Friday, March 20, 2009

Morning Sweep

Elected officials and LGBT rights advocates, including the Pride Agenda, gathered at City Hall this week to announce a Council resolution asking the Obama administration to start counting LGBT people and married same-sex couples in the U.S. Census.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn blogs on Huffington Post about her experience celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the White House and her discussion with Obama about LGBT rights.

A 19-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted of murder in the 2007 stabbing of a gay man he claimed had flirted with him, but there was not enough evidence for him to be convicted of a hate crime.

After a week of heated testimony, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the state’s marriage equality bill. The full Senate is expected to take up the bill next week.

A new study from the Williams Institute challenges the stereotype that the lesbian and gay population is an affluent elite. The study reveals that lesbian couples are more likely to be poor than married heterosexuals, and children of same-sex parents are twice as likely to live in poverty.

A bill to allow states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive people has been reintroduced in Congress.

A federal judge has given Louisiana officials just 15 days to add the names of the two New York gay fathers to the birth certificate of the Shreveport-born son they adopted.

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