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– Find out where you can participate in a vigil when the Supreme Court hears the same-sex marriage cases in March.
– The Illinois Senate will vote on marriage equality on Valentine’s Day.
– The Rhode Island House had its own turncoat, state Rep. William San Bento Jr. (D), who co-sponsored the marriage equality bill, then voted against it.
– A new poll shows 61 percent of Texans support civil unions or same-sex marriage, but that number is lower than previous polls have found.
– Georgia lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban scholarship funding to private schools that discriminate.
– Former Eagle Scout Sean Cuddihy counters six arguments against ending the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy.
– An elderly gay couple in China had the most adorable wedding, which they shared with 12,000 fans through Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
– Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka believes being gay is a “choice” that people have to “tolerate.”
– A former college football player has admitted that he did invent a fake girlfriend specifically to hide his gay sexual orientation.
– A poll of soccer players in the UK has found that 62 percent believe an openly gay player would be accepted.
– A Nielsen study finds that same-sex households do a lot more shopping.