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January 4, 2013
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  • Ill. marriage bill likely to be delayed as lawmakers run out of time
    A bill that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois passed a key Senate committee Thursday, but lawmakers pushing the measure said time has run out to enact it in the current legislative session. "The wind is at our backs," said Democratic Rep. Greg Harris, the chief sponsor of the bill in the House, who predicted it would pass early in the legislative session that begins Jan. 9. Senate President John Cullerton said the bill would likely see more support in the next session. The decision to wait until new lawmakers are sworn in angered some activists, who promised to continue fighting for passage this week. Windy City Times (Chicago) (1/3), Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (1/3), Chicago Phoenix (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Record of 7 out Congress members sworn in
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and six openly gay and bisexual members of the House were sworn in this week, marking the largest number of out lawmakers ever to serve in the Congress at one time. "Today LGBT Americans gained powerful, authentic voices on Capitol Hill who will fight for true equality for all, and Congress became more representative of our country," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “We could not be more proud of these seven exceptional men and women.” The Advocate (1/2013), On Top Magazine (1/3), PinkNews.co.uk (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama signs defense spending measure with "conscience clause"
    Language in a defense spending authorization bill that guarantees military personnel will not be punished for their beliefs is “unnecessary and ill-advised,” President Obama said in a statement this week, but added that signing the legislation was necessary to provide resources for U.S. troops. Obama said the so-called “conscience clause” would not alter the administration’s intention to fully implement the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” BuzzFeed (1/3), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New House rules allow Congress to keep spending on DOMA defense
    New rules set to govern the House in the 113th Congress expressly allow House leaders to continue spending federal dollars on the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. The rules also state that the legal team involved in the DOMA cases speaks for the entire House, a point disputed by a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. House Republicans moved to take up legal responsibility for defending the law when President Barack Obama and the Justice Department announced that they believed the law to be unconstitutional. The Huffington Post (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • R.I. could see marriage vote in January
    Openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says his chamber will vote on a bill that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples by the end of the month. State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a Democrat who opposes the measure, said she would allow a vote on the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee if it passes the House. WPRI-TV (Providence, R.I.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Married couple faces separation, deportation
    A lesbian couple who were legally married in Washington, D.C., and who are expecting twins, could be separated next year, as one is facing deportation to her native Peru upon expiration of her visa. The federal government doesn't allow married same-sex couples to sponsor their spouses for naturalization or for green cards, a consequence of the Defense of Marriage Act, which Obama administration officials say they must continue to enforce until it is repealed by Congress. The Washington Post (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Opinion 
  • Which course of action would you recommend to binational, same-sex couples faced with separation due to deportation from the U.S.?
Defy U.S. law and hope for the best.
Leave the U.S. as a couple and settle elsewhere.
Separate until the law allows gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor foreign spouses and partners.
I'm not sure.

  • History won't be kind to marriage equality foes
    Director Steven Spielberg gave pseudonyms to some lawmakers depicted in his film "Lincoln" who voted against abolishing slavery, and similar treatment may be necessary in the future for those who vote to block legal marriage for same-sex couples, Eric Zorn writes. "The judgment of time is harsh. And those who stand in front of the steamroller of fairness fluttering their hands and shrieking 'Stop!' will be ignominiously crushed, reduced to ugly caricature and, if fortune is on their side, given false names to preserve the honor of their descendants," writes Zorn. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Change of Subject blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Leadership Spotlight 
 
  • Barney Frank seeks interim Senate appointment
    Former Congressman Barney Frank said this week he has asked Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to the U.S. Senate on a temporary basis if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. Frank said he will not run for the seat in a special election, but wants to serve over the next few months during what he expects will be "among the most important months in American financial history." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Why should I have to choose between her and another country?"
--Fabiola Morales, a native of Peru who may be forced to leave the U.S. because the federal government does not recognize her marriage to an American woman, as quoted by the Washington Post

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