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February 8, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • LGBT issues front and center as Obama's second term begins
    President Barack Obama has started his second term by pushing forward proposals on immigration and military benefits that recognize same-sex couples, and he's spoken out in favor of the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly gay members. These actions, along with the call for LGBT equality included in Obama's inaugural address, have left some advocates impressed with how the president has embraced much of their agenda. "There are some times when I have to pinch myself," said one gay rights activist and Obama donor. The Hill (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Boy Scouts put off decision on gay ban
    The Boy Scouts of America this week announced it would delay action until May on a proposal to drop its nationwide ban on openly gay scouts and leaders. The organization recently said it would consider allowing local councils to decide whether gays would be admitted, spurring religious conservatives to condemn the proposed change and LGBT advocates to argue that it doesn't go far enough. A poll released this week found 55% of Americans favor ending the Scouts' gay ban, while 33% oppose the move. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon to give same-sex spouses limited benefits
    Legally married same-sex spouses of military personnel are set to gain some of the privileges offered to heterosexual military dependents, though health and housing benefits are unlikely to be among them. The privileges, to be detailed this week, could include access to military base facilities such as commissaries and other family services. The Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex married couples, is said to prevent the Pentagon from extending other spousal and family benefits to gay troops. Navy Times (2/5), The Washington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rubio softens tone on LGBT issues
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., considered by some to be a potential candidate for president in 2016, said this week that he believes marriage should be limited to opposite-sex couples, but that he opposes a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, adding that the issue should be left up to individual states. Rubio was noncommittal on federal legislation that would ban LGBT discrimination in employment, saying he needed to review a specific bill before commenting. Rubio's arguments against federal intervention in marriage mirror those of lawyers seeking to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court, although he once called DOMA "critical." BuzzFeed (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Britain steps closer to marriage equality
    The House of Commons voted 400-175 this week in favor of allowing same-sex couples to wed in the U.K. A slight majority of Conservatives voted to kill the legislation, even though it is strongly backed by their leader, Prime Minister David Cameron. The measure must still be approved by the House of Lords. BBC (2/5), (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Out athletes advised to tone it down for 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia
    Next year's Winter Olympics are set to take place in Sochi, Russia, where anti-gay legislation working its way through the country’s national parliament could make public displays of affection among same-sex couples a crime. Neither Russian authorities nor the International Olympic Committee have commented on the apparent conflict between the proposed law and the Olympic commitment to nondiscrimination, but openly LGBT athletes say they worry they’ll be forced to go back into the closet to avoid running afoul of the law. "My advice would be: Watch what you do when you leave the Village, don't be aggressive, don't wear a big rainbow flag fur coat," said U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir, who spends a lot of time in Russia. USA Today (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook co-founder’s husband to run for Congress
    Investor and activist Sean Eldridge, who is married to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has launched an exploratory committee in advance of an expected run for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Eldridge, a Democrat, would face two-term incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican. Bloomberg/Political Capital (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Which U.S. state do you think will be next to pass legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry?
    Illinois  41.01%
    Rhode Island  30.75%
    Delaware  8.61%
    Other/Not sure  7.45%
    Hawaii  6.00%
    New Jersey  3.77%
    Minnesota  2.42%
  • Commentary: Plan to pit blacks against gays has failed
    Anti-gay conservatives hoped to drive a wedge between African-Americans and the LGBT movement over the issue of marriage equality, but that effort has failed, writes Dr. Pamela Lightsey, a professor at Boston University School of Theology. Lightsey credits engagement with faith leaders in the black church, activism among younger African-Americans and the leadership of President Barack Obama for an increase in the community’s support of LGBT issues. The Washington Post/Guest Voices blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • DOJ attorney could become first out U.S. appeals court judge
    President Barack Obama this week nominated an openly gay man for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If confirmed, Todd Hughes would become the first openly LGBT judge to serve on a federal appellate court. "His nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president's respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. BuzzFeed (2/7), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Vice President, Social Justice ProgramsArcus FoundationNYC, NY
Executive Director Gay Men's Health and WellnessSan Francisco AIDS FoundationSan Francisco, CA
Director of Special EventsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Online Communications Associate, Nothing But NetsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Event ManagerOut & Equal Workplace AdvocatesSan Francisco, CA
Online Communications Senior Associate, Girl UpUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Executive DirectorPhoenix PridePhoenix, AZ
Vice President, DevelopmentSan Francisco AIDS FoundationSan Francisco, CA
Campaign Director San Francisco AIDS FoundationSan Francisco, CA
Executive DirectorRuth Ellis CenterHighland Park, MI
Director of Strategic Partner Programs Lambda LegalNew York City, NY
Foundation Relations CoordinatorLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Donor Services and Finance SpecialistLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Foundation Giving ManagerNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForceNew York, NY
Director of CommunicationsNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForceWashington, DC
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If you provide benefits to individuals seen as the most deserving and the social fabric doesn’t tear, that does make it easier down the line to do away with DOMA."
--Tammy S. Schultz, director of the National Security and Joint Warfare Program at the Marine Corps War College, speaking about the military extending spousal benefits to gay and lesbian troops, as quoted by The Washington Post

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