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ENDA APPROVED

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ENDA Vote: Noon Today

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is currently speaking to a joint meeting of Congress, after which the House will vote on ENDA. I’ll report the result here immediately.

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Congress: Mukasey In, ENDA MIA

A Senate panel just cleared the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as Alberto Gonzales’ replacement as Attorney General, despite concern that Mukasey has refused to condemn waterboarding as torture. The full Senate will now likely approve Mukasey later this week. Over on the House side, I’ve been monitoring C-SPAN2 for today’s supposed ENDA vote, but so far the only business …

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Rho A Go For DP’d Mo’s

The Rhode Island legislature has overridden Gov. Don Carcieri’s veto of a bill providing domestic partners of state employees access to state pension and retirement benefits. The legislation includes all employees with pensions managed through the Employee Retirement System of RI – teachers, judges, and other state and municipal employees. To qualify, partners must have lived together for one year …

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White House Comes Out Against ENDA

The White House has finally officially come out against ENDA. Yesterday a “Statement Of Administrative Policy” was released. (PDF.) H.R. 3685 would extend existing exployment-discrimination provisions of Federal law, including those in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to “establish a comprehensive Federal prohibition on employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.” The bill raises concerns …

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ENDA Vote On Wednesday

ENDA comes to a vote in the House on Wednesday, when Republicans (and a few Democrats) will argue to send it back to committee, which would effectively kill it for the current session. If ENDA does indeed pass, Rep. Tammy Baldwin will then propose an amendment reattaching transgender protections. Wednesday promises to be nerve-wracking. I will be following the vote …

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Matt Foreman On Logo

Here’s the video of Matt Foreman’s Friday appearance on Logo to speak about ENDA and Barney Frank.

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Trans-less ENDA Bill To Move Forward

Despite a massive national outcry among gay activists and the work of an unprecedented coalition of progressive organizations, congressional leaders will move ahead with the version of ENDA that does not include transgender protections. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she has committed to presenting a second transgender-inclusive bill “the minute” enough votes have been secured to pass it. (In …

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Governator Nixes Gay Marriage Again

As he’d promised he would, Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California’s same-sex marriage bill on Friday. He vetoed a similar bill in 2005. Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, which sponsored the bill: “This will be part of his legacy. He single-handedly is standing in the way of lifting the cloud of discrimination for millions of Californians.” Schwarzenegger announced the veto …

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Butch Lesbian Sues For Restroom Ejection

Khadijah Farmer, the butch lesbian who was thrown out of Caliente Cab Company, a West Village restaurant, when she was mistaken for a man in the ladies restroom, is now suing the restaurant. Although Farmer is not transgender, the suit was filed on her behalf by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, who contend Farmer is the victim of …

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Let California Ring

Here’s the moving video from the Equality California Institute, which is working for marriage equality in the Golden State. The clip, part of a new multi-million dollar education campaign called “Let California Ring“, was created by the Seattle office of DDB Worldwide.

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Gays Advance In China

Astounding foreign observers, China’s state-run newspaper, the China News, has published a story in which academics call for the legalization of gay marriage. Since decriminalizing homosexuality in 1997, China has been reverting to its traditional non-judgemental stance towards gays. Buddhism and Taoism do not consider homosexuality a sin and generally promote diversity. Last year China permitted the formation of its …

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Britain Considers Gay Hate Speech Act

Britain will consider making it illegal to incite violence against gays. Gay hate speech is already outlawed in Canada and France. American Christianists have been using examples of hate speech prosecutions in those countries to mobilize their side against all LGBT rights advancements in the U.S., claiming that soon Christians in the U.S. could be sent to jail for condemning …

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Sweden Close On Gay Marriage

Sweden’s three opposition parties have formed a coalition and given Parliament a proposal to approve to gay marriage. With the ruliing party’s slim majority, activists are confident that the measure will pass. Sweden would join Holland, Spain, and Belgium as the fourth European nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Utah: Some “Special” Families OK
Others, Not So Much

A Utah single mother, overwhelmed by her drug problems, asked her uncle to take temporary custody of her four children while she gets her act together. Even though her uncle was already raising two kids with his male partner, he agreed to take in the kids, ages 10 months to 11 years. Enter the state of Utah, which does not …

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HomoQuotable – Gabriel Rotello

“For reason yet to be understood, most gay people exhibit sex atypical traits most clearly when we are very young. Many gay boys — the vast majority in some studies — report that they identified strongly with girls when they were very small. Many even thought of themselves as more female than male. The opposite seems true for most lesbians. …

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HomoQuotable – Shannon Minter

“It is one thing to pass laws that don’t cover groups that haven’t really organized or come into public consciousness yet — of course that is going to happen. But it is something else to deliberately cut out another, more politically vulnerable group that is asking to be included and just as much in need of protection just to get …

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HRC Signs “Stop ENDA” Letter

Via HRC Back Story comes word that HRC has signed the Leadership Conference On Civil Rights’ letter (PDF) calling for a trans-inclusive ENDA. HRC joins 16 progressive organizations including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU. October 1, 2007 The Honorable George Miller,Chairman Committee on Education and LaborU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman …

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Progressives Call To Action: Stop ENDA

Major national LGBT rights groups are among over 90 progressive organizations calling on Congress NOT to approve the current version of ENDA, which has been stripped of transgender protections. NGLFT: Please call your Congressperson right now. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to be connected to your representative. When a staffperson answers, say: “Please tell the representative that …

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Friendly Voices: Julian Bond

“Gay and lesbian rights are not “special rights” in any way. It isn’t “special” to be free from discrimination – it is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship. The right not to be discriminated against is a common-place claim we can expect to enjoy under our laws and our founding document, the Constitution. That many had to struggle to gain …

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