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– Rick Santorum seems to count Ken Mehlman among his supposed gay friends, but he still believes same-sex marriage is “not in the best interest of the country.”
– The effort at Vassar College to fundraise against a Westboro Baptist Church protest has already brought in over $100,000 for the Trevor Project.
– A former California Baptist University student is suing the school claiming she was expelled for being transgender. (Note: This article from the Christian Post intentionally identifies the individual by the wrong pronouns.)
– Chambersburg Area Senior High School, just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is refusing to let its students form a gay-straight alliance, in violation of their constitutional rights. A Change.org petition is already underway urging the School Board to reconsider.
– Another Pennsylvania school, Governor Mifflin Senior High School outside Philadelphia, is censoring LGBT-related websites.
– A recently released United Nations report defines the forced sterilization of trans people — i.e. requiring them to have sex-reassignment surgery before they can obtain proper identification for their gender — as “torture.”
– Internal documents reveal that the National Geographic Channel’s new Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout? reality show is meant to simply be a commercial for the anti-gay organization.
– In its prayer recommendations this week, the Family Research Council defined marriage equality as an “onslaught of evil.”