Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Morning Sweep

The California State Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 yesterday in favor of a resolution that would invalidate Prop. 8. The resolution argues that taking away same-sex marriage rights is a decision that would require a vote by the legislature, and not a simple majority vote by the people. The resolution will now go to the State Assembly as a whole, and a similar resolution will be heard by the State Senate in the coming weeks.

Utah House committees have voted down two more bills that were part of gay rights groups’ “Common Ground” legislative agenda: one which would have allowed same-sex couples and other unmarried pairs to adopt and foster children; and another to protect gay and transgender residents from housing and employment discrimination. Only one “Common Ground” measure out of five total has yet to be voted on: a bid to expand protections for same-sex couples so they can visit a partner in the hospital, inherit property and make medical decisions.

A jury has decided that the four San Diego firefighters who were mandated to march in a gay pride parade were sexually harassed, and has awarded them a total of $34,300.

The risk for HIV/AIDS is increasing among gay men from Asia, and the World Health Organization warns that better access to health services is necessary to curb the increase in cases.

Apparently, it’s not the season of love in Newport Beach: the principal at a local high school is getting national attention for shutting down a production of “Rent” due to it’s gay characters.

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