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Equality Matters Picks Of The Week, February 28 - March 4, 2011

March 04, 2011 7:19 pm ET by Equality Matters staff

Equality Matters staff offers our picks for the most interesting, outrageous, or thought provoking stories of the week:

  • Maryland Delegate Sam Arora's flip-flop-flip on Maryland's Marriage Equality Bill. AMERICAblog worked diligently this week to follow the mysteriously evolving position of Del. Arora, who went from sponsoring the marriage equality bill, to opposing it, to calling for a referendum in the span of one week. 
  • Mike Huckabee Uses His Fox News Position To Launch Anti-Gay Attacks. Equality Matters partner Media Matters rounded up the multitude of anti-gay attacks Huckabee has launched from his Fox News perch. He's definitely not as cuddly as he appeared on the Daily Show
  • Dellinger: "The Doma Decision." Walter Dellinger, former Solicitor General for the 1996-1997 US Supreme Court, wrote an excellent op-ed in The New Republic about the choice Obama was forced to make on DOMA, and why his decision not to defend the law represents a bold and powerful statement in support of LGBT equality.
  • Surveys Show Increasing Support For Marriage Equality. Darren Sherkat, a sociologist at Southern Illinois University, has found that more Americans now support marriage equality than oppose it. Similarly, a Pew poll found an eight point rise in support for marriage equality from 2009 - 2011.
  • NOM Uses Hate Group Propaganda, Creepy Crying Dolls To Oppose Marriage In Maryland. The National Organization For Marriage sent series of attack mailers to Maryland residents which advanced the falsehoods pushed by SPLC hate group MassResistance and used a creepy crying doll to fight Marriage Equality:

We also rounded up the most touching stories of the week:

  • Gay Marine's Widowed Husband Receives Equal Treatment, Respect From US Naval Academy. An article in the Chicago Sun-Times told the touching story of Mark Ketterson, who found nothing but kindness and respect while working to have his husband, a Marine vet, interned in the Naval Academy Columbarium.

  • Ed Watson and Derence Kernek Shouldn't Have To Wait To Marry. Ed Watson has been with his partner Derence Kernek for 40 years. He's petitioning California to lift the stay on same-sex marriages because he has Alzheimer's and wants to marry Derence while he can still remember him. He shouldn't have to wait. Watch Ed and Derence tell their story:




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