Does Policy Trail Public Opinion on Gay Rights?

October 27, 2009

by Catherine Rampell | New York Times

My colleague Adam Liptak has a piece in The New York Times today about the disconnect between the public acceptance of gay marriage and its legal adoption. In his article about a California case, public opinion on same-sex marriage (at least in the form of Proposition 8 ) appears to lag behind the more liberal opinions of the bench.

But in many states, and on many other gay rights issues, the lag seems to go in the opposite direction: legal and policy responses (whether from the legislative or judicial branch) lag behind much more liberal popular opinion.

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Watch Colbert Eviscerate Gay Marriage Opponents

October 27, 2009

more about “Watch Colbert Eviscerate Gay Marriage…“, cross posted from Huffington Post

Obama to Sign Hate Crimes Bill Wednesday

October 27, 2009

by Sunlen Miller and Z. Byron Wolf |  ABC News

Eleven years after Matthew Shepard’s death, President Obama will sign the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill into law during a White House signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon, White House officials confirm.

The long-sought hate crimes provision is part of the fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill and will extend federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Matthew Shepard a gay twenty-one year old college student was brutally. killed in 1998  Some of the Shepard family will be in attendance  at the White House signing on Wednesday. Afterward there will be a reception with gay rights groups as well as civil rights leader to commemorate the occasion.

The main thrust of the bill is defense policy, including authorizing $130 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The DOD Authorization bill also strips money from the Pentagon budget for the controversial F-22 Raptor. The Pentagon and the White House wanted to stop production, but appropriators had balked at costing jobs in their states.

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Only Seven More Days to Protect Marriage Equality in Maine!

October 27, 2009

No On 1: Protect Maine EqualityWe only have a week to defend Maine’s marriage equality law! But it’s not too late for you help.  Join No on 1-Protect Maine Equality’s massive get out the vote campaign. All you need is a phone, a printer, and a computer to call for equality and help us reach valuable voters.

If you live in Maine, please vote No on 1 early, tell your friends and family to do the same, and click here to find out about volunteer opportunities in your county to protect Maine marriage equality. If you haven’t yet, pick up a yard sign and show your support, or attend this Friday’s fundraising event.

Our opponents have stepped up their fundraising efforts and are using every tactic in this final stretch. Please give a gift to No on 1-Protect Maine Equality. With your help, we can win!


Top Sports Leaders, Researchers, Medical & Legal Experts Address Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student-Athletes

October 27, 2009

(Indianapolis, Indiana, October 27, 2009) — In a groundbreaking think tank sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation Initiative: It Takes a Team! Education Campaign for LGBT Issues in Sport, top sports leaders, legal experts, policymakers and student-athletes gathered to address equal opportunity for transgender student-athletes. The two-day session provided an opportunity to identify best practices and develop model policies for high school and collegiate athletic leaders to ensure the full inclusion of transgender student-athletes.

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