- Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) became a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act. Levin was one of the leaders in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
- Michigan state Rep. Thomas McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced a bill that would eliminate LGBT people as a protected class under all local ordinances, as well as university, school, and state agency policies.
- Washington State officials have halted the release of the signatures of those who supported a petition to vote on the state’s domestic partnership law. An appeals court is considering whether the signers are likely to be harassed if their names are released.
- Lesbian attorney Beth Robinson was nominated to the Vermont Supreme Court.
- Tammy Baldwin (D), the out U.S. representative from Wisconsin running for Senate, picked up the endorsement of former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold.
Around the world:
- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard may in the next few weeks call for a conscience vote on marriage for same-sex couples. She herself opposes marriage equality.
- Botswana’s former president, Festus Mogae, said his country should decriminalise homosexuality and prostitution in order to prevent the spread of HIV.