Waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans has so far simply resulted in nothing more than months of nail-biting.
With the session set to end in a matter of days, it’s presumed that SCOTUS will finally hand down a ruling of some kind by June 26 or 27, but even that’s not guaranteed.
Nonetheless, in the meantime, a handful of landmark moments in LGBT acceptance have taken place recently.
And while it’s frustrating that same-sex marriage still hasn’t been federally addressed, it’s equally important to recognize all the smaller victories that happened while we were waiting.
Here are the top five wins for the LGBT community this week.
1. Exodus International Shuts Its Doors For Good
The largest “gay conversion” ministry ceased operations and issued a long-overdue apology to the LGBT community.
After decades of providing “therapy” that was supposed to turn gay people straight—but really only served to psychologically hurt them—the group’s leader Alan Chambers released a public statement atoning for his involvement.
In part it read, “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”
2. The New Civilian Head of the Air Force Is a Proud Gay Man
Quietly this April, Eric Fanning became the highest-ranking, out-LGBT member of the Department of Defense when he was appointed the civilian head of the Air Force.
Fanning is serving as the Acting Secretary of the agency until Obama nominates and appoints a permanent replacement for Michael Donley, who recently retired. Fanning told The Washington Blade that while he has the run of the place, he plans to include sexual orientation in the military’s official nondiscrimination policy.
3. Soldiers Fired From Military Service for Being Gay May Finally Receive an Honorable Discharge
Representatives Charlie Rangel and Mark Pocan are sponsoring a bill to correct the records of gay and lesbian service members who were dishonorably discharged from the military solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Approximately 114,000 fall into that category, and for some it means they can’t vote, collect veterans benefits, unemployment, or participate in the GI bill.
4. The Disney Channel Will Feature Its First-Ever Gay Couple
5. A Big Fat Gay Wedding Happened Outside of Westboro Baptist Church Headquarters
Directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church’s home base in Kansas, sits Equality House, the rainbow-painted sanctuary of freedom-loving progressives everywhere.
Last week, a five-year-old staged a pink lemonade fundraising event there to gently protest the hate group that lives within yards of the house. This week, Kimberly Caldwell and Katie Short married each other on the house’s front lawn.
Why? Because Westboro, that’s why.
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