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(1) The Girl Scouts of America welcomes all interested girls who want to join and adults who want to lead. In sharp contrast, the Boy Scouts of America bans members and leaders who are gay. The Washington Post calls the ban a “merit badge for bigotry.” If the Boy Scouts welcomed queer people, they’d risk losing significant financial support, meeting space and a huge number of members. This is ironic since evidence suggests that the founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, was most likely a gay man living a closeted life in Victorian England. A New York Times ope d a s k e d , “ Wa s B - P a closet queen?” Major League Soccer has announced that it will end its affiliation with the Boy Scouts and will not renew a strategic partnership with the organization. (2) Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, has won his first fight since coming out. The Puerto Rican has a 19-2-1 record with nine knockouts. "I feel happy with where I am. I'm free. I'm more at peace,” Cruz said. He seemed to be more at ease with his new position as a gay role model, no longer hiding who he is in one of the world's most macho sports.

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(3) A record number of openly LGBT candidates are running for Congress, eight for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate. They’re from Ohio, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Rhode Island, California and New York State. (4) Another Federal Circuit Court has ruled that the socalled “Defense of Marriage Act,” or DOMA, is unconstitutional. DOMA denies legally married same-sex couples the same federal rights and benefits as opposite-sex married couples, a violation of the equal treatment clause of the Constitution. The Obama Administration has stated they will enforce the law but not defend it, so House Republican leaders have jumped in to do just that -- defend the law -- and so far have spent close to $1.5 million on what appears to be a futile effort. (5) Speaking on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” President Obama stated, “You want a president in the Oval Office who will say, for the first time, no, we’re not going to amend our constitution to restrict rights for gay and lesbian couples.” Romney supports a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage rights to heterosexuals only. (6) Amazon, Expedia, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrum, REI, Starbucks, Alcoa and TMobile are the latest in a line of

major corporation that publicly support the right to marry for same-sex couples. (7) The anti-gay group NOM (National Organization for Marriage) continues to refuse to identify their donors, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to do so. NOM’s latest campaign disclosure report to Maine's Ethics Commission omits the names of donors to their campaign against marriage equality. Their TV ads are misleading. NOM says that Vermont B&B owners who refused to host a same-sex wedding event were sued/fined/punished due to their anti-marriage equality views. The truth is that these people violated existing nondiscrimination laws (public

accommodations), not marriage equality laws. (8) David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, and a onetime opponent of marriage equality, now strongly supports same-sex marriage rights. He had testified in favor of California’s anti-marriage equality ballot measure (Proposition 8), but described his change of heart in an op-ed in “The New York Times.” “I grew in my feeling of the importance of accepting gay and lesbian people as equal members of the society,” Blankenhorn said. (9) California has become the first state to ban gay "conversion" therapy for minors, a con-

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troversial practice that many believe leads to depression and suicide. Also known as reparative therapy, the treatment seeks to "cure" homosexuality. The bill was supported by the California Psychological Association and prohibits the practice for children under 18. (10) Did Mitt Romney and President Obama, who traded barbs about Big Bird, realize that the beloved Sesame Street character was the product of a profound partnership between two gay men? Christopher Lyall and Kermit Love were partners in work and life for half a century and in the 1980s traveled with Big Bird to the White House for the annual Easter egg roll.

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Volume 41 Issue 5  

This issue of the University Times features a story on South Hall's new renovation project, news about the new Phi Eta Sigma inductees, our...

Volume 41 Issue 5  

This issue of the University Times features a story on South Hall's new renovation project, news about the new Phi Eta Sigma inductees, our...

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