Saying there's "no correlation" between sexual orientation and a child's "health, welfare and safety," the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled the state cannot prohibit gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. The ruling upholds a lower court judge, who concluded the state child welfare board should not have tried to enforce public morality by enacting the ban in 1999.
More than half of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits today, compared to just one company in 1992, according to the Human Rights Campaign. HRC's research also found that 86% of Fortune 500 companies ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 16% list gender identity or expression in their nondiscrimination protections.
The Pentagon has changed a document that listed homosexuality among mental disorders including mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders, but the declassification will have no bearing on enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The National Football League tapped out former defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo to participate in a panel on diversity at its 10th annual rookie symposium. The event, which reflects a greater emphasis on promoting diversity by the league, marked the first time the NFL has addressed the gay issue in its training.
An all-star team of Major League Baseball players could be fielded with closeted gay athletes, according to retired out umpire Dave Pallone, who says these players don't come out because of concerns over how the public will react. "They're always worried about what the fans are going to say or that they're going to lose dollars from a sports marketing firm," he said.