Archive for April 2009
The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to provide equal marriage rights to gay couples. Read the rest of this entry »
The United States House of Representatives passed a Federal Hate Crimes Bill Wednesday afternoon. House lawmakers voted 249-175 to approve the bill, which would extend hate crime protections to LGBT Citizens. Read the rest of this entry »
The New Hampshire Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill Wednesday that puts the Granite state on the track to becoming the fifth state in the nation to do so.
The White House has announced the appointment of AIDS research pioneer Eric Goosby to head the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief … nearly three MONTHS after it was rumored he had been offered the job. Read the rest of this entry »
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is clarifying statements he made Monday night on the Rachel Maddow Show. Newsom gave Maddow his first interview since announcing his candidacy for Governor of California next year.In the interview, Maddow asked Newsom if Proposition 8 would pass, if another election were held today. Newsom said that it would … but implied that it wouldn’t.
Maddow: “If prop 8 was on the ballot again, would it pass?”
Newsom: “I think it will. I think it would today. I think a lot of folks that voted for it now step back and say, ‘Boy, did I need to do that?’ A lot of people were hurt. 18,000 couples are waiting for their day in court literally”
But Newsom Spokesman Brian Purchia says the Mayor got tripped up – by the same thing that gay marriage supporters worried would trip up voters: a “no” vote that means “yes.” Purchia told OutQ News the Mayor meant to say that a proposition to reinstate gay marriage would pass today in California.
A coalition of civil rights organizations is pledging their support for the passage of a bill that adds gays, lesbians and the transgendered to the protection of federal Hate Crime laws.
The LGBT Christian group Soulforce held a silent vigil outside the office of the United Nation’s Vatican ambassador this week to encourage support for a U.N. statement affirming LGBT rights. Read the rest of this entry »