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– Every U.S. governor who has signed a marriage equality bill has been Catholic; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will likely be the sixth.
– Police are concerned that a series of middle-aged gay men in New York City have been recently murdered by strangulation, though the deaths do not appear to be linked.
– A Virginia House subcommittee has killed a bill that would afforded LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
– One of the top candidates for pope has defended “kill the gays” laws in Africa.
– In the United Kingdom, a license to perform civil partnerships costs churches £2,000. for three years, but a license to perform marriages only costs £120.
– Uganda has deported British theatre producer David Cecil, calling him an “undesirable immigrant” because of his LGBT advocacy.
– A gay Jamaican is challenging the country’s anti-sodomy law.
– Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, who has two moms, is officially the first NBA player to join Athlete Ally, an organization committed to fighting homophobia in sports.
– Jamar Rogers, a former contestant on The Voice, is using the visibility he got from the show to speak out about HIV, addiction, and homophobia.
– The Ohio State University men’s hockey team says, “You Can Play”: