Friday, August 1, 2008

Morning Sweep

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill that allows out-of-state same-sex couples to marry there. In celebrating the good news for NY gay couples, Pride Agenda E.D. Alan Van Capelle added,
"We believe that LGBT New Yorkers should not have to leave their home state to get legally married. We look forward to a day in the near future when New York State stops discriminating against our families and issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The State Assembly, Governor Paterson, and a majority of New Yorkers also look forward to this day. Now it's time for the State Senate to act."

Gov. Patrick, who signed the bill in the company of LGBT advocates and legislators and turned 52 today, called the occasion "a great birthday present."

This week's Gay City News has a story -- and another quote from Alan Van Capelle -- on the Stonewall Democrats' problematic endorsements of five State Assembly members who failed to support pro-LGBT legislation.

Pride in the City (also known as Black Pride) jumps off this weekend; checkout the list of scheduled events here.
UPDATE: Some events for this year's Pride in the City have been cancelled; check Rod 2.0 for the latest.

LGBT supporters of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama held meetings across NYC to discuss policies they want included in the Democratic National Committee’s conference platform.

Affirmation, a gay Mormon organization, looks forward to the day when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sets a date to talk about issues facing LGBT Mormons.

Billerico covers the "arresting" new ad campaign put out by The Trevor Project, a 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention center for LGBT youth.

Margaret Carlson criticizes U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for his insistence that Larry Craig’s "foot-tapping" is more problematic than corruption by straight officials.

A Colorado man is charged with the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman.

A Federal Judge rules against a Florida Panhandle high school principal and board after they sought to punish students who stood up for a gay classmates' rights.

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