Archive for Washington DC

DC Council votes for Marriage Equality

Posted in Activism, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by Chase

In a vote of 11-2, the DC City Council passed a bill to legalize gay marriage in our nation’s capital. The bill still has to survive a 30 day congressional review period before Mayor Adrian Fenty can make good on his promise to sign it into law. Same sex couples could be marrying in DC as early as March. Woot! Read more

Before the bill passed, the Catholic Archdiocese threatened to cut it’s services, including homeless shelters, in protest. Help the homeless and the Human Rights Campaign by telling them off (in the most civil way possible, of course).

Gay-rights Roundup

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by Chase

(Image from here)

Let’s start off with the bad stuff…

In a vote of 38-24, the New York State Senate rejected a bill that would have allowed gays to marry. It sounds like the Senators who voted down the bill were thinking along these lines: “Well, the economy is bad… so gay’s can’t marry!” Right… so this effectively shuts down gay marriage chances in New York until 2011. Read more

Moving on to New Jersey- a gay marriage bill similar to the one in New York will be up for a vote this Thursday. Proponents of the bill are eager to pass it now while their outgoing Governer, who supports the bill, is in office. His replacement has promised to veto it. Keep your fingers crossed. Read more

In other good news, the Washington D.C. Council voted decisively in favor of gay marriage becoming legal in our nation’s capitol. A second vote, coming up in less than two weeks, will decide if the measure will become law. Read more

And finally… “Two of Congress’s three openly gay members said Saturday that the U.S. House is poised to pass bills to provide health coverage for the same-sex partners of gay federal workers and to protect all gay and transgender employees from job discrimination.” Read more

And that’s the legal clusterfuck for this week… what I wouldn’t give for everyone to just get off already