Watch 2 Months, 4 Victories

February 23, 2010

Lesbian Mom Must Share Parental Status with Ex

February 23, 2010

by Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

In a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, a Bay Area woman has won the right to parental status and visits with the daughter of her former lesbian partner, who moved out when the girl was 3 months old.

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Arrest Warrant Issued in Lesbian Parent Custody Case

February 23, 2010

from the Advocate

In a high-profile same-sex parent custody case, an arrest warrant has been issued for a woman who refused to transfer custody of her 7-year-old daughter to her former partner in Vermont before disappearing.

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Equality California, National Center for Lesbian Rights to Host Dinah Shore Champagne Brunch

February 23, 2010

Palm Springs Councilmember Ginny Foat to be honored

Ginny Foat

What: Equality California (EQCA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will honor Palm Springs City Councilmember Ginny Foat at the NCLR-EQCA Dinah Shore Champagne Brunch during this year’s Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs. Foat, an openly lesbian member of the Palm Springs City Council, has worked tirelessly advocating for women and LGBT rights. Her lifetime commitment to progressive issues and her steadfast leadership with the National Organization of Women (NOW) has helped the modern LGBT equality movement gain the support it now enjoys.

“We are thrilled to honor Councilwoman Foat—a dedicated, compassionate, and inspirational leader whose commitment to justice has made a lasting impact in the LGBT and woman’s movements,” said Geoff Kors, Equality California executive director.

“If every elected official brought to the job Ginny’s commitment to transparency, opportunity, and fair play, we would all be much better off,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “Ginny’s history of public service is inspiring and has helped transform Palm Springs into an enviable place to live and work.”

When: The champagne brunch, sponsored by Integrated Wealth Management, is set to take place on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 11 AM during the Dinah Shore Weekend.

How: To attend, please RSVP by April 1 to Eleanor Palacios at, (please include “Dinah Brunch” in the subject line of your email), or call 415.365.1309. Reservations will be held at the door. Address will be provided upon receiving RSVP. Suggested donation is $100. Event proceeds will benefit EQCA and NCLR.

West Virginia: House Republicans Plan to Force Votes on Gay Marriage, Other Issues

February 23, 2010

by Alison Knezevich | The Charleston Gazette

State Republican delegates say they’re tired of waiting on Democratic legislative leaders to open debate on issues like gay marriage and certain tax breaks.

House Republicans plan a series of procedural motions this week to force floor votes on proposals they say Democrats have allowed to die in committees.

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Army to Oppose Immediate Suspension of Gay Firings

February 23, 2010

by Anne Flaherty | Washington Post

The Army’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that he has “serious concerns” about efforts to overturn a 17-year policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military and supports a yearlong study into the matter before any changes are made.

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