Senate votes to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Posted on 18 Dec 2010 at 4:00pm

John Wright  |  Online Editor In a landmark victory for gay rights, the U.S. Senate gave final approval Saturday afternoon to a bill repealing the military’s 17-year-old ban on open service. The bill, which passed the House earlier in the week, cleared the Senate by a margin of 65-31. It now goes to President Barack [...]

HRC accused of ‘spitting in face’ of Milk’s memory

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 at 4:02pm

Cleve Jones, others criticize organization’s plans for ‘Action Center’ at site of slain gay rights leader’s Castro Street store Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — On the surface, the new tenant at the storefront where Harvey Milk waged his historic political campaign would seem like the last organization to anger people in the gay community. The [...]

After Senate hearing, DADT repeal still up in air

Posted on 03 Dec 2010 at 8:37pm

Service chiefs all say they can implement end to ban on gays Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service The second and final day of the Senate hearing on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” has adjourned, and the battle lines are still very much where they were at the beginning, with one exception. Massachusetts Republican Sen. [...]

Gay Brazilian married in U.S. may face deportation

Posted on 09 Nov 2010 at 10:22pm

RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Associated Press BOSTON — A Brazilian man who was recently reunited with his Massachusetts husband when federal officials temporarily allowed him into the U.S. said he could face deportation because the attorney general won’t reverse the immigration ruling that initially separated the couple. Genesio Oliveira, 31, said Monday, Nov. 8 that he [...]

Gavin Newsom’s win keeps political future afloat

Posted on 08 Nov 2010 at 8:52pm

JUDY LIN | Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — He’s best-known for opening San Francisco’s City Hall to same-sex weddings and was once thought to be too liberal even for the bulk of California. But Gavin Newsom’s decisive Nov. 2 win as the state’s next second-in-command has rekindled prospects that he may one day be a [...]

Removal of Iowa judges may inspire similar efforts

Posted on 08 Nov 2010 at 8:38pm

MICHAEL J. CRUMB and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Emboldened by the success of a ballot initiative to oust Iowa judges who supported gay marriage, conservative activists are looking for new ways to use the power of the vote to strike back against the courts. Judicial-removal campaigns have generally been difficult [...]

LGBT groups react to big losses in House, Senate

Posted on 03 Nov 2010 at 10:24am

From Staff and Wire Reports Republicans won control of the U.S. House in Tuesday’s elections. As of 3 a.m. Wednesday, it appeared the GOP will hold at least 234 seats, to Democrats’ 180. But Democrats retained a slim majority in the U.S. Senate — holding 51 seats, compared to the Republicans’ 47. At 3 a.m. [...]

Record 106 gay candidates elected in 2010

Posted on 03 Nov 2010 at 9:59am

Construction company executive Jim Gray was elected mayor of Kentucky’s second-largest city, Lexington. From Staff and Wire Reports A record number of openly LGBT candidates have been elected to public office in 2010, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “There is no sugar-coating the loss of so many of our straight allies in [...]

ELECTION 2010: Democrats narrowly hang on in Dallas County; 2 of 3 gay candidates win

Posted on 02 Nov 2010 at 11:50pm

District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons re-elected; Tonya Parker becomes first black LGBT person elected in county; Garcia tops Mayfield MORE ELECTION COVERAGE: LGBT groups react to big losses in House, Senate Record 106 gay candidates elected in 2010 Dallas County District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, center, watches election results come in with other Democratic elected officials on [...]

Bill White says LGBT vote ‘absolutely critical’

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 at 9:03pm

Democratic challenger says he expects ‘a very close election’ as he works to unseat incumbent Perry John Wright  | Dallas Voice OPPOSITE SIDES | Democrat Bill White, above, has courted LGBT votes in his bid for Texas governor, including making appearances at the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meetings (above). Republican Gov. Rick Perry (below) [...]