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Washington state senate passes gay marriage legislation

We can welcome one more state into the foray of states that believe in basic rights for all their citizens despite sexual preference. Washington’s state senate has passed same-sex marriage legislation.

via Seattle Times,

Lawmakers approved the bill 28 to 21. The measure now heads for the House where it’s expected to easily pass as early as next week. The governor supports the bill as well.

Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

The outcome, while expected, culminates more than decade of work by Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the bill, and the gay and lesbian community.

“A lot of people are just stunned, particularly people my age and older, to think this day would actually come ...

We can welcome one more state into the foray of states that believe in basic rights for all their citizens despite sexual preference. Washington’s state senate has passed same-sex marriage legislation.

via Seattle Times,

Lawmakers approved the ...

Massachusetts passes law protecting trans residents

Today in Boston, a ceremony marked a newly passed MA state law which prohibits discrimination against transgender residents in employment, housing, insurance and credit.

Governor Deval Patrick told a crowded Statehouse ceremony on Thursday that he was happy to approve the bill as a “matter of conscience” in order to protect the rights and dignity of an estimated 33,000 transgender citizens in Massachusetts.

The law also extends the state’s hate crime laws to cover transgender people. Attorney General Martha Coakley said her office was ready to enforce the new law, adding that she hopes it won’t often be necessary. There is a long-standing debate about the impact of hate crimes legislation.  see here for an analysis opposing such legislation.

That said, in a ...

Today in Boston, a ceremony marked a newly passed MA state law which prohibits discrimination against transgender residents in employment, housing, insurance and credit.

Governor Deval Patrick told a crowded Statehouse ceremony on Thursday that he was happy ...

Eric Cantor heckled for opposing marriage equality

While speaking yesterday at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was booed for opposing marriage equality.

When the time came to take questions, Cantor was asked how he squares his support for states’ rights with his support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

He offered the explanation that he just believes in “traditional marriage” then offered some irrelevant rhetoric about how all Americans “should allow for equal opportunity to earn the success that we’re after.” Huh?

Same sex marriage and domestic partnerships are a hot and divisive topic at the University of Michigan at the moment. The state senate is currently considering HB 4770, which would which, in a purported ...

While speaking yesterday at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was booed for opposing marriage equality.

When the time came to take questions, Cantor was asked ...

Alabama on my mind: anti-immigrant legislation leads to humanitarian crisis

In Alabama, recently passed House Bill 56 (HB 56) requires local and state law enforcement to check the status of any person of whom they have “reasonable suspicion” of being undocumented, in a remix of Arizona’s unconstitutional SB 1070. The Alabama law also requires schools to check the immigration status of all new students.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn first issued a temporary injunction in August to give her more time to wade through the complex legal arguments in the case, and the ruling came on her last day of review. Her ruling kept many elements of the law, including the immigration check of students, but she temporarily enjoined others.

So, some AL families are pulling their children out of ...

In Alabama, recently passed House Bill 56 (HB 56) requires local and state law enforcement to check the status of any person of whom they have “reasonable suspicion” of being undocumented, in a remix of Arizona’s unconstitutional ...

Budget deal reached, Congressional approval pending

As you probably know by now, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached an agreement Sunday on a legislative package that will extend the federal debt ceiling, while cutting spending and guaranteeing further deficit-reduction steps, pending Congressional approval.

Obama on the deal:

Despite what some Republicans have argued I believe we have to ask the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share … and despite what some in my own party have argued I believe that we need to make some modest adjustments to programs like Medicare to assure that they’re still around for future generations.

While it’s certainly a relief to see some real movement among all the partisan tantrums, it’s still mighty depressing in my view. The ...

As you probably know by now, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached an agreement Sunday on a legislative package that will extend the federal debt ceiling, while cutting spending and guaranteeing further deficit-reduction steps, pending ...

Quick hit: the New York Times editorial board on anti-abortion legislation

Today, the NYT’s editorial board is applauding the striking down of anti-abortion policies of the kind we’ve seen in Kansas and Indiana. In Indiana, the GOP has tried to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and in Kansas, the governor signed a law that would place on abortion clinics requirements so strict that it would be almost impossible for clinics to adhere to them. In both states, the courts have struck these measures down. But, there’s still a real threat to women’s health, in the form of budget cuts:

While these rulings are preliminary, each is a determination that enforcing the law would cause irreparable harm and that the plaintiffs are likely to prevail at trial. They do not, however, address other threats to ...

Today, the NYT’s editorial board is applauding the striking down of anti-abortion policies of the kind we’ve seen in Kansas and Indiana. In Indiana, the GOP has tried to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and in Kansas, the governor ...

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act earns more sponsors

Most sexual assaults are not reported. Sexual assaults reported to campus security are rarely reported to the police. Colleges are left to investigate and respond according to their own, often lenient or ill-defined, standards. Victims of unreported sexual assault rarely receive appropriate post-trauma care.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act would require that college campuses respond to reports of sexual violence in a responsible manner.

Support the Campus SaVE Act. This bill recently gained more sponsors. The seven Senators supporting the bill (in chronological order):

Robert Casey (D-PA), 4/14/2011 Patty Murray (D-WA), 4/14/2011 Olympia Snowe (R-ME), 6/9/2011 Richard Durbin (D-IL), 6/14/2011 Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), 6/21/2011 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), 6/23/2011 Jon Tester (D-MT), 6/27/2011

Write to your U.S. Senator to ask them to co-sponsor this non-partisan bill. Congratulate your Senator if they have already showed support ...

Most sexual assaults are not reported. Sexual assaults reported to campus security are rarely reported to the police. Colleges are left to investigate and respond according to their own, often lenient or ill-defined, standards. Victims of unreported sexual assault rarely ...

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pushes for DOMA repeal

It’s been a hell of a couple of days for advocates of LGBT rights around here. On Friday night, the New York State senate sent a passed marriage equality bill to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed it into law right away. And on Sunday, the streets of New York were filled with rainbow-clad revelers who had come from all over the world to participate in the annual Pride parade (and to get their hands on the hilarious freebies).

But, as the smoke – and the glitter and the confetti – clears, it’s time to start looking toward the next fight. And for many people, that fight is repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Defense of Marriage Act ...

It’s been a hell of a couple of days for advocates of LGBT rights around here. On Friday night, the New York State senate sent a passed marriage equality bill to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, ...

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