The Keweenaw Report. On November 6,Minnesota became the first state to vote down a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Also inwhen President Obama declared May to be National Foster Care Monthhe included words never before included in a White House proclamation about adoption, stating in part, "With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. Hawaii held a special session in October and November to consider same-sex marriage legislation. On October 3,the Trump administration voted against a UN resolution to condemn the death penalty which condemned the use of that penalty for homosexuality in particularthus making the United States one of only 13 countries to vote against the resolution including Saudi Arabia where the death penalty for gay sex is practiced.
Regionally, LGBT rights opposition has been strongest in the South and in other states with a large rural and conservative population. Similarly, Virginia had a penalty of 1—10 years for free persons committing sodomy, but imposed the death penalty for slaves committing sodomy. In MayIndiana Governor Mike Pence said that transgender students' bathroom access may use should be handled on the state level.