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.
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.