Eleven Democratic state party chairs are urging the national party to make marriage equality part of the 2012 Democratic platform at the national convention in September. The group Freedom to Marry announced Thursday that the 11 chairs are endorsing their campaign to get the issue in the platform at the convention, called ”Democrats: Say I Do.”
The language of the “freedom to marry” plank calls for “the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry.”
The first series of commercials to ever promote the U.S. to world visitors include a gay couple. Developed by Washington, D.C. based Brand USA, the commercials were launched yesterday in the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada.
After her son, Dynasty Young, 17, reported several instances of bullying that were not properly addressed by school administrators, Chelisa Grimes sent her son to school with a self-protection device. On April 16, allegedly after being cornered by a group of students who called him names, cursed and threatened to beat him up, Dynasty fired the device into the air. The students backed off, and no one was injured. Shortly thereafter, school police officers came into Dynasty's classroom and handcuffed him. Dynasty has been suspended from school and is now facing expulsion.
A local group of African-American citizens is worried that a dark period of American history might repeat itself if Amendment One passes Tuesday.
As part of an informal coalition of city residents who oppose the so-called “marriage amendment,” 10 African-Americans — most of them Christians — came forward earlier this week to express their belief that the legislation discriminates against a minority group — gays and lesbians — just as their race was the target of discrimination for centuries.
Rep Zachary Wyatt told members of the Missouri House of Representatives, reporters and the world Wednesday morning that he is gay while delivering a statement calling on members in the House GOP to withdraw support from House Bill 2051, the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Richard Grenell, whom Mitt Romney chose last month as his presidential campaign’s national security and foreign policy spokesman, stepped down from his post Tuesday, suggesting that the conservative backlash over his sexuality prevented him from being effective in his role.
Reports out of Minneapolis have it that CeCe McDonald has accepted a plea deal for second degree manslaughter in the death of Dean Schmitz. McDonald is a black transgender woman who says she was attached by Schmitz with racist and homophobic slurs. Her supporters have rallied at the court house all week, saying that her case is a stunning example of institutional biases against black and transgender communities.