SNAP: Polis expecting a child
Openly gay Congressman Jared Polis, D-Colorado, announced that he and his partner are expecting a child. Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, an author, did not announce whether the child would be adopted or whether it was a surrogate pregnancy. Polis was the first openly gay man elected to Congress as a freshman.
SLAP: Teens arrested in beating of gay man
Nine teens were arrested in Springfield, Mass., in connection with the beating of a gay man that police are qualifying as a hate crime. Police said a 30-year-old man was walking near a park when the teens began to shout disparaging remarks about the man in regard to his sexual orientation. The male members of the group attacked him as the females laughed and encouraged the beating. An MP3 player was stolen, but later recovered when the teens were found. The names are not being released, but the teens’ ages range from 12 to 19.
SNAP: Southern Baptist hoax
Officials from the Southern Baptist Church, which has a strong stance against gay people and gay marriage, said they were a victim of an elaborate online hoax. A fake news release was sent out claiming the church changed its stance on a variety of gay-rights issues and it directed reporters to a website that mimicked the church’s site. The site came complete with phone numbers that were staffed by people claiming to be with the church.