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– Meet the state trooper and her wife who are suing for marriage equality in South Carolina.
– Support for marriage equality continues to increase in Maine, with 80 percent saying its passage in November had either a positive impact or no impact at all on their lives.
– The psychology professor at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee who was scrutinized for asking her students to explore homophobia has been cleared of charges that she violated students’ First Amendment rights.
– Six U.S. conservative groups, including the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Mission: America, and the World Congress of Families, have signed onto a statement supporting Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda.”
– 24-year-old Russian activist Dmitry Isakov may be the first person convicted — though hardly the first arrested — under Russia’s anti-gay law; the sign he held in his one-man protest read, “Being gay and loving gays is normal. Beating gays and killing gays is a crime!”
– Transgender golfer Bobbi Lancaster didn’t quite qualify for the LPGA Tour, but she’s motivated to try again next year.