Gay USA 6/25/14

In the first appellate breakthrough since the Windsor decision one year ago, the 10th Circuit upholds a lower court ruling overturning Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is overturned by federal judge. Anti-LGBT discrimination will now get heightened scrutiny out West. National march for "traditional" marriage is a flop in D.C. A flurry of pro-LGBT announcements from the Obama administration. Presbyterians open marriage to same-sex couples. The Methodist Church reinstates a pastor who was defrocked for presiding over marriage of one of his gay children. A small town in South Carolina votes to restrict the powers of the mayor who fired the lesbian police chief, but he is trying to end run their desire to see her reinstated. Transgender woman Yazmin Shancez found murdered in Fort Myers, FL as trans activist Zoraida Reyes is laid to rest in Santa Ana, CA New York State Senators let key LGBT legislation die. LGBT Pride marches come to Kearney, NE and Beaumont, TX for the first time. White House steps up sanctions against Uganda over anti-LGBT laws as more countries contemplate intensifying laws against us. An opera singer from the Republic of Georgia loses gigs over open anti-gay bigotry. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, but it is never a bad day to get tested. And Gary Oldman declares Be Kind to Bigots Day.

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