Daily Speed Read: News You Should Know June 11, 2014
By Lisa Keen
Originally printed 6/11/2014 (Issue 2223 - Between The Lines News)
SEVENTH CIRCUIT CONSIDERS WISCONSIN: State officials and attorneys representing same-sex plaintiff couples have been given until 5 p.m. today to file briefs concerning the state's request for an emergency stay of a federal district court decision last Friday, striking down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex couples marrying. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal reports the state office of vital records is not processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples until it gets a go-ahead from the state attorney general.
ERIC CANTOR LOSES PRIMARY: In a surprise upset, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary Tuesday for an eighth term. According to various media in Virginia, winner Dave Brat, an economics professor at a small college, hammered Cantor on his willingness to raise the debt ceiling, end the government shutdown, and support some reform of immigration laws. Brat has rebuffed characterizations of himself as either a liberal or as a Tea Party member. His campaign website states that he believes "all individuals are entitled to equal rights," but it also says, in bold letting, that Brat will "protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith."
GAY CANDIDATE LOSES IN VIRGINIA: Openly gay Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin placed third in a 10-candidate field in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. House Rep. Jim Moran from northern Virginia. Ebbin garnered almost 14 percent of the vote compared to winner former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's 46 percent. A former aide to Barney Frank, Mark Levine, took seven percent. Beyer is considered generally support of equal rights for LGBT people. His campaign website expresses support for "full equality." Oddly, it also promises that Beyer would "work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act."
GAY CANDIDATE WINS IN MAINE: Openly gay Maine State Rep. Ryan Fecteau breezed to victory in his Democratic primary Tuesday, winning 65 percent of the vote to represent his district in the middle of the state.
ACLU FILES LAWSUIT IN ALABAMA: The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alabama Tuesday, challenging the state's refusal to recognize marriage licenses obtained by same-sex couples in other states. The lawsuit, Aaron-Brush v. Bentley, is the third lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex couples marrying.
FUMBLING FOR AN ANSWER: During a student-oriented Q & A on Tumblr Tuesday, President Obama seemed to struggle with a question about securing equal rights for transsexual students. The question posed to him - through the moderator, Tumblr President David Karp - noted that, just last month, the U.S. Department of Education released guidelines to clarify for schools receiving federal aid that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act's prohibition against sex discrimination "extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity." "What do you see as the next steps to ensure equal treatment of trans people in schools in America?" The president began with a rambling recollection of his meeting Monday with the men's and women's basketball teams from the University of Connecticut, noting that Title IX has helped make college women athletes competitive and mentioning that the First Lady puts him to shame when they work out together, before eventually landing on one sentence: "The fact that we are applying [Title IX] to transgender students means that they are going to be in a position to assert their rights if and when they see that they are being discriminated on their college campuses, and that could manifest itself in a whole variety of ways."
- Spirit Day Observed Oct. 16
- Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban
- LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper's
- Michigan For Marriage Community Conversation
- National Coming Out Day 2014
- New York To Change Gender Options On Birth Certificates
- LGBTQ Youth Development Challenge Offers Trip To Denver
- 9th Circuit Strikes Bans Adds Five More States
- Pride Night At The Palace
- Michigan For Marriage Announces New Co-Chairs
- AIDS/HIV Organizations
- Detroit Lighthouse Program
- Fraser Bicycle & Fitness
- Oye Crepes
- Event Planners
- The Wedding Connection
- Hotlines & Switchboards
- Michigan Department of Community Health Cancer Hotline
- Pet Adoption
- Fernlee Kennels
- Michigan Panthers Football Club
- Symphony Orchestra
- Lansing Symphony Orchestra
- The Tux Shop on Woodward
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