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Maine gay marriage on hold; voters to decide in November

Thursday, September 3, 2009
The fate of Maine's gay marriage law now lies in the hands of the voters. Election officials announced Wednesday that gay marriage foes surpassed the threshold of signatures necessary to put the state law on the November ballot, setting the stage for a furious, two-month... [ Read more → ]

‘Protect Maine Equality’ releases TV spots in gay marriage battle (Video)

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Protect Maine Equality has released its first two television ads following Wednesday's announcement that a ballot measure to repeal the state's marriage equality laws has made it November's ballot. (See related post.) The first features Sam Putnam af Portland, who plays high school football and... [ Read more → ]

Meet Sam Putnam and his 2 moms

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Meet Sam Putnam of Portland, he plays high school football and baseball, and is the pride and joy of his mother, Jennifer and her partner, Michelle. For Sam, it's pretty basic -- this is his family and he wants them to be valued and treated... [ Read more → ]

Revelers descend on New Orleans for annual ‘Southern Decadence’

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thousands of tourists, gay and straight, are descending on New Orleans this weekend for the annual Southern Decadence Festival, which organizers says is "one of the gay world's major annual events." In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional... [ Read more → ]

RI Governor to speak at anti-gay organization fund raiser

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri is defending his decision to speak at a fundraiser for a Massachusetts group that considers homosexuality "destructive" and "an unhealthy practice." Carcieri said on WPRO Radio on Wednesday that he agreed at the request of a friend to be the... [ Read more → ]

Gay couples begin exchanging vows at Midnight in Vermont

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Same-sex couples in Vermont began exchanging vows at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday morning, taking advantage of the state's new marriage equality law. Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan (pictured) were among the the first same-sex couples to legally marry under the new law that... [ Read more → ]

MN teachers acussed of harassment placed on leave

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Anoka-Hennepin School District reported that two teachers who repeatedly mocked a student they believed was gay are on leave, a district official said Tuesday. Diane Cleveland and Walter Filson were placed on leave within the past week, said Ginny Karbowski, director of career and... [ Read more → ]

‘Real Housewives’ star goes topless for the ‘No H8 Campaign’

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is the latest celebrity to pose for the NOH8 Campaign. The “Tardy for the Party” singer, whose single was released Tuesday, tweeted, “the noh8 campaign shoot was hot. and I am topless!!! Just to cause a stir... [ Read more → ]

R-71 has signatures to make the ballot, pending latest court challenge

Monday, August 31, 2009
Washington state's Referendum 71, which will give voters a chance to overturn the new "everything but marriage" same-sex domestic partnership law, has moved a step closer to being on the November ballot. The secretary of state's office ruled Monday that the referendum had 121,486 valid... [ Read more → ]

Former Miss California sues, says she was fired for opposing gay marriage

Monday, August 31, 2009
Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean is suing pageant organizers claiming she was wrongfully fired for saying marriage should be only between a man and a woman, her attorney said on Monday. Two months after her controversial statement at the Miss USA pageant in April,... [ Read more → ]

Vermont gay marriage law takes effect Tuesday

Monday, August 31, 2009
Vermont's gay marriage law is set to go into effect on Tuesday, September 1st, and supporters of same-sex marriage already are gearing up for what promises to be an emotional week. But officials are not expecting a rush to the altar. The landscape has changed... [ Read more → ]

Singleton gets 75 year prison term for attack on gay man

Friday, August 28, 2009
A Dallas County jury handed down a 75 year prison sentence Thursday for Bobby Singleton (pictured, on left) for brutally beating and robbing Jimmy Lee Dean (pictured, on right) in what prosecutors say was an anti-gay attack. The jury found Singleton guilty as charged Wednesday... [ Read more → ]

PDC rules against R-71 donor secrecy; group files suit against ballot measure

Friday, August 28, 2009
The names and addresses of donors to Referendum 71 will not be exempt from public disclosure, the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission ruled Thursday, while another group moved to block the measure entirely. The request to remove the names was made earlier this month by... [ Read more → ]

TX Alcohol Commission fires 3 agents over raid on gay bar

Friday, August 28, 2009
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced today it has fired the two agents, and their supervisor, who took part in the June raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in a clash between patrons and law enforcement officials, and leaving one man hospitalized... [ Read more → ]

‘Top Chef’ judge Colicchio blogs in favor of gay marriage

Friday, August 28, 2009
Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio spoke out this week for gay marriage, saying that gays and lesbians are not seeking "special treatment, just equitable treatment." In his blog this week on bravotv.com, Colicchio shares his views on gay marriage, prompted by one contestant's discomfort with... [ Read more → ]

UT Governor says ‘no protected class’ based on sexual orientation

Friday, August 28, 2009
In his most definitive comments yet on gay rights, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he doesn't believe sexual orientation should be a protected class in the way that race, gender and religion are. "I don't think we should discriminate against people," Herbert said during... [ Read more → ]
ASSASSINATION ANNIVERSARY

Harvey Milk to be inducted into California Hall of Fame

Friday, August 28, 2009
Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, will be among the newest inductees to the California Hall of Fame. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver unveiled the list of 2009 inductees earlier this... [ Read more → ]

FL appeals court hears arguments in ban on gay adoptions

Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Florida state court of appeals began hearing arguments Wednesday on last year's ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay adoption. The state is appealing a Miami-Dade County judge's November 2008 ruling that the state law that bans gay adoptions is unconstitutional. The... [ Read more → ]

Complaint says Maine anti-gay marriage group hiding donor identities

Thursday, August 27, 2009
A California-based gay rights group has filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission alleging that groups trying to overturn Maine's gay marriage law are engaging in "money laundering." Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, has filed a nine-page complaint, alleging that several groups... [ Read more → ]
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El Paso, Reno extend domestic partner benefits to city employees

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The cities of El Paso, Texas, and Reno, Nev., voted this week in favor of extending health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, including gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Anchorage assembly takes no action to override Mayor’s veto

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Anchorage Assembly has less than two weeks left to override the mayor's veto of the gay rights ordinance, but the first opportunity to do so came and went Tuesday night, as the assembly took no action. The ordinance's author, Patrick Flynn, says the Assembly... [ Read more → ]

Sen. Ted Kennedy, longtime advocate for LGBT issues, dead at 77

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died shortly before Midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He was 77. The man known as the "liberal lion of the Senate" had fought a more than year-long battle... [ Read more → ]

National Org for Marriage targets Iowa for gay marriage ban

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The National Organization for Marriage, which was active in getting Proposition 8 approved by voters in California, launched a campaign Monday to re-ban gay marriage in Iowa. The NOM is appealing for donations to run advertisements on behalf of political candidates who oppose same-sex marriage,... [ Read more → ]

WA Domestic Partner law in jeopardy as R-71 petition surpasses 100K

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Elections officials say they've now verified more than 100,000 signatures for Referendum 71, an attempt to overturn Washington's new "everything but marriage" same-sex domestic partner law. The totals as of Monday evening are: 103,898 checked, 91,716 accepted and 12,182 rejected. The overall error rate is... [ Read more → ]

Judge dismisses challenge to DOMA, says suit must be refiled

Monday, August 24, 2009
A federal judge in Southern California has dismissed the lawsuit that created a public rift between President Barack Obama and gay supporters. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter (pictured) ruled the case — the first of several pending challenges to the federal Defense of... [ Read more → ]
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