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SLAP: Lesbian mom booted from Boy Scouts

One Virginia mother is in a committed relationship with her partner of more than 20 years, and the two have raised two smart and friendly children. Denise Steele felt it was important to bond with her son and encourage him to participate in the Boy Scout programs, so she began to volunteer. Steele helped lead the troops for more than 10 years. She was intricately involved in the troop and her son’s life, but when one of the assistant scout masters found out that she was a lesbian, she was immediately removed from her post and asked not to return.

SNAP: Minnesota’s third largest party supports marriage equality

The Independence Party of Minnesota has announced it will oppose a November ballot to ban same-sex marriages in the state. The party officials said the opposition to the governmental influence is a perfect example of an intrusion by government into personal affairs. Local queer-rights groups are citing it as an example of people across the political spectrum that support marriage equality.

SLAP: Lesbian couple attacked in Kentucky

A lesbian couple and their children attended a firework display in Kentucky where they were taunted, attacked and threatened, according to a complaint sent to Kentucky Equality Federation. Misty Turner and Brandy Standifer said they attended the celebration and when the surrounding people discovered they were lesbians, they shot fireworks at them, threatened their lives, pulled a gun on them and beat them. One of the women suffered contusions and a rib fracture. Every imaginable gay slur was shouted at the couple in front of their two, young children. The Kentucky Equality Federation has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the attack.

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