Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Morning Sweep

The Queens Chronicle editorializes against recent hate crimes in Queens, including those motivated by anti-LGBT bias, and asks individual residents to make a difference: "The only way to live in a borough of 2.3 million people of most every race, ethnicity, religion and sexual preference is to go out of your way to be tolerant of others. Any steps that people can take to forestall government harassment, hate crimes and gang violence are welcome. Do your part to make Queens the best place it can possibly be."

This past weekend's rally in Queens against hate crimes brought much-needed attention to the issue.

The Watertown Daily Times writes on Dede Scozzafava, current NY Assemblywoman and candidate in the 23rd U.S. Congressional District race. Scozzafava has voted twice in the Assembly in support of marriage equality.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Wash. state officials from releasing the names of people who signed petitions in support of Referendum 71, which would strike down the state's new domestic partnership law.

The D.C. Council on Monday will hear the stories of nearly 100 people during a hearing on marriage for same-sex couples, an issue that they are anticipated to pass soon.

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