Equality Matters staff offers our picks for
the most interesting, outrageous, or thought provoking stories of the week:
Major Turnaround: NOM's Social Media Guru Now Supports Civil
driving force behind the National Organization for Marriage's social media
campaigns on Twitter and FaceBook came out in support of civil marriage
equality in an exclusive interview
with Good As You founder Jeremy Hooper. What thawed the chill in Louis
Marinelli's heart? The last stop of the anti-LGBT "Summer for Marriage" tour in
Atlanta: "The NOM showing in the heart of the
Bible-belt was dismal and the hundreds of counter-protesters who showed up were
nothing short of inspiring," he said.
A Williams Institute study
concluded that there are about nine million LGBT Americans nationwide. However, some
activists rejected the finding as too low. The report also found that "an estimated 19 million
Americans (8.2%) report that they have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior and
nearly 25.6 million Americans (11%) acknowledge at least some same-sex sexual
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) was introduced
with 92 fewer co-sponsors than in last Congress.
GOP Kicks Off 2012 Campaign By Going Anti-LGBT. If you
thought the Republican Party was focused solely on economic issues following
the fiscal wave that swept them into office last fall, think again. The RNC's "Hope
Isn't Hiring" micro-site features a "Social Issues" tab lamenting President
Obama's steps toward LGBT equality.
Doing The Right Thing For 2012. Equality
Matters' Kerry Eleveld questions
whether it's time for LGBT advocates to quit fighting for equality and fall in
line behind President Obama's reelection campaign. Not so fast, she says.
"What Will Happen If Gay Marriage Is Legalized?" Andrew
Sullivan took a look
at what would happen if same-sex marriages were legalized. Turns out gays would
MT Rep. Fears Gay Recruitment. Arguing that
Montana's sodomy law should be applied in cases where gays try to recruit
heterosexuals, Republican Representative Ken Peterson imagined
what that recruitment might look like: "'Here,
young man, your hormones are raging. Let's go in this bedroom, and we'll engage
in some homosexual acts. You'll find you like it.'"
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