5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 15

1. Under fire from conservative groups, the Vatican has backtracked their comments on gay marriage, saying the report they issued Monday was a “working document” and not the final word from Rome.

2. “The problem there is that Yahweh v. Sodom is not binding legal precedent. It’s a conundrum for gay marriage opponents: The primary motivation driving many of them can’t be raised in court. Neither can the second most important: personal distaste for homosexuality. That leaves them scrambling for justifications, with the result that each rationale is sillier than the last.” Newsweek on why marriage equality opponents keep failing in court.

3. Actor and straight ally Benedict Cumberbatch says he will defend LGBT rights “to the death.”

4. “Men In Shorts,” a comedy inspired by openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers, has been picked up by ABC. Rogers will be a producer on the show.

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: Buzzfeed with “If Straight People Had To Come Out.”