Approximately 150 protestors faced off against 150 counter-protestors today in St. Petersburg’s first official pride rally held in the Russian city since a new law banning gay “propaganda” took effect last month.
President Obama might be changing minds with his support for marriage equality, at least among African-American voters, a new poll shows.
State law required Oklahoma's Republican governor to pick a Democrat for its Election Board, but the gay man she selected as most qualified isn't even getting a vote. Jim Roth was Gov. Mary Fallin's choice for the state's election board, having to name someone from a list provided by Democrats. Local newspapers point out Roth's long list of qualifications, including a term on the statewide Corporation Commission, and two terms as county commissioner.
Advocates praise the new Justice Department standards, though questions remain about separate rules for immigration detention, to be finalized by the Department of Homeland Security.
One of the most notorious antigay figures admitted during a radio interview this week that he once felt same-sex attraction but claims the culture overcame it. Paul Cameron had most recently claimed that President Obama is secretly gay and reiterated that "the plausibility is growing" during an interview on David Pakman's radio show. Cameron, now the chairman of the Family Research Institute, still calls himself a psychologist though he was kicked out of the American Psychological Association for his debunked views.
A new poll finds that most people by now have heard about Mitt Romney's past as an antigay bully and more than two-thirds aren't bothered one bit by it. Ipsos asked poll respondents via the Internet about a Washington Post report that while Romney was in prep school, he led a "posse" of students who held down and forcibly cut the hair of a fellow high-schooler while the student cried, screamed and called for help.
Virginia delegate Bob Marshall, who helped orchestrate the defeat of gay judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland this week, explained his opposition by saying, “Sodomy is not a civil right.”
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.