Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Morning Sweep

A judge has thrown out the first legal challenge brought against Gov. Paterson’s directive for state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

The Washington Post reports that since Paterson’s directive and the repeal of the Mass. 1913 law barring out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying there, a flood of gay and lesbian New Yorkers have headed to the Bay State to get hitched.

Members of the Troy City Council will vote tomorrow whether to allow bereavement and sick leave for the domestic partners of city employees. The amendment would not extend health coverage, but it would give same-sex partners the ability to take leave to grieve or care for a loved one.

The New York Times editorializes on the need to increase outreach efforts in light of the news that HIV is spreading in New York City at three times the national rate.

Even though the Log Cabin Republicans have officially endorsed McCain, they still hope to change the party’s line on same-sex marriage. A group of gay and lesbian Republicans are attending the GOP convention and making the case for same-sex marriage, and a new poll found that 49 percent of the delegates there support allowing same-sex marriages or civil unions.

A transgender inmate in a Pennsylvania jail is suing several guards and prison officials for allegedly physically abusing and taunting her.

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