Excellent news that the US military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that barred openly gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women from serving in the miltary (although supposedly permitting them to serve only if they hid who they are) has been repealed. Another step towards ending LGBT discrimination!
It is not surprising. It really isn't. I find myself further disappointed by the discrimination that occurs towards LGBT individuals.
Pharyngula has a recent post (silly_gay_people_don't_you_know......) about two specific instances in different states, details in the link (including links to the original articles). It looks like one situation can be addressed legally while other can't, simply because of the different laws about discrimination over sexual identity that each state has. Should this not be implemented at the federal level?
This is why there is still a fight for LGBT recognition and equal treatment under US law. Because of cases highlighted above, both of which had a religious "reasoning" behind the discrimination.
Gay Pride meetings happen across the USA. The San Francisco Gay pride parade is happening next weekend http://www.sfpride.org/ and there is also an atheist meet-up planned for the parade http://www.meetup.com/atheists-561/events/20291851/, details of which were sent to me by Allen Barth (-thanks). More support and voices are needed to end this type of them and us thinking.
Marriage laws across the USA.
These images (with recent updates) highlight the unequal distribution of laws surrounding same-sex relationships (from http://commons.wikimedia.org/).
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!