An influential preacher stands up for gay rights.
It's not yet legal to get married in Maryland, but an appeals court ruled today that same-sex couples can already get divorced. Maryland's Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that any Marylander legally wed in another state can get divorced in their home state. The case centers on Jessica Port and Virginia Cowan, who were married in California in 2008 during the brief period when it was legal. Two years later they sought a divorce in their home state of Maryland and were denied.
President Obama might be changing minds with his support for marriage equality, at least among African-American voters, a new poll shows.
MNSBC's Rachel Maddow and comedian Jane Lynch talked Wednesday about how President Obama's support for marriage affected them personally. "I felt like half of me had to have a talk with the other half," Maddow said of the internal conflict of being a political journalist who is a lesbian. She said journalists were missing the point, and that the real importance of the president's statement is its potential to change minds. Lynch said the president's statement had awakened something in her.
Floyd Mayweather, the infamous boxer, came out today in support of marriage equality (partly in response to his long-time opponent Manny Pacquiao). According to TMZ, Pretty Boy Floyd released a statement on Twitter that said, "I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage. I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want."
The LGBT equality organization AllOut.org sent a thank you card to President Obama for his endorsement of marriage equality, and it had 75,000 signatures on it. The card was received on Tuesday by the White House's LGBT liaison, Gautam Raghavan.
Bob Enyart gives his money to Starbucks before sullying the streets with coffee.
Protesters marched through the streets of Raleigh on Monday to express outrage over Amendment One, a constitutional ban on same-sex unions that North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved, and they plan to march every 14th to change hearts and minds.
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