Openly gay writer Chad Hodge recently spent some time with Anita Bryant and they "talked about everything [...] Religion, homosexuality, her life and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish...but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me." Hodge said, "Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else."
The Michigan state Senate on Wednesday passed a bullying bill that was amended to exclude the provisions including reporting requirements and enumeration, or listing, of protected classes. In addition, the legislation provides an exception which allows bullying based on “moral convictions.” Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) delivered an impassioned speech rebuking the Republicans for “explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying.”
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its formal consideration of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation introduced earlier this year that would repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act."
Mo Baxley of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry on Wednesday announced her resignation from the organization. Baxley cited insufficient funding as the reason for her resignation and said, “I am incredibly proud of the success we have had over the past six years and of New Hampshire’s status as the only state to pass equality entirely legislatively."
"Ohio must have the courage to confront bullying," said Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio. "Until our state's laws and school policies specifically address this problem, bullying will continue unabated and schools will remain unsafe."
Said Gaga of the Born This Way Foundation: "Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."