Two women in Tennessee made history last month when their new born baby became the first to have one mother legally listed as the”father” on the birth certificate. But that status could be short lived. The couple, who married in New York, a state the recognizes gay marriage, moved to Tennessee, a state that does not. They are now the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit to extend gay marriage rights to those who were married in states where gay marriage is legal . Read the full Reuters story.
A Fauquier County High School parent has requested that bestselling author David Levithan’s latest novel be removed from the library’s shelves. “Two Boys Kissing” is the story of two seventeen year old boys that set out to win a 32 hour kissing Guinness World Record. The Associate Superintendent of the school has assembled an appeals committee that will vote on the books future, despite the fact that the school has already voted once to keep it. Read Gayrva story here.
Boycotts ensued today as Mozilla, home of web browser Firefox, announced it’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, former chief technology officer and supporter of the now overturned Prop 8 anti-gay marriage law in California. Shortly after the announcement, the LA TIMES revealed that in 2008 Eich had donated 1000 dollars in support of the proposition that briefly became State law until it was ruled unconstitutional by a Federal court in 2010. Read Gay Star article here.
Beginning next year, Walt Disney will be the latest corporate sponsor to cut ties with Boys Scouts Of America over the Scouts ban on gay leadership. Despite making strides towards equality last May when it voted to allow openly gay youth to join, the Boy Scouts still bar gay adults from serving in leadership roles. Through it’s volunteer program called EARS to You, Disney makes financial contributions to charities that, until now, included the Scouts. The announcement came from Central Florida Council Board President Robert Utsey in an email to local members. “We recognize that many Scout Units have received financial support over the last several years from this grant opportunity and are sad to see it go. The National BSA Council has reached out to [Walt Disney World] to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support.” Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and co-founder of Scout for Equality, an alumni association committed to ending discrimination, said, “We’re never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA’s anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive.”
It’s official. Arizona governor has vetoed SB 1062, the divisive bill giving business owners the right to deny LGBT patrons service by espousing religious freedom. In her statement to the press, governor Jan Brewer stated, “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences. After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago. To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.” See AP video of Brewer’s announcement below.
More football news today as Michael Sam, Missouri All-American defensive lineman and NFL draft hopeful, came out today as gay in an interview with ESPN’s Chris Connelly. When asked what he had come to announce, Sam replied, “I came to tell the word that I am an openly, proud gay man.” Creating history by potentially being the first gay NFL player in the league, Sam also acknowledged the scope of his disclosure. “I understand how big this is,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.” Professional sports has a celebrated history of gay athletes but pro football has been slow to embrace it and has sometimes proven hostile towards the idea of gay players. “It shouldn’t matter. If I work hard, if I make plays, that’s all that should matter. Can he help us win games? Is he a team player? That’s all that should matter, which I like to see myself as that. I am a team player, I can make plays, I can help teams win games and that’s all that should matter,” Sam went on to say. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel gave him his full support and stated, “Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others, he’s taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn’t matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we’re all on the same team and we all support each other.” See ESPN for video of Sam’s inspiring interview and full report.