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October 31, 2009

Obama lifts ban on entry based on HIV

President Obama on Friday announced the end of a 22-year ban on travel to the United States by people who had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, fulfilling a promise he made to gay advocates, reports the New York Times.  The ban was a legacy of the Ronald Reagan/Jesse Helms era.

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October 30, 2009

Argentina considers marriage equality

The Argentine Congress has opened debate on a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, reports the Associated Press.  Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, established its gay-friendly reputation in 2002 by becoming the first Latin American city to legalize same-sex civil unions. In Latin America, only Uruguay has legalized civil unions nationwide. 

Some Catholic and other Christian groups have accused the Argentine government of trying to "subvert the natural order of life, promote perversions and destroy the family as an institution." "This should not be understood as the denial of anyone's rights," said Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo.

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October 26, 2009

Williams Institute (UCLA) program on LGBT domestic violence 10/29

The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School will host a training (with CLE credit) this Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring national experts on LGBT domestic violence.  Registration and more information are available here.

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October 26, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

District of Columbia prepares for marathon hearings on marriage equality

The D.C. Council's hearing on gay marriage legislation will feature 269 (!) speakers over at least two days of marathon sessions, reports the Washington Examiner.

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October 26, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 25, 2009

Researcher maps geography of $ contributions to Prop 8 fight

In his paper "Show Me the Money! The Geography of Contributions to California's Proposition 8" in the California Journal of Politics and Policy, Michael Shinn "provides an overview of disclosure with regard to contributions in favor of and against California's Proposition 8 measure that banned same-sex marriage. Using publicly available data, out-of-state and in-state contributions are mapped, and the geography of California state politics and the consequences of disclosure are discussed."

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