In our continuing coverage of Equality news, here are some of the recent noteworthy stories and headlines from Texas and the nation:
Texas Democrats added marriage equality to their platform during the convention in Houston last weekend.
President Obama will host a reception at the White House today in observance of Gay Pride Month
Equality Texas is hitting back hard against University of Texas associate sociology professor Mark Regenerus's methodologically-flawed research which purports to demonstrate that children of straight, married parents do better on a range of social, emotional and relationship outcomes than children of same-sex parents. Unsurprisingly, homophobic groups like the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage, and Texas Eagle Forum are trumpeting the junk science as proof of the dangers of gay parenting.
Less than one year after the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Pentagon announced today that it will mark June as Gay Pride month and hold its first event honor gay and lesbian troops. A Navy Spokesman said about Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, "Now that we've repealed 'don't ask, don't tell,' he feels it's important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops."
Boy Scouts of America is being petitioned to end longstanding ban on gay scouts by Scouts for Equality, and Ernst and Young CEO James Turley, a prominent national Boy Scouts board member, issued a statement this week demonstrating support for ending the Boy Scouts discriminatory policy
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association recently released their State Sponsored Homophobia Report. The report is a world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults. Check out their world map below, and click here to view maps of other areas of the world.