Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:
1. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible GOP presidential candidate, is teaming with the anti-gay American Family Association for a national prayer event Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The event, called the Response, was Perry’s idea and will be funded by the AFA, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-gay views. The AFA’s issues director, Bryan Fischer, has blamed homosexuality for the Holocaust. It’s sad to say, but this event should play well with Republican primary voters and is perhaps the clearest indication yet that Perry plans to seek the GOP nomination for president. Watch a promo for the event below.
2. A study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are far more likely to engage in risky behavior, from smoking to unprotected sex, than their straight counterparts. “This report should be a wake-up call,” Dr. Howell Wechsler, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, said in a statement. “We are very concerned that these students face such dramatic disparities for so many different health risks.”
3. Gay couples can’t get divorced in Texas, but they can in Wyoming. The Wyoming Supreme Court on Monday reversed a district judge’s decision and allowed a same-sex couple married in Canada to obtain a divorce. A gay Dallas man who’s seeking a divorce has appealed his case to the Texas Supreme Court. Conflicting rulings in Texas and Wyoming could make it more likely for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. But unlike Texas, Wyoming has only a state statute and not a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.
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