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Faith Leaders Support Marriage Equality in Maine

Faith leaders of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, are issuing a strong and unified call of support for the freedom to marry in Maine.

Kathleen Sebelius on Repeal of the HIV Travel Ban

Kathleen Sebelius (pictured), Secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the following statement yesterday regarding repeal of the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban. The official rule change, which will go into effect at the beginning of 2010, was published in Monday’s federal register.

Picture of the Year (and Next?)

As we eagerly watched President Obama sign into law last week the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act - the first major piece of civil rights legislation for the LGBT community - it dawned on us that many of those flanking the President on stage, applauding, were military men, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

A Year Later And Where Are We? A Look At Organizing For Marriage Equality in California

November 4, 2008 – a day history was made. Crowds gather around their television sets waiting for the poll results to come in. A collective breath was held. Parents were holding their children’s hands in anticipation. Celebrations were ready to go. Then the results of the vote were announced – Proposition 8 had passed in California - the shock, the utter disappointment, the insult. Human rights were not being gained, but stripped away from a class of people in one of the most “so-called” progressive states in the nation.

Maine to Vote on Gay Marriage

Maine residents will decide tomorrow whether to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage, an effort that has succeeded in every state where it has been put before voters. Public opinion surveys in Maine show a dead heat on Question 1, which would cancel the marriage statute that passed the legislature in May.

Servicemembers United Statement on Justice Department's Emergency Appeal in DADT Lawsuit

The Justice Department has unfortunately given notice that it intends to take the extra and unnecessary step of filing an emergency appeal in an attempt to get the only remaining legal challenge to the constitutionality of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law dismissed, despite a judge’s earlier ruling denying the government’s motion to dismiss.

Hunger at Home Gears Up for 2nd Annual Charity Gala

Feeling charitable or just looking for an excuse to wear your best evening attire? Tickets are still available and Hunger at Homes is also still in need of sponsors, auction items, volunteers and donors.