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– Last year, the Office of Personnel Management invited employees to share their sexual orientation on the government’s Employee Viewpoint Survey, and found that 2 percent of federal workers identify as LGBT, and an additional 10.8 percent preferred not to disclose.
– Tea Party Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) tweeted his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act last week, but he still doesn’t support full marriage equality.
– North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has nominated Buddy Collins to the State Board of Education, despite his long history of anti-LGBT positions and opposition to anti-bullying measures.
– Joel Osteen is “for everybody,” but he just doesn’t “see same-sex in the Scripture.”
– Conservatives are preparing their annual walk-out on the Day of Silence.
– A UK poll has found that more than two-thirds (69 percent) of Brits believes the Church of England is out of touch with society and 54 percent believe does a bad job of providing moral leadership.
– Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh believes homosexuality is “satanic,” “anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization,” and any one caught being gay “will regret” being born.
– Marie Osmond has come out for marriage equality, even though her brother Alan emceed a rally against same-sex marriage: