At midnight last night, Maine became the 8th state to enact marriage equality. Portland City Hall was open from midnight to 3:00 AM to marry the first couples. Several couples received marriage licenses, and a handful of couples were married on the spot.
2012 saw a new generation of religious voices speaking for LGBT equality. Some are new, and some have been around for a while. All of them have helped to change the religious landscape concerning LGBT people.
Seventeen-year old Lennon Cihak was denied confirmation after he posted a picture of himself on Facebook holding a sign he altered in support of the vote for marriage equality on Minnesota’s November 6th ballot.
The historic votes on marriage equality in Maine, Maryland and Washington not only extended marriage rights to same-sex couples, but will add a significant amount of capital to the economies of those states, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law.
After Hurricane Sandy (which was totally not God’s punishment for marriage equality), the LGBT Religion News Summary is back, featuring the election, gay Muslims around the world, and Bishop Gene Robinson.
Over the coming days and weeks, pundits will be exploring what the 2012 election meant. One thing that is certain, the election demonstrated the days of LGBT people being invisible, or worse, a wedge issue, are over.
More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.