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January 25, 2013
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  • Lopsided vote in R.I. House for freedom to marry
    The Rhode Island House yesterday voted 51 to 19 to pass a marriage equality bill that would make the state the last in New England to allow same-sex couples to wed. "Today is a great day. Today ... we stand for equality, we stand for justice," said openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox, who presided over the debate. The bill is supported by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, but faces a steeper climb in the state Senate, where the Democratic Senate president opposes marriage equality. USA Today/The Associated Press (1/24), The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Ill. GOP split over pro-marriage equality chairman
    Illinois Republicans looking to oust their party chairman over his support of a pending marriage equality bill are facing criticism from those who say the move would send the wrong message about the party. "I think we bragged about being the big tent party over the years. And there are going to be people that adamantly oppose gay marriage and people who support it. And we need to be the party that says, 'Hey, that's fine,'" said Tom Cross, Republican leader in the Illinois House. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House can't defend DOMA, lawyer tells Supreme Court
    A lawyer appointed by the Supreme Court has submitted a brief arguing that a legal team appointed by the House to defend the Defense of Marriage Act does not have the constitutional authority to do so. Harvard Law School Professor Vicki Jackson told the court that the executive branch of the federal government agrees with the lower courts that ruled DOMA unconstitutional, a reference to a decision by the Obama administration to stop defending the law. BuzzFeed (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Out lesbian collects endorsements in NYC mayoral bid
    New York City could become the world’s largest municipality to elect an LGBT mayor. Emily's List, the Victory Fund, Empire State Pride Agenda and others have endorsed openly lesbian New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is expected to run for the job. The Victory Fund has endorsed five other openly gay or lesbian mayoral candidates so far this year. Other cities that could elect openly gay mayors for the first time include Seattle, Minneapolis and Harrisburg, Pa. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Opinion 
  • "Extraordinary" advances in LGBT politics
    Politico's Charlie Mahtesian, noting the Victory Fund's recent endorsements of mayoral candidates in major cities, marvels at the recent pace of change in the U.S. regarding LGBT politics. He points out the success of out candidates and the sea change in attitudes about marriage equality. "After a historic number of openly gay House and Senate candidates in 2012, the House now features six -- even after the departures of Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin -- and the Senate has its first openly gay member in Baldwin," Mahtesian writes. Politico (Washington, D.C.)/Charlie Mahtesian blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. could fall behind as Latin America races toward LGBT equality
    J. Lester Feder details a "striking" advance in LGBT equality across Latin America, where Argentina allows same-sex couples to marry, and Chile has passed an LGBT non-discrimination law. The U.S. Supreme Court justices who will decide two landmark marriage cases this year "will be deciding whether the United States will fall behind as its neighbors establish a new standard of human rights, or whether it will join a revolution that is well underway," Feder writes. ForeignPolicy.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • GLAAD objects to TV show featuring Boy Scouts
    A planned National Geographic TV show produced with the Boy Scouts of America is being criticized by Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which is backing a Change.org campaign urging the network to add a disclaimer stating it does not share BSA’s views regarding openly gay members and leaders. The network says the planned series "has nothing to do" with LGBT issues. Yahoo/Reuters/TheWrap (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Coordinator, Strategic Planning and ImplementationUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Program Associate, Energy and ClimateUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Vice President, Social Justice ProgramsArcus FoundationNYC, NY
Executive DirectorFairness West Virginia & Fairness West Virginia InstituteCharleston, WV
Office ManagerFreedom to MarryNew York, NY
Senior Development ManagerOut & Equal Workplace AdvocatesSan Francisco, CA
Executive DirectorLGBT Center of the DesertPalm Springs, CA
Executive DirectorRuth Ellis CenterHighland Park, MI
Communications DirectorGarden State EqualityMontclair, NJ
Foundation Relations CoordinatorLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Donor Services and Finance SpecialistLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Foundation Giving ManagerNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForceNew York, NY
Director of CommunicationsNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForceWashington, DC
Deputy Director, mHealth AllianceUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Development StaffGay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership InstituteWashington, DC
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  SmartQuote 
Your grandchildren someday will ask you … 'How did you vote on marriage equality?' Hopefully you'll be able to say the right thing."
--Rhode Island state Rep. John Edwards, speaking during a floor debate on a marriage equality bill, as quoted by the Associated Press

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