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November 6, 2012
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  • Races to watch on Election Day 2012
    All eyes are on the U.S. presidential contest as voters head to the polls on Election Day 2012, but key contests will be of particular interest to LGBT Americans. In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin could make history as the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the U.S. Senate, while victories by a handful of out House candidates across the country could double LGBT representation in Congress. Marriage equality campaigners will be looking for their first win at the ballot box as three states decide whether they will allow same-sex couples to wed, while another considers a constitutional amendment to ban the practice. BuzzFeed (11/5), YouTube/The Associated Press (11/2), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Will LGBT voters reward Obama’s journey? The president’s evolution on marriage equality capped a first term in which LGBT equality issues played a central role -- from the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” to a decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. But Mitt Romney’s LGBT backers say he is better equipped to quicken the pace of the economic recovery, which would benefit LGBT Americans. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • French government sees opposition to new marriage law
    An increasingly vocal minority opposed to allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt in France has complicated the government’s plans to push for a new marriage equality law. President Francois Hollande has made the issue a priority for his new administration, but Catholic bishops, rural activists and other conservative political leaders have mounted an effort to scuttle the plan. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rubio records robocall for anti-gay group
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has recorded a robocall for the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposing marriage rights for same-sex couples. The calls are being sent to states where voters will decide marriage ballot initiatives. NOM expects to spend a half-million dollars on the robocall campaign. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. priest speaks out in church in favor of marriage law
    A Catholic priest in Baltimore told his parishioners he disagreed with his bishop, whose letter opposing marriage equality he was mandated to read during Sunday Mass. “Could not civil law be allowed to progress where church law cannot go, at least not yet? Personally, I believe that it can and that it should,” The Rev. Richard T. Lawrence told parishioners, drawing a swift reaction from church officials who demanded to review Lawrence’s remarks. BuzzFeed (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What will you do when the U.S. election is over?
I'll be happy it's finally over and move on.
I'm a political junkie. I'll probably experience withdrawal.
Sleep a lot more.
I'm not sure.

  Leadership Spotlight 
  Beyond Politics 
  • Study: Teens raised by lesbian mothers do well in school
    A study of 17-year-olds raised by lesbian mothers are well-adjusted, happy and do well in school, according to a new study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. “As a psychiatrist, I can say that these are the types of child-rearing outcomes that every parent hopes for,” said Nanette Gartrell, principal investigator of the study for the Williams Institute. CBS News/Las Vegas (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Media Mix 
  • Is reality TV helping viewers accept LGBT people?
    Reality television programs are exposing American viewers to LGBT people in ways that scripted shows have not, which may be leading to greater acceptance. “There is something particularly striking about actual gay people being themselves on television,” said Katherine Sender, an academic who studies reality TV. Los Angeles Times/Show Tracker (tiered subscription model) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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After years of gays being used in bigoted ways as wedges in American politics by Democrats and Republicans, the silence is a blessed relief."
--Jonathan Capehart, a columnist for the Washington Post, writing about the relative lack of discussion of LGBT issues in the 2012 presidential election, as quoted by Metro Weekly

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