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By Adam Bink

A very busy first day back (on the job organizing at Courage), so light posting today. We’re hard at work with an allied organization on a just heartbreaking video around “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” I’ll be posting here tomorrow. It’s really something.

A few items of note:

  • The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. It must pass the legislature again in the next session.
  • At the same time, the Washington State Senate passed legislation to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, and recognize those married as domestic partners in the state. Gov. Gregoire pledged to sign the bill.
  • Congressional House Republicans are going your taxpayer money to waste time bashing repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a Friday hearing.
  • I am so freaking excited for a Glee episode cover of “Born This Way”. Every time I listen to the song I smile and feel proud of who I am.
  • I am glad Rep. Frank will wait for more co-sponsors before re-introducing ENDA, but the way today’s news went down came across as “I’m having trouble finding people to support the bill”. I almost rather no one said anything at all about the bill until it’s, well, ready. It’s not a criticism of anyone in particular, just a frustration.
  • Ultimately positive, but not really big news on green card applications for bi-national couples. DOMA remains in effect.
  • For those of you interested in coming or already coming, I’m speaking on at the Social Learning Summit, a conference on the intersection of social media, education and advocacy, on Sunday at 2 PM at American University in DC. The panel is “A Social Bill of Rights: Civil Rights and Social Media” and I’ll be talking about P8TT in part. Register and details here.

What else is up?

35 Comments

  • 1. Kathleen  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

  • 2. Kathleen  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    √√

  • 3. JonT  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

  • 4. Ann S.  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    §

  • 5. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Woot to Mark and Robert! Great to hear good news out of Washington : )

  • 6. Sagesse  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Et moi.

  • 7. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

    So, once again, a mixture of happy and sad, good news and bad.

  • 8. Rhie  |  March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Watching

  • 9. Straight Dave  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    This one I like!
    It shows how the humane and ethical aspects of their Catholic faith can be applied in the political arena for good purposes. Congress needs to hear more of this sort of thing to counteract the myths of a decade ago. Change has come rapidly, and politicians are usually the last to know, or to understand.

    "Catholics for Equality has named ENDA as one of its top legislative priorities and has distributed Catholic-specific messaging on this issue to the 24 Catholic Senators and 133 Catholic Representatives in the 112th Congress."
    http://queeringthechurch.com/2011/03/30/catholics
    http://catholicsforequality.org/pdf/CFE_ENDA_Fact

  • 10. up&Adam  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    There will be a rally for the Colorado Civil Unions Bill tomorrow, March 31, at noon on the steps of the Capitol in Denver. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee starts at 1:30. Must pass out of the committee to reach the House floor.

  • 11. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks Gregory! It is good news and shows progressive thinking in our state….BUT, we do still have a DOMA in place in our state constitution. It will take a long hard fight to get that removed sadly.
    :-(

  • 12. be4marriage  |  March 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Oops. Thomas Peters, NOM's "Director of Culture" got caught in a lie. http://be4marriage.com/archives/353

  • 13. Victoria  |  March 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I hope to be there!

  • 14. Bastiencade  |  March 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Has anyone seen this? It's the IT GETS BETTER official music video.

    It's absolutely fantastic!

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTQNwMxqM3E&w=640&…

  • 15. Ray in MA  |  March 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    "Official" ?!?!?

  • 16. Sagesse  |  March 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    A turning point for EQCA

    Kors departs EQCA
    http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&amp

  • 17. Sagesse  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Frank and Merkley poised to reintroduce ENDA
    http://www.keennewsservice.com/2011/03/30/frank-a

  • 18. Ed Cortes  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    me2

  • 19. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Wow! I loved it! Thanks Bastiencade! Never heard of this rebecca drysdale. tx!

  • 20. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    LOL! @ "….all the Romans…"

  • 21. up&Adam  |  March 31, 2011 at 12:11 am

    A letter from Service Members Legal Defense Network:
    This Friday, April 1st, at 9:30 a.m. EST, the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee will hold the first oversight hearing on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal implementation. Testifying before the subcommittee will be Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley, who co-chairs the DADT Repeal Implementation Team (RIT). He will be joined by Vice Admiral William Gortney, Director of the Joint Staff.

