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South Dakota State Senator Ernie Otten, with lead support from Rep. Steve Hickey, introduced two bills in the South Dakota Legislature attempting to allow clergy, church officials and businesspeople to refuse to take part in the marriages or receptions of loving LGBT couples with the justification that it would protect their religious beliefs.
Indiana and Utah will both host anti-marriage equality rallies. Both programs feature anti-LGBT activists who have said some of the most jaw-dropping things about LGBT people.
Autostraddle recently highlighted the New York Medicaid campaign being run jointly by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, GLAAD, and TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project.
The Attorney General of Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto (D), filed a 55-page brief with the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week in which she urged that the state's ban on marriage equality--part of Nevada's constitution--be upheld. In this document, she expressed an interest "to protect and perpetuate traditional marriage," and proceeded to define "what marriage is not."
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has changed his position on marriage equality by stating that his office will no longer continue to defend Virginia’s ban on marriage equality.
United Methodist minister and former dean of Yale Divinity, Rev. Thomas Ogletree, will be tried by a church council because he officiated at his son’s marriage to the man he loves.