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December 28, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Log Cabin opposes Hagel for Defense secretary
    Log Cabin Republicans bought an ad in the New York Times this week opposing the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of Defense. The ad highlighted Hagel's past comments on LGBT issues, as well as his positions on Iraq and Israel. R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of LCR, said he questioned the sincerity of Hagel's recent apology for comments he made in 1998 in opposition to the confirmation of an openly gay man as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. BuzzFeed (12/27), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Caucus blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Republicans sign on to DOMA repeal effort
    In moves hailed by the groups Freedom to Marry and Log Cabin Republicans, Reps. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., and Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., this week became the second and third Republicans to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. "It is right to extend equal protection under federal law to all couples who are legally married without infringing upon religious freedom and beliefs," Hanna said. (12/21), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. anti-gay activist predicts marriage vote will fail
    David E. Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, said in an interview this week that marriage equality advocates are unlikely to go forward with a vote on a bill that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples. "I doubt if it's going to come up. I don't think they have the votes. I think they're going to fall short," said Smith, who rejected the notion that marriage equality is inevitable. "The fact of the matter is, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, the nation was pro-choice. Today, it's pro-life. Nations and attitudes can change." Meanwhile, 250 Illinois religious leaders signed an open letter this week supporting the push for marriage rights. The measure's proponents said they are close to securing enough votes for passage next month. Room (12/27), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gay candidate drops Senate bid in Kenya amid security concerns
    David Kuria has ended his historic political campaign in Kenya, citing the costs of security amid threats to him and his supporters. Kuria said his candidacy made a difference in a country where opinions about LGBT people are largely shaped by religious leaders. "I had seen changes in the way our people in the villages view gay people," Kuria said of his time on the campaign trail. "For the first time it was possible to talk with the people, answer their questions as well as point out the nexus areas of different forms of marginalization, including poverty and other challenges that affect them, too." The Guardian (London) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moscow court refuses to lift ban on Pride events
    The highest court in Moscow has ignored a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, refusing to lift a ban on LGBT Pride celebrations in the city. The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers is expected to meet in March to discuss Russia’s refusal to abide by the European Convention of Human Rights, to which it is a signatory. Gay Star News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do you expect the GOP will substantively change its rhetoric on marriage equality ahead of the 2014 federal elections?
    No.  60.76%
    Yes.  30.81%
    I'm not sure.  8.44%
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Conn. governor names gay man to state Supreme Court
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D-Conn., has nominated Andrew J. McDonald, an openly gay former state legislator, to become a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. McDonald left the state’s General Assembly two years ago to become Malloy’s general counsel. "He is qualified and I am confident he will uphold the state constitution and carry out his responsibilities as a Supreme Court Justice with the highest degree of impartiality and integrity," said state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican. (Connecticut) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Florida's first out state lawmakers get to work
    Newly sworn-in Florida state Reps. Joe Saunders and David Richardson say being the first openly gay members of the Legislature will give them opportunities to speak out on equality issues and show their colleagues that policy has an impact on the lives of LGBT Floridians. "If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu," Saunders said about the importance of being out in public office. But neither lawmaker intends to work solely on LGBT issues. "I don’t want special treatment or different treatment, I just want equal treatment," Richardson said. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, Gay Politics Report will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Friday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Far too many people would show up even when we only wanted to hold small meetings –- that really does not look to me like a homophobic society."
--David Kuria, an openly gay candidate for Senate in Kenya who ended his campaign this week, speaking about what he said is a false notion that his country is deeply anti-gay, as quoted by The Guardian

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