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– After one presidential and one vice president debate, not one question or answer has touched on LGBT equality.
– But in a Montana gubernatorial debate, state Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) said he would support adding sexual orientation to the Montana hate crimes law. Former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill (R) said that while he would not eliminate the existing hate crimes protections, he did not support including sexual orientation protections in the law.
– Catholics for Choice notes that a new Pew poll “of 1,000 self-identified Catholic likely voters shows that, despite the best efforts of the bishops, they are least concerned about abortion and gay marriage.” Just 16 percent of those surveyed prioritize gay marriage as the most important the issue.
– The Washington Post reports that the pro-marriage equality forces in Washington state have “4,000 volunteers and an $8.9 million campaign fund,” while opponents have raised less than $1.8 million — $725,000 of which came from the National Organization for Marriage.
– On Coming Out Day, a Moscow gay club was attacked by 15 to 20 masked thugs.
– Maine Senators Susan Collins (R) and Olympia Snowe (R) are both so far remaining neutral on the state’s November referendum on whether to enact marriage equality in the Pine Tree State.
– Stephen Colbert has a new theory: President Barack Obama may be a gay Martian (ht: Towleroad):