This week’s top dots connecting LGBT issues around the world

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President Obama announced his plans for immigration reform, and included protections for same-sex binational couples. 

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. Many believed he was a closeted gay man, and his legacy is controversial in regards to how he handled the AIDs epidemic during his term in office. 

The gay dog from Tennessee was saved from euthanasia. Named Elton, the male pitbull/American bulldog mix was sent to the shelter because his owner thought the dog was “gay” after he saw him “humping” another male dog’s leg. A woman named Stephanie Fryns saved Elton just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. 

49ers player Chris Culliver made homophobic comments about how a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in the locker room. And then, 49er players Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga, who both appeared in the team’s 2012 “It Gets Better” video, claim to not remember filming the video, and certainly not knowing that the video had an LGBT focus.

The Human Rights Campaign has officially endorsed New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, while acknowledging Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s support of same-sex marriage. The endorsement, while not surprising, is early and significant in the race ahead.  

The Boy Scouts move toward ending gay ban. Though certainly a step in some direction, not everyone is pleased, saying the change in national policy leaves discrimination in the hands of regional directors and does not send the same message of banning it all together. 

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A, which made headlines last year for CEO Dan Cathy’s homophobic comments and donations to anti-gay organizations, released news that they have stopped donating to antigay causes. 

Mormon-founded Marriott Corp. joined the cause to fight against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. Executive Bill Marriott told Business Insider that while he still thinks marriage should be between a man and a women, he added, “We have to take care of our people, regardless of their sexual orientation or anything else.”

A bill has been introduced to the Tennessee state senate that would require teachers and counselors to tell guardians if their children are gay. 

The Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a bill, nicknamed “Colorful Colorado,” legalizing civil unions in the state.

With the Federal Prop 8 trial heading to the Supreme Court this spring, the Westboro Baptist Church filed an amicus brief and has provided legal citations using primarily Bible verses.

Wyoming’s state House Corporations Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee voted on two bills this week. The first, a bill to permit gay marriage, was denied 5-4. The second, a bill to legalize domestic partnerships, was approved 7-2. 

 

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