Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff Paul Babeu was outed earlier this year, after some allegations from a former boyfriend insinuating that Babeu, a conservative Republican, had made unethical decisions in his personal and professional life. While the investigation continues (Babeu says that he welcomes it because it will exonerate him), the sheriff has called off his campaign for Congress.
Sen. Rand Paul's joke last week that he didn't think President Obama's views "could get any gayer" didn't have Republicans laughing during the Sunday shows. Party chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press that he didn't want to see others following Paul's example. Then he went on to say the party as a whole supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who was criticized for not donating to fight Amendment One in North Carolina, has pledged $100,000 in Maine. Hughes and his fiancé, Sean Eldridge, who is a senior adviser for Freedom to Marry, are offering it as a matching gift, which means other, small donors will have to step up during the next four weeks if the full amount is to be paid.
Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couples "the new normal" for Americans, based on its latest polling.
“That’s how we achieved women’s rights,” said Obama. “That’s how we achieved voting rights. That how we achieved workers’ rights. That’s how we achieved gay rights. That’s how we made this union more perfect.”
Colorado lawmakers are back in session at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper on a range of bills, including civil unions legislation that failed to reach debate last week. Why the measure failed to get a vote depends on whom you ask. Advocates and Democrats say that state House Republicans blocked the bill using procedural stall tactics, while GOP leaders said the bill came up too late in the legislative session to be considered.
Andrew Sullivan argues that Barack Obama’s biracial identity allows him to understand the “core gay experience” of “displacement” more than any other American president.
"Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people,” Bloomberg said during a Sunday commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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By all accounts, Jennifer Braly is a good student. The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith psychology major carries a 3.58 GPA, according to the Arkansas Times, and has been a popular guest lecturer in psychology and sociology classes.