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– Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, came in 3rd as a finalist for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
– Queerty points out that, despite claims of nondiscrimination, the Salvation Army is still very much an anti-gay church.
– The Denver Post has defended a Colorado judge’s decision to rule against baker Jack Phillips, who discriminated against a same-sex couple, pointing out that “Masterpiece Cakeshop is a commercial enterprise, not a religious institution, even if Phillips believes he honors God through his artistic efforts in cake decoration.”
– The city council of Shreveport, Louisiana has passed an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
– North Carolina’s Myrtle Grove Christian School, which recently announced it would not enroll students being raised by same-sex parents, has announced it is not taking any government funding.
– Several churches in Bellevue Kentucky declined to participate in a traditional Nativity procession because it was being held at the St. John United Church of Christ, which has a gay pastor and welcomes LGBT members.
– The National Organization for Marriage is aiming to win 51 seats in the U.S. Senate, but it’s unclear what they think that will actually accomplish.
– Same-sex couples can begin marrying in England and Wales on March 29, 2014.
– Northern Ireland has lifted its ban on same-sex adoption.
– Russia will create protest zones during the 2014 Olympic Games.
– Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova spoke at the United Nations on Tuesday, urging world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into better consideration when deciding where to hold events.
– Two and a Half Men managed to introduce a transgender character in a respectful way — in contrast to CBS’ blemished record.