As Springfield lawmakers took another step toward legalizing gay marriage last week, Central Illinois couples who stand to benefit are waiting to see if it becomes law and what it will mean, while local officials are wondering how they’ll accommodate an expected surge in licenses.
Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, parents of six-year-old Coy Mathis from Fountain, Colorado, have launched a change.org petition asking Coy's school to allow her to go back to using the correct bathroom. Just before Christmas, Coy's school notified her parents that their daughter would no longer be allowed to use the girls' bathroom, because she is transgender.
Gay couples are booking wedding dates and exchanging vows in Maine, but inns and wedding venues aren’t expecting a deluge of new business like Massachusetts experienced when it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage nearly a decade ago.
For some in the the Vassar College community, it was a teachable moment they hope was a spark for further discussions about gay rights and acceptance.
Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., came to the Town of Poughkeepsie on Thursday to protest Vassar College’s support of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transsexual community. They were met by hundreds of Vassar College students, faculty and other community members in support for gay rights.