Although the LGBT community and our allies recently celebrated the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona, the fact that such a bill even made it to the governor's desk was distressing. Unfortunately, as we know, the LGBT community was not the first group to be singled out for discrimination in Arizona. Latino and immigrant communities have long felt targeted by laws like SB 1070, which forced law enforcement to inquire about a person's legal status—if they "suspected" them of being undocumented. Since blue-eyed blonde Canadians who've overstayed their visas are very unlikely to be "suspected" of being undocumented, SB 1070 was considered likely to invite racial profiling. Unfortunately that didn't stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill, which was later partially overturned.
Pope Francis is messing with the narrative that anti-LGBT activists and leaders have been building. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bill Donohue are scrambling to explain how nothing has changed, when in fact, it has.
United Methodist Bishop Martin McLee and Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree announced that the church was dropping the case against Dr. Ogletree for officiating at his son’s wedding. Furthermore, Bishop McLee said in his statement “I call for and commit to cessation of trials.”
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has broadened their contractual requirements for Catholic school teachers and administrators.The stronger language in the contact teachers must sign is most likely due to high profile firings and lawsuits being filed by LGBT and allied Catholic educators.
Kevin Jennings, the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, has written an op-ed for The Huffington Post, in which he calls the LGBT community in the United States to get more informed and engaged in LGBT issues overseas.