Buzz About April 2

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With so many April fool’s jokes yesterday, it was hard to tell what was news and what wasn’t. So here is your Buzz About for April 2nd.

Iowa lawmakers take a page from Tennessee’s book

Following a similar controversy with  University of Tennessee’s sex week (drummed up by none other than Stacey Campfield), Iowa lawmakers have threatened to pull funding to a community college for its part in sponsoring a LGBT Youth Conference.

Wait, doesn’t Iowa support marriage equality? This might be something we’d expect from Georgia or Arizona but these lawmakers are truly out of touch with their constituents.

Oh yeah and then there is this little things called separation of church and state. Tell that to the Iowa Family Leader who in a statement said, “Based on our desire and commitment to be faithful stewards of our tax dollars, we cannot in good conscience vote to give taxpayer dollars to people or to groups who pervert the Bible …”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey supports marriage equality

Cheers to one U.S. Senator who is in touch with his constituents. In a statement to the Philadelphia Gay News, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said that he could “no longer in good conscience” oppose marriage equality. Casey joins 47 other U.S. Senators including Republican Rob Portman in their support of marriage equality.

Delaware U.S. Congressman supports marriage equality

Rep. John Carney, Delaware’s lone representative, announced on his website yesterday that he’ll support marriage equality.

Hopefully, Carney’s announcement  will light a fire under U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to come out publicly in support of marriage equality. Carper is one of eight Senate Democrats who still opposes marriage equality.

HRC and United for Marriage Coalition apologizes to trans activists

Following reports that trans and undocumented activists were asked to lower their flag and edit their speeches during rallies held in Washington D.C., HRC and the United for Marriage Coalition offered an apologies.

“…HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions. We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future,” wrote Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president for communication and marketing, on an HRC web post addressing the situation.

Out Archie character Kevin Keller gets his on novel

Follow Kevin Keller back to middle school if you dare in the new Young Adult novel entitled Kevin due out April 18.

Georgia GOP Chairwoman: “Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this…”

Oh the logic in Georgia. GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart said in a statement to the Marietta Daily Journal:

“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”

Because no man and woman have ever defrauded the government for benefits?

Thomas Beatie holds news conference after being denied a divorce

Probably best known as the ‘Pregnant Man’, Beatie, who identifies as male although he was born a woman, was denied a divorce by an Arizona judges who ruled his marriage to Nancy Beatie was a same-sex marriage and Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Thomas and Nancy were married in Hawaii in 2003 and have three children together.

This is just fraught with issues but mostly we are fighting for marriage equality here could you hold off on your divorce for just a little bit? Timing is everything.