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January 18, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Can judges refuse to perform same-sex weddings?
    Judges are generally expected to avoid the appearance of bias, but what about when it comes to marrying couples whose union violates their religious beliefs? The question is so far an academic one, but experts say that judges who choose to perform weddings for straight couples may find it violates judicial ethics to decline to marry gay or lesbian couples. "There’re lots of arguments and ideas you can raise on either side of the case. It’s unsettled until its settled," said Reiko Callner, executive director of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Seattle Times (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • European court rules faith doesn't trump LGBT laws
    The European Court of Human Rights, ruling in several cases testing the rights of people of faith, said religious objections are not sufficient to absolve certain individuals from complying with LGBT non-discrimination laws. "The court showed conclusively that the principle of equality and equal treatment cannot be circumvented with a simple reference to religion," said Sophie in ‘t Veld, vice-president of the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup. (1/15), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama’s second term a chance for more more progress, advocates say
    LGBT activists are praising President Barack Obama for a first term in which he embraced marriage equality and kept a promise to end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” among other accomplishments. Still, advocates hope the president will continue to advance equality through actions such as signing an executive order mandating employment protections for LGBT workers at government contractors, and appointing the first openly LGBT cabinet-level official. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southern campaign highlights marriage discrimination
    The WE DO campaign is employing civil disobedience tactics reminiscent of the African-American civil rights movement to draw attention to the inability of same-sex couples to marry in southern U.S. states. Same-sex couples are entering public offices and asking for marriage licenses in states such as North Carolina, Alabama and Virginia, sometimes refusing to leave until they are arrested. "In the 1960s, it was the right to vote. Now, it's the right to marry," said Martha Biondi, director of graduate studies for Northwestern University's department of African-American studies. USA Today (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army base allows group to discriminate against gay spouses
    An Army spokesman at Fort Bragg in North Carolina this week said the base will continue to allow a spouse's group to use base facilities even though the group has refused admission to a lesbian spouse of an officer stationed there, explaining the discrimination is allowed under federal law, a determination seconded by the Pentagon. LGBT advocates have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine if base officials worked with the group to maintain is exclusionary policies. NBC News (1/16), BuzzFeed (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group says army spouse allowed as "guest" member The officer spouse's club at Fort Bragg has offered to admit a lesbian spouse as a "guest member" while it reviews its bylaws, a move which an advocacy group called "offensive." "Ashley is not a 'guest' military spouse. She is a military spouse, plain and simple," said Stephen Peters, the executive director of the American Military Partner Association. BuzzFeed (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hagel vows to support LGBT military families
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican nominated by President Obama to become his next Secretary of Defense, said this week he supports the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and would work to extend benefits to the families and spouses of gay and lesbian military personnel if he is confirmed. “I know firsthand the profound sacrifice our service members and their families make, and if confirmed as Secretary of Defense, I will do everything possible to the extent permissible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all our service members,” Hagel said in a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. The Huffington Post (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Which of these LGBT advances do you most expect will happen in the second Obama administration?
Passage of federal legislation banning LGBT discrimination in employment.
Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Appointment of the first openly LGBT cabinet secretary.
Immigration reform that recognizes same-sex couples.
None of the above.

  • Gay Republican group launches new communications effort
    Interim Log Cabin Republicans executive director Gregory T. Angelo writes that the group has launched a new, bolder communications effort that will boost its role as watchdog of the GOP's policies toward LGBT Americans. "We’re poised to ride a massive wave of equality as more and more Republicans understand that embracing civil marriage for gay couples is a winning issue," writes Angelo, saying the group's best days are yet to come. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • NLGJA president succumbs to cancer
    Michael Triplett, president and longtime member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, died this week at the age of 48 after battling cancer. He is survived by his partner, Jack. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gay man leads group taking on the NRA
    Mark Glaze, the openly gay director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has become a leading figure in the push for gun reform in the wake of the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Glaze, in an interview with the Washington Blade, said the National Rifle Association’s political power is overstated, pointing out that most Americans back common-sense initiatives aimed at decreasing gun violence. "That he is an openly gay man helping lead such an important effort is a tribute to his professionalism, and how the country and its understanding of our talent has changed," said Robert Raben of the public affairs firm The Raben Group. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Church of Scientology is anti-gay, new book claims
    Leaders in the Church of Scientology threaten to out celebrities and punish those members who are thought to be gay, according to a new book by author Lawrence Wright. The church claims 8 million adherents worldwide, including celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but former church officials say the number is far smaller, and that just 25,000 members are thought to exist in the U.S. The Daily Beast/Book Beast (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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Vice President, Social Justice ProgramsArcus FoundationNYC, NY
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Executive DirectorLGBT Center of the DesertPalm Springs, CA
Program DirectorThe Trevor ProjectLos Angeles, CA
Senior Development ManagerOut & Equal Workplace AdvocatesSan Francisco, CA
Executive DirectorRuth Ellis CenterHighland Park, MI
Communications DirectorGarden State EqualityMontclair, NJ
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
Executive DirectorFairness West Virginia & Fairness West Virginia InstituteCharleston, WV
Deputy Director, mHealth AllianceUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
mHealth Alliance Consulting Project: Senior Project DirectorUnited Nations FoundationEastern or Southern Africa, International
Development StaffGay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership InstituteWashington, DC
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Just another day in the thoroughly cruel pundi-ministry of one Tony Perkins."
--Jeremy Hooper, blogging at Good As You, reacting to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins' comments that it's a "deceptive lie" to tell LGBT youth that 'It Gets Better'

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