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An ally speaker uninvited, Europe's first gay-friendly mosque, and anti-LGBT Brazilian evangelists: Religion News Summary for June 6, 2013
Take a look at the last week in LGBT religion news: LGBT people of faith celebrate Pride, we learn which religions support LGBT people, and repercussions for LGBT-friendly faith communities.
Today, June 11th, is the statewide call-in day to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, organized by Empire State Pride Agenda. Polls indicate that 78% of New York State residents support the act, which if passed would prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations.
In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and rejected an appeal that would have protected California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality.
GLAAD is working with the Anti-Violence Project to bring attention to anti-LGBT violence in New York City, including the most recent incident on June 3.