LGBT News Roundup: 08.22.12

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Gay couples say ‘I don’t’ to RI civil union law, only 68 couples obtain licenses in 1st year

Just 68 same-sex couples obtained licenses for civil unions in the state in the first year the option was available to them.

Todd Akin’s jaw-dropping stances on women, LGBT Americans

Missouri GOP Congressman and Senate hopeful Todd Akin, who this weekend claimed that “legitimate rape” rarely led to pregnancy when discussing a woman’s right to choose, has an equally abysmal track record on issues of LGBT equality.

LGBT Legal Group Calls Gov. Jan Brewer’s Appeal “Wildly Exaggerated”

The battle over health benefits for state employees’ same-sex partners in Arizona could be heard by the Supreme Court in the coming year.

NOM Now Exploiting Tragedy To Fundraise Against Equality

The National Organization for Marriage was the first anti-LGBT organization to attempt to exploit last week’s shooting at the Family Research Council, with Brian Brown lashing out at the Southern Poverty Law Center for what he called its “incendiary rhetoric” of designating “hate groups.” 

Joe.My.God’s Joe Jervis Receives Hanging Threat for FRC Tweets

Gay blogger Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God reports he received death threats after tweeting information about the Family Research Council’s history of hateful activism.

Cameroon Archbishop says LGBT enemies “of creation”

Ahead of Cameroon’s national gay hate day organized by The Rassemblement de la Jeunesse Camerounaise association (Cameroonian Youth Rally, or RJC), the county’s Catholic Archbishop has said that gay people are “an affront to the family, enemy of women and creation.”

Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Foundation For Fall Campaign

Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying organization has found a high-profile new ally: Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign President, Talks Obama, Chick-Fil-A And Gay Marriage

“This is the most exciting opportunity I’ve ever had in my life,” Chad Griffin, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said with a beaming smile about his job leading the largest LGBT group in the country. 

Man’s Will Disinherits Grandson Unless Gay Son Marries Woman

The grandchild of the late Frank Mandelbaum is being denied his share of his $180k inheritance because his father is married to a man.

Scottish government faces wall of silence from church over gay marriage

The leader of the Catholic church in Scotland has refused to communicate directly with the government over gay marriage, church officials said yesterday.

Gay Male Comics Await the Spotlight

COULD James Adomian become the first man to break through as an openly gay stand-up star?

California Senate passes resolution urging Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) said today that the Senate passed her resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next appropriate ship after Harvey Milk, the LGBT civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978 at San Francisco’s City Hall.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest At GaymerCon, 2013’s LGBT Geek And Gaming Convention

After years of picketing the funerals of celebrities as well as U.S. servicemen, the Westboro Baptist Church now has its sights set on GaymerCon.

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