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– The Chicago Tribune calls on the Illinois legislature to vote on marriage equality: “No more waiting. Voters deserve to know where their lawmakers stand.”
– Opponents of marriage equality in Illinois believe that gay people are “mistakes.”
– Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki banned those who wished to pray the rosary for marriage equality in the city’s largest Catholic church because it would be “blasphemous.”
– Many anti-gay groups have donated money to Virginia Republican candidates.
– One same-sex couple moved from Virginia to Maryland to adopt a daughter, then moved back to Virginia.
– Lisa and Cindy Bovee-Kemper have become the first same-sex couple to register their out-of-state marriage in North Carolina, which has no practical effect but does create a public record of their marriage in a state that doesn’t recognize it.
– Meet Janet Mefferd, the radio host who regularly creates a platform for the most anti-LGBT pundits.
– A new study estimates that there are 1,018,700 African-American adults who identify as LGBT in the country, mostly living in the southeast.
– Several seemingly pro-LGBT companies like FedEx are part of an energy coalition that funds Gary Bauer’s conservative American Values organization.
– The Australian state of New South Wales has advanced a resolution condemning ex-gay therapy.
– A Russian transgender woman who was fired from her job because her employer feared employing her would violate that country’s ban on “gay propaganda” has committed suicide.
– Meet the Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT leaders in the business world.