Feb. 3rd, 2007

Spitzer triples spending on gay community health programs

(New York City) New York Gov. Elliott Spitzer's proposed 2007 budget includes $6-million to support health and human services programs in LGBT communities across the state.

The proposed expenditure is almost three times the $2.373 million provided in last years Executive Budget.

The added money will go to LGBT programs that provide primary and preventive health care including alcohol and substance abuse treatment and programs for homeless youth and violence prevention and crime victim assistance.

Funding is largely used to support the health and human services programs provided by members of the New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network.

Michigan court screws LGBT couples

(Lansing, Michigan) The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage prevents public institutions from providing benefits to same-sex partners of employees.

"We strongly disagree with the court's decision today and plan on appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court," said Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan.

"It was never the intention of Michigan voters who approved the marriage amendment to take health care benefits away from Michigan families."

Soon after the amendment was passed in 2004 Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), acting on the advice of Attorney General Mike Cox (R), terminated domestic partner benefits that had been won by state unions.

Cox also directed University of Michigan and Wayne State University and the city of Kalamazoo to shut down their benefits programs to same-sex couples.

It's worth noting that these same-sex partner benefits were in place before the silly amendment was passed.
Hmm. Mysterious nausea.
God, I don't want to work. Saturday evening, at home trying to work. Sometimes it's very difficult to remember why I'm theoretically passionate about my career choice.

color meme )

I have had more than one person in my life tell me I am difficult to get close to. I suppose that is true. I feel safer behind my walls . . .
Gun control litigation - not exactly an uplifting or inspiring research topic.
Can't. Stop. Coughing.

My new theory: I'm allergic to Seattle. (And yes, Heather, my apartment is actually clean.)

Sometimes I cough so hard I feel like I might throw up. Sometimes I cough so hard my eyes tear up. In general, I cough so hard I want to hurt someone.



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