On Sept. 29, California Governor Jerry Brown made history by signing a landmark bill that will protect LGBT youth from psychological abuse by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender expression. With Governor Brown’s signature, California becomes the first state in the nation to protect LGBT young people from these dangerous practices, including the use of shame, verbal abuse, and aversion therapy, that place youth at high risk of depression and suicide. The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors.
Authored by Senator Ted Lieu, Senate Bill 1172 was co-sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, Gaylesta, Courage Campaign, Lambda Legal, and Mental Health America of Northern California, and supported by dozens of organizations.
Photos from HRC presents “Debating Same-Sex Marriage” book signing and discussion with author John Corvino at Rice University, August 29, 2012. Photos by Dalton DeHart.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit today against an anti-gay hate group that took a gay couple’s engagement photo and misappropriated it for a political ad that attacked a Colorado lawmaker’s support for same-sex civil unions.
On September 27, the Austin City Council will vote on a Council resolution sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Cole and co-sponsored by Mayor Leffingwell and Council Member Morrison proclaiming their support for marriage equality. This is the first time in recent history that so many local advocacy organizations in Austin have united in support of equality.
“Houstonians need to have a working smoke detector in their homes, including residents who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Mayor Parker. “Every person has a right to be protected and be safe.”
The Supreme Court may announce as early as Tuesday whether it will take up the divisive issue of same-sex marriage. The court could also announce if it will hear a constitutional challenge to a federal law denying financial benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
Black clergy members who support same-sex marriage say they want to dispel the myth that all African-American ministers are against it.
“Chick-fil-A can’t claim to be turning over a new leaf while simultaneously funneling thousands of dollars towards a group that does not acknowledge the dignity and respect of LGBT people,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for The Human Rights Campaign.
The Vatican cited Canon No. 2359 in the 1917 Code of Canon Law to explain why the priest was not found guilty of violating church law. The code states that a cleric who violates the commandment forbidding adultery, by indecently touching a person under the age of 16, has committed a canonical crime. The church law was amended in 1994 to change the age of consent from 16 to 18-years-old to mirror civil law. Since the accuser said the contact took place before age 16, it is unclear as to why the action does not violate church law.
Chick-fil-A, in a statement Thursday, affirmed the workplace protections. Friday, however, company President Dan Cathy denied the company has ceased making donations to groups that oppose gay marriage and said Chick-fil-A “made no such concessions.” “There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago,” Cathy said in a statement to Mike Huckabee, the former Republican presidential candidate who now runs a conservative website. “That is incorrect.”