E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need to Know: 6/9 - 6/16

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | June 16, 2013 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay lobby, glaad, israel, LGBT, Marco Rubio, marriage equality, NOM, Pope Francis, russia, Vietnam

Here are some stories from the past week's news that you should know about:

  • After years of struggle and repeated targeting by the conservative state government, an Indiana support organization for LGBT youth appears (again) to have won the right to offer a special-interest license plate.
  • Although representing an oasis of gay freedom compared to its repressive neighbors, a new study finds that with a majority of citizens not supporting gay acceptance, Israel lags far behind its Western allies.
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  • Pope Francis' mention of a "gay lobby" within the Vatican caused quite a stir last week, confirming longstanding rumors of an organized sect of "gay" priests.
  • As the State Duma passed a repressive bill essentially outlawing any discussion of homosexual, anti-gay violence broke out with the beating and arrest of pro-LGBT protestors. (warning: link contains images of violence)
  • GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio made it clear in an interview with Think Progress that he doesn't support ENDA or any other "special protections based on orientation"
  • A new Pew Research survey finds concern among LGBT people that the fight for marriage equality may overshadow other important LGBT civil rights battles.
  • At its first national LGBT event, the UN recognized the Vietnamese government for the progress the Asian nation has made towards LGBT acceptance.
  • GLAAD called out PBS for using the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) as an on-air consultant providing a constitutional context for the Supreme Court's role in relation to the fight for marriage equality.
  • Finally, in honor of Father's Day, have a look at this lovely story of two amazing men, their family, and quest for equality within their home state.

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