Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Morning Sweep

Among the highlights of the Democratic National Convention last night was Mass. Senator Edward Kennedy’s remarks: "Barack Obama will close the book on the old politics of race and gender, and group against group, and straight against gay."

The new draft of the Republican Party Platform includes calls for constitutional bans on gay marriage and abortion, which McCain doesn’t support.

An Arkansas group has succeeded in getting a measure on the Nov. ballot to ban unmarried couples, including all same-sex couples in the state, from adopting or becoming foster parents.

Same-sex marriage opponents in Massachusetts have gotten the official go-ahead to begin petitioning to reinstate the 1913 law keeping out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying there. The group needs 33,000 signatures to get the measure on the 2010 ballot.

The city government in Sydney is attempting to crack down on homophobic violence in a historically gay neighborhood, but critics say their efforts are little more than a stunt.

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