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Illinois State Rep. Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy

A Republican state representative in Illinois defended his opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday by comparing same-sex unions to polygamy and statutory rape.

“If one male and one female is discriminatory, then isn’t limitation of marriage to just two people discriminatory, too?” he wrote. “There are men who would like to marry two or more consenting females. Would you define their relationship as marriage, too? Could a man marry a consenting 9-year old girl? Why not? To refuse them would be discrimination. Again, where would you draw the line?”

Talking Points Memo
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April 12, 2013

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety

The lack of legal protections in two-thirds of the states for members of the LGBT community means that more people live in poverty and have a harder time making it simply because their rights aren’t on an equal footing with other Americans. This is even more the case for LGBT women and people of color, where employment discrimination fuels an even broader economic crisis.

Colorlines
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April 12, 2013

Actor and Advocate Omar Sharif Jr. Joins GLAAD Staff

GLAAD today announced that actor and LGBT advocate Omar Sharif Jr. will join GLAAD's staff as National Spokesperson and Strategic Giving Officer. Complementing the work of National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz, Sharif Jr. will be an essential part of GLAAD's Development team, helping to build relationships with donors and raise vital funds to support GLAAD's work to lead the conversation for LGBT equality.

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Gay Catholic Delivers 18,000 Signatures to Bishop Asking to Be Reinstated

The case came to light last week after top Catholic officials, led by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the church needs to do a better job welcoming gays and showing that the institution is not “anti-anybody.” GLAAD responded by promoting Coppola’s story to show that the church’s actions were not matching its words.

Religion News Service
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April 12, 2013

Toronto denies permit for Pride Trans March

The City of Toronto has once again told trans Torontonians that they can't march down Yonge Street during Pride celebrations this summer. The announcement was met with outrage at a recent Pride Trans March town-hall event at the Marriott Hotel.

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April 12, 2013
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