Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Morning Sweep

New York State’s highest court decided yesterday not to hear Martinez v. County of Monroe, the case challenging an appeals court ruling that found that the marriages of same-sex couples in jurisdictions where they are legal, like Canada and Massachusetts, must be recognized in New York. This means that married same-sex couples will continue to have all the rights and responsibilities of marriage in New York.

The Pennsylvania amendment to ban same-sex marriage has been dropped, even though it was set just yesterday to be voted on by the State Senate. The bill’s backer says it wouldn’t have had enough support to pass in the House.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that government and state universities can’t offer health benefits to gay employees’ partners.

The highest ranking military veteran in Congress, Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, supports the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The tale of a penguin with two daddies tops the list of most “challenged” children’s books in public schools and libraries for the second year in a row.

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