Gay Candidates Get Support That Causes May Not

December 28, 2009

by James C. McKinley Jr. | New York Times

When an openly gay woman won the mayor’s race here this month, it was the latest in a string of victories by gay candidates across the country, a trend that seems to contradict the bans on same-sex marriage that have been passed in most states in recent years.

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Supporters Urge Rhode Island Lawmakers to Override Veto of Funeral Bill

December 28, 2009

by Steve Peoples | The Providence Journal

Mark Goldberg joins Susan Heroux, from Queer Action of Rhode Island, in submitting a petition to House Majority Leader Gordon Fox.

Mark Goldberg did not want this role.

Thrust into the spotlight because of the untimely death of his partner, he has become a legislative witness, a State House lobbyist, a reluctant activist.

The East Side man continued his unwanted mission on Smith Hill Wednesday, delivering a petition with 425 names to General Assembly leaders who have the power to end his political activism.

“This is for everyone,” he said, standing in the State House rotunda. “It’s not a gay or straight issue.”

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Archbishop of York Attacks Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

December 28, 2009

by Raphael G. Satter | Associated Press

A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu – who along with the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is one of the global fellowship’s most senior priests – condemned the anti-gay law now being considered by the East African nation’s parliament.

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East Point, Georgia Adds Protections for Gay, Transgender Workers

December 28, 2009

by April Hunt | Atlanta Journal Constitution

East Point has become just the second city in Fulton County — and one of a handful statewide — to adopt protections for its gay and transgender employees.

The local law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, approved by the City Council earlier this week, is almost an afterthought in a city that has offered same-sex domestic partner benefits for employees since 2005.

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