Monday, November 23, 2009

Morning Sweep

Hundreds gathered at the vigil in Manhattan on Sunday evening for Jorge Mercado, the openly gay teen who was brutally murdered in Puerto Rico.

Two men have been indicted on hate crime charges in the June assault on a transgender woman in Queens.

U.S. Senator from NY Kirsten Gillibrand has been phoning State Senators to ask them to support the marriage bill.
A legislative session begins in New Jersey today, and the marriage bill could be on the agenda.

The Associated Press covered memorials held on the Transgender Day of Remembrance last week.

Legislative hearings on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will likely be postponed until next year.

The New York Times editorial board urges D.C. legislators to work with local Catholic charities to find a way to accommodate their needs so they will continue to provide services if same-sex marriage legislation is passed--but not to compromise on legislators' commitment to civil rights in the process.

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