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February 22, 2013
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  • Laura Bush asks to be removed from ad touting marriage equality
    Former first lady Laura Bush has asked to be removed from a pro-marriage equality ad campaign produced by the Respect for Marriage Coalition. Bush’s spokesman said she was not consulted about the inclusion of a 2010 CNN clip in which she says committed same-sex couples "ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has." The ad also includes news clips featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and President Barack Obama, among others. The Dallas Morning News (free content)/Trail Blazers Blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chelsea Clinton’s unaired marriage equality ad surfaces: An ad featuring Chelsea Clinton advocating marriage equality during last year’s election season was scuttled by her employer, NBC News, according to this report. "I believe that everyone should have the freedom to marry the person they love," Clinton says in the video recorded for, an online campaign that supported marriage ballot initiatives in four states in 2012. BuzzFeed (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Obama might weigh in on Prop 8 case
    The Obama administration is considering briefing the Supreme Court on its views about the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, something advocates for marriage equality have urged the president to do. "I have to make sure that I'm not interjecting myself too much into this process, particularly when we're not a party to the case," Obama said in an interview this week, but a senior administration official said the Department of Justice is prepared to file a "friend of the court" brief if the president gives the go-ahead. The deadline for filing briefs in the case is Feb. 28. Yahoo/The Associated Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill threatens Boy Scouts’ tax-exempt status in Calif.
    Openly gay Calif. state Sen. Ricardo Lara has introduced legislation that would revoke the state tax exemption for youth organizations that discriminate on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity, a move aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to drop its nationwide gay ban. "SB 323 seeks to end the unfortunate discriminatory and outdated practices by certain youth groups by revoking their tax exemption privilege should they not comply with our nondiscrimination laws," Lara said of his bill. Long Beach Post (Calif.) (2/20), (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP divided over strategy in Minn. marriage fight
    The effort to pass marriage equality legislation in Minnesota became bipartisan this week when Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen said he would become a co-sponsor. "It's awesome. I think it also allows a lot of space for other legislators to consider the same," said Sen. Scott Dibble, a Democrat and the openly gay lead sponsor of the bill. Other Republicans are reportedly considering a strategy in which they support civil unions but not marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Huffington Post (2/20), Bloomberg (2/20), (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No adoption rights for gay couples, Puerto Rico court rules
    The Puerto Rico Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling this week, upheld a law banning adoptions by same-sex couples, telling a plaintiff she should seek to change the law legislatively if she wishes to adopt a 12-year-old girl who her longtime partner gave birth to. "The state ... has not criminalized their sentimental relationship, but it does not have a constitutional obligation to award this relationship the same rights that other relationships have when it comes to adoption procedures," the court said. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. lawmakers will attempt override of governor's marriage veto
    Openly gay New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora said this week the state Legislature will attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of his marriage equality bill, which passed last year. Gusciora said he hopes the measure comes up after Republican primaries, when some members may feel more free to vote their consciences. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Former GOP presidential candidate backs marriage equality
    "Conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry," writes former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Huntsman previously supported civil unions for same-sex couples, but now argues, "we have an opportunity to do more," suggesting that the Republican party would attract more support if it fought for equality for all Americans. The American Conservative online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AP relents on use of "husband," "wife"
    The Associated Press was right to update its stylebook to offer guidelines on the terms "husband" and "wife" that are inclusive of same-sex couples, Jennifer Vanasco writes. An AP internal memo issued last week sparked controversy because it said reporters should generally use terms such as "partner" in situations where married couples are of the same sex. "I’m happy to see that they listened to their many (correctly angry) critics, including the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and issued a new stylebook entry that is concise, fair -- and truthful," Vanasco writes. Columbia Journalism Review (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Documentary about LGBT elected officials set for release
    "Breaking Through," a documentary from director and producer Cindy L. Abel, explores the lives of openly LGBT elected officials who overcame obstacles to win elections. “Anyone who’s been told their possibilities are limited because they’re poor, a certain religion or ethnicity, a woman, LGBT or anything else that might be considered limiting ... will be inspired by 'Breaking Through,'” Abel said. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love."
--Former Utah Gov. John Huntsman, writing in The American Conservative about his embrace of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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