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May 8, 2009
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  • When will Obama follow through on LGBT agenda?
    Although there are high expectations in the LGBT community for President Barack Obama to make good on pledges to end the military ban and enact hate-crimes protections, as well as to possibly name an out Supreme Court justice and even amend his views on marriage, the nation's chief executive is seen as more likely to take a measured approach to policy changes. "I think he has a genuine sense that in order to move these issues forward you need broader buy-in than you are going to get if you poke a stick in too many people's eyes," said Tobias Wolff, a law professor at the University Pennsylvania who advised the Obama campaign on LGBT issues. NYTimes.com (5/6), Pam's House Blend (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Gay groups hopeful about Supreme Court slot
    News that President Barack Obama may be considering two openly gay law professors -- Kathleen Sullivan and Pam Karlan -- for a slot on the Supreme Court is winning plaudits from gay advocacy groups including the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. ABC News (5/8), Bloomberg (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sessions: Out Supreme Court pick would get due consideration: Saying being gay is not "an automatic disqualification," U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicated he would give full consideration to an out nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hill (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D.C. marriage bill's fate up to Congress, Obama
    A measure that would grant Washington, D.C., the authority to recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions is now in the hands of federal lawmakers, after Mayor Adrian Fenty gave it his signature. Congress has 30 days to review the bill, which to become law must be approved by both the House and Senate and receive President Barack Obama's signature. Washington Blade (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opposing an out high-court pick could be risky for conservatives
    Conservatives risk being seen as anti-gay bigots if they object to an out nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, writes Richard Just. Given Americans' support for LGBT rights in the workplace, conservatives might "think twice about raising sexual orientation during a confirmation battle," Just writes. "And if they decided to do it anyway, it could become one of those defining moments where the American political center gets a glimpse at the fundamental ugliness undergirding a particular crusade -- and turns decisively in the other direction." National Public Radio/The New Republic (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Poll results
    On Tuesday, we asked how you rated the likelihood that President Barack Obama will name an out nominee for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. Check out the results, and watch for a new poll Tuesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Out politicos make "Forty Under 40" list
    Six LGBT political types -- out U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Obama administration staffer Jamie Citron; Charleston, S.C., school board member Nick Shalosky; New York City mayoral aide James Anderson; fundraiser Aisha C. Mills; and DNC member Jason Rae -- are featured on The Advocate's "Forty Under 40" list. The Advocate (6/2009) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Media Mix 
  • TV anchor loses cool during segment on outing anti-gay politicians
    Doug McKelway, a co-host of "Let's Talk Live" on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., lost his cool during an interview with out blogger Michael Rogers about the new documentary "Outrage." McKelway had such strong objections to the film, which outs allegedly closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records, that at one point he threatened to "take [Rogers] out back and punch him across the face." DCist.com (Washington, D.C.) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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