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SLAP: Voter Bribery

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage is offering the chance to win $100 Visa gift cards for Minnesota voters who pledge to cast their ballots banning same-sex marriage in the state. The form, which is sponsored by the Minnesota branch of NOM, Minnesota for Marriage, passed the legal litmus test because it’s not technically buying votes, but buying pledges to vote. There are state and federal statutes that prohibit the purchase of votes for candidates or initiatives, but because it’s a raffle before the election, it is technically legal.

SNAP: University proactively responds to anti-gay vandalism

After homophobic and racist words were spray-painted on six fraternity houses at Wake Forest University, the campus police, fraternity members and students responded with swift and positive actions. In what could have been an ugly episode for the school, a solidarity stand-in was organized and community meetings were held to discuss the incident. Fraternity leaders issued statements condemning the language and actions. While no suspects have been named, the university has used the opportunity to bring together multicultural groups, fraternities, students and the queer student organizations.

SNAP: Fighting Homophobia in Iran

A United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a report that has legal weight in the international community detailing rights violations by the Iranian government against its queer citizens. Iran is one of the few countries where homosexuality is punishable by death, and institutionalized homophobia and transphobia allow for discrimination in workplaces and housing. The report is an extensive look into the treatment of homosexuals in the country and demands that Iran respond to the allegations with documented proof of progress by 2014.

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