Obama v Doma: how gay Americans marched towards equality

From Joe Bidens unplanned endorsement to a White House lit by the rainbow flag, LGBTQ Americans lived through three extraordinary years On 6 May 2012, Joe Biden went on Meet the Press to followed the lead of his vice-president. In 1996, Bill Clinton had signed the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) in the middle of the night because he thought that was necessary to ensure his re-election. Now a new Democratic president had embraced the push for equality as a political plus, especially with the younger voters who were so important to his success. Obama said that even the Republican college students he had met were very clear about sexual orientation: They believe in equality. He also suggested the benefits …

Rhode Island bishop sorry for saying Pride events ‘harmful for children’

Thomas Tobin says LBGTQ month contrary to Catholic faith and morals but organiser counters: Jesus never said a word about homosexuality The Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island has apologized for saying Pride month events in support of LGBTQ rights were especially harmful for children, tweeted: A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children. Rhode Island Pride responded by commending inclusivity shown by local Catholics and condemning the bishops remark. Rhode Island is a welcoming and inclusive state, the organization said in a Joe Lazzerini, president of Rhode Island Pride, said …

‘Straight pride’ group removes Brad Pitt as mascot after backlash

The campaign, which has ties to far-right US groups and advocates for oppressed majority of heterosexuals, took down images of the actor A small group of men with ties to far-right groups who have applied for a license to hold a Straight Pride March in the US have taken down a photograph of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor complained. Three men, who call their campaign Super Happy Fun America, had adopted the actor as an unofficial mascot for the movement, which advocates on behalf of the straight community and describes straight people as an oppressed majority. The move follows a complaint by Pitts representatives, who confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that they had officially requested …