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November 16, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Gay vote gave Obama an edge, study shows
    An analysis of the 5% of voters who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual in Election Day exit polling shows that President Obama’s significant lead among the group was crucial to his victory, especially in Ohio. Nationwide, Obama won 76% of the group’s vote, while Mitt Romney won 22%. R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said GOP lawmakers privately say the party must change its anti-LGBT rhetoric, “but publicly they’re not doing that.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Lesbian elected speaker of Ore. House
    Oregon State Rep. Tina Kotek has been chosen by her peers to be the next speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, marking the first time an out lesbian has held such a position in the U.S. "We all look for people out there who look like us. I have had e-mails and text messages from people who are very excited," Kotek said. Associated Press (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ugandan LGBT advocate asks Westerners to stand down
    The fight over pending legislation in Uganda that would impose harsh penalties for homosexuality has been framed by supporters as defiance against Westerners trying to impose their values on the country. Some advocates in the country are therefore asking the Western media to back off, even though the measure has already drawn international condemnation and a rebuke from President Barack Obama. “We call upon the international community not to speak out in the media about these issues. Whatever actions that are going to be done, should be done diplomatically, with the relevant stakeholders of this country,” Clare Byarugaba, the co-coordinator of the Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Voice of America (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is Mo. ready to ban LGBT discrimination?
    Missourians for Equality is preparing to seek a statewide ballot question asking voters to approve an LGBT nondiscrimination law, but one state lawmaker who backs LGBT rights says the time may not be right for such a move. "My concern is that whenever you go on the ballot in Missouri, you have to go with overwhelming resources. Going on the ballot and losing is worse than not being on the ballot at all," said State Rep. Stephen Webber, a Democrat. Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. governor says black clergy support was crucial in marriage fight
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said this week public support from two key pastors helped secure a victory for marriage equality in the state. “For those guys to not only come to the conclusion personally and as citizens that civil marriage equality is the right change of law, but also to be willing to step up and speak to that in a public way allowed us to have a much more positive dialogue than the usual fear-based frames that have doomed these referenda in other states in the past,” O’Malley said. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • What's your view of the recent victories for LGBT political causes and candidates?
    Some big wins, but there is a lot more work to do  98.49%
    I'm not sure  0.80%
    We won and we're done  0.71%
  • Opinion: What’s wrong with letting voters decide marriage?
    Now that marriage equality supporters have finally won at the ballot box, it’s time to put aside the notion that it is somehow unjust to allow the voters to have their say on the issue, writes Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe, who opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples. “Gay marriage shouldn’t be treated as sacrosanct, too lofty for mere politics. Let the debates, the struggles, the compromises, and, yes, the votes continue,” Jacoby writes. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Obama appoints gay, black man to federal bench
    William L. Thomas, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a lifetime appointment on the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Thomas was recommended for the post by the Presidential Appointments Project, which seeks to increase the number of openly LGBT presidential appointees. Thomas would be the nation’s first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge. BuzzFeed (11/14), WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Polis to take lead on ENDA in Congress
    Openly gay Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said this week he will take over from retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., as the chief sponsor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, federal legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on LGBT status. Polis is also considering a run for a Democratic leadership post. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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There’s nothing fun about saying 'I told you so.'"
--R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, speaking about his warning that the GOP should end its anti-LGBT rhetoric to attract more votes, as quoted by The New York Times

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