Righting A Wrong of the Day

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What a difference 24 hours can make. On Friday, word spread of Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader enrolled at PS 195 in Queens, New York. Slade had won a speech writing contest at school and was set to deliver his winning speech on same-sex marriage in front of the student body. Principal Beryl Bailey denied Slade that chance, but made a 180-degree turn on that decision overnight. Slade is now set to deliver his speech at a special assembly on Monday.

[examiner]

Comic Book Boycott of the Day

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Comic Book Boycott of the Day
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Conservative group One Million Moms is at it again, directing its not-quite-a-million members to boycott Marvel and DC Comics due to recent announcements from both companies about their futures of their gay characters.

DC has revealed that a major character is soon going to come out as gay, while Marvel announced the engagement of superhero Northstar to his boyfriend, Kyle.

These events don't sit will with One Million Moms, whose anti-gay agenda has also led them to protest the wedding of Archie Comics' first gay character, Kevin Keller.

"Children desire to be just like superheroes," said the group in a statement. "Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, 'I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?'"

The statement goes on to accuse the publishers of trying to "indoctrate [sic] impressionable young minds."

Marvel and DC have yet to respond to the homophobic comments.

[towleroad.]

In Case You Missed It of the Day

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In Case You Missed It of the Day
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To the bitter disappointment of equal rights advocates across the country, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment late Tuesday that bans marriage between same-sex partners. Amendment One passed with 61 percent of the vote -- or 1.3 million residents in favor.

And it's worse than you think -- the amendment doesn't merely ban gay marriage. The legislation is among the most conservative in the nation, leaving no room for legal recognition of civil unions or domestic partnerships.

President Obama's North Carolina spokesman says the president is "disappointed" by the outcome of the election, but declined to elaborate. Obama is scheduled to sit for an interview with ABC News today, "during which he is likely to discuss his 'evolving' views on the issue," according to the New York Times.

[hypervocal]

Marketing Campaign of the Day

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Marketing Campaign of the Day
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As if it weren't enough that North Carolina already doesn't recognize same-sex unions, the state votes May 8 on a ballot measure that reads: "Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized by this State."

This ad campaign, by Winston-Salem agency The Variable, plays on segregation-era discrimination to shock voters into voting down the offensive legislation, called Amendment 1: "On May 8th, make history. Don't repeat it."

Yes, please.

[adsoftheworld]

This Is Fabulous, You Should Watch It of the Day

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Drag queens Detox, Vicky Vox, and DQ'd Drag Race contestant William Belli pay a tongue-in-chicken ode to pro-anti-gay restaurant chain Chick-fil-A with an "endorsement" video set to Wilson Phillips' "Hold On."

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch, Belli says she recently learned about the company's ties to anti-gay groups and decided to write the song after getting diarrhea from eating at a Chick-fil-A.

"The fact that they come after gay people, let me come for you," Belli said. "The worst endorsement for a Christian chicken eatery is three drag queens."

[forbes / ew.]

Santorum Santorum Says of the Day

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Santorum Santorum Says of the Day
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Santorum Santorum Says of the Day: Gone mostly unnoticed until very recently is a comment made by presidential candidate Rick Santorum during a December 30th NBC News interview, in which he made clear his intention to nullify all legal same-sex marriages currently in existence across the country.

The latest census data, collected in 2010, puts the number of married same-