- Gay activists from GetEqual interrupted the speech of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at the Hillsborough County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Tampa, Florida on Saturday. The activists screamed “All families matter” and “Include our families in immigration reform!” The Florida Republican has vowed to scuttle any bill that includes a provision for gay married binational couples.
- An arrest was made in the senseless murder of Mark Carson, in New York’s West Village, on Friday night. Elliot Morales, 33, was arraigned on Sunday, and was charged with second degree murder as a hate crime. The accused killer taunted the victim and his friend with anti-gay slurs, prior to pointing a gun at the victim. The New York Police Department has reported a sharp rise in anti-gay incidents this year.
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gay marriage bans and anti-gay laws have a negative effect on the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Stress-related disorders dropped in states that enacted marriage equality legislation.
NPR reporter Shankar Vedantam writes:
“Mark Hatzenbuehler, a psychologist at Columbia University who studies the health effects of social policies, analyzed the data gathered before and after the bans to determine how the mental health of people who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual had changed in those states.”
"Lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who lived in the states that banned same sex marriage experienced a significant increase in psychiatric disorders," Hatzenbuehler says.
"There was a 37 percent increase in mood disorders," he says, "a 42 percent increase in alcohol-use disorders, and — I think really strikingly — a 248 percent increase in generalized anxiety disorders."
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