Leading from the Left

Friday, May 01, 2009

Equality in the News: Friday Round-up

This was a big week for LGBT people and others who care about equality. Here's a list of the measures that passed this week with links to newspaper articles. Next week is shaping to being even more significant as both Maine and New Hampshire may finish the process of equalizing access to the institution of civil marriage. But first things first...

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act passed the US House by a wide margin.

New Hampshire's State Senate voted to legalize marriage for Granite State same-sex couples. The vote was a dramatic last minute reversal of what was thought to be a sure defeat only the day before. The final decision rests in the hands of Gov. Lynch (D) who may or may not veto. Follow developments on a great blog: www.bluehampshire.com.

Finally, Maine's State Senate also passed a marriage bill. As the House is even more liberal than the Senate, the bill is expected to reach the Governor's desk with a week or so. Gov. Baldacci hasn't said whether or not he'll sign the bill. Bluehampshire.com is a good source of information as this unfolds, as is www.pamshouseblend.com or www.turnmaineblue.com.

When it rains, it pours.