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- Former Charlotte Mayor and one-time Republican gubernatorial nominee Richard Vinroot has come out against North Carolina’s discriminatory Amendment One, and so did the Duke University Student Government — unanimously.
- The city of Duluth celebrated its city council’s opposition to Minnesota’s anti-equality amendment with a fundraiser for Minnesota United for All Families.
- The Illinois General Assembly has advanced an anti-bullying bill, but it does not enumerate protections for LGBT students.
- The Tennessee House Education Committee advanced another bill that would protect anti-gay speech, this time by ensuring “select students” can express “religious viewpoints” at football games, school assemblies, and graduation ceremonies.
- About 61 percent of all the funding opposing Anchorage, Alaska’s proposed non-discrimination protections is coming from one source: the Anchorage Baptist Temple.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron could apparently face a Tory revolt over his support for marriage equality — a.k.a. pushing a “militant gay agenda.”
- Irish President Michael D. Higgins spoke out to youth about “the appalling, destructive reality of homophobia,” “an appalling blight on a society” that drives young people “not just to lower self-esteem, exclusion, isolation, and loneliness, but self-destruction.”
- Two men in the United Arab Emirates have been sentenced to six months in jail for kissing in public.
- Kristen Bell is HRC’s latest American for Marriage Equality: