ACLU challenges ban on gay parents adopting
Much like Utah, there’s no law in North Carolina explicitly banning gay couples from adopting together, but there is a 2010 law that bars any unmarried couples from adopting a child together. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the law on behalf of six gay couples, saying the law is discriminatory and damaging to families with gay parents.
Montana Dems like gay marriage
Montana Democrats adopted a pro-marriage equality stance and said all Montana adults should be able to legally marry other adults, no matter the gender. The platform makes an argument for equal treatment of all Montana adults and calls on lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure gay couples have access to all the same benefits as their straight counterparts.
Happy Sharon Needles Day
June 14 will forever be known as “Sharon Needles Day” in Pittsburgh. The winner of the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race wowed judges with her creative, spooky, signature look as she vaulted to national cult celebrity status. City council members honored the drag queen and thanked her for speaking out against bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. She responded to the honor by wishing the crowd a Happy Halloween.
Marriage-equality foes attack corporations
The National Organization for Marriage sent letters to Minnesota’s 50 largest companies demanding they stay out of the fight to ban marriage equality in the state. The letter attacked companies that have already spoken out for marriage equality and offer equal treatment to queer employees. The letter said there are potential customers who only want to support businesses that are also homophobic.
The International Olympic Committee is ignoring growing calls to bar anti-gay nations from competing in the 2012 games. In place of real action, IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau noted that the existing charter “clearly states that any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”