Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Morning Sweep

Conservative Democrat State Senator Ruben Diaz, discontent with his party’s support of same-sex marriage, will run for re-election as both a Republican and Democrat, and says he may lend his support to majority leader Dean Skelos instead of Democratic conference leader Malcolm Smith in the future.

The Governor of Mass. says he would “proudly” sign a bill to extend the state’s same-sex marriages to out-of-state couples if it comes to him. Plus, there’s a financial bonus: same-sex couples traveling to Mass. to marry would add millions to the state’s economy.

The number of same-sex couples that dissolve their civil unions in Connecticut is less than one third the divorce rate for straight couples.

John McCain has incurred the wrath of gay celeb blogger Perez Hilton, and the Huffington Post says this means trouble for a candidate who needs to win the support of the middle while catering to the ideals of the right.

GLAAD has ranked FX and ABC as the TV networks that are most responsible when it comes to the quantity, quality and diversity of representations of LGBT individuals on their stations.

In Italy, a man who was given a driver’s license for the disabled because he revealed he was gay -- and was therefore considered mentally disturbed -- has been awarded $160,000 in his lawsuit against the country. This might be the first time the Italian government has been sued on the grounds of sexual orientation discrimination – but it likely won’t be the last.

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