- Earlier this month, the 9th Circuit heard oral arguments on a law against “conversion therapy”; the bill “would penalize licensed health professionals who try to change a minor’s sexual orientation.”
- A Columbus, Ohio Catholic high school fired a physical education teacher after her mother’s obituary appeared—the obituary mentioned that the teacher’s partner was female. Jezebel points out similar recent discrimination in Ohio: earlier this year, a Catholic high school in Cincinnati fired an assistant principal after the administrator blogged in support of marriage equality.
- In happier news, the Nevada state Senate voted in favor of a marriage equality amendment, which sends the measure to the full state legislature. During the debate, a legislator came out to his colleagues and the public: “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”
- Same-sex marriage similarly advanced in Rhode Island, where “a major legislative committee forwarded a marriage bill to the State Senate.” Victory in the state seems likely:
The Judiciary Committee failed to support a counterproposal to let the public decide the marriage issue in a referendum, and all five Republican members of the 38-member State Senate declared support for same-sex marriage.
- Finally, today the NBA’s Jason Collins became “the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.”
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