Friday, June 3, 2011

LGBT and Marriage Equality Roundup...(sans links)

  1.  New York Senate still under pressure to pass marriage equality Bill

It appears that the New York State Senate will soon be considering a marriage equality bill.   In the last 3 years, marriage equality bills have passed the Assembly repeatedly only to be stalled out in the Senate.   This year, however, a multi-vectored attack has been going on against the New York State Senate from not only the Governor, but also many in the NYC business community.  Surprising supporting is coming from many large scale GOP donors who are putting their money where their mouths are.  It goes to show that Marriage is and should never be a partisan issue.  

    2.  Nevada governor signs gender identity anti-discrimination bills.

In a surprising turnabout, Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law three anti-discrimination laws based on gender identity.  It covers employment, public accommodations, and housing. 

Governor Sandoval signed the bills due to pressure from the gaming industry, who viewed it as bad business for the state's image to discriminate.   The same pressure was made in 1999 to cover sexual orientation, in which Governor Kenny Guinn signed such a bill into law.

The same allowances are made in housing law that are already made for race, gender, and religion (room-rental in your own home, etc).

   3. Rhode Island House Passes Civil Unions

Though originally pushing for marriage equality, the RI equality movement went for Civil Unions.  Though Civil Unions cannot compare to marriage in name from the state, it is a critical method of protection while everything is sorted out.

More to come later when I'm not dead tired.

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