1. Olympians Silent On Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Law
A campaign to draw attention to Russia's anti-gay laws isn't gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided saying or doing anything to protest the measures.
Organizers say they aren't discouraged, though, and believe some athletes still may speak out before the games are over.
"We think athlete voices are still powerful in this debate," said Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut, one of the groups protesting the laws. "But at the end of the day it's up to the athlete to find the moment to make that expression."
Midway through the Olympics, no athletes have found that moment, and the issue of gay rights has largely faded into the background at the games. But Banks held out hope that one or more athletes would make a public stand while in Sochi.
2. ‘American Idol’ Has First Openly Gay Contestant
One of America’s longest running talent shows finally has an openly gay contestant. M.K. Nobilette, 20, is officially the first openly gay contestant on “American Idol.” It’s really just a crazy technicality: Gay contestants in the past (Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, etc.) had never spoken of their sexuality on camera, seemingly by the show’s design.
“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me,” said Nobilette while waiting to hear her Hollywood Week fate before the judges. “But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”
American Idol, which airs on Fox, is in its 13th season with the network.
3. Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Marriage Equality
Wendy Davis said she supports gay marriage and called on Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the Texas Constitution’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
Davis, 50, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor from Fort Worth, told the San Antonio Express-News editorial board that two people who want to marry should be allowed to do so regardless of their sexual orientation. She said, if elected in the traditionally red state, she would support the repeal of the voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.
She spoke the day after a federal judge in San Antonio heard arguments that the ban on gay marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.