EQUALITY - WHAT MATTERS: The Latest In The LGBT Rights Movement, June 29, 2011
(This update is for interested parties following the gay-rights movement. It is produced by Equality Matters, a campaign for full LGBT equality.)
JUST POSTED TODAY: LOOKING BACK AT NOM’S FAILED CAMPAIGN (via Equality Matters’ Carlos Maza) – “Last Friday, New York became the sixth state in the country to adopt full marriage equality. The move represents a major milestone in the fight for full LGBT equality in America. It also represents an embarrassing defeat for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which invested over a million dollars in its efforts in the Empire State.” http://bit.ly/laLEdw
HOW THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK WAS WON (via Equality Matters’ Richard Socarides) – “On March 9, 2011, when the still-new governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, walked into the history-laden Red Room at the state capit ol in Albany, the small group of us invited in secret just the day before to hear his plan for same-sex marriage weren't sure what to expect. Cuomo had said during his campaign that, if elected governor, he would support full marriage rights for gay New Yorkers.” http://bit.ly/je2hMN
CAN OBAMA BRIDGE THE ENTHUSIASM GAP? (via Equality Matters’ Kerry Eleveld) – “’Who else could gays vote for?’ That’s the question mainstream reporters had seemingly drilled down to as President Barack Obama prepped for a Thursday address to one of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. What else could matter in the scheme of politics? You either vote Democrat or Republican, right? Certainly, queer Americans are stuck between a rock and a hard spot.” http://bit.ly/iZjxQA
WILL NEW YORK SPARK OTHER SUCCESS? Thomas Roberts
interviews EQM’s Socarides: http://bit.ly/kATUit
NEW LAWSUIT ON MARRIAGE FILED TODAY (via Lambda Legal / Garden State Equality) – “Today Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit seeking marriage equality on behalf of Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and seven same-sex couples and their children harmed from the unequal civil union system. The case is captioned Garden State Equality v. Dow.” http://www.lambdalegal.org/nj-marriage
WATCHING THE AIRWAVES / CLIPS POSTED TODAY AT EQM:
--Gov. Christie “not a fan” of marriage equality (via MSNBC) http://bit.ly/mdh7h4
--Obama’s latest comments on marriage equality (via CNN) http://bit.ly/mp8mil
--Bi-national same-sex couple facing deportation (via CNN) http://bit.ly/jzhfjc
--Pat Robertson: No civilization that has survived has “openly embraced homosexuality” (via CBN) http://bit.ly/m5hqub
--Will marriage equality be a wedge issue in 2012? (via MSNBC) http://bit.ly/lzhgfj
--Jim McGreevey on American attitudes on equality (via CNN) http://bit.ly/lt2gah
--Rev. Sharpton debates NOM’s Brian Brown (via MSNBC) http://bit.ly/mpkh61
--John Heilemann on pro-equality republicans (via MSNBC) http://bit.ly/ikwtdw
--NY Sen. James Alesi on marriage support (via MSNBC) http://bit.ly/k9hgka
--Bachmann on anti-gay constitutional amendment (via Fox News) http://bit.ly/kphOCs
FOR MORE RELATED CLIPS: EqualityMatters.org/EMTV
THE 2012 RACE FOR PRESIDENT – WHY REP. BACHMANN IS EXTREME: http://bit.ly/jSEDnQ
--Daily Beast: Bachmann Believes "That Homosexuality Can Be
--Bachmann: "It's Part Of Satan" To Call Homosexuality "Gay."
--Bachmann Suggested Melissa Etheridge's Breast Cancer Was An "Opportunity" To Reflect On Being A Lesbian.
--Bachmann Is So Anti-Gay She Introduced "Redundant" And "Unnecessary" Legislation Barring Gay Marriage In Minnesota.
--Bachmann Warned "Little K-12 Children Will Be Forced To Learn That Homosexuality Is Normal, Natural, And Perhaps They Should Try It."
--Bachmann: Being Gay Is "Bondage" And "Personal Enslavement."
READ THE FULL REPORT: http://bit.ly/jSEDnQ
NEW YORK TIMES ON DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT – http://nyti.ms/jFFxm1
OBAMA’S POSITION ON MARRIAGE FACES NEW TEST (via New York Times) - http://nyti.ms/kvTvMp
SEC. CLINTON OFFERS REMARKS FOR PRIDE MONTH (via Wash Blade) - http://bit.ly/mfI157
OBAMA NOMINATES OUT MAGISTRATE FOR U.S. ATTORNEY (via Metro Weekly) - http://bit.ly/jghMjr
18 MONTHS AND 18 MURDERS IN PUERTO RICO (via AutoStraddle) - http://bit.ly/m8FGUc
LONGTIME LESBIAN POLITICO JEAN HARRIS PASSES (via LGBT POV) - http://bit.ly/iy4sCB
VIDEO: SENATORS TEAM UP TO SAY “IT GETS BETTER” - http://bit.ly/jFqtDk
IMPACTED SERVICE MEMBERS, SLDN STAFF SAY “IT GETS BETTER” – http://bit.ly/ioqlX5
DIEGO SANCHEZ SPEAKS WITH THE WASHINGTON BLADE - http://bit.ly/kHUnzL