Thursday, February 19, 2009

Morning Sweep

A new Gannett poll found that about half of New Jersey residents think same-sex couples should be able to marry and that the state constitution shouldn’t be amended to ban gay marriage.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will release today its recommendations on whether to allow gay clergy.

There’s lots of legislative action affecting LGBT people occurring across the country:

North Dakota’s Senate has voted to expand the state’s anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians. The bill now goes to the House.

The Denver Post editorializes in favor of two bills to make it easier for gay couples to file paperwork to share benefits and plan estates, and to grant partners of gay state employees health and other benefits.

A Kentucky paper editorializes against a proposed ban on foster parenting and adoption by unmarried couples.

The fifth and final “Common Ground” LGBT bill in Utah has been voted down. The bill would have offered unmarried couples - straight or gay - inheritance rights and the power to make medical decisions when the other partner is incapacitated.

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