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February 5, 2013
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  • Will "comprehensive" immigration reform include same-sex couples?
    LGBT and Latino groups face a difficult road in their push for an immigration reform package that includes a remedy for binational same-sex couples, some observers say. "If I were a Democratic Senate aide and this [issue] was a discussion in our staff meeting, I would tell our member that this is something you better be prepared to give up," said Frank Gilliam, dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., says any reform package must address the issue; "Otherwise, we can't call it comprehensive." The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vt. legislators propose equal benefits labor law
    Same-sex couples in Vermont can legally marry, but many employers in the state do not offer the same health benefits to same-sex spouses that they do for heterosexual married employees. That could change under legislation being drafted by state Reps. Paul Poirier, an Independent, and Patti Komline, a Republican. "They won’t do it on their own, but they said they will follow state laws. So we’re going to make a new law," Poirier said. The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State, national groups sit out marriage effort in Ohio
    A couple trying to gather nearly 400,000 signatures to put a marriage equality question on a statewide ballot in Ohio have raised just $32,000 in the first nine months of their campaign, and both Equality Ohio and the Human Rights Campaign have declined to be involved in the effort. Elyzabeth Holford, executive director of Equality Ohio, said the group isn’t convinced 2013 is the year to put the question to the state’s voters. The campaign could cost more than $10 million, according to some estimates. Outlook: Columbus online (Columbus, Ohio) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. asylum-seekers asked to prove LGBT status
    Some who seek asylum in the U.K. for fear of persecution or murder in their home countries are being asked to prove that they actually identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to this report. In some cases asylum-seekers resort to filming themselves having sex in order to convince immigration officials. The Guardian (London) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marriage vote divides Tories in British Parliament
    A vote today on the second reading of a bill that would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples is likely to pass easily, but it could divide the ruling Conservative party in Great Britain. Some members are set to oppose Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue, though his top lieutenants have called the move "the right thing to do at the right time." The chancellor, foreign secretary and home secretary, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, said the legislation would strengthen religious freedom by granting denominations that wish to marry gays and lesbians the right to do so. The Guardian (London) (2/5), Reuters (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. marriage bill vote expected on Valentine's Day
    A bill that would grant marriage rights for same-sex couples in Illinois is scheduled to be heard in a key state Senate committee today, and advocates are confident the measure will move to the Senate floor for a vote on Feb. 14. The bill stalled at the end of the last legislative sessions, and since then sponsors have adjusted some of the bill's language pertaining to religious exemptions. Chicago Phoenix (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP eyes openly gay candidate for L.A. mayor
    Republicans eager to rebuild the party in California are backing the Los Angeles mayoral candidacy of Kevin L. James, an openly gay talk radio personality who supports abortion rights and marriage equality. "He is from central casting about what a future Republican candidate can look like in an urban or blue state and win," said John Weaver, a longtime adviser to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is now advising James. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is Wyo. making progress on LGBT rights?
    Bills proposing domestic partner benefits and bans on anti-gay employment discrimination were defeated in Wyoming this year, but their passage out of committee may indicate a shift in the way the issue is handled by the state's dominant Republican Party. "I think people are beginning to realize that this is just not a big deal. The sky doesn't fall," said state Sen. Cale Case, a Republican who co-sponsored the anti-discrimination bill. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marriage bill easily clears first vote in French parliament
    French lawmakers Saturday voted 249-97 to back a key provision of a pending marriage equality bill, making it likely that same-sex couples in the country will soon be allowed to marry. The legislation is supported by 63% of the country's voters, according to a recent poll, although hundreds of thousands of protestors recently flooded the streets of Paris to oppose the bill. France 24 (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Beyond Politics 
  • Study finds it does get better for gay teens
    Many LGBT teens participating in a study in the U.K. reported being bullied less as they got older. The study, which likely would have produced similar results in the U.S., coincides with a growing cultural acceptance of gays and lesbians, the researchers said. Lesbians were more likely to report decreases in bullying than gays were, perhaps because femininity in men is less acceptable than masculinity in women, the researchers noted. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant comes out as transgender
    Monica Beverly Hillz has come out as a transgender woman on "RuPaul's Drag Race," a drag competition show featuring male contestants. "I don't see myself as different [on stage] -- I just have more makeup on," said Hillz, speaking about the difference between drag performers and transgender people. "It's not a mockery for me." The Huffington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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