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Café owner condemns lesbian couple

A married lesbian couple in North Carolina said the owner of the Sting Ray Café handed them a letter condemning their relationship. Ariel and Shawnee McPhail said they were not involved in any public displays of affection. The letter said, “Please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late. The Love of Christ. P.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy[ed] her life and my grandson.”

Rhode Island lawmakers move toward marriage equality

Rhode Island’s governor said he expects lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill and he will veto any attempt to place it on a ballot as a referendum. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said lawmakers owe it to voters to decide themselves. The House of Representatives will vote on legislation that will allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Some opponents have voiced support for another bill that would put the question before voters. Rhode Island is now the only state in New England without gay marriage.

Illinois back on track for marriage equality

The sponsor of a marriage equality bill in the Illinois House of Representatives said the measure may have sufficient support this session. Rep. Greg Harris said the newcomers to the state legislature are more open to marriage equality measures than the previous set.

“We are on a fast track to passing marriage equality in the state of Illinois,” he said. “The people of America are ahead of us. They are doing the right thing. They believe the right thing. The journey is short, because people want it to be short. The journey to full marriage is not going to be as long as we thought, because folks have talked to their neighbors, they’ve talked to their clergy people; they’ve decided treating every couple equally in the eyes of the law is the right thing to do.”

Sundance AIDS documentary gets Oscar nomination     

The 2012 Sundance documentary How to Survive a Plague received an Oscar nomination. The film follows the story of the start of the Treatment Action Group, which was devoted to fast-tracking drugs that could save, or at least extend, the lives of those swept up in the epidemic.

Gingrich open to marriage equality

Unlikely ally Newt Gingrich said he hopes his fellow Republicans will understand the “human side” of marriage equality.

“I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation — and understand that we want to defend marriage in its classic form between a man and a woman. I don’t accept that there’s an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn’t mean it can fly. It’s not that I want to change my belief. I think that in fact it’s a big mistake to be confused about this issue,” he said.

Fewer think homosexuality is a sin

According to a poll from the Southern Baptist-affiliated LifeWay Research, fewer Americans believe homosexuality is a sin.  According to the poll, 37 percent of Americans believe homosexual behavior is a sin, a drop from 44 percent in 2011. The poll also found 45 percent of respondents didn’t believe homosexuality was a sin and 17 percent didn’t have an opinion.

Limbaugh says gay marriage will lead to pedophilia

Conservative talk-show host and pundit Rush Limbaugh attacked marriage equality supports and said their efforts would lead to the normalization of pedophilia. While under fire he has yet to retract or apologize for his remarks.

“There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage. What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal — and in fact, with certain people in certain demographics it’s the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it. The people behind it are serious, and you know the left as well as I do. They glom onto something and they don’t let go,” he said on his radio show.

Alabama student arrested for planned attack on blacks, gays

A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Alabama after a teacher discovered a journal detailing a plan to attack black and gay students at his school. The journal detailed specific plans to attack six students and a teacher. The only white student on the list is gay. A search of his home uncovered bomb-making materials. His bail was set at $75,000, which his family promptly paid.

Kyle XY actor comes out

Actor Matt Dallas, best known for his role as the navel-less boy wonder from ABC Family’s Kyle XY, announced he is engaged to a man. He tweeted a picture of fiancé Blue Hamilton, who is an independent musician and said, “Starting off the year with a new fiancé, @bluehamilton. A great way to kick off 2013!”

Congratulations to the happy couple. 

Alabama lawmaker moves to repeal anti-gay sex education curriculum 

Alabama’s first openly gay legislator is moving to repeal the state’s sex education law, which requires educators to teach that homosexuality is immoral and illegal. Rep. Patricia Todd filed a measure that would allow the Alabama Department of Education to control sex education. Currently the state legislature is responsible.

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