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February 1, 2013
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  • Germany warns Russia over anti-gay draft legislation
    Russian draft legislation that would outlaw "homosexual propaganda" violates the European human rights convention, and its passage would damage relations between Russia and Europe, German officials say. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who is openly gay, reportedly relayed this sentiment to the Russian ambassador in Berlin. The legislation, aimed at curbing promotion of homosexuality among minors, passed an initial vote in the Russian parliament last week and is set for a second reading in the spring. Reuters (1/29), Deutsche Welle (Germany) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Hagel vows support for gay troops, families at confirmation hearing
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel this week said that as secretary of Defense he would move "expeditiously" to extend benefits to the families of openly gay and lesbian military personnel. Speaking Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hagel also said he would make sure same-sex couples are allowed to marry at military bases in states where it is legal, but that he supports the rights of military chaplains not to participate in those ceremonies. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/31), BuzzFeed (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • "Harvey Milk Airport" effort ramps up in San Francisco
    San Francisco Supervisor David Campos needs one more vote to advance a bill that would rename the city’s airport in honor of Harvey Milk. "So many have come to San Francisco to free themselves because of what Harvey Milk did and the sacrifice he made. So it is really fitting and appropriate to put his name on our international gateway," Campos told GayPolitics.com. If the bill is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the question would go to the city’s voters. GayPolitics.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Coalition of corporations backs repeal of DOMA
    Marriott International is part of a coalition of corporations formed to support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. "We are proud of our longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal treatment of all our employees within our benefits programs. Joining the business coalition for DOMA repeal affirms that commitment,” said Marriott executive David Rodriguez, who was quoted by the Human Rights Campaign. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anti-gay group's leader was paid $500,000 in 2011, documents show
    Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, earned more than $500,000 in compensation in 2011, according to tax filings unearthed by Fred Karger of the group Rights Equal Rights. "NOM is on the losing end of its battle to stop gay marriage and Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are just working now for all the money they’re pulling in," Karger said. Towleroad (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: GOP considering new approach to LGBT issues
    Republican officials and donors are discussing the need for the party to moderate its rhetoric on LGBT equality. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Gilmore this week said the party risks becoming a permanent minority if it continues to project anger at the gay community. "Republicans have to decide if they want to govern or play ideological parlor games," said Gilmour. But Jimmy LaSalvia of the conservative LGBT group GOProud isn't convinced real change will happen soon. "They’re not done losing yet," he said. National Journal (1/30), National Review/The Corner (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Opinion 
  • Given the organization’s place in U.S. culture, how significant will it be if the Boy Scouts of America drops its nationwide ban on openly gay members and leaders?
    It will be an important cultural advance.  79.40%
    It will be an unsurprising but welcome change.  11.65%
    It will mean very little overall.  7.68%
    I'm not sure.  1.26%
  • Players gonna play
    Sports Illustrated columnist Michael Rosenberg writes that professional athletes who say they would feel uncomfortable if a teammate came out as gay would get over it. "Fans would be at least as hard on a gay-bashing teammate as they would be on a gay player. Public opinion has shifted," Rosenberg writes, adding that the desire to play for a professional sports team would outweigh any personal discomfort. SI.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Beyond Politics 
  • 49ers move to quell gay-related controversy ahead of Super Bowl
    San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver has apologized for comments made this week when he told a radio host he would be opposed to having an openly gay player on his team. Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers head coach, called the remarks "a big deal," and said Culliver understands the seriousness of the offense. "It's going to impact him going forward. He will learn about himself. I hope and pray it affects him in a positive way going forward," Harbaugh said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  SmartQuote 
Hate is usually borne of ignorance, and on the subject of homosexuality, ignorance fades a little every day."
--Michael Rosenberg writing in Sports Illustrated about the acceptance of openly gay players in professional sports

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