May 14, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- Breaking just now is news that the governor of Rhode Island has issued an executive order recognizing same-sex marriages from other states:
Governor Chafee is preparing to sign an executive order making it clear that marriages that take place out of state are recognized in…
— Marriage Equality RI (@MERhodeIsland) May 14, 2012
More from the Associated Press.
- In case you missed it: a GOP pollster says in a leaked memo that Republicans should support marriage equality along with other LGBT rights.
- The New York Times wrote a story about the suspicious death of a transgender woman and seems to be victim-blaming in its piece.
- The National Organization is spinning polling that is continuing its trend toward the equality side.
- The Wall Street Journal discusses the president’s support of marriage equality and its effects on the pending legal cases. There is not much the president can do to make marriage equality a reality nationally, other than the steps he has already taken, but the administration could join some of the pending cases in court.
- The Washington Post questions if a majority of Americans really do support marriage equality, and to what extent it depends on how the question is asked.
- Colorado’s special session to hear civil unions and other bills began today, and Out Front Colorado is providing a live blog. Unfortunately early reports as of this writing suggest the bill is headed for a “kill committee” to die:
The bill has been assigned by McNulty to the State Affairs Committee. It is widely known as a kill committee.
- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says gay people deserve “dignity and respect”, and even went so far as to say gays should not face employment discrimination. His party still opposes ENDA and marriage equality; their candidate Mitt Romney opposes civil unions and while he supported gay adoption for a short time last week, he opposes it now.
- The chairman of the DCCC, the group responsible for recruiting Democratic House candidates, says the president’s support for marriage equality was the right decision, and that it won’t impact House races.