions above, is still available in the school libraries.

[via New Civil Rights Movement]


Delaware Deputy Attorney General Charged with Rape of Teen He Met on Grindr

Daniel simmonsDaniel Simmons, 34, a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy, New Castle County Police Officer Tracey Duffey said.

The News Journal reports that the investigation began in March after police learned of the incident involving the teen, who Simmons met through the social media app Grindr.

Simmons was charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape. He has been placed on administrative leave and police are asking anyone with information about him or other victims to contact New Castle County Police Department.

The paper adds:

As state Attorney General, Beau Biden in 2007 established the state Child Predator Unit within the Attorney General's Office with investigators who concentrated on proactively identifying child predators over the internet, while aggressively investigating and prosecuting traditional crimes against children.

Biden has issued no comments on the charges.


As Marriage Equality Goes Into Effect in Delaware, Gay Lawmaker is First to Marry

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Delaware state Senator Karen Peterson, a co-sponsor of the state's marriage equality bill, and her partner Victoria Bandy, became the first gay couple to marry on Monday morning as the law took effect, NBC Philadelphia reports:

It's a day she never imagined would come. "Never, ever. I still can't believe it. Who would think at 63 I'd be getting married, you know?" said Peterson.

But the senator says she didn't say yes right away, when Equality Delaware asked her to be first. That's because the Senate's last night in session is Sunday and it usually runs all night.

"I hesitated because I thought, 'well, I'm not even going to be awake.' Sometimes I drive home from Dover when the sun is coming up," said Peterson.

Peterson and Bandy married at 8:30 am. Congrats to all the gay couples in Delaware who are doing the same today.


FOX News Has Devoted One Minute of Coverage to Gay Marriage Victories in RI, DE, and MN Combined

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Media Matters has posted a report on coverage from the cable news of the recent marriage equality victories in Minnesota, Delaware, and Rhode Island.

The report reveals this nugget: FOX News devoted exactly 16 seconds of coverage over the past couple of weeks to marriage equality in Rhode Island, 44 seconds to marriage equality in Minnesota, and 0 seconds to marriage equality in Delaware.

"According to an Equality Matters analysis, Fox News mentioned the marriage equality victories in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota a total of three times. CNN and MSNBC made 13 and 35 mentions of the stories, respectively."


Pro Wrestler Jay Briscoe Says He'll 'F**king Shoot' Anyone Who Tells His Kid Gay Marriage Is Okay

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Pro wrestler Jay Briscoe, who currently wrestles with Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Guerilla, and is the current Ring of Honor Chammpion with his brother Mark Briscoe, made some disgusting comments on Twitter yesterday morning following the passage of marriage equality in Delaware.

Said Briscoe: "The Delaware Senate passed a bill yesterday that allows same sex couples to get married. If that makes you happy, then congratulations!!!!! ... try and teach my kids that there's nothing wrong with that and I'll f**king shoot you"

Briscoe's Twitter account is offline as of this moment but I screencapped the tweets last night (below).

And he's being blasted by a couple of sports writers, like Matt Bishop:

If a WWE wrestler made these statements, it would probably be pretty close to the end for them. Luckily for Briscoe, ROH is so far under the radar that he'll likely skate on these statements.

And Keith Harris at SB Nation:

However, even if he wasn't the Ring of Honor World Champion, Jay Briscoe's latest homophobic outburst on Twitter should not only embarrass ROH management, but also the whole wrestling industry. It's one thing to politely disagree with gay marriage, quite another to say that you would commit acts of violence on anyone who teaches your children that it's OK.

This is much worse than TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray recently using gay slurs to trash talk a ringside fan. Ray was a heel who went too far in his attempts to generate heat whilst in the zone performing. It was a dumb move, but at least he and Dixie Carter quickly apologized for his indiscretion.


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Inside the State House as Governor Jack Markell Signed the Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO

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Shortly after Delaware passed marriage equality yesterday, Governor Jack Markell signed the bill, because, he said, "I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer."

He also joined a Google+ hangout to discuss the signing.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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