Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Morning Sweep

The Buffalo Common Council held a public hearing yesterday to discuss a proposal to create a citywide domestic partnership registry.

NY Rep. Jerry Nadler and VT Sen. Patrick Leahy urge Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act, which would allow LGBT Americans to sponsor their non-citizen same-sex partners for permanent residence in the U.S. An estimated 36,000 bi-national same-sex couples would be affected by this law.

A new bill introduced by CA Rep. Pete Stark called the Every Child Deserves a Family Act would seek to prevent bias in adoption and foster care by restricting federal funds for states that discriminate against LGBT applicants.

The Vatican is taking steps to make it easier for Anglicans who are uneasy with their church's acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church.

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