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– The Social Security Administration has begun processing benefits for widows and widowers of same-sex spouses, but it’s still unclear whether couples living in states that don’t recognize their marriages will be able to claim benefits.
– PolitiFact awarded the Traditional Values Coalition a shiny red “FALSE” for claiming that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “discriminates against Christian daycare, Christian parents, Christian business owners, and the rights of religious freedom.”
– The New Jersey Senate has withdrawn a proposed marriage equality bill because it would impose religious exemptions that were not part of the October court ruling.
– Police investigating two different murders of transgender women in Cleveland believe the killings were motivated by hate.
– The anti-gay group that started as an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, Trail Life, also prohibits adult leaders who aren’t Christian, including Jews and Muslims.
– Louisiana newspapers are not accurately portraying Tony Perkins’ conservative extremism when writing about his political career.
– The Pope has removed a conservative cardinal from a prominent position in the Catholic Church, presumably to place someone more inclusive into the role.
– A Russian toy store is being investigated for “gay propaganda” because of a party game that, according to the conservative Parent’s Committee, “instructs players to act out the seduction of members of the same-sex like in an erotic film.”
– ESPN writer/editor Christina Kahrl recently spoke with an audience about what it was like coming out as trans in the world of sportsl ten years ago.