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December 4, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Judge blocks California ban on “ex-gay” therapy
    A federal judge in California this week ruled that a new state law banning reparative therapy for minors likely violates the 1st Amendment rights of three plaintiffs who are suing to overturn the measure. U.S. District Judge William Shubb signed a temporary order blocking implementation of the law against the plaintiffs, pointing to weak evidence that "ex-gay" therapy can lead some minors to suicide. "This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which brought the suit. Los Angeles Times/PolitiCal blog (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Groups disagree on ENDA legislative strategy
    Should LGBT lobbyists insist on a floor vote in the Senate on legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, even if the bill has no hope of being enacted? That question is dividing groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, which opposes moving forward on legislation unless the votes are there for passage, and Freedom to Work, which wants to get Senators on record as either supporting or opposing the measure. In spite of LGBT political gains this year, the prospects for federal anti-bias legislation remain dim. BuzzFeed (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's the status of the Prop 8 case?
    The U.S. Supreme Court this week did not announce a decision as to when or if it will take up the Proposition 8 case, which could decide the fate of marriage equality in California. This article explains the state of the case and the potential outcomes. Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now blog (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Should LGBT lobbyists demand votes on bills they know won't pass?
No, it's not smart to lose on purpose
Yes, it's good to know where we stand
I'm not sure

  • LGBT leaders gather after successful political year
    Karen Ocamb writes about the LGBT Leaders 2012 conference that wrapped up last weekend in Long Beach, Calif., where out officials and leaders such as Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Ambassador David Huebner, journalist LZ Granderson and lobbyist Steve Elmendorf roamed the halls of the host hotel between plenary sessions and workshops. "There's a lot to smile about," Baldwin said. Ocamb's photos of conference attendees are posted at her blog, LGBT POV. LGBT POV (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Video: Barney Frank on coming out to colleagues
    The Washington Post interviews departing Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., about coming out to his colleagues in Congress in the 1980s. After learning he was gay, House Speaker Tip O’Neill told his press aide to get ready because Frank was “coming out of the room,” Frank said. The Washington Post (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gay man elected president of San Diego City Council
    Todd Gloria is now the first openly gay man to lead the San Diego City Council. Gloria was elected unanimously by his council peers to become the next Council president, who sets the legislative agenda and runs council meetings. ABC News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Young activists take over D.C. LGBT political club
    A trio of young LGBT activists ousted three members of the leadership of Washington, D.C.'s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club in officer elections this week, promising to diversify the club's membership and improve its fundraising. Longtime club members were surprised by the move, but one lauded the new leaders for their ability to attract new members and organize the election effort. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Norway’s crown princess travels to India to help gay dads
    Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the future queen of Norway, flew to New Delhi on a secret mission to care for newborn twins born to a gay palace employee and his husband through surrogacy. The infants' parents were initially unable to get a visa for the trip, so the princess used her diplomatic privileges to enter the country quickly and tend to the newborns. Yahoo/Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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