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- The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe complete their merger this weekend, and signifying their commitment to ending trans discriminating have appointed Allyson Robinson, formerly of the Human Rights Campaign, as their new executive director.
- Floyd Corkins, who is charged with opening fire and injuring a security guard at the Family Research Council, has been indicted by a federal grand jury of committing an act of terrorism.
- As mainstream media outlets pick up the Maryland Marriage Alliance’s remarks that gays and their allies are “worthy of death,” executive director Derek McCoy said that attempts to imply that it was a call to harm gays and lesbians is “false” and “serves as a distraction.”
- Some Maryland absentee ballots are being sent out missing the page with the ballot questions.
- Brad Brandon, the Minnesota anti-gay activist who compared LGBT activists to Nazis is shirking responsibility for his remarks, apologizing only to people who found it to be offensive, not acknowledging that there is no context in which it is not offensive.
- Preserve Marriage Washington’s campaign chair and treasurer may have skirted finance disclosure laws when it hired lawyer James Bopp to legally challenge those very laws.
- Watch: Anderson Cooper interviews Ryan Andersen, the would-be Eagle Scout who was denied his badge because he is gay.
- Watch: First out gay boxer Orlando Cruz talks about the pain of hiding his identity and the support he’s received since coming out earlier this month.
- Watch: Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has a bit more to say about why he supports marriage equality (absent any “lustful cockmonster” references):