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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 → ]

SLC Mayor proposing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 24, 2009
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is proposing a new city ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The public discussion draft is based on a July report by the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission that provides "factual confirmation... [ Read more → ]
Nevada

NV begins accepting Domestic Partner applications

Monday, August 24, 2009
The Nevada secretary of state's office will take applications starting Monday from both gay and straight couples who want to take advantage of Nevada's new domestic partners law. [ Read more → ]

2nd trial gets underway in Dallas hate crime attack

Monday, August 24, 2009
The second trial gets underway Monday in the 2008 hate crime attack on Dallas resident Jimmy Lee Dean (pictured). Dean, 43, was hospitalized for 10 days after the attack in July 2008 by Jonathan Gunter and Bobby Singleton. Dean has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries since... [ Read more → ]

Signorile and Log Cabin’s Moran share views on Obama, LGBT rights

Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sirius XM Radio personality Michelangelo Signorile and Log Cabin Republican spokesman Charles Moran discussed President Obama's campaign promises and gay rights positions on CNN today. Kicking off the segment, CNN anchor Don Lemon played clips of Obama referring to himself as a "fierce advocate"... [ Read more → ]

Advocates and opposition mobilizing in NJ for next gay marriage battle

Sunday, August 23, 2009
New Jersey is shaping up as the next battleground for gay marriage as advocates for and against begin recruiting volunteers and calling lawmakers in preparation for a major public debate later this year. Lawmakers are expected to debate a same-sex marriage bill during the lame-duck... [ Read more → ]

Sal & The Bellhop – ‘Mad Men’ explores gay story line

Sunday, August 23, 2009
In case you missed last week's season premiere of Mad Men, here's the gay scene where the bellhop helps Sal get his baggage "out of the closet." Yes, it's *that* episode. Out actor Bryan Batt plays Salvatore Romano, the tragically closeted art director in... [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin AG refuses to defend domestic partnership law

Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Friday that he refuses to defend a new law that grants gay and lesbian couples spousal benefits such as hospital visitation, claiming lawmakers went against voters' decision not to extend such privileges. Van Hollen believes the state's new... [ Read more → ]

‘Can’t Have It All’ – Music Video by Jay Brannan

Saturday, August 22, 2009
Jay Brannan is a singer and songwriter living in New York. Brannan appeared in the 2006 movie Shortbus, which included one of his songs in its soundtrack, and began to build a fan base by performing on YouTube. He released an EP and acted in... [ Read more → ]

Iowa Civil Rights Commission backs Gay Marriage resolution

Friday, August 21, 2009
The Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), a leading civil rights panel in the state, has voted in favor of a resolution supporting gay marriage and to formally oppose any constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision. “The ICRC supports the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision... [ Read more → ]

Lutherans vote to allow committed gays and lesbians into its clergy

Friday, August 21, 2009
Leaders of the largest Lutheran church approved a resolution today, allowing gays and lesbians, in committed and sexually active relationships, to serve as clergy within the church. By a vote of 559 to 451, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) voted in favor of... [ Read more → ]

West Hollywood marker to honor Gay Marriages

Friday, August 21, 2009
The City of West Hollywood plans to honor the marriages of gay and lesbian couples with a plaque inscribed with a quote from Nelson Mandela, the Los Angeles Times has reported. The bronze marker will be installed in West Hollywood Park on September 8, a... [ Read more → ]

Family calls attack on Michigan gay teen a ‘hate crime’

Friday, August 21, 2009
A 15-year-old Michigan boy says two other teenagers beat him because he is gay, and two advocacy groups spoke out this week against the beating. The attack on Steven Harmon on August 13 is being called a hate crime by his family. Investigators say Steven... [ Read more → ]

Maine Gay Marriage supporters launch statewide TV campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Gay marriage supporters in Maine began running a television advertisement statewide Thursday, featuring gay and straight Mainers talking about the importance of equality. It is the first television advertisement in an anticipated referendum on Maine’s gay marriage law. Maine’s gay marriage law was scheduled to... [ Read more → ]

Federal judge sets January trial date in Prop 8 legal challenge

Thursday, August 20, 2009
A federal judge on Wednesday set a January 11, 2010 date for the highly anticipated trial in the legal challenge to California’s voter-approved Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage. The judge, Vaughn R. Walker of Federal District Court in San Francisco, said arguments... [ Read more → ]

Lutheran assembly adopts diverse viewpoints on gay relationships

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination endorsed an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other religious groups. Delegates to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America... [ Read more → ]

Ft Worth police apologizes for raid on gay bar – on eve of Stonewall

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Fort Worth police chief said Tuesday that his department is implementing new policies in the wake of a controversial bar check at the Rainbow Lounge last June. Chief Jeff Halstead said officials are still investigating what happened during the June 28 raid on the... [ Read more → ]

Letterman goes ‘on the record’ for Gay Marriage (Video)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As we reported last night via Twitter, David Letterman went on record for gay marriage. Miss USA/Universe pageant proprietor Donald Trump appeared on Tuesday night's CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," to promote the upcoming pageant. Inevitably, the discussion turned to Carrie Prejean, former... [ Read more → ]

Rush Limbaugh makes gay ‘joke’ about Barney Frank

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Rush Limbaugh made a joke mocking Barney Frank's sexuality in response to Frank's tough stance with a town hall protester Tuesday night. On Tuesday, Frank asked a protester who had compared President Obama to Hitler, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"... [ Read more → ]
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