A propaganda magazine published by al-Qaida has highlighted the marriage of former Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who was among the first to serve as openly gay in Congress. "There is an irony that the most active anti-gay [groups] are al-Qaida and the American right wing," Frank said.
Opponents of France's new marriage equality law say they plan to continue public protests of the measure, and may even draft political candidates. One protester, a Socialist, said he was not homophobic but worried about the fate of children raised by same-sex parents.
Unlike their heterosexual counterparts, married same-sex couples cannot be jointly credited for federal political donations if they give from individual bank accounts, according to a ruling from the Federal Election Commission. Commissioners suggested the question might be revisited soon, a likely reference to the pending Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples.
Regional Boy Scouts of America officials have submitted proposals to BSA headquarters seeking a policy that allows openly gay Scouts as well as adult leaders. BSA announced last week that its board would consider dropping a ban only on gay Scouts.
Five Republican state lawmakers in Iowa have proposed legislation that would slash by 80% the salaries of state Supreme Court justices who voted to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. "We're just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds," said Rep. Tom Shaw. A Democratic state senator predicted that the legislation would be struck down if it is passed.