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– A group of Minnesota Republican lawmakers has introduced a civil unions bill to compete with the marriage equality legislation.
– Thirteen faculty members at Rutgers University have demanded the resignation of President Robert Barchi for covering up the abusive behavior of basketball coach Mike Rice.
– For the first time ever, a Texas Senate committee heard testimony on LGBT employment protections.
– The North Carolina General Assembly has confirmed anti-gay attorney Buddy Collins to the State Board of Education.
– Broward County Schools in Florida have introduced a new training program to protect the district’s LGBT and questioning students.
– An evangelical Seventh-day Adventist pastor from Hollywood has been fired by his church conference for supporting marriage equality.
– The head of a Florida group opposed to gay Boy Scouts is worried about a rise in “boy-on-boy” sexual assaults.
– Some conservative Swedish lawmakers are worried that allowing trans people to change their identity without sterilizing surgery will lead to a “third gender”: men who can get pregnant.
– Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox has been cleared of wrongdoing in regards to how she reported her gender on her license application.
– A film about openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson has been denied “family friendly” status by the Dove Foundation because it’s “assuredly too controversial” and viewers will “take exception to its liberal views.”
– Actor Jeremy Irons opposes marriage equality because he’s worried a father will marry his son for the purpose of inheritance benefits.
– Magic Johnson talked with TMZ about how proud he is of his gay son and the lengths he would go to protect a gay player if one came out on the L.A. Dodgers, which he owns.
– Maureen Dowd and Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick took the Supreme Court to task in the New York Times this week. Wrote Mutchnick:
Justice Alito raised the question of whether or not it’s too soon to allow gay people to marry. Is it better to keep doing what’s wrong until people are good and ready to do what’s right? Scalia uses the word “homosexual” the way George Wallace used the word “Negro.” There’s a tone to it. It’s humiliating and hurtful. I don’t think I’m being overly sensitive, merely vigilant. I once had to be vigilant for fear that people would find out what I am. Now I have to be vigilant for fear that I will be discriminated against for what I am. Then, as now, it’s a defense against danger.