Senate Voice Vote Confirms 1st Openly Gay Latina to Federal Court

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Nitza Quinones Alejandro Now Federal Judge to U.S. District Court in Pa.
On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nitza Quinones Alejandro to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Nominated last November by President Obama for this position, she was renominated at the start of the 113th Congress in January as part of a group of thirty-three nominees. Alejandro has been a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas since 1991. There, she presided over civil and criminal matters.
She is the first openly LGBT Hispanic to serve on the federal bench and the seventh openly LGBT person ever to receive confirmation as a federal judge.… more

Illinois House Adjourns without Gay Marriage Vote

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Passed State Senate in February, but not Muster on May 31, 2013
One was surprised today that the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act that passed the State Senate in February and was going to be signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn, died.
Since Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013, when the bill passed the state Senate, supporters of this bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois, had105 days to obtain the sixty House votes necessary for the vote.  But even sixty votes remained elusive despite support from President Barack Obama who urged its passing last week in Chicago and ex-President Clinton.… more

Boy Scouts’ Proposal Would Allow Gay Youth, Not Leaders

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Scouts’ National Council Voting on May 20
On April 19, 2013, the Scouts announced that the proposal to lift the ban for gay youth members, but keep the ban for adult leaders who are lesbian or gay would be submitted to over 1,400 voting members of its National Council on May 20. If the resolution is approved, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone, “Deron Smith, the BSA’s spokesman stated.
During this past January, the Boy Scouts of America was considering a plan to give sponsors of local Scout units the option of admitting gays as both youth members and adult leaders or continuing to exclude them.… more

Are You Sitting Down? Newt Gingrich Approves of Gay Marriage, Sort of

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Are You Sitting Down?  Newt Gingrich Approves of Gay Marriage, Sort of
Former House Speaker and Ultra-Conservative Supports Civil Gay Marriage
Reflecting the nation’s trend toward acceptance of gay marriage, Newt Gingrich says he can accept the “reality” of marriage between same-sex couples if it’s a legal document issued by the state. However, Gingrich, who formerly served Georgia’s 6th Congressional district from 1979 to 1999, still believes that marriage is defined between a man and a woman.

From Equating Same-Sex Marriage to Paganism to Seeing It as Reality
The former Presidential hopeful who has been married three times, believes that the Republican party can distinguish between church and state-issued same-sex marriages and learn to accept the latter.… more

Faith’s Concrete Proof

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Anti-Gay Marriage Supporters
In the Name of God, Bible’s teachings, and religions that advocate DOMA’s definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, beliefs have been strong opponents of same-sex marriage.
Brian Brown, the president of the conservative National Organization for Marriage, acknowledged that opponents of gay marriage outspent three to one in the state ballot campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota (still illegal, but not banned), and Washington State.  Yet, despite these “shots-in-the-arms,” from the objectors, the voters of those states decisively cast their votes for gay marriage in those states.… more

“A Milestone Year” = Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign President

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What a year!  The re-election of President Barack Obama who initially said his position on same-sex marriage was ‘evolving’and later altered his stance to full-blown endorsement of gay marriage… Tammy Bladwin  from Wisconsin becomes the first openly lesbian Senator. Across the United States, openly gay legislators and senators won seats, including a transgender legislator from New Hampshire.
Voters Approve same-sex marriage in Maine, Washington, and Maryland
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This state, like Maryland and Washington, voted on whether to place a ban on gay marriage in the State Constitution. A 2009 referendum quashed a gay marriage law enacted by the legislative, as in California in 2008.… more