A central Pennsylvania school district has scrapped a controversial policy that said its curriculum would not “promote or encourage” same-sex relationships or orientation.
The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports that the board of the Elizabethtown Area School District decided to delete the entire policy.
Inside the smaller theater at Madison Square Garden about five years ago, shortly before a world title fight, Emile Griffith was introduced one more time to the crowd. He rose shakily from his seat, waved ever so briefly and then sat down.
The applause kept going.
At least five marriage licenses were issued on July 24 to same-sex couples in Montgomery County, Pa., in defiance of the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes had announced his plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on July 23, saying that he wanted to be on the right side of history and do the right thing.
New Hampshire became the 19th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed H.B. 573 on July 23. It is described as a “measure relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes."
Democratic U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Charlie Rangel of New York introduced legislation on July 25 that's intended to help discharged gay veterans clear their military records and access benefits.
The congressmen introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act with 102 co-sponsors. Pocan had announced plans to offer the bill last month, during Pride season, and said the measure would help close a dark chapter for the U.S. military and the discriminatory treatment of tens of thousands of gays and lesbians over the years.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on July 24 announced that Democratic state Rep. Deborah Mell, who is openly lesbian, will be the new alderman representing Chicago’s 33rd ward.
The mayor said, “After a thorough process, I am pleased to announce that Deb Mell will be the new Alderman representing the 33rd ward. Deb brings a strong legislative and voting record and a unique level of experience to the role, which separated her from other candidates for the position, and will allow her to immediately able make a strong impact on behalf of the residents of the 33rd ward. She is a proven legislator and will be a great addition to the city council."
Environmentalists were gathering on Google’s campus in Mountain, View, Calif., today (July 24) to protest the company’s fundraising for U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.
The protesters’ signs and banners were to read, “Google: Don’t Fund Evil,” a play on the company’s slogan.
Colombia got its first legalized same-sex union on July 24 when a judge sanctioned the partnership of two men who have been a couple for two decades.
The newly legalized couple cheered the ceremony as a marriage, although experts cautioned that a high court ruling that deemed the union legal did not make it the equivalent of marriage.
The U.S. Justice Department announced on July 24 that it had reached a settlement agreement with the Arcadia Unified School District in Arcadia, Calif., to resolve an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student based on the student’s sex.
Under the agreement, approved by the district’s school board on July 23, the district will take steps to ensure that the student, whose gender identity is male, will be treated like other male students while attending school in the district, according to a statement from the White House.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.
Bradley Manning, the gay soldier on trial in the WikiLeaks case, has received honors from the International Peace Bureau.
The organization awarded Manning its Sean MacBride Peace Prize "for his courageous actions in revealing information about US war crimes."