First: BoxTurtleBulletin posted a great new map of Relationship Equality recognition following the OUTSTANDING Victory in New Hampshire yesterday--the slam DUNK of a Senate passage, House passage and Governor's signature in a single day. After all of the hemming and hawing over Marriage Equality since the process of passing the bill started over there, New Hampshire really made up for it--even showing live video feed of the Governor's signature! Here is Relationship Equality around the nation now (notice Illinois is CONSPICUOUSLY off the list):
UAFA: Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first ever hearing on the Uniting American Families Act for creating LGBT-inclusive immigration reform. You can get transcripts and video from Pam's House Blend. Towleroad has Shirley Tan's emotional testimony.
DADT: Time is running out for Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach. Its already run out for over 200 soldiers who have been discharged since January.
WhiteHouseWatch: On the same day that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton officially recognized the Stonewall Riots and LGBT Pride month at the State Department, President Obama surprisingly released a bold statement acknowledging the historic significance of the Stonewall Riots and officially proclaimed June as LGBT Pride month. MSNBC's David Shuster blasts Obama again for DADT inaction. Obama's Secretary of the Army nominee Rep. John McHugh wants to "change" DADT. McHugh, a Republican, has been hesitant to address DADT in the past. Meanwhile, on Marriage Equality, Obama is now officially to the RIGHT of Dick Cheney... actually we already knew that, but its been a big deal lately. Andrew Sullivan and Anderson Cooper discussed this curious new development last night. Obama, however, told Brian Williams that gays and lesbians DO INDEED have a friend in the White House. Meanwhile, one rung down on the ladder, Dr. Jill Biden addressed GLSEN's 2009 'Respect Awards,' about bullying and new LGBT appointments in the Obama White House.
State2State: In NEW HAMPSHIRE, leading LGBT groups react to Marriage Equality becoming law of the land there. On Saturday, the NEVADA Senate voted 14-7 to overturn Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto of the Domestic Partnership bill there. GO NEVADA!!! RHODE ISLAND SAYS: "Bury him, but don't marry him!" No Marriage Equality in sight, but OK on funeral rights. MARYLAND is poised to Equally recognize out-of-state married couples. In WASHINGTON, If anti-gay campaigners get enough names for referendum 71, they’ll be published on whosigned.org. This strategy has two benefits: quickly identifying petition fraud (which is common when gay issues are at play) and knowing where NOT to spend your money! The battle for Equal Marriage resumes in MAINE. In CALIFORNIA, the Governator is stripping AIDS funding; ACT UP PLANNING ACTION! In NEW YORK, an NY1 poll of Senators showed an uphill battle for Marriage Equality, but openly gay State Senator Tom Duane is confident he has his required 32 votes to pass. The NEW YORK TIMES tells the Senate to vote NOW! Meanwhile, New Yorkers are speaking up and speaking OUT! NY City power-lesbian Christine Quinn is confident. Check out these websites to support NY Marriage Equality. In TENNESSEE, schools will no longer be able to block LGBT informational sites.
AroundTheGlobe: Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr has condemned homosexuality in Iraq, but also urged for an end to violence against homosexuals. Lithuania readies a law to prevent discussion of homosexuality in schools. Hong Kong protects same-sex couples from relationship violence.
OffTheBlotter: Harvard is endowing the U.S.'s first ever LGBT Studies Chair. further ensuring that LGBT students--who studies show already do better in college than their straight counter-parts--will continue to excel. Over in Boston, openly gay news anchor Randy Price to return to the morning news! Bill Clinton's views on Marriage Equality are 'evolving.' Read comments from ABC News.com here. Marriage Equality may be illegal in California and most of the U.S., but its now legal in The Sims 3! Another gay penguin couple become dads. Are queers the best accessory for a TV leading lady? Anderson Cooper gets surprised for his birthday by gay icon Kathy Griffin and lesbian personal finance guru Suze Orman. Now that's cute.
OUR History: While the New York Public Library opens its Stonewall exhibit, the Times finds its old Stonewall pictures. There are some amazing and compelling images of the final nights of the riots. Also, learn more about the OLDEST KNOWN RECORDED SAME-SEX COUPLE IN HISTORY. They were servants to the Pharaoh, and guess what--THEY WERE LEGALLY AND RELIGIOUSLY RECOGNIZED.
IN BAD NEWS: WHOOPS! The National Mall was already booked for the weekend of the National March on Washington for LGBT rights.
TOAST TO MY BUDDY NATHAN WHO WILL BE HELPING ME PICK GRAD CLASSES TODAY!