February 7, 2011
By Adam Bink
A couple things from around the equality space:
- Pawlenty for defunding repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, no matter what the military’s leaders say.
- Indiana House committee votes to move forward on a anti-equality marriage amendment, including a provision that will bar civil unions.People look at Indiana and say, hey, Obama won the state, but the state of things for LGBT people really is dire. I have a number of friends from or who live in the state who keep me posted, and this was the price of the 2010 elections.
- The Maryland Senate will hold hearings on legislation to extend the freedom to marry tomorrow, and I’m told a vote is looking likely for Thursday. Washington Blade reports NOM is running robocalls. Courage Campaign Institute is looking at partnering on a video project in the state after the vote- I’ll keep everyone posted as things develop tomorrow and going forward.
- 83% of Kentuckians support banning discrimination against gays. Remarkable figure. More here.
- P8TT friend Karen Ocamb has a very interesting story on the controversial art exhibit in West Hollywood.
- Not equality-related, but I thought last night’s game was exactly the Super Bowl I was hoping to see- close game, some exciting moments, lots of great ball by both sides (except for Roethlisberger missing half a dozen open receivers, and a bunch of Packers receivers dropping well-thrown balls).
- Except, for, of course, Christina Aguilera botching the national anthem, and in my somewhat informed musical opinion (I grew up a musician, not doing very well musically, either. Lots of awkward breath takes and odd notes to land on in an effort to “dance it up”, especially the last one. But, if you’re a fan like me, this video will make you feel better about her musical ability.
- Over in Courage Campaign Institute Laboratories, we’re working on a project we think you’ll really like. We really like it. I think it’ll pop. We’re still in beta and working out the bugs, but look for a roll-out later this month. Not too many more hints until then.
- What else is going on?