The Daily Package
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Ancient gays, daring dictionaries and the Kiss Cam

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

Kiss Cam catches gay kiss at Dodger Stadium

The baseball tradition of pointing a camera at fans to make them kiss on the big screen went gay for the first time at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in May. Two gay baseball fans kissed on camera, and were rewarded with cheers and applause from the crowd.

Read more at Towleroad.

Yes, there were same-sex marriages before 2001

In oral arguments before the US Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito asked if there was any precedent for same-sex marriage in human civilization before legalization in the Netherlands in 2001. Mary Bonauto, arguing for same-sex marriage, was apparently caught unawares and answered that she knew of none. Experts were quick to point out that Bonauto was very wrong. At Philly.com, cross-cultural psychology professor Mariah Schug points out that Native American cultures and the Sudanese Azande civilization both practiced same-sex marriage, while livescience.com adds in Rome, Samoa, Mexico, Indiam and Thailand.

OED considers gender neutral honorific

The Oxford English Dictionary is considering the gender-neutral honorific “Mx” as an alternative to “Mr” or “Ms” according to one editor. The word, which is pronounced “mix” or “mux,” has come into use in the UK on official documents, and has now been flagged for inclusion in the dictionary.

Read more at the Advocate.

UK court grants child to gay couple in surrogacy dispute

A UK court has decided that a baby girl born through surrogacy will be removed from her mother and given to the gay couple who donated sperm to conceive her. The court ruled that the woman deliberately deceived the couple, and intended to keep the baby all along. In Britain there are no legally binding rules for surrogacy, and mothers are usually under no legal obligation to give up a child.

Read more from Reuters.

US immigration can’t handle third gender passports

The United States has no process to handle passports with a gender other than “male” or “female,” even though a fifth of the world’s population now lives in countries that offer third gender or non-gendered passports, says Buzzfeed. The problem came to a head over an Indian activist whose entry was delayed because her passport identified her as “T” for “transgender.”