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– President Obama has nominated the first Hispanic lesbian to the federal bench, Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro.
– Arkansas for Equality has begun efforts to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
– U.S. officials dispute claims that Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has advanced out of committee, pointing out also that the panel is incapable of removing the death penalty provision. (Here’s how a bill becomes law in Uganda.)
– With some peculiar timing, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops just approved over $1 million in grants for evangelical efforts in African nations including Uganda.
– Pocatello, Idaho is considering nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
– A Maryland court has ruled that marriages conducted over the phone are valid.
– Maryland trans activists are gearing up for 2013.
– Faculty at the University of Memphis will vote next week on whether to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits.