The Gaily News: Rutgers dorms allow opposite sex roommates, California attorney general asks courts to grant gay marriages now, Maryland same-sex marriage bill's future uncertain, anti-gay pastor arrested for public masturbation

After Pres. Obama's decision last week to discontinue defending the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts, California's attorney general has requested that state courts allow same-sex marriages to take place immediately. In 2008, California voters approved the controversial Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage there. A judge later ruled the proposition unconstitutional, a decision that is currently pending appeal.

Two Maryland House members -- and co-sponsors of a pro same-sex marriage bill -- staged a walkout during a committee meeting rather than vote in favor of their own proposed law. Last week, the Senate easily passed legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

Rev. Grant Storms, a well-known anti-gay activist from Louisiana, was arrested for masturbating in public in the vicinity of a playground carousel where children were present.

After the tragic and much publicized suicide of college student Tyler Clementi last fall, Rutgers University plans to allow students living in campus housing to choose roommates of the opposite sex. The university hopes this option will help LGBT students feel more welcome in campus dorms.

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