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– Next week, as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, pro-equality rallies and vigils will be taking place in all 50 states. Find one close to you or organize your own.
– President Obama’s Organizing for Action is helping advocate for marriage equality in Illinois.
– A newly formed group, Restore Our Humanity, is bringing a federal legal challenge to Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
– Lawmakers in Nevada are proposing an effort to repeal that state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, it wouldn’t be on the ballot until 2016.
– The openly gay executive director of the Delaware Republican Party attended a marriage equality fundraiser for Equality Delaware.
– The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has elected an openly gay men to be its leader.
– The American Family Association is actually trying to challenge Microsoft and Amazon for their gay-inclusive commercials.
– The Liberty Counsel is scouting talent for “High School Musical” type of film about “religious liberty” in public schools.
– The Catholic Church is encouraging members to march against equality because Pope Francis said so.
– Pope Francis welcomed Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to the Vatican, despite the European Union’s imposed travel ban due to his human rights abuses.
– All 11 of folk signer’s Michelle Shocked’s tour engagements have been canceled since her anti-gay rant earlier this week.
– Read a mom’s letter to a man who yelled at her and her son — who he thought was a girl — for being in the men’s room.
– Watch NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo speak at Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards.
– The San Francisco Bulls of the East Coast Hockey League, a AA minor league, have released a “You Can Play” video for LGBT youth. Proceeds from their Pride Night this Saturday benefit You Can Play and San Francisco Pride: