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December 7, 2012
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  • LGBT Americans feel increasing acceptance, poll finds
    Ninety-one percent of LGBT Americans say people in their communities have become more accepting of them in recent years, a poll finds, but almost as many say discrimination is still a somewhat serious or very serious problem in the U.S. The USA TODAY/Gallup poll also found that 53% of all Americans now say they support allowing same-sex couples to marry, compared with 27% in a 1996 Gallup poll. USA Today (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Victors in Nev. marriage case ask Supreme Court to take up appeal
    A coalition that fought successfully to defend Nevada’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide an appeal of the case, skipping the traditional route through a federal appeals court. The move adds yet another case to the Court's already crowded file of marriage-related cases it will consider taking this term. BuzzFeed (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Second federal judge weighs in on "ex-gay" therapy ban
    A federal judge in California has issued a ruling allowing the state's ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors to go into effect Jan. 1. That decision came a day after another federal judge blocked implementation of the law for a group of plaintiffs who complained it would violate their First Amendment rights. The cases will now head to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Denver Post/The Associated Press (12/5), BuzzFeed (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Should LGBT lobbyists demand votes on bills they know won't pass?
    No, it's not smart to lose on purpose  45.49%
    Yes, it's good to know where we stand  39.55%
    I'm not sure  14.96%
  • Pa. state Rep.-elect Brian Sims: Welcome gay Republican office holders
    Pennsylvania state Rep.-elect Brian Sims argues that Democrats and progressives should welcome the news that his soon-to-be colleague, Republican state Rep. Mike Fleck, has come out as gay. "Casting aspersions, questioning motives, and creating an unsafe space for anyone to come out in are not what we as Democrats or the progressive community are about, nor should it be for Republicans and conservatives," Sims writes. The Huffington Post (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • 21-year-old is nation's youngest gay state lawmaker
    Maine State Rep. Justin Chenette, just 21 years old, caught the political bug in high school when he began hosting his own local cable show about politics, drawing candidates who had to answer the upstart journalist's tough questions. Now Chenette will be the one answering reporters' questions as one of the newest state lawmakers in Maine, and the youngest. New England Cable News (Boston) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Beyond Politics 
  • Mormon church softens tone on LGBT issues in new Web resource
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new website this week aimed at explaining its positions on homosexuality and urging gay Mormons to engage in a dialog with the church, a move applauded by the Utah Pride Center. “Having a resource whose purpose is to help Mormon families and leadership recognize the ways they can reduce the isolation and rejection often felt by LGBTQ or questioning Mormons is a huge step in the right direction,” said Valerie Larabee, the center’s executive director. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (12/6), BuzzFeed (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are LGBT Americans better off financially?
    A Prudential survey of 1,000 LGBT Americans finds they are financially healthier than the general population, with higher incomes, less debt and more equity in their homes. But those findings differ from an earlier, larger Gallup survey, which found LGBT adults tend to have lower incomes and less education. CNNMoney (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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They have changed from 'this is appalling' to, you know, 'what is wrong with that idea?'"
--Mary Ann Schmertz, an 82 year-old a real estate agent in Wilkinsburg, Pa., speaking about her own views on marriage rights for same-sex couples, as quoted by USA TODAY

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