Thursday, June 25, 2009

News Sweep

Amid gridlock and differing views about the constitutionality of the extraordinary session, the Senate has still not taken action on the marriage equality bill, despite it being on the Governor’s agenda yesterday. “We expect that marriage will be at the top of the agenda when the stalemate is over and the Senate resumes its business, but only when we are certain that any such vote taken by the Senate is valid and not subject to legal challenge,” said Alan Van Capelle. Read the rest of the Pride Agenda’s statement here.

Carolien Gehrels, the gay, married deputy mayor of Amsterdam, will be among a delegation of officials from the Netherlands who are attending pride celebrations in NYC this week to champion efforts to pass the marriage bill.

A trans-inclusive ENDA bill has been reintroduced in Congress, as well as a bill to address LGBT healthcare issues called the Ending Health Disparities for LGBT Americans Act.

Obama’s administration is drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees.

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd from CT has reversed his stance against marriage for same-sex couples. “I firmly believe that it’s important to keep learning,” he said of his change in position.

The New York Times’ City Room blog writes on newly released police reports from the June 28, 1969 Stonewall uprising.

The federal government has issued a formal apology to New York gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny for dismissing him from his job 52 years ago just because he was gay.

The UK’s Lesbian & Gay Foundation graciously included The Agenda blog in their first-ever list of “Top 100 International LGBT Blogs.” Thanks—we appreciate it!

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