Friday, February 6, 2009

Morning Sweep

Have you noticed the ad running on NYC subways and billboards across the state that declares housing discrimination is illegal “based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability” – but that doesn’t mention it’s also illegal based on sexual orientation? The state housing agency is now working to remedy the inaccurate omission, since discrimination based on sexual orientation has been illegal since SONDA passed in 2003.

Legal experts say that recent same-sex marriage rulings in California could indicate that the federal DOMA could one day be ruled unconstitutional.

The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned a state family court's ruling that a lesbian's longtime relationship with the biological child of her former partner was sufficient to award her de facto parental protections. The ruling means that an “emotional bond” isn’t enough for an unmarried parent to claim custody rights of a child they haven’t legally adopted.

Bishop Gene Robinson testified in favor of New Hampshire’s marriage equality bill yesterday, saying “Don't let the religious opponents to marriage equality you will hear from today and in the days to come make you afraid to do what is right.”

A federal bill to give the same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples will be reintroduced next week.

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