01/29/2013 01:09 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Afternoon Links: Romney Advisor, Transgender Rights And Chick-Fil-A

-- David Kochel, the top Iowa adviser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, is speaking out in support of same-sex marriage. "If we're the party of freedom and liberty, then we should be for personal freedom and individual liberty and that extends to marriage as far as I'm concerned," Kochel said over the weekend on a radio show.

-- Maryland could be the next state to join the 16 (and the nation's capital) that have laws banning anti-trans discrimination. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013, introduced Tuesday -- with bipartisan support -- would ban workplace, housing and public accommodations.

-- The Chick-Fil-A controversy over the company's funding of anti-gay groups is still spinning. As the Advocate puts it, "The only real outstanding question is just how antigay are the groups that Chick-fil-A continues to give to?"