E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know (9/29-10/5)

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | October 05, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Azusa Pacific University, Belize, Book of Common Prayer, Ken Cuccinelli, marriage equality, National Guard, NOM, Right Wing Watch, russia, sodomy laws

Here are some stories you may have missed in the news this week:

  • Virginia Attorney General and candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli referenced a passage dating from 1500ce in the Book of Common Prayer to support his state's ban on marriage equality in a legal brief submitted to the District Court.

  • The high court in Belize may be preparing to end the nations law banning anal sex and create a law criminalizing male on male sexual assault.

  • A conservative preacher and TV host called for a military takeover of the government in order to oust the Obama Administration and save the US from "tyranny."

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  • The dedicated folks over at Right Wing Watch have put together an excellent four-part series detailing the involvement of anti-equality organizations and figures from the United States in the escalating discrimination against LGBT people in Russia and other nations in Eastern Europe.

  • Agreeing with the UN Human Rights Committee, a Russian court has erased the charges and convictions of a homosexual activist who had been found guilty of "informing minors about homosexuality" in 2009.

  • Students at Azusa Pacific University have been showing their support for Adam Ackley, a theology professor of fifteen years who has been asked to leave due to his gender transition.

  • The political director of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is leading the charge to repeal protections for trans* students in California.

  • Lambda Legal filed suit in West Virginia challenging the state's ban on same-same marriage.

  • Democrats in Congress have expressed their "deep concern" in a letter to the Pentagon regarding certain state National Guard units that are refusing to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples.

  • Upset at being made to feel joy for Cam and Mitchell's engagement on TV's Modern Family, a prominent anti-equality activist called positive portrayals of gay couples on TV "dangerous."

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