Last October in a speech, Minnesota's Archbishop John C. Nienstedt told Minnesota's priests that any priest who does not support the proposed constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples should remain silent and instead should speak to the Archbishop privately.
Several Maryland labor leaders, including those from 1199 SEIU and Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, have spoken out in favor of marriage equality in Maryland. Labor leaders say they plan in coming weeks to mobilize workers to lobby lawmakers in Annapolis.
The Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday issued a letter to Anthony John Makk, an Australian citizen married to U.S. citizen Bradford Wells, and granted Makk "deferred action" on his deportation case.
Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach recently circulated a motion that would order city administration to study and report on how to best extend health protections to the domestic partners of city employees.
On this week's episode of Celebrity Wife Swap actress Steffanie Sampson challenged Ted Haggard on his position on marriage equality. Haggard said he was "hesitant" to support marriage, but that he and his wife support civil unions.
After being criticized for anti-LGBT comments, tennis player Margaret Court defended her views and said, "Well, I think it’s very sad because I think they’ve taken it in the wrong way. I mean, I make a stand for both my biblical side, and what I believe. And I think — it’s a choice. And I think there’s young people today that need to know it’s a choice in life."
In the days and weeks following Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan, Catholics have continued to organize and speak out. Many Catholics have found the Cardinal’s comments and the ensuing backlash to be an opportunity to educate the Roman Catholic hierarchy on the reality of LGBT Catholics. Dignity Chicago is one of several Dignity chapters celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Comments like those of Cardinal George’s are one of the reasons why the prophetic call of Dignity is as important now as it was 40 years ago.