How Rachel Maddow was outed, Democrats push Obama on equal marriage party platform, NARTH’s “junk science” exposed, Iowa lesbian for Congress, watch Rosie O’Donnell diss Kirk Cameron, and more LGBT headlines.
• Democratic leaders nudge Obama to endorse marriage equality. It’s a tough line to walk for the president, but House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 23 of her Congressional colleagues, plus Democratic Conference Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (top photo with the president) support putting legal gay marriage in the official party platform. Some say Obama needs to evolve faster. Others say leaving marriage out is flat-out hypocrisy.
• Pennsylvania House panel to consider gay marriage ban. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s proposal would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban recognition of any “substantial equivalent” to heterosexual marriage, including not just marriage but civil unions and domestic partnerships. A committee takes up the bill on Tuesday.
• HUD announces equal-access housing rule. Secretary Shaun Donovan says the policy states “clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have the right to live where they choose.” Any HUD-funded housing cannot discriminate, or even ask about, an applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
• Rachel Maddow still angry about being outed to parents. The MSNBC anchor (second photo) looks back at an interview she did with her college newspaper about being gay. The paper promised not to run it before the weekend so she could come out to her parents. That’s not the way it went down.
• SLPC names “main source of ant-gay junk science.” Along with its latest round-up of American hate groups, including two in Georgia, the Southern Poverty Law Center exposed the ex-gay National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) for its rhetoric that aims to set back psychotherapy by claiming the right therapies can “cure” homosexuality.
• Ohio attorney general rejects petition to repeal gay marriage ban. Activists attempting to get the state’s ban on same-sex unions on the November ballot were dealt a blow Friday, when state Attorney General Mike DeWine threw out the initial 1,000 signatures because Equality Ohio’s petition didn’t accurately describe the ballot measure.
• Gay Iowa senator announces congressional bid. Days after saying she was leaving the state after Republicans crushed her anti-discrimination bill, lesbian lawmaker Nicole LeFavour (bottom photo) declared her candidacy for the state’s U.S. House District 2, tweeting “I’m running for Congress because I love Idaho and we can do better.” Her take on the race.
• Rosie O’Donnell calls Kirk Cameron “un-Christ-like.” In an editorial segment on “The Rosie Show,” the lesbian talk diva takes the “Growing Pains” star to task for comments calling homosexuality “unnatural” and “detrimental” that national headlines. Watch:
Villaraigosa-Obama photo by AP; Maddow photo via Daily Beast; LeFavour photo from Pride Foundation