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- During this commencement address at Barnard College and subsequent speech in New York, President Obama referenced the LGBT community, including using the phrase “marriage equality” for the first time.
- In a taped appearance on The View, the President explained that supporting “marriage” over civil unions is important because of the federal benefits that depend on the word.
- One of Mitt Romney’s prominent gay donors, Bill White (CEO of the Constellations Group), has pulled his funding because of the candidate’s anti-equality position.
- MSNBC is also confused about whether the Republican Party supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) has cleared the air with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) over her comments comparing their states.
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has placed her chief of staff, Murat Gokcigdem, on indefinite leave because of an email she sent disparaging a gay staffer.
- The Indianapolis gay teen expelled for carrying a stun gun to protect himself from bullies has been attacked at a local mall.
- Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, has pledged $100,000 to the marriage equality ballot campaign in Maine.
- Jay-Z has added his support to Obama’s comments on marriage equality.