Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Morning Sweep

The following stories appeared in today’s New York Times, which we’re affectionately calling the Rainbow Edition:

Vermont’s legislative victory for same-sex marriage is fueling the passion of advocates in New York.

The Times editorial board praises Vermont and says it’s time for NY & NJ to catch up.

For the 2010 Census, Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn have written to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke asking that the Census Bureau count legally married same-sex couples as “married,” instead of overriding their responses and counting them as “unmarried partners,” since federal law does not recognize same-sex marriages.

NYC has begun a new “Rainbow Pilgrimage” tourism campaign for gay and lesbian travelers in conjunction with the upcoming 40th anniversary of Stonewall.

Newly open gays in Iraq are facing a new wave of retribution, including a string of recent murders.

Gay City News writes on NY and NJ LGBT rights’ activists’ disappointment over our states falling behind in the battle for marriage equality.

New York’s Dignity for All Students Act to enact anti-bullying protections for LGBT youth in public schools has passed the State Assembly and will now go to the Senate.

Also writing on NYC’s new gay tourism outreach: the AP and am New York.

The Washington, D.C. City Council voted yesterday to extend full recognition to legally married same-sex couples, just like New York does.

In a gesture of inclusion to LGBT families, the Obama administration will include several in its annual Easter Egg Roll.

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