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– An outlying poll showing unusually low support (40 percent) for marriage equality is being touted as an accurate referendum on President Obama’s evolution.
– An Illinois judge has consolidated the two same-sex marriage challenges so that they will be considered together.
– An Ohio same-sex couple was told they would not be allowed to change their last names if they identified themselves as married.
– The National Organization for Marriage’s large role in the Catholic “Fortnight for Freedom” shows just how closely tied the group is to the Church.
– Retired Admiral Mike Mullen will headline a September event commemorating the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
– The latest report on HIV rates in the District of Columbia has some good news, but in the African-American community, heterosexual sex was the leading mode of transmission (37 percent).
– What did the Stonewall Riots get right that the Occupy movement didn’t?
– Equality Matters profiles Robert Gagnon, NOM’s featured anti-gay speaker next month.
– The Seattle Space Needle refused to fly the Pride Flag this year.
– Transgender athlete Keelin Godsey failed to qualify for the Olympics, but still managed to create important visibility for other trans athletes.
– If you didn’t spend Tuesday Night Out at the Nationals, you missed the NAACP’s Benjamin Jealous, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and more: