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Equality news round-up: Minnesota equality activists are out-raising opponents, and more


By Scottie Thomaston

– First thing: Prop 8 Trial Tracker has launched its first-ever legal symposium! Our first entry is from the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ senior staff attorney Chris Stoll. If you are interested in participating, here’s more details:

We presented invited guests with the question: “Is it better for the LGBT rights and marriage equality movement if the Perry v. Brown case is or is not granted certiorari by the Supreme Court? Why?” Participants were asked to respond in 700 words or less.

If you’d like to submit a piece for our symposium, e-mail your piece with your name, title of your post, and a 1-2 sentence byline to: scottie AT couragecampaign DOT org.

– A GOP candidate for the House of Representatives denied the existence of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

– Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter has married her partner.

– The Pentagon’s first-ever LGBT Pride event is scheduled for Tuesday.

– An officer was fired after the hazing of a gay servicemember. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has a response here.

Here’s a story on Maine’s marriage equality ballot initiative.

– Minnesota activists who are trying to defeat an anti-gay ballot initiative are outraising their opponents.

– Here is EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum explaining that the recent EEOC ruling that people who are transgender are protected under sex discrimination provisions actually applies to lesbians, bisexuals and gays as well:


  • 1. Steven  |  June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Scottie, I would like to request that P8TT provide some news and information about:

    – What CC plans to do in each of the 4 campaigns

    – What is going on in MD. While we have good info on what is going on in ME, WA and MN, MD seems to be something of a black hole. There is no campaign finance disclosure until October, so we won't know how our side or our opponents are doing doing until the 11th hour. Our side's website shows some campaign activity, and certainly more than the opposition. But judging from the reported activity on their site, it appears that MD is the least active campaign of the 4, even though MD is probably the most difficult of the 4 contests. We need more info from MD.

  • 2. AnonyGrl  |  June 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I am loving that the Pentagon is hosting a Pride event! That is a rather amazing swing, I think, from just a few short years ago when such a thing would have been unthinkable.

  • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  June 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Love it too! As I was watching the news this morning – the thought of NOM heads exploding over this even somewhat ruined the happiness I had for the service members and this event. But the thought quickly went away when I looked outside and saw – yet again – the sky hadn't fallen, no locusts, didn't feel an earthquake and birds were still chirping… so all is good! Happy Pride Pentagon – Out Loud and Proud!

  • 4. Sagesse  |  June 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm


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