Gay USA: July 31-Aug. 6, 2012

A federal court in Connecticut strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act’s Section 3 of DOMA. The Democratic Party will support marriage equality in its 2012 platform. The fight in Washington State to defend the new law opening marriage to same-sex couples from a referendum challenge gets a big boost from the CEO of Amazon. The controversy over Chick-fil-A shows no signs of stopping as a few elected officials call for banning it in their towns. NOTE: Since we taped, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn backed off her call to block Chick-fil-A from doing business in New York. A gay man in Oklahoma is subjected to anti-gay attacks and the firebombing of his car, making him question having come out. Young lesbian lovers are indicted in the horrific murder of one of their female ex-lovers in Cochranton, PA. Eagle Scouts are returning their hard-won badges to the Boy Scouts of America to protest its affirmation of its anti-gay policies. A new study finds that men who served in the US military are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to identify as women. Scotland plans to legalize same-sex marriage; will Vietnam be next? Andy tells us what’s hot in London theatre, including revivals of “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Sweeney Todd,” and some works by bisexual playwright William Shakespeare.

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