Entries tagged with “gay rights” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog

Gay marriage bill struck down in New York Senate

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      After hours of emotional debate, the New York Senate voted down a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The 38-24 decision follows last month's popular vote in Maine that reversed lawmakers' decision to allow gay marriage.
 
      Gay rights proponents had high hopes that New York would become the sixth state to grant them marriage rights, msnbc.com reported. Before today's vote, the Assembly voted yes and Gov. David Paterson promised his signature on the measure.

      The state's Roman Catholic bishops who have been lobbying hard against passage of the bill released a statement calling the decision "a victory for the basic building block of our society," The New York Times wrote.
     
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Obama to address gay rights activists

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Obama will speak on Saturday at a Human Rights Campaign dinner, addressing the gay community's concerns that he is not moving forward in his campaign promises to legally legitimize them.

The dinner precedes the National Equity March, a rally expected to draw thousands to the capital on behalf of the gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual, the New York Times said.

Protesters note with particular concern that Obama has not overturned Bush's Defense of Marriage Act nor taken action against the military's ban on openly gay Americans serving, the Los Angeles Times said.

The House did approve a measure on Thursday that expands the definition of hate crimes to include those based on gender, the Washington Post said.

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