Bloomington Jefferson GSA

Just a little reminder/way to spread the word!

hereinthisbed:

Our Senators voted 38 to 27 in approval for a referendum that will take place some time next year and give voters the opportunity to deny LGBT people the right to marry- a right they do not currently have in Minnesota to begin with.

The republicans here sure must have gotten tired of trying to creating a fully functional budget plan, and have instead devise a rather diabolical means of distracting voters and media attention to something far more controversial and popular.

Meanwhile, all that our local GOP have accomplished is assured that our roads and bridges don’t get fixed any time soon, and that our public schools continue shutting down left and right, and that the Vikings will likely get a new stadium in Arden Hills.

So, spectacular.

gailsimone:

wicked-grin:

[Rep. Ken] Fredette’s bill, LD 1046, says that—unless otherwise indicated—a restroom or shower facility designated for one biological sex is presumed to be restricted to that biological sex and that a transgender person would no longer be able to claim discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act if denied the use of the facility of their choice.

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“This bill places transgendered children in a position of doom and hopelessness,” he said. “This bill tells my daughter that she does not have the same rights as her classmates and reinforces her opinion that she has no future.”


Navy panel allows openly gay sailor to continue to serve

ernestsewell:

(CNN) — Gay rights advocates claimed victory Saturday after an administrative panel in California this week recommended not to discharge an openly homosexual sailor.

Although “don’t ask, don’t tell” is not repealed, the panel’s vote is believed to be the first case in which the military chose not to enforce the controversial policy, according to a gay rights organization.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, was facing military discharge after a comrade reported that he saw photos posted of the gay serviceman on Myspace kissing another man.

“I’m relieved it’s over and I’m glad I get to continue serving,” Morado told CNN on Saturday. “I’ve had plenty of time for the news to digest, but I’m still so relieved. I just want to continue doing what I have been doing [in the military].”

“This is the first hearing that’s resulted in a retention where the discharge is not continued,” said Robin McGehee, director of Get Equal, a gay rights group that publicized Morado’s case.

President Obama signed the “don’t ask” repeal into law just before Christmas. But administration officials have said the actual policy change won’t take effect until most training is completed throughout the military. Also, Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen must certify that the ranks are properly prepared and that readiness, recruitment and retention won’t suffer.

In California on Thursday, a three-person panel at Lemoore Naval Air Station voted unanimously that the Navy not discharge Morado, the sailor said.

Morado, stationed near Fresno, California, said he was packing his bags and transferring to San Diego on Monday. “The timing just happened to hit while the case was going on.”

Morado said his duties at his new location won’t change.

Calls Saturday to the Navy and Department of Defense were not returned. But a Pentagon spokeswoman in an e-mail to CNN reiterated the military’s stance on openly gay service members.

“The law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” remains in effect until 60 days following certification by the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and President,” Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said.

But to McGehee and gay rights advocates who championed his cause, Morado’s case proves that “don’t ask, don’t tell” may finally be over.

“Our hope is that this sets a precedent that we won’t lose another soldier [to DADT] and we’ll stop wasting taxpayers’ dollars on this sort of thing and concentrate on more important matters of our military,” McGehee said.

On Friday, a top Pentagon official said the repeal would be ready for implementation by midsummer.

Clifford Stanley, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for personnel and readiness, told members of a House Armed Services subcommittee that the process will not be rushed “because we want to make sure that it’s done right.”

But “at the same time, we don’t want to take forever to do it,” he said.

Morado’s case now goes to the Navy Personnel Command for procedural review, according to the Fresno Bee newspaper.

A Corpus Christi, TX school district has responded to a student’s request to create a Gay-Straight Alliance — by shutting down all extracurricular clubs on campus.

Flour Bluff Intermediate School District’s move comes after its high school gained national attention by blocking senior Bianca “Nikki” Peet’s request to start a GSA. Hundreds of people have emailed the district on behalf of Peet through a Change.org petition, which was also linked to by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Texas A&M’s GSA, which has been advocating for Peet, had called for a protest Monday, Feburary 28, 2011.

But Flour Bluff ISD Superintendent Julie Carbajal, in comments to The Daily Caller on Friday, said that there is no chance that district will approve the purposed Gay-Straight Alliance. She also has requested that the student group Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet off campus until they can determine if they are adhering to the 2005 school policy that only student groups tied to curricula are allowed.

By canceling all extra curricular clubs on campus, Flour Bluff ISD hopes to avoid the  Equal Access Act — a federal law, passed in 1984, that requires schools receiving federal funding to offer “fair opportunities for students to form student-led extracurricular groups, regardless of their religious, political and philosophical leanings.” The district still maintains that they do not have to follow the Equal Access Law.

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autopilots:

President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.

The decision, which stunned and delighted gay rights activists, means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal appeals circuits and will leave it to Congress to defend the law against those challenges. It will remain a party to the lawsuits. The law itself remains in effect.

DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1995, allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages preformed in other states and provides a federal definition for “marriage” that exempts same-sex couples. (more)

This is amazing, you guys! :D

If you listen to the National Organization for Marriage or the folks behind Cornerstone Action, you’d think that repealing New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law was the number one priority facing the state, and that an overwhelming majority of New Hampshire residents favor taking away rights from same-sex couples.

Neither of those two sentiments, of course, could be further from the truth. Exhibit A? A new poll by WMUR, which shows huge opposition to repealing marriage equality in the state. Only 29 percent of those surveyed said that New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law should be repealed, while a whopping 62 percent said that legislators should leave the law alone.

Read the full article here.

The Hawaii senate passed the final version of a civil unions bill with an 18-5 vote on Wednesday afternoon. 

The bill will now go to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who has expressed his support for the bill.

"Today is a momentous day," Sen. Clayton Hee said.

Read the whole article here.