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Boo-Yah: The Supreme Court Turns Down Five State Appeals Seeking To Ban Gay Marriage

Seemingly out of nowhere, a important victory for marriage equality arrived today as the Supreme Court rejected bids from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to ban gay marriage, refusing to address cases in which their federal appeals courts decided that the Constitution affords same-sex couples the same marriage rights as straight couples. Basically, those five states took the issue of gay marriage tot he highest court in the land, after their own lower courts ruled that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court was all “NOPE SORRY, NOT LISTENING.” While offering no explanation, this decision makes gay marriage effectively legal in 30 out of 50 states. It also, of course, allows SCOTUS to maintain that the issue of gay marriage is a states rights issue, and while I would seriously prefer they just stand up and make gay marriage as legal as straight marriage, across the board, I suppose when all they’ll allow is baby steps towards progress, baby steps is what we’ll have to take. [Think Progress]

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

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  • A three-judge appeals court in Chicago, Illinois unanimously ruled yesterday that the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. [AP]
  • Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that said buffer zones outside abortion clinics violated the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters, San Francisco is considering new ways to protect staff and patients at its facilities. The Planned Parenthood clinic in the Mission in particular has a man who stands outside and takes photographs of patients going inside.  [SFist]
  • Princeton University is considering hiring a team of trained investigators to handle sexual assault allegations on campus. Why do colleges insist on doing this in-house, though? [TIME] Keep reading »

The First Same-Sex “So You Think You Can Dance” Routine Was Worth The Wait

The First Same-Sex "So You Think You Can Dance" Routine Was Worth The Wait
Travis Wall's Choreography Is Flawless As Usual

“So You Think You Can Dance” has long been one of the few truly inspiring, talent-filled, positive reality TV shows, but it’s not perfect. Up until last night’s episode, the show had never shown a dance routine focused on same-sex relationships, featuring same-sex dance partners. But man, while it took the show 11 years, it was worth the wait. Travis Wall (the runner-up in season two), himself a gay man, choreographed a moving routine about the fight for marriage equality, featuring two men and two women who first dance in pairs and then as a foursome. What an important moment for an already wonderful show. [Buzzfeed]

GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

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  • Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
  • Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts and ponytails. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York State failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act (again) because Republicans balked over reproductive rights enshrined therein. [Feminist.org]
  • Yeah, the Vatican knows no one is following its rules on sex and marriage. [LA Times] Keep reading »

PurrVerse: I’m A Queer Against Marriage

PurrVerse: I'm A Queer Against Marriage

So it turns out 55 percent of Americans now support gay marriage. I suppose my little queer heart ought to be delighted that we’re slowly stumbling into being treated “just like everyone else.” Instead, if I’m honest, I feel disappointed in the gay rights movement. Keep reading »

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

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  • Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK]
  • An 11-year-old girl in Senegal who was raped and impregnated with twins has given birth. She child was denied an abortion because of a countrywide ban. She said she’s angry at her rapist “because he has stopped me from going to school.” [Guardian UK]

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