Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Morning Sweep

The Albany Times-Union editorial board thanks former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for getting on board with marriage for same-sex couples, and suggests that his former colleagues in the State Senate follow suit.

President Obama will sign a memorandum today granting some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, but will stop short of providing full health insurance coverage. Gay rights activists remain less than thrilled over the administration’s lack of action on LGBT issues.

The number of LGBT people killed in bias-motivated crimes in 2008 was the highest since 1999, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. In the meantime, the vote on the federal hate crimes bill expected today has been pushed back, possibly until just before the U.S. Senate’s recess in August.

U.S. Rep Barney Frank plans to re-introduce a trans-inclusive ENDA bill next week.

Today is the anniversary of the first day that same-sex marriages were performed in California. Nearly 18,000 same-sex couples wed before Prop. 8 struck down marriage equality in the state.

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