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June 12, 2012
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  • LGBT, African-American groups teaming up on issues
    Leaders of LGBT and African-American civil rights groups are increasingly working together to help advance each other’s agenda items, and the partnership has resulted in black leaders stepping up their support for marriage equality, according to this article. LGBT groups recently joined an effort to protest New York City police policies that some say target black and Hispanic people. “It’s become clear that, just as [civil rights leader] Bayard Rustin admonished us all, that we would either stand together or die apart,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Favorable polling no guarantee of victory in ballot fights
    Ballot fights in numerous states this year will test whether evolving public opinion on marriage will translate into voter support for allowing same-sex couples to legally wed. Voter turnout is key, say LGBT advocates. “Just because there's majority support for marriage in all of these states, doesn't mean we're going to get all of these voters out to the polls,” said Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign. Rolling Stone (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Man walks across U.S. to support sweeping LGBT law
    Fifteen months after setting out from California, Richard Noble completed a 2,700-mile walk across the U.S. Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. Noble, who carried a rainbow flag the entire way, said the effort was aimed at building support for a comprehensive federal law that would ban LGBT discrimination. “We need to get behind one bill,” Noble said. The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carrie Underwood comes out for marriage equality
    "American Idol" winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood has told a British newspaper that she strongly supports the rights of same-sex couples to marry, saying her faith led her to conclude, “Above all, God wanted us to love others.” The move could rile her fan base in the U.S., but one LGBT activist said younger evangelicals are increasingly supportive of marriage equality. The Independent (London) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U. of Pittsburgh rebuts transgender bias complaint
    University of Pittsburgh officials say a LGBT group’s complaint that the school discriminates against transgender people is without merit, noting that the complaint did not identify any individual who has been subject to discrimination. The school’s restroom-use policy equates gender and sex, which could force those who identify as and appear to be women to use men’s restrooms, according to a vice president of the campus group Rainbow Alliance. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New parenting study flawed, critics say
    A new study that finds that adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships do not fare as well as those raised in homes with married, opposite-sex parents is being challenged as deeply flawed, with one researcher saying the author's methodology appears to have been designed to find bad outcomes. Mark Regnerus, a University of Texas researcher with a history of producing controversial studies, denied a political motive behind the paper, but LGBT groups responding to the study pointed out it was largely funded by conservative groups that have ties to anti-gay organizations such as the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/11), BuzzFeed (6/11), Towleroad (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Mont. Democratic party backs marriage equality
    A new platform document approved by Montana Democrats strikes support for civil unions and replaces it with language supporting full marriage rights for same-sex couples. "All adults should have the right to legally marry another adult of their choice, regardless of sex or gender," the document reads. Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jeb Bush: LGBT families can be examples
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview this week that while he is opposed to marriage rights for same-sex couples, he believes LGBT families are worthy of recognition. "I don’t think people need to be discriminated against because they don’t share my belief on this, and if people love their children with all their heart and soul and that’s what they do and that’s how they organize their life that should be held up as examples for others to follow because we need it," Bush told Charlie Rose. The Miami Herald (free registration) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Generally speaking, what issues will be most important to you in deciding how you'll cast your vote this year?
Economic issues such as jobs and government spending
Social issues such as LGBT rights and abortion
National security and international affairs
None of the above
I'm not sure

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  Editor's Note 
  • Clarification
    Because of an error in a source article, a summary in Friday's Gay Politics Report incorrectly stated that New Mexico state legislative candidate Jacob Candelaria will become the first openly LGBT person to serve in the Legislature. Candelaria will be the only out legislator serving, but he will not be the first. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"We don’t believe in discrimination. The constitution is a statement to limit the role of government in people’s lives, not to increase it.""
--Jim Elliott, chairman of the Montana Democratic Party, explaining the party's embrace of marriage equality, as quoted by the Helena Independent Record

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