Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Morning Sweep

The New York Times and the Boston Globe cover the Mass. Senate vote yesterday to lift the ban on out-of-state gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses. The bill now moves to the House where Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi has already shown support, so too has Gov. Deval Patrick.

H&R Block doles out $100 coupons -- with some pressure from the ACLU -- to couples in civil unions who paid extra on their taxes. Follow this link for more news, plus the coupon.

The 20-year ban on those with HIV visiting or immigrating to the U.S. may be soon lifted. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) are working to repeal the ban, which was implemented in 1987 when less was known about HIV/AIDS. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced companion legislation in the House.

ABC News features a story about LGBT youth and discrimination in schools. We posted a similar story from the Washington Post on Monday, which is here if you missed it.

And further context to the struggle to protect LGBT youth: a North Carolina anti-bullying bill is stalled due to its inclusion of LGBT students.

Sen. McCain concedes his stance on same-sex couples and adoption after receiving criticism from LGBT organizations.

Intellectual Conservative, a blog that touts "Extremism You Can Believe In," ridicules Sen. Obama’s LGBT-inclusive policies and public addresses.

A House subcommittee will hear testimony for the repeal of the military’s "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on July 23.

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