Lesbian lawmaker, gay pre-nups, Zach Wahls
Texas’ only openly gay legislator elected, gay pre-nuptial contracts, viral video king goes to bat against BSA policy, Rutgers convict is sorry, researcher’s “ex-gay” retraction video, marriage heads to Illinois court and Maryland voters, and more LGBT headlines.
• Apology from convicted Rutgers roommate spy. Calling his actions “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish,” former Tyler Clementi roommate Dharun Ravi (top photo) apologized for the first time in court for using a webcam to spy on a liaison between a man and Clementi, who later killed himself. Ravi’s controversial 30-day sentence begins Thursday.
• How to ask your spouse-to-be for a big, gay pre-nup. It may not be as fun to discuss as guest lists and centerpieces, but in lopsided financial relationships, a mutually agreed-upon breakup strategy that provides for both spouses can make sense.
• Lesbian Latina wins Texas House seat. Mary Gonzales (second photo) of El Paso became the state’s only openly gay lawmaker, and the second ever, in a primary race on Tuesday. She faces no Republican challengers.
• Gay marriage advocates fight Illinois ban in court. Lambda Legal and the ACLU represent 25 couples. Each filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Chicago’s Cook County clerk, claiming that not issuing the couples marriage licenses violates the state constitution. Illinois currently has civil unions.
• Eagle Scout with two moms challenges lesbian den mother’s ouster. Viral video sensation Zach Wahls (third photo), who famously spoke about his family to the Iowa legislature, takes his oration skills and 250,000 petition signatures to the Boy Scouts national convention Wednesday to urge them to reinstate a gay Cub Scout den mother.
• Maryland gay marriage foes file signatures for repeal referendum. Opponents of the state’s gay marriage law on Tuesday delivered more than twice the required signatures to put overturning the law up to voters in November.
• ExxonMobil to vote – again – on LGBT anti-discrimination policy. The annual shareholders meet Wednesday and will decide, among other issues, whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to corporate policies. It has been voted down each year since 1999 with a decreasing majority.
• Psychiatry researcher puts “ex-gay” retraction to video. Just a few weeks after interviews in which Robert Spitzer (bottom photo) denounced his 2001 study claiming gays could switch their sexual orientation, he makes a video to make sure the retraction and an apology come directly from him. Watch:
Ravi photo by AP; Gonzales photo by El Paso Times; Wahls photo via The Badge; Spitzer photo by New York Times
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