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– Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has officiated a same-sex wedding at the Supreme Court.
– Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs of Plano, Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles, Elburn, DeKalb, and Sleepy Hollow have endorsed marriage equality.
– The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against offering survivor benefits to the same-sex partner of Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard.
– The City Council of Richmond, Virginia voted 5-3 to offer spousal benefits to gay municipal employees.
– Transgender people are increasingly turning to crowdfunding sites to raise money for their gender confirmation surgeries.
– Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, Maryland, is investigating a fraternity for allegedly rejecting a student for being gay.
– Israel’s Yesh Atid Party is introducing legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter civil unions.
– The Tasmanian legislature has failed a second time to pass marriage equality.
– Meet Ed and Warren, a gay couple in Oregon who have been together for 42 years and want to finally get married.
– Hallmark’s “Holiday Sweater” Keepsake Ornament intentionally censors the word “gay” from “Deck The Halls” to “prevent misinterpretation by holiday shoppers.”
– Here’s a glimpse of Tuesday night’s 27th Annual Washington, DC High Heel Drag Race, featuring Paula Deen, The Bride from Kill Bill, some nuns, some Pan Am stewardesses, the Prancercise woman, a tribute to Russia, Miley Cyrus, Tina Turner, and a ton of Wizard of Oz characters, among others: