– Christian pastors in Jamaica are opposing efforts to overturn the nation’s 150-year-old anti-sodomy law. This week the island nation’s supreme court began hearing a petition by gay rights activists to have the law declared unconstitutional.
– During a concert in Washington D.C. this week, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger took a jab at President Obama, reportedly joking: “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight…But I’m sure he’s listening in.”
– The State of Texas performed its 500th execution Wednesday. In other words, Texas has the dubious honor of having killed more people (since 1982) than America’s 20 most prolific serial killers combined.
– NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is currently awaiting Ecuador’s decision on whether to grant him asylum or not, a decision that could take weeks if not months. In the mean time, Snowden is staying at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, having left Hong Kong late last weekend.
– Despite its reputation for harboring whistleblowers, Ecuador is actually no friend of press freedom.
– The BBC has accused Turkish authorities of trying to intimidate journalists covering protests in the country. The BBC’s accusations come after a series of “threatening” tweets were made against reporter Selin Girit by the mayor of Ankara.
– And finally, mere minutes after the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, an immigration judge halted the deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is married to an American citizen. How many binational same-sex couples were not so lucky?