Running a little late due to a host of “real-life” and technological difficulties! My apologies.
The number of articles in the Indiana/HJR-6 section of the roundup ballooned again as the legislature revealed that they are very likely going to vote on HJR-6 even as editorials from newspapers around the state continue to call for its abandonment, its former staunch supporters are quavering, and several recent polls reveal that the Hoosier opinion is weighted heavily against such a ban going through. (Thanks to the feedback from our first attempt this weekend, a related new roundup feature we will be trying out is the e-mailing of the IN/HJR-6 stories to the folks on our mailing list. Are you on it? Sign up here!)
A California report linked to in the marriage equality section reveals that legally married gay couples experience lower levels of psychological stress than their partnered-but-blocked-from-marrying counterparts. This dovetails nicely with the newly launched “One Voice Indiana” organization which advocates for marriage equality on the basis that discriminatory laws and regulations like HJR-6 have been shown to drastically impact public health by negatively affecting the mental well-being and physical health of LGBT citizens in dozens (if not hundreds) of obvious and not-so-obvious ways. Go add your name and/or your your company to their support list today!
The mayor of Atlanta comes out for marriage equality in our U.S., General section; we saw a lot of meditations this week in the Doma/Prop 8 announcement section on what Scalia’s virulently homophobic past could mean for the decisions (and on whether he should be recused from making them); the Boy Scouts of America lost even MORE funders as a result of their anti-gay policies in General Interest; Keshet offers to a checklist to help rabbis and observant families find a way to deal sensitively with the after-death experience of transgender Jews in Religion; the wife of a female soldier is denied access to a spousal support group in North Carolina (you can read the story and her response in Politics); and in Opponent Watch, “evidence” is provided that homosexuality is a birth defect.
My personal favorites from this week are highlighted in the new Youth and Senior Issues section. The Center on Halstedup in Chicago has finally begun construction on their low-income senior housing facility! This initiative is the first of its kind in the Midwest and they’re absolutely an inspiration. GLSEN also released a report on the experiences of LGBT youth in small towns and rural areas – a must-read for anyone involved in education or raising LGBT kids.