New York State Independence Party Backs Pro-Marriage Equality Republican

The Atlantic
July 27, 2009
In the special election to replace New York State Representative John McHugh (R-N.Y.), the centrist New York Independence Party announced Friday that it was endorsing state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee, who has voted twice for marriage equality and been handily re-elected. [Link]

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NAACP Centennial Convention Seen as Possible Turning Point in LGBT Support

The Detroit News
July 22, 2009
At the recent centennial celebration of the NAACP's founding and courageous achievements, President Barack Obama challenged the nation's oldest civil rights group to throw itself in the coming 100 years into eradicating the "prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination" that still mar America. "The pain of discrimination is still felt in America...by our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights." [Link]

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If we don’t tell our friends, family and coworkers what it’s like to be LGBT in America, how are the

Pride Source
July 16, 2009
Here's the point: People who should be our greatest supporters - straight progressives and liberal politicians - are sometimes our biggest roadblocks. The problem is their ignorance of the discrimination and obstacles that LGBT people know too well. We have to open our mouths and tell the truth about our lives. [Link]

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VIDEO: Obama to NAACP: Anti-Gay Discrimination Has No Place in America

Towleroad
July 16, 2009
Make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America... By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights. On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination must not stand. Not on account of color or gender; how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.



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Massachusetts Sues Federal Government Over Definition of Marriage

The Associated Press
July 8, 2009
Massachusetts, the first state to legalize marriage equality, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said. [Link]

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Obama needs to move on gay rights

The Daily Nebraskan
July 7, 2009
A New York Times/CBS News poll recently showed that 57 percent of people younger than 40 support marriage equality, compared to only 31 percent of the 40-plus crowd. A whopping 75 percent of all age groups support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the ban on homosexuals in the armed forces. Six states have already legalized the freedom to marry. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. [Link]

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Obama, Lincoln, and Gay Rights

The Atlantic
July 2, 2009
Sean Wilentz's criticism of several books on Lincoln--and his general objection to the "two Lincolns" narrative that rejects the fact that Lincoln was anti-slavery to begin with, may offer some insight into President Obama's perplexing stances on gay rights. Lincoln made a number of statements, that, viewed out of context, would cause us to question his commitment to ending slavery. It's possible, indeed probable, that Obama's slow progress on gay rights may be the kind of political maneuvering Lincoln displayed prior to the Emancipation Proclaimation or the recruitment of black soldiers. [Link]

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Obama said the right thing in calling for repeal of DOMA

The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2009
President Obama extended an olive branch to gay-rights activists last week who are upset that he hadn't moved fast enough on issues important to them. Obama campaigned on a promise to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule, which bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Obama told the gay and lesbian audience he invited to the White House to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion to judge him not by the "promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps." [Link]

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OPINION: The New Republic: Obama—Ask For Gay Rights

NPR.org
July 6, 2009
During the campaign, Obama said all the right things (well, almost all—like most national politicians, he wouldn't endorse marriage equality). He invoked the importance of winning "equality" and "dignity" and "respect" for gays and lesbians. Now he is president, and one of the perks of being president is that you get to lead. But, when it comes to gay issues, leading does not seem to interest this White House. [Link]

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Same-sex unions a challenge for Census

USA Today
July 5, 2009
The Census Bureau faces logistical challenges next year in classifying legally married same-sex couples as married. The agency has said that the 2010 Census will report the number of married same-sex couples for the first time, a decision that thrills gay-rights advocates. It may seem like a simple change, but adjusting how the Census tallies people is not a simple matter, requiring everything from redesigning computer programs to testing accuracy. Today, six states allow same-sex marriage. Last month, the Obama administration extended some job benefits to gay partners of federal workers and said it wants to ensure that same-sex couples "are accurately reflected in Census reports." [Link]

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