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February 26, 2013
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  • 75 prominent Republicans urge Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8
    Dozens of well-known Republican politicos, including four former governors, have signed onto a brief submitted to the Supreme Court arguing in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples and urging the Court to find California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The document is at odds with the position of House Republican leaders, whose lawyers are defending the principle that marriage can be restricted by law to heterosexual couples without running afoul of the Constitution. "We are trying to say to the court that we are judicial and political conservatives, and it is consistent with our values and philosophy for you to overturn Proposition 8," said Ken Mehlman, the former chair of the Republican National Committee. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Obama administration asks Supreme Court to gut DOMA
    The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to find a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, arguing the law violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. DOMA’s section 3 prohibits the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. "It is abundantly clear that this discrimination does not substantially advance an interest in protecting marriage, or any other important interest," the DOJ brief reads. The White House must decide this week if it will also submit a brief in a pending case regarding California’s Proposition 8. BuzzFeed (2/22), SeattlePI.com/Strange Bedfellows blog (2/24), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pro-equality GOP chairman faces ouster in Ill.
    Republican party bosses in Illinois are set to meet to decide whether to fire their state chairman over remarks he made in support of pending marriage equality legislation. One state senator said the votes are there to fire Pat Brady, who contends he was speaking for himself and not on behalf of the party when he expressed support for allowing same-sex couples to wed. WBEZ-FM (Chicago) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas legislator wants to cut funding to LGBT-friendly school districts
    Local school districts that offer domestic partner benefits to their employees would receive a cut in state funding under legislation proposed by Texas state Rep. Drew Springer, a Republican. "Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships," Springer said. Dallas Voice (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russian official rejects foreign criticism of pending anti-gay bill
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said this week that his country is party to no international agreements that would prohibit it from enacting a ban on "homosexual propaganda." Legislation that would impose penalties on those convicted of exposing minors to pro-LGBT messages is likely to pass in the Russian parliament, but Dutch officials contend the law may violate Russia's international obligations regarding human rights. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Liberal MSNBC host goes to bat for conservative LGBT group
    MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes, invited to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, said he will not appear at the event until CPAC lifts its ban on the group GOProud, a conservative LGBT organization. Hayes said that while he has little in common ideologically with GOProud, "the point is the principle, which is: it’s not OK to ban organizations for reasons of pure bigotry." Log Cabin Republicans said it also was not participating in this year's conference. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fraternity raises money for trans student's surgery
    The Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson College has launched a social media campaign to raise money for Donnie Collins, a prospective trangender brother who is looking to undergo top surgery. Collins' health insurance does not cover the procedure. Gay Star News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Report: NFL teams want to know if college player is gay
    Professional football teams considering drafting Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o want to know if he is gay, according to NBC Sports' Mike Florio, who said the question has become "the elephant in the room" in conversations about the player. "It's just that they want to know what they're getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road," Florio said. CBS Sports/NFLDraftScout.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
The ground on this is obviously changing, but it is changing more rapidly than people think."
--John Feehery, a Republican strategist and former House leadership aide, speaking about growing support for marriage equality, as quoted by The New York Times

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