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It's already against the law for same-sex couples to get married in Indiana, and the legislators in the state have recently updated the existing law, reminding some and informing others that it's actually a criminal offense for a same-sex couple to even try to get married.
The group of Sullivan High School parents, teachers, and students lobbying for a straight-only prom have couched their anti-LGBT position in religious language, stating "We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted." Many religious leaders, however, have rejected the group's claims that LGBT people are "wrong" and that they should have a straight-only prom.
A group of parents and students at an Indiana high school is leading an anti-gay initiative to create a separate prom that bans gay students.
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of providing benefits to domestic partners of city employees, including lesbian and gay partners.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network and the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) are among the organizations that have expressed their support for 17 year old Dynasty Young, the bullied gay teen from Indiana who's been expelled for using an electrical self-protection device as a way of protecting himself against physical violence.
Following GLAAD media training, Dynasty Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, have shared their story on Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC. GLAAD staff have also been working closely with local and national media outlets to ensure that this story is told in an accurate and thoughtful way.
On Thursday we shared with you the story of Dynasty Young, the openly gay high-school student who's now facing expulsion after using an electrical self-protection device in response to severe bullying. In order for media coverage of this story to meet fair, accurate and inclusive journalistic standards, several important questions need to be raised.
At midnight on Friday, March 12, Indiana lawmakers wrapped up their 2012 legislative session. While a number of pressing items might have made headlines during the session's final days, in the end it felt to many observers like the highest priority facing some members of the General Assembly was revoking a hard earned, specialty license plate that demonstrates support for LGBT youth.
Please also note that GLAAD has contacted the Fox station that produced the story to thank the outlet for its fair,