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COMMENTARY: Questioning the wisdom of Boy Scouts' limitations on Scout leaders | VIDEO

Dear Boy Scouts of America,

I just want to be clear on who it is you want to lead your young Boy Scout troops.

It is my understanding that you will not allow the following men to lead a Boy Scout troop because they are gay:

• Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980-2013.

• Neil Patrick Harris, award-winning actor

• Thomas Roberts, MSNBC anchor

• Elton John, megastar entertainer

I also understand that you are more than happy to have as one of your troop leaders someone named Glenn Taylor.

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Meet LGBT History Month icon Simon Nkoli | VIDEO

(Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month, celebrated annually to recognize the notable achievements of LGBT people throughout time. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story here in the Causes section. View previous LGBT History Month icons HERE.)

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San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria to address North Park Community Association

SAN DIEGO -- Interim Mayor Todd Gloria will speak at the next meeting of the North Park Community Association (NPCA) scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 pm.

Gloria, who also represents the third council district, will speak about city and community issues and also take questions from the crowd as time permits.

Watch LIVE the March on Springfield to support marriage equality

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The March on Springfield for Marriage Equality will take today, Oct. 22, on the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois Legislature.

The event will be broadcast live on Livestream and in high definition.

The march is part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," already approved by the Illinois Senate.

City of West Hollywood to host annual Halloween Carnaval

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Nearly 500,000 are expected to descend upon West Hollywood's Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween for the annual Carnaval - one of the biggest such events in the world.

This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6-11 pm between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

Visitors will be treated to a spectacle of creative and eclectic costumes at the free event that attracts Los Angeles residents and Halloween revelers from around the world.

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New Mexico Supreme Court to hear marriage case on Wednesday

SANTA FE, N.M. -- With New Jersey now in the fold as the 14th state to embrace marriage equality, the nation’s attention is swiftly shifting to New Mexico where the state Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments on same-gender marriage.

New Mexico is the only U.S. state that has not taken a legal stance on marriage equality. The state Constitution doesn’t address the issue, and Legislature has failed in several attempts since 2008 to pass legislation involving civil unions, domestic partnerships and marriage equality.

Australian Capital Territory OKs marriage equality

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Capital Territory -- Australia's version of the District of Columbia in the U.S. -- on Tuesday made history as the first place in Australia to embrace marriage equality.

The ACT comprises Australia's capital of Canberra and 910 square miles of surrounding land with a population of about 360,000. The Australian state of New South Wales surrounds ACT.

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Palm Springs Pride to give away a Mexico vacation package

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The organizers of Palm Springs Pride have teamed up with Alaska Airlines to give away the ultimate getaway to Mexico.

One lucky winner and a guest will be flown to Puerto Vallarta, where they will spend four days and three nights at the CasaMagna Resort & Spa.

Puerto Vallarta is known by many as the "gateway to relaxation of the Mexican Pacific" and also has a growing gay tourist community. Several gay bars and LGBT-friendly hotels are located in Puerto Vallarta to cater to the many LGBT visitors who vacation in the area.

Timeline for San Diego mayoral special election

SAN DIEGO -- The Nov. 19 election to replace former Mayor Bob Filner is fast approaching and the County Registrar of Voters has outlined some important dates for voters.

Today, Monday, Oct. 21, is the first day that early voting will be available. Voters may cast their votes in advance of election day on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm at the County Registrar of Voters Office, located at 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite 1 in Kearny Mesa.

Those who have already received their mail ballots may also send them in starting today.

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Nov. 4.

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