Two Men Tie the Knot in What is Being Called “First Traditional African Gay Wedding”

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol recently tied the knot in what is being called Africa’s first traditional gay wedding.

Whether that’s the case is unknown, but images and video of the event are still striking and promising.

Tshepo and Thoba, both 27, will reportedly have a private ceremony later this year.

From the Huffington Post:

“The great step that we took in our relationship as a gay couple was introducing each other to our families,” Tshepo told Mamba Online in February.

Magic Johnson’s Son Goes Public With Boyfriend; Parents ‘Very Proud’

EJ Johnson, the son of basketball great Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, was recently spotted walking about with his boyfriend.

It marks the first time EJ, a student at NYU, has been seen publicly with his boyfriend.

EJ not only answered the cameraperson’s questions, but his father told TMZ that both he and his wife were very supportive of his son.

Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’

Oral Arguments Begin in Prop 8 Supreme Court Case

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of the California Prop 8 marriage ban.

The argument is scheduled to last only one hour, but it may give clues as to how the justices are leaning. It will begin shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern time.  About 1 p.m. the court will release audio of the arguments on its website. About an hour later, it will post written transcripts.

Lessons in Hate: Is it Okay to Invite Nazis, KKK Members to Speak at High Schools?

A fascinating article in the Washington Times investigates a risky teaching tactic employed in high schools and colleges across the country.

Educators are inviting representatives of hate groups – neo Nazis, KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, etc. – to share their hateful ideologies with students.

School officials say the point of such activities is for students to witness first hand the extreme stances these groups take, and to avoid them.

They assert that no student has ever been converted as a result of these speaking engagements.

Marco McMillian’s Family and Gay Rights Advocates Call for Hate Crime Investigation

Family members and gay rights advocates are calling for the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian to be investigated as a hate crime.

Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson has released a statement calling on the FBI to get involved.

Meanwhile, the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights organization for LGBTQ people of color, has filed a formal request to the Department of Justice.

Murdered Clarksdale Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian Was Beaten, Dragged, and Set on Fire

Horrific details have emerged regading the murder of openly gay Clarksdale, Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian.

According to the coroner, 33 year-old McMillian was beaten, dragged, and set ablaze by his murderer.

22 year-old Lawrence Reed has been arrested and charged with the murder after he was found in the wreckage of McMillian’s crashed SUV.

Obama to File Brief Urging Supreme Court to Strike Down Proposition 8

The Obama Administration will be getting involved in the Supreme Court battle surrounding Proposition 8.

NBC News reports that the Justice Department will file a friend-of-the-courts brief urging the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Thought the White House initially said they would not get involved in the case, it seems they’ve changed their mind.

Congress Finally Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act has finally been reauthorized. It will be sent to President Obama for his signature,

Though its been reauthorized without trouble in the past, the GOP decided to stall the proceedings because of new provisions that provided protection for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native American women.

Originally passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act “has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.”