Looking Out: Same-sex marriage gets spotlight, even without DOMA decision

In a week filled with gay news, let's start with what didn't happen this week: Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage.

Not that the lack of the decision -- or for that matter, any hint as to what the decision will be -- stopped preemptive backlash against it. More than 200 conservative activists released a statement Thursday in which they vow to ignore any Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. The statement comes three days after a study conducted by a group of political scientists says fears of a public backlash against same-sex marriage are largely unfounded. So that essentially leaves us where we were last week: waiting for a majority opinion on gay marriage that will cap off LGBT Pride Month.


All the anticipation has led to some intriguing pieces about how the marriage debate has evolved in America, including a New York Times profile of strategist Ken Mehlman. Mehlman was key in developing the Republican platform on same-sex marriage back in 2004. Since then, he has come out and, as the Times puts it, is working to "erase what one new friend in the gay rights movement calls his 'incredibly destructive' Bush legacy."

In another twist for Republicans, Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski announced her support for marriage equality, making her the third Senate Republican to endorse same-sex marriage. In an op-ed posted on her website, Murkowski explains that supporting same-sex marriage (that's civil marriage, as Mehlman would also emphasize) both limits government's reach and encourages family values.


Speaking of big reversals, ex-gay group Exodus International's decision to shut down has made similar conversion-minded organizations eager to fight on.

Outside of marriage, transgender rights made a big stride when

adding gender identity and expression to the state's anti-discrimination laws.

On the gridiron, discussion over how the NFL would handle an openly gay player continues. Building on the usual "nobody on the team would have a problem" line, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says the real issue for an openly gay athlete would be the fans. That's hardly a shock (just look at how fans treated Brittney Griner), but it's nice to see the conversation shift past wondering if there would be gay panic in the locker room.

In less substantial sports news, openly gay athlete and LGBT trailblazer Robbie Rogers has admitted he's single. So if attractive jocks are your type...

Still here? Good. Let me know in the comments section what news stories you're buzzing about this week.