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November 13, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Out bisexual declared winner in Ariz. congressional race
    Former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has won her race for Congress, narrowly beating Republican candidate Vernon Parker in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District. Ballot counting has continued since Election Day, but Sinema’s growing lead led The Associated Press to call the race in her favor. She becomes the first out bisexual elected to Congress, where she will join six other openly gay and lesbian colleagues. "We're thrilled for Kyrsten. She's a dynamic leader and she'll be a strong voice for her community and for all LGBT Americans," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. (11/12), The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Christian right reels after voters reject political goals
    White evangelical voters turned out in greater numbers this year than in 2004, but that wasn't enough to overcome support among other demographics for President Barack Obama, marriage equality and abortion rights. Young voters, the majority of whom support marriage equality, defied predictions that they would stay home, instead increasing their share of the electorate by a full percentage point. "Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in," said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/9), National Journal (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Catholic bishops grapple with waning influence: U.S. Catholic bishops came out strongly against marriage rights for same-sex couples before last Tuesday's election, but voters were not swayed and most U.S. Catholics voted for President Barack Obama, who supports marriage equality. "The election is a symptom of a much larger problem. Most people don't understand what marriage is," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kansas secretary of state says gays are free to leave
    Voters in two Kansas cities repealed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances last week, after which Secretary of State Kris Kobach said that those who don't like the state’s conservative bent can move elsewhere. "There are true cultural differences between voters in Kansas and voters in New York or California. ... If a person wants to live in a San Francisco lifestyle, they can go there. If they want to live a Kansas lifestyle, they can come here," Kobach said. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (11/10), The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supreme Court eyes marriage victories as cases await action
    Voters approved marriage equality in three states on Election Day, a result that could influence U.S. Supreme Court justices who will likely hear a marriage-related case this term. "The justices obviously pay attention," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. However, it's unclear whether the justices will see the outcome as proof the LGBT community has the political power to change policy through the legislative rather than the judicial process, this article says. The justices are set to review a handful of marriage cases at a Nov. 30 conference. The Washington Post (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UPS to stop funding Boy Scouts of America
    The UPS Foundation has announced it will stop funding the Boy Scouts of America because the BSA doesn't comply with the foundation’s upcoming nondiscrimination policy. "UPS showed true bravery today in standing with the 80,000 Americans, including thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders, who oppose the Boy Scouts' hurtful anti-gay policy. That bravery is what Scouting is all about," said Zach Wahls, who urged the company to pull its support in a petition on The UPS Foundation donated more than $150,000 to BSA entities in 2010. The Huffington Post (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group: We'll punish Starbucks abroad for marriage stance
    Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage said on a conference call last week that his group is working to punish Starbucks in foreign countries where it hopes to expand. "In Qatar, in the Middle East, we've begun working to make sure that there's some price to be paid for this," Brown said, referring to the company’s support for marriage equality in the U.S., adding, "We’ve got to do a lot more." The Colorado Independent (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marriage-equality advocates look ahead to new battles
    While the Supreme Court is likely to have the final word on marriage rights for same-sex couples, those fighting for marriage equality say they must continue to build upon recent political victories and also continue the conversations that are changing minds on the issue. Some Republican operatives say the inevitability of marriage equality means the party should cut its ties with anti-gay groups, but these groups counter that the issue could play out much like the debate over abortion, which continues to this day despite a Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing the right. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups press Obama to sign executive order
    The Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force say an executive order banning LGBT employment discrimination among federal contractors should be a top priority in President Barack Obama's second administration. "I think it's important for us to move forward and show some momentum that there's protections for LGBT workers. ... This would be huge. You have to understand the enormity of the impact it would have for so many people in our community," said Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director at the Task Force. The Hill (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What's your view of the recent victories for LGBT political causes and candidates?
We won and we're done
Some big wins, but there is a lot more work to do
I'm not sure

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An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them."
--R. Albert Mohler Jr.,
president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaking about religious conservatives and the 2012 election, as quoted by The New York Times

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