A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll examined the reaction to New York’s passage of marriage equality legislation. Fifty percent of those asked said they viewed the law as a “positive development,” while 46% said they thought it was a “negative development.” Either way, 24 same-sex couples were married on Saturday in Central Park in pop up chapels hosted by The Knot.
The editorial board of The New York Times published a piece about progress recently made in LGBT equality and said, "There is still plenty of work ahead to end this discrimination across the country. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism."
The Associated Press ran a piece about changing attitudes around marriage equality and how Republican presidential candidates are confronting the matter. Both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum over the weekend indicated that they would support a federal law banning marriage for same-sex couples.
Utah State University recently began an online study of LGBT members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Renee Galliher, a USU associate professor of psychology who is leading the study, said, "The broad goal is to provide a better description of how LGBT people function within the Mormon Church. You'll see that we're asking them to talk with us about a whole range of experiences both related to and unrelated to their religiosity."
In California on Thursday, matters became heated during the trial of Brandon McInerney, who is accused of killing classmate Lawrence King in 2008. The family of King reportedly walked out of the courtroom in reaction to former English teacher Dawn Boldrin, who began crying during the trial. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell ruled that Dawn King's use of an expletive during the trial was enough to get her ejected for the rest of the trial.
Portland, Ore., Mayor Sam Adams recently announced that he will not run for re-election, but also that he will not be a lame duck. Adams: “You’re only a lame duck if you can’t get three votes for the things you want to do. I intend to be a very active and vibrant duck."
The board of directors of the American Conservative Union recently voted against inviting GOProud to next year's Conservative Political Action Conference. GOProud released a statement expressing its disappointment with the decision. The Board of Directors of the organization said that the ACU was “well within their right to do so, but a decision like this will have consequences.”
Ex-Gay Watch reported that the tax-exempt status of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was revoked in May of 2010. The reason listed is a “failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years.” According to IRS documentation on revocations, the group can no longer be considered a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and there is no process for appeal.