Even though the Boy Scouts of America bars atheists and gays, the city of San Diego is allowed to lease the group public property at nominal rates without running afoul of the state and federal constitutions, a federal appeals court decided Thursday.
Now that Minnesota voters have rejected an amendment constitutionally defining marriage as one man, one woman, activists and allies in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party there say they plan to push for full marriage equality early next year.
Gay couples will be allowed to marry in Maryland starting Jan. 1, but as things stand now, they won’t be allowed to file joint tax returns. Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday that he is committed to changing that before income taxes are due for 2013.
Florida voters are split on gay marriage and oppose legalizing marijuana, according to a state poll released Thursday. The survey by Quinnipiac University of 1,261 registered voters found that 45 percent oppose gay marriage while 43 percent support it.
Too few trans people or trans-related issues were included in LGBT end-of-year lists. An even greater number of trans-related stories received little to no media attention at all this year, despite efforts to have them covered by bloggers and journalists.