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– Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have pledged $2.5 million to support marriage equality in Washington state, doubling the Washington United for Marriage budget.
– The 75-organization strong Respect for Marriage Coalition has launched a new toolkit for helping to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
– The staffs of Michigan’s eight LGBT community centers have launched a 100-day hunger strike to protest the state’s “extreme anti-equality environment.”
– A number of studies about gay men and transgender people were rejected for the International AIDS Conference.
– The National Organization for Marriage’s Jennifer Roback Morse believes the Boy Scouts of America are “very admirable” for not “allowing their organization to be sexualized.”
– Recently two trans men married each other legally in Illinois, because one had changed his state ID and the other had not.
– According to the country’s 2010 Census, 82 percent of people in Ghana “abhor” homosexuality.
– Jeremy Hooper noticed yesterday that almost every “Hot Topic” at the American Family Association was about LGBT issues.
– It looks like conservative Christians are employing the exact same race-wedging tactics to try to turn African-Americans against atheists.