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– A Florida Senate committee has advanced a bill to create a domestic partnership registry.
– Moscow, Idaho has become the fourth city in The Gem State to pass LGBT nondiscrimination protections, with the city council voting unanimously in favor.
– Fox News’ Sean Hannity has defended homophobic neurosurgeon Ben Carson because “he’s articulate, he’s smart, he’s got common sense.” Carson has agreed to keynote an event for the Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay hate group.
– The Boy Scouts of American have rejected a troop sponsorship by the Utah Pride Center, even though all of the Scouts and leaders were “open” and “avowed” heterosexuals.
– The Maine Principals’ Association has approved a new policy allowing transgender students to play on athletic teams that match their gender identity.
– Massachusetts lawyers are spending more taxpayer money to argue that they know more about what medical treatment inmate Michelle Kosilek deserves as part of her transition than her doctors.
– An Applebee’s employee in Wisconsin almost lost his job after enduring a brutal gay bashing from a coworker’s husband because the restaurant franchise didn’t want publicity, but the CEO of the company intervened — the franchise’s plan seems to have failed.
– The Uruguay Senate approved marriage equality by a 23-8 vote on Tuesday, ensuring same-sex marriage will soon be law in the South American country.
– The Netherlands House is considering a bill to make it easier for transgender people to obtain accurate gender designations on their passports or documentation.
– Pride celebrations are going to proceed in St. Petersburg, Russia, despite the city’s ban on “homosexual propaganda.”
– Members of Uganda’s Parliament want to have a secret vote on the “Kill The Gays” bill so they aren’t “blacklisted” by the West.
– When 17-year-old Abby Bergman was two and first learned that other kids didn’t have two moms, she thought they were the “unlucky” ones:
Our family situation is as stable (if not more so) than any heterosexual family. Because I never knew any other family dynamic, I never felt that I was missing anything. And I wasn’t. I have two parents who love me and that is all that matters. As a 2-year-old child, I began to notice that I had two mommies, while other kids had only one. “How did they get to be so unlucky?” I wondered. It never occurred to me that society considered me to be the unfortunate one. In my innocence, I assumed that families like mine were the lucky ones.