90 protestors were on hand in rural Auburn, New Hampshire early Saturday morning, September 17, to greet attendees arriving for the Exodus International North Atlantic Regional Conference. Exodus is the country's leading network of "ex-gay ministries" and a pillar of the anti-LGBT religious right. Standing on a traffic island where cars exited the highway and lining the road leading to the conference site, LGBT activists and straight allies held signs, shouted chants, and sang freedom songs. Messages like "Be Yourself," "Conversion Therapy Kills," and "God Loves Me and She Knows I'm Gay" adorned colorfully decorated posters.
U.S. News and World Report writer crunches the numbers
The 2010 census marked the first time that same-sex married couples will be counted as such in the decennial population count. During the 2000 census, even when no state recognized same-sex marriages, many gay couples listed themselves as spouses; now that five states, plus the District of Columbia, issue licenses to same-sex couples, the bureau will be able to count them more accurately, and that data will be released for the first time ever this November. Danielle Kurtzleben's article in U.S. News and World Report avaialble here.