In a Wednesday profile, Politico examines the candidacy of Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican vying for a Massachusetts congressional seat. Tisei, who served as minority leader in the Massachusetts senate and made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, has been endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly LGBT political candidates on both sides of the aisle. Via Politico:
The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should protections for LGBT victims remain absent from the bill's language. The House version of the bill’s reauthorization “fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs,” according to a White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that lists other perceived major flaws, including the removal of certain protections for immigrants and individuals living in subsidized housing.
Mitt Romney asserted that gay couples can adopt children in nearly any state — except he's not quite correct.
Protesters marched through the streets of Raleigh on Monday to express outrage over Amendment One, a constitutional ban on same-sex unions that North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved, and they plan to march every 14th to change hearts and minds.
Jay-Z has thrown his support behind President Obama’s marriage equality stance, CNN Political Ticker reports. In a CNN interview, the hip-hop mogul said of the issue: "I've always thought it as something that was still, um, holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business.” “It’s is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple,” Jay-Z said.
Yet another attempt to pass civil unions in Colorado has failed, and apparently not because the legislation lacked the requisite votes. During a special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines against the bill, which prevented a full House vote.
“We have never gone wrong when we expanded rights and responsibilities for everybody,” said Obama. “That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."
Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee spoke at a statehouse ceremony today and declared that the state will recognize all same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, according to the Associated Press, directing state agencies to essentially treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.