June 2009 Archives

June 29, 2009

Pride Roundup

Yikes! How has it been so long since I've posted, when there's so much going on out there? Here's a quick selection of interesting items from the last week.

On the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, the New York Times ran an article and an op-ed piece about the condition of gay rights in the U.S., both with the same basic premise: the American public is way ahead of the American government on the issue of rights for LGBT people. Adam Nagourney's Political Memo takes President Obama to task for failing to live up to his campaign promises on equality for the LGBT community; Frank Rich's op-ed rightly notes that "It's a press cliché that 'gay supporters' are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren't just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws."

Last week, Representative Barney Frank introduced a new Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House of Representatives. Read about it at Nolo's Employment Law Blog.

And this morning, President Obama is meeting with gay rights leaders at the White House to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. After the disappointments of the past month, that should be an interesting conversation.
June 3, 2009

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in New Hampshire

It's official: New Hampshire is the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was signed into law by Gov. John Lynch earlier today. Gov. Lynch does not personally support same-sex marriage, and his signing of the bill was predicated on lawmakers' adding a provision which guaranteed that religious groups and churches would not be forced to perform wedding ceremonies or recognize same-sex marriages. He says he would have vetoed any bill without this added language.

Today's ratification of the bill leaves Rhode Island as the only state in New England without legal same-sex marriage. So, Rhode Island, what's the holdup?