Dan Savage debate, JFK honors, gay Olympian?
“It Gets Better” founder accepts NOM debate challenge, Iowa gay marriage justices get Profile in Courage Award, U.S. gymnast comes out as Olympics team qualifying nears, North Carolina marriage vote, Joe Biden picked apart, and more LGBT headlines.
• Is Biden support of gay marriage cold calculation? Throwing the administration’s name in the pro-marriage equality ring during an election year while the president hedges, the veep (top photo) unequivocally supports the idea. A cabinet member expressed the same sentiment on Monday. While pundits pick apart the remarks, watch video of Biden’s comments and judge for yourself.
• North Carolina gay marriage ban down to the wire. With both sides whipping out big guns, the last state in the South without a constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage between gay couples goes to the polls Tuesday. Early voting and polls predict the ban will pass.
• The JFK Profile in Courage Award goes to… Iowa justices! Three state Supreme Court judges, ousted by voters after a unanimous decision to legalize gay marriage in their state, collect honors from Caroline on Monday.
• Dan Savage NOM debate on like Donkey Kong. Spurred by recent spurnings of Bible passages on homosexuality, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown challenged the writer and “It Gets Better” founder (middle photo) to a debate. Savage: “I will name the time and the place, per your offer, as soon as possible. Looking forward to it, NOMnuts.”
• FDA to decide if AIDS drug can be used as HIV preventative. A panel will make the final recommendation this week on whether the drug Truvada can be prescribed for high-risk patients to prevent HIV infections. Studies show that it reduces risk.
• Colorado House inches closer to civil unions passage. The state House Finance Committee approved the bill Friday, hours after the House Judiciary advanced it. The full Senate has already passed the measure. The House has been the holdout in past years.
• Olympic gymnast hopeful comes out. Kicking ass in qualifiers so far, American Josh Dixon (bottom photo) could become the first openly gay gymnast to participate in the Olympics.
• Nebraska attorney general says municipal gay rights ordinances are unconstitutional. Lincoln and Omaha will soon both have laws making anti-gay discrimination illegal. The state attorney general says cities don’t have the right to broaden protections the state provides.
Biden photo from NBC; Savage photo via Advocate; Dixon photo from OutSports
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