In Mexico, Gay Couples Celebrate Historic Weddings

March 11, 2010

from the Associated Press

Two glowing brides in white gowns made history Thursday as they wed under Latin America’s first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was officiating five same-sex marriages in one day, despite harsh criticism from the Roman Catholic Church and a campaign against the measure launched by President Felipe Calderon’s conservative National Action Party.

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Maryland Senate to Weigh Block On Gay Marriage Opinion

March 11, 2010

from the Associated Press

A Maryland state senator has introduced a bill to prohibit the state from recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) introduced the bill on Wednesday. It’s the first step towards invalidating a recent opinion from Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Amendment to Opt Out of Federal Hate Crimes Protections

March 11, 2010

by John Wright | Dallas Voice

Just up the road in Oklahoma, the state Senate yesterday approved an amendment that’s apparently designed to opt out of federal hate crimes protections for LGBT people:

In an amendment presented on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, gutted a bill that had been filed to create a task force to study the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, and inserted language to make changes to the state’s hate crime statutes.

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Mississippi Prom Canceled After Lesbian’s Date Request

March 11, 2010

by Chris Joyner | USA Today

A Mississippi county school board announced Wednesday it would cancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event.

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