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– The first-ever openly gay Republican presidential candidate, Fred Karger, has ended his campaign.
– Rhode Island lawmakers managed to avoid all controversial legislation this term, including same-sex marriage.
– Vestal High School in New York may remove alumnus and Tennessee Rep. Stacey Campfield (R) from its Hall of Fame for his homophobic comments about HIV and sponsorship of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
– The Family Equality Council has released a new guide for allies when talking about adoption by LGBT parents.
– The Family Research Council is praying against LGBT people again, including for the Boy Scouts to keep discriminating, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to fail, and the Defense of Marriage Act to be upheld.
– The ex-gay therapy umbrella group Exodus International has lost 20 ministries in the past year.
– Learn the backstory of how Bryan Fischer came to be the notable bigot that he is today.
– One evangelical mom is apologizing for the harm she’s done and sharing her story of accepting her lesbian daughter.
– Another conservative mom is buy her son a new Macbook to keep him straight.
– A member of Israel’s Knesset, Anastassia Michaeli, says that “most homosexuals are people who experienced sexual abuse at a very young age.”
– TLC has agreed to pull an episode of Cake Boss in which transgender woman Carmen Carrera was made the punchline of a prank.