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Culture shift re: homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.

Events during 2010-May illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities

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  • 2010-MAY-11: MD: Anti-SSM activities fail. Poll shows increased public support for SSM: In February, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler ruled that legal same-sex marriages solemnized in other jurisdictions had to be recognized in MD. Attempts by social and religious conservatives to have the AG impeached subsequently failed. Other attempts to force a referendum on the AG's ruling also failed. A Washinton Post poll indicates that a substantial majority of adults in MD favored the AG's ruling. Also, there was more support than opposition for legalizing SSM in the state. 1 More info.

  • 2010-MAY-11: U.S. Gay Military Dating banner ads appear: A series of banner ads have begun to appear on some of our essays that describe LGBT topics. They originate from We have no control over which ads are shown on our website. A banner ad company simply tries to match the topic of our essay with an inventory of available ads. These ads seem to be a sign of the changes within the military towards service men and women of minority sexual orientation.

  • 2010-MAY-24: Congressional activity expected on DADT: An amendment is expected to the Armed Forces appropriation bills. It would make no change immediately in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that discriminates against LGBT persons in the military. However, after a review currently under way by the Pentagon is published and if the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff can first sign a document assuring that the new policy is "consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention," then DADT would be history. More details.

  • 2010-MAY-26: World: Sex and the City 2 movie features same-sex wedding: A Conneticut same-sex wedding is featured in the opening scenes of Sex and the City 2. A review in the Toronto Stas says:
    "An all-male chorus in white tuxedos and Liza Minelli (or her Madame Tussauds was double) are on hand for th eceremony, as the Fab Four and their man-thingies all crack wise about gay marriage."
    The "Fab Four" are Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, the four main actors in the original TV series "Sex and the City."

  • 2010-MAY-27: U.S.: Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell passes Senate committee and House: The Senate Armed Forces Committee voted early on the morning of MAY-27 to repeal the Don`t Ask Don`t Tell policy conditional on the issuance of the Pentagon report on the topic that is currently scheduled for 2010-DEC, and also conditional on confirmation that repeal of DADT would not affect the Armed Forces negatively.

    This was followed a few hours later by the bill's approval of the U.S. House of Representatives. The full senate will consider the bill later in the summer. More details.

    Two days earlier, CNN released its latest polling results. 78% of American adults favor elimination of the DADT policy.

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  1. Aaron C. Davis & Jennifer Agiesta, "Poll finds gains for same-sex marriage in Maryland," Washington Post, 2010-MAY-11, at:

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Latest update: 2010-MAY-28
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