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– A new New York Times/CBS poll finds that 56 percent of Americans support marriage equality while 39 percent oppose it.
– The Maryland Senate has granted preliminary approval for statewide transgender nondiscrimination protections.
– Idaho LGBT activists continue to be arrested for blocking the Capitol building in demand of LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
– Tempe has become the fourth Arizona city to pass LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
– A new poll finds that 54 percent of Michigan voters support marriage equality, with 36 percent opposed.
– Could Texas’s Voter ID law negatively impact transgender voters?
– Did a money offer to help protect Republicans contribute to the changed fate of Indiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
– The Southern Poverty Law Center has added seven new anti-LGBT groups to its “hate group” list, including the Liberty Counsel, the World Congress of Families, The Ruth Institute, and the Pacific Justice Institute.
– An Episcopal Church in Arkansas recently passed a Statement of Inclusivity affirming LGBT people, then fired its pastor for announcing intentions to transition to living as a woman.
– Scotland will offer asylum to LGBT Ugandans persecuted under the country’s new anti-homosexuality law.
– Zimbabwe’s LGBT community is celebrating that a court has dismissed a complaint against an LGBT advocacy organization.
– Drag shows might not be new to the military, but in the wake of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they’re certainly more open and inclusive.
– Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will include pro-gay groups, but they’ll have to abide by a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”/”Don’t Say Gay” policy.
– The NBA will donate proceeds from Jason Collins jerseys to LGBT advocacy groups.
– Though many transgender people were less than thrilled with his portrayal, Jared Leto won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, dedicating his win to those who’ve been affected by AIDS: “To the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and those of you out there who have ever felt injustice for who you are and who you love, tonight I stand here with you and for you.” Watch his acceptance speech: