Portugal’s President Ratifies Gay Marriage Law

May 17, 2010

from the Associated Press

Portugal’s conservative president says he has decided to ratify a law allowing gay marriage in the predominantly Catholic country.

The head of state’s decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament in January makes Portugal the sixth European country allowing same-sex couples to wed.

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San Francisco — Help Move ENDA Forward!

May 17, 2010

ENDA is stuck — and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is our champion, but she needs us to help her move ENDA. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi’s office — will you come? Will you bring friends, family, and fellow supporters of LGBT equality to stand with us?

San Francisco — Help Move ENDA Forward
Tuesday, May 18
4:30 – 6:30 pm
7th & Mission Streets
San Francisco Federal Building

We know that Speaker Pelosi supports ENDA. We want her to know that this legislation is a community priority — and we support her efforts to move this bill through Congress. She needs to hear from her constituents. She needs our support, and ENDA needs a vote in Congress.

We are ready. We have the support. We must have a vote on ENDA now.

If we don’t get a vote in the House very soon, we will not have time to get ENDA passed in the Senate. If this doesn’t happen now, it could be years before we have another chance to enact this most basic civil rights law. The President will sign ENDA into law — but only if it passes Congress.

Please stand with us on Tuesday, as we join local and national LGBT and civil rights groups in a week of action in honor of LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk. Let’s get ENDA to a vote!

Together, we can push ENDA forward. Will you join us?

See you there,


Coalition Urges Congress to Vote on Federal Legislation for Workplace in Honor of First Official Harvey Milk Day

May 17, 2010

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Necessary and Overdue for Workers

A coalition of national, state and local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups are calling on Congress to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), H.R. 3017 before the end of May. This essential legislation would provide clear federal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We thank Speaker Pelosi for her leadership in calling on President Obama to immediately stop discharging military personnel under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and now we need her strong voice for equality more than ever to ensure a Congressional vote on ENDA this month in honor of Harvey Milk and his first official state day of recognition. It is imperative that Congress do for the country what Harvey did for San Francisco 32 years ago pass legislation banning employment discrimination.

It is inexcusable that such protections don’t already exist. Legislators once again have a chance to pass meaningful civil rights legislation that would end this injustice and help ensure fairness and equality for all Americans.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees have waited too long for this protection, and should no longer have to fear losing their jobs based on factors that are unrelated to job qualifications or work performance. It’s past time for Congress to send ENDA to the President.”

Equality California
Equality Federation
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
Courage Campaign
GetEQUAL
Transgender Law Center
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
Pride at Work

Federal law currently provides basic legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin or disability. It remains legal in 29 states to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to do so based solely on an individual’s gender identity or expression. A solid majority of people in this country support job protections for LGBT workers. Since 1994, ENDA has been repeatedly introduced in the House and Senate, but each Congress has failed to send it to the President. President Obama has pressed Congress to pass the bill and promised to sign it.

In honor of Harvey Milk Day, community leaders are planning actions across the nation to celebrate Harvey’s life and to push for a vote on ENDA in May. A rally to support Speaker Pelosi to bring ENDA to a vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside of her San Francisco office at the San Francisco Federal Building

Location: Corner of 7th and Mission streets, San Francisco

For more information on national actions to bring ENDA to a House vote, please visit www.endanow.com.


Archdiocese Of Boston Welcomes Children Of Gay Parents In Schools

May 17, 2010

by G. Jeffrey MacDonald| Huffington Post

The Archdiocese of Boston says that children of same-sex couples are welcome in its schools, after a local school rejected a student with lesbian parents.

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Mary Glasspool, First Openly Gay Female Bishop, Ordained By Episcopal Church

May 17, 2010

from the Associated Press

Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again – only this time with a woman.

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Levin Gives DADT Repeal a Lifeline

May 17, 2010

by Kerry Eleveld | The Advocate

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal advocates said Friday that a vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee remained possible even as the window dwindles to a matter of days and the White House remains on the sidelines.

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Belarusian Police Violently Break Up Gay Pride Parade

May 17, 2010

from the Associated Press

Belarusian police have violently dispersed a gay pride parade banned by authorities.

Riot police on Saturday broke up the demonstration and arrested several dozen participants, beating some of them and throwing them on the ground.

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Cubans March Against Homophobia

May 17, 2010

by Andrea Rodriguez | Associated Press

Hundreds of gay and lesbian activists, some dressed in drag and others sporting multicolored flags representing sexual diversity, marched and danced through the streets of Havana on Saturday along with the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro as part of a celebration aimed at eliminating homophobia around the world.

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Pawlenty Vetoes Gay-Rights Bill

May 17, 2010

by Jason Hoppin | Pioneer Press

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

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