Apr. 27th, 2007

Since I've been oh-so-busy enjoying learning about useless theories of presidential power ("different presidents do different things because they're different and interact with different configurations of different people") and congressional behavior ("legislators behave in ways that balance both their policy goals and desire for reelection"), I've been completely slacking on my responsibility to keep all you lovely folks updated on your absolutely-necessary-LGBT politics news.

New Hampshire is about to become the 4th state to adopt civil unions

CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. John Lynch said Thursday he will sign legislation establishing civil unions for gay couples in New Hampshire.

"I believe it is a matter of conscience, fairness and preventing discrimination," Lynch told The Associated Press.

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Governor Patrick orders MA Department of Health to record out of state marriage licenses. Take that Mitt.
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Iowa is soon to become the 19th state to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and the 10th state to ban discrimination based on gender identity.

DES MOINES, IOWA — Today, members of the Iowa House of Representatives voted 59 to 37 to approve a bill outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit practices. The bill passed with bipartisan support, with nine Republicans voting in favor of the bill. This legislation, which passed the Iowa Senate on March 26, 2007, by a 32-17 vote, must be sent back to the Iowa Senate for concurrence with the House version.
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A little bit of pride for my home state:

Spitzer introduced same sex marriage bill today

(New York, April 27, 2007)—New York Governor Elliot Spitzer today introduced a bill allowing same-sex couples in New York access to marriage. Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Susan Sommer, who argued the lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in New York, said the following:

"Lambda Legal applauds Governor Spitzer's leadership in treating all New Yorkers fairly.

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