    Chaired by repeal opponent Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), the Military Personnel Subcommittee also comprises a number of members who have voted for repeal, such as Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-ME), and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA).

    This hearing represents an update from these military leaders on how the Department of Defense is preparing for repeal, including the current training efforts in each of the services. Each branch is currently undergoing the third step of training, which targets the bulk of the force, and this training has progressed as a non-event.

    But repeal opponents will stop at nothing to slow down the repeal process. Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness has already riled up the opposition, saying, "Our goal is to convince members of Congress that they must intervene with well-informed questions and an appropriate statement to the Administration summarized in three words: 'Not so fast!'"

  • 22. Alan E.  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:00 am

    It's always going to be that way, but hopefully we can have a day when there is 1 piece of bad to every 100 pieces of good news.

  • 23. Sagesse  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Haven't seen this elsewhere

    IL Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage is DEAD!

    Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/whats-a-boy-to-do

  • 24. Bastiencade  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Sorry, Ray, I didn't read it wasn't actually from the campaign. It's just so well made I assumed it was.

    It SHOULD BE!

  • 25. grod  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:03 am

    @ be4marriage
    Why the Catholic Church is so willing to remain out on a limb while it is being sawed off – beats me. The position taken at the UN challenges my adherence to that faith.

  • 26. Ronnie  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Subscribing….<3…Ronnie

  • 27. Cat  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:46 am

    More news on DOMA and USCIS. Not good…

    http://www.keennewsservice.com/2011/03/31/doj-to-

    Applications of Green Cards for same-sex spouses are not put on hold anymore, but denied.

  • 28. 415kathleenk  |  March 31, 2011 at 5:54 am

    very cool. Young people rock ( i am not young)

  • 29. Straight Ally #3008  |  March 31, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Excellent news! I don't know how you find all this stuff, Sagesse. :)

  • 30. Straight Ally #3008  |  March 31, 2011 at 7:14 am

    The situation in Washington is very instructive:

    Jinkins's bill got solid backing from Republican state Senator Dan Swecker (R-Rochester), someone generally known for his strident opposition to pro-LGBT legislation. But Sen. Swecker not only voted for the bill earlier in committee, he stood today during the floor debate to underscore the sensible and practical nature of the bill, saying: "I think it is a good decision on our part to define how we're going to deal with relationships that are created in other states….I think this bill eliminates a lot of uncertainty and does it in a way that's entirely compatible with the laws that have been passed in the state of Washington."

    Truly, there's no reason similar legislation can't be implemented in every state with civil union/domestic partnership laws. It mitigates the clash between DOMA and the Full Faith and Credit Clause slightly, but ultimately that's the elephant in the room, as much as or even more than the Equal Protection Clause.

  • 31. Sagesse  |  March 31, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I have spies everywhere.

    Well actually, I have Google news alerts :). They pick up the darnedest things.

  • 32. Kathleen  |  March 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Of course, it doesn't recognize the out of state marriages as marriages – only as domestic partnerships as defined in the state of WA. I think all the headlines saying some form of "Out of State Marriages Recognized by WA" are seriously misleading.

  • 33. Mark M (Seattle)  |  March 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I agree! They are not recognoizing out of state marriages…they are reducing out of state marriage to that of second class status and dropping them down to DPs

  • 34. june  |  March 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

    i am longing for some more coverage of the fight for civil unions in colorado. P8TT is by far the best LGBT rights blog i've found in terms of the range of coverage of issues of concern all over the country, but i haven't seen much here about what's happening CO. this leads me to wonder if there are there other blogs like this one that i could also be checking. in addition to this one, what are y'all's favorite blogs focused on national LGBT rights issues?? thanks in advance for any suggestions!

  • 35. Ray in MA  |  March 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Profiles in Courage

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