Same-sex couples began marrying in Minnesota this week under a new law that was championed by Democratic state Sen. Scott Dibble, who is openly gay. In this interview, Dibble discusses measure's opposition, including how it peeled away Republican votes in the final days of the debate. "They will forever know they are the wrong side of history. To deny people the ability to form strong, healthy, happy families, that's for them to live with, and hopefully they can sleep at night and look at themselves in the mirror," said Dibble.
The willingness of presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., both to bring up the issue of homophobia to black audiences and accept support from some black religious leaders who endorse the ex-gay movement is raising questions about where he really stands among some LGBT people, according to this article. "People are confused," said gay activist Wayne Besen. "We see one report of him saying powerful words. Then he is hanging out with some shady characters. People don't know what to make of that."
As Russia takes small steps in becoming more open toward gay people and issues, activists are grappling with the best way to effect change: Most believe it's better to lobby quietly, while a minority wants to more directly deal with the increasing threat from anti-gay nationalists, according to this article.
Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is leaving the Illinois Family Institute, which he has headed for nearly three years, to launch Americans for Truth, a new, national group to fight the "homosexual activist agenda." David E. Smith has been named as the new executive director of the Illinois Family Institute.
Politics in Illinois could get "brutal" with a push by anti-gay activists to get a question on the statewide ballot designed to inject the question of marriage rights for gays and lesbians into the political season. "I'm anticipating three to four months of outrageous, disgusting anti-gay rhetoric and harassment," said Equality Illinois head Rick Garcia.