Velvetpark Names NCLR’s Kate Kendell as One of the Top 25 Most Significant Queer Women of 2009

January 4, 2010

The Tireless Champion – Kate Kendell, Gay Rights Legal Council/Activist

Kate Kendell grew up gay and Mormon… in Utah. So then, it sort of makes sense that she was on the team leading the charge against Mormon-backed Proposition 8 to overturn gay marriage in California. Having served early in her career as the ACLU’s first staff attorney in Utah, she made her way to the National Center for Lesbian Rights in 1994, eventually becoming the group’s executive director in 1996. And every day she’s out there fighting the good fight for LGBT equality.

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A Big Step Forward for Mexico City

January 4, 2010

Los Angeles Times editorial

The bloody drug war has reinforced Mexico’s image as a macho country with a taste for violence. It was, therefore, particularly heartening this week to hear that Mexico City once again has bucked the stereotype and placed itself at the forefront of social change in Latin America, passing a law permitting people of the same sex to marry and adopt children. This is a triumph of tolerance over prejudice, of equal rights over discrimination. It is a step toward fighting institutional and sometimes physical violence against homosexuals, because it says that gays and lesbians are just like everyone else.

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With Gay Marriage Coming to D.C., Man Who Fought for It 2 Decades Ago Wants First Spot in Line

January 4, 2010

by Jessica Gresko | Los Angeles Times

Craig Dean’s first wedding was attended by thousands, and as he recited his vows, gay couples behind him on Constitution Avenue echoed their own.

It was 1993, and Dean and boyfriend Patrick Gill headlined what was billed as the largest gay marriage ceremony at the time. Dean, 29, and Gill, 26, were celebrities after suing the city of Washington for denying them a marriage license.

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New Jersey Gay Marriage Advocates Plan Trenton Rally to Urge Lawmakers’ Vote

January 4, 2010

by Mary Fuchs | The Star-Ledger

Clergy from 19 different faith groups around the state are asking Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) and Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) to vote on same-sex marriage legislation before the current legislative session ends.

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New Hampshire Gays Ring in New Year with Weddings at Statehouse as Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

January 4, 2010

from the Los Angeles Times

Jubilant gay couples have rung in the New Year in New Hampshire with wedding vows to celebrate the state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage.

At midnight, New Hampshire joined Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in allowing gay marriage.

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Watch Annise Parker Sworn in as Mayor of the City of Houston

January 4, 2010

Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

January 4, 2010

by By Jeffrey Gettleman | New York Times

Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.

The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was “the gay agenda — that whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.

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