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– Today is the National Day of Silence, when students around the country protest the bullying, harassment, and violence perpetuated against LGBT people.
– There are only five states that ban same-sex marriage where a suit challenging those bans is not underway: Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
– The Illinois House killed a bill that would have banned ex-gay therapy for minors.
– A Missouri Senate committee is considering LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
– A Pennsylvania legislator has introduced a “divorce equality” bill.
– Support for marriage equality is slowing improving in North Carolina.
– Laura Jane Klug, the transgender substitute teacher suspended from working at a Texas school because parents were concerned that her identity was a distraction, received a lot of support at a school board meeting, but the board did not take any action toward reinstating her. Friday morning, Klug reports that she’s been reinstated.
– The Witherspoon Institute, which funded Mark Regnerus’ misleading study about gay parenting, is now reaching out to Muslim groups that also oppose marriage equality.