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– Today the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee will consider two marriage equality bills, one that matches the House bill that already passed, and one that puts the question to a referendum. A previous version of the referendum bill would have allowed businesses to discriminate, but this new version does not include those “protections.”
– Former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday about the importance of protecting same-sex couples in immigration reform, including his own eight-year relationship with Panama native Hector Alfonso. Read his full remarks or watch them.
– The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the National Organization for Marriage a second chance to hide its donors from New York election law.
– Joe Bell, father of Oregon gay teenager Jadin Bell who committed suicide in January, is walking across the United States to raise awareness about bullying.
– The Community of Christ Church, an offshoot of the Mormon Church, is considering the ordination of gay priests and allowing same-sex couples to marry.
– Paraguay’s newly elected President has apologized (“to those who felt offended”) for saying he would “shoot himself in the testicles” if his son were gay.
– Filmmaker Todd Bieber found a creative way to introduce some gay role models to some Boy Scouts he was mentoring: