Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Morning Sweep

A Manhattan judge has issued New York state's first ruling that the survivor of a legal same-sex marriage is entitled to inherit a dead spouse's estate. More here.

The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center is receiving support from the community after this past weekend’s vandalism.

The Oscar Wilde Bookshop in Greenwich Village, which is believed to be the oldest LGBT bookstore in the country, will close in March due to economic troubles.

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner from New York's 9th District will serve as the vice chair of the U.S. House's LGBT Equality Caucus. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin are co-chairs of the caucus, which was formed last June.

A bill to keep Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally out of state, like New York does, is moving in the state legislature.

The California Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Prop. 8 on March 5, and will have three months to rule on the case.

The Obama administration will soon announce a new faith-based advisory council that will help steer government money to religious and neighborhood groups doing social service work. The LGBT community is expected to receive some sort of representation on the council.

The Department of Justice has re-hired Leslie Hagen, an attorney who was fired during the Bush administration due to rumors she was a lesbian.

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