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– Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) got engaged to his partner, Randy Florke, over the holidays, granting a request their youngest daughter made to Santa for her fathers to get married.
– Maine will join Maryland, Washington, and the federal government in recognizing Utah’s same-sex marriages.
– New York lawmakers have introduced a bill banning on ex-gay therapy for minors.
– Minnesota lawmakers will once again try to pass a tougher anti-bullying bill.
– A new study out of Britain finds that same-sex couples are happier and have a more positive attitude about their relationships than heterosexuals do, but they are less likely to express affection in public.
– The Mormon Church is reminding leaders throughout Utah that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in their churches.
– Philadelphia’s new affordable housing for LGBT seniors has opened.
– A Methodist Church in Alexandria, Indiana fired its choir director for being gay, and then 80 percent of the congregation left in protest.
– A transgender teacher fired by a Catholic School in Alberta, Canada will have his complaint heard by a human rights tribunal.
– Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the gay conservative group GOProud, is leaving the Republican Party.
– Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema believes Russia’s law banning “gay propaganda” is “common sense.”
– Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out as gay, citing Tom Daley as an inspiration.