The California Supreme Court upheld November's constitutional ban on gay marriage today, but it preserved about 18,000 same-sex weddings that took place last summer.
The loss was expected by gay rights groups nationally, but that preservation of previous marriages is good news for folks like Bryan and Michael. The Lowcountry couple tied the knot while vacationing on the West Coast last year.
The Young Professional Gay-Straight Alliance of Charleston will be hosting a happy hour meet-up from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday night at Fish, 442 King St.
The group, which tries to connect young professionals in the GLBTQ community and their straight allies, has been getting very active, including a recent beach day.
Today's Letters to the Editor in the Post and Courier included one from North Charleston gay man Michael Schwarzott in support of AFFA's latest media campaign. As far as we can tell, it's the first and only mention of the campaign in the P&C's pages.
City Paper columnist Sally Albright sat down this week with local drag performer Ayanna Rodriguez, who is getting ready to set off for the West Coast.
Or take a look at all of Albright's columns.
Seeking to keep the reality of gay relationships out of the minds of young people, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill today that bans discussion of gay relationships when instructing high school and middle school students about dating violence.
A bill approved by the House today in a 75 to 25 vote would require schools to distribute information to parents and students about abusive teen relationships, including an amendment requiring the literature to only reference heterosexual relationships.
It would appear to reasonable people that the discussion of a sexual relationship at all in this type of literature would be muted or neutered regardless of sexuality. But Rep. Greg Delleney, the Chester Republican who authored the amendment, says that he doesn't want students learning about same-sex relationships. The author of the bill, Rep. Joan Brady (R-Richland) says she's comfortable with the amendment because much of the violence occurs in "girl-boy relationships."
The State report cites a 2007 state Education Department survey that found nearly 14 percent of S.C. students reported being "hit,slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend" in the previous 12 months. One can assume that the violence these students were subjected to was not contingent on their heterosexuality.
Of the Charleston delegation, local Democrats Anne Peterson-Hutto and David Mack both voted against the measure. Three other Charleston Democrats, Leon Stavrinakis, Seth Whipper, and Wendell Gilliard were either not present for the vote or did not vote.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell and almost all of the rest of the Republicans in the Charleston delegation supported the bill. Daniel Island representative Jim Merrill did not vote.