It's finally really getting cold here in Maine, and in a predictable fashion, I've gone and landed myself a nasty upper respiratory infection, an ailment I'm quite prone to. Even though I get a couple of these a year, they always lay me low.
Unfortunately that means that I don't have the wherewithal to present any in depth commentary today (insightful or otherwise). So I've prepared a slew of links to carry you through the weekend.
Here's what you need to know today:
- Historians at Plymouth Plantation have records of two pilgrim men who were discovered, tried, and convicted of homosexual conduct in the 17th century.
- A French, gay, Muslim man is opening a gay-affirming mosque in Paris.
- Although about a third of Church of England priests are women, in a vote yesterday the Church choose not to allow women to become bishops. The deciding vote happened in the house of lay members, rather than the two houses of clergy, which voted in favor of the reform.
- Married Chief Warrant Officer, Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, who is dying of terminal breast cancer, puts a human and heartbraking face on the injustices of DOMA as she desperately tries to outlives the anti-same-sex marriage law, so her wife can be guaranteed military benefits once she's gone.
- Religious conservatives in the Michigan House of Representatives have proposed a new law that would create loopholes for faith-based adoption agencies who want to reject LGBT and non-Christian parents while continuing to accept government funds.
- There are worrying signs that France's president may be getting soft in his advocacy for marriage equality
- Boeing may intend to hold back on offering some benefits to Washington employees who enter into same-sex marriages, if under DOMA they aren't required to offer them.
- A Russian court has dismissed charges against Madonna for speaking up about LGBT equality during a concert in that country.
- An appeals court has unanimously overturned the ruling of an Oklahoma judge who denied a name change for a trans* woman on the basis of the bible and DNA.
- Uganda's "Kill The Gays" bill is expected to pass within the next few days.
- Interesting on-the-ground insights from a gay American man living in Uganda.
- Former RNC chair Ken Mehlman has a new non-profit focused on highlighting points conservatives can relate to in the LGBT rights movement and vice versa. His stated aim includes shaping a more inclusive conservative movement in the US.
- The showdown over the "fiscal cliff" threatens a number of key LGBT related concerns.
- "It turns out my wife and I didn't go to a 'gay wedding'; we went to a wedding."
- India is becoming a major tourist destination for LGBT travelers.
- The Christian group the Corporate Morality Center has issued a dire, and arguably threatening warning to UPS over their support of LGBT equality and cessation of financial support for the BSA.