Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Morning Sweep

Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate House voted to repeal the 1913 marriage residency law banning out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying there. The House State Senate had already passed a bill to vanquish the law earlier this month; Gov. Deval Patrick said he will sign that bill. And soon, New Yorkers will be able to drive across the border and get a marriage license that will be recognized in their home state.

The Village Voice reports: "A Principal Comes out to His Students, and His Bosses are Fine with It."

Supporters of California's Prop. 8 are ready to sue after Election Officials make an "inflammatory" change in the ballot initiative's language.

The PG & E utility company stands up for marriage equality by donating $250K to stop Prop. 8 and pledging to form a coalition of other out-of-state business to donate resources to the fight.

In Gainesville, Fla., a group challenging a trans-inclusive city policy collected 8,600 signatures -- 3,000 more than required -- to allow voters to take away nondiscrimination protections for LGBT residents. A similar nondiscrimination law is up for repeal in Montgomery, MD.

Organizers of the Beijing Olympics are conducting "gender tests" for some female athletes. Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission, called the tests "an unethical, unscientific and discriminatory practice."

In an "incremental but significant step towards change," two international LGBT advocacy groups -- COC Netherlands and the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals of Spain (FELGTB) -- were admitted to the Union Nation’s Economic and Social Council, which "brings together civil society groups to advise the General Assembly on promoting economic and social development and essentially grants groups access to the floor of international decision making."

Saudi Arabia's religious police raided another "gay party" this month, arresting some 55 men who could face prolonged jail time, lashings or the death penalty.

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