For those of you that are not familiar with the Human Rights Campaign and do not receive the weekly update from Joe Solomnese, President, I thought it would be a good idea to post the information here for you to browse and hopefully keep up to date with important issues facing the gay world.
As most of you know, on Monday, New Jersey's civil union law went into effect. Gay and Lesbian couples around the state began registering Monday, February 19, 2007 to be civil unioned. There was a 72 hour waiting period after applying for the license so the civil union ceromonies did not actually start occurring until Thursday. "New Jersey is really just the start. Barely six weeks into the new year, legal recognition of our relationships is getting unprecedented positive attention in state capitals all over the country. Partnership recognition bills are up for consideration in Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, New Mexico and New Hampshire, and marriage bills will be getting attention in Vermont, Connecticut, California, Illinois, and Rhode Island," according to Solomnese. Unfortunately in other states, Indiana in particular, there are efforts underway to stop gay marriage and unions.
There has been alot of publicity about John Amaechi, former NBA player, coming out. At the same time, the fallout continues for former Miami Heat player, Tim Hardaway, because of his nasty and homophobic reaction to John's coming out. I encourage you to watch the CNN interview with Sir Charles Barkley, also a former NBA player, and hear what he has to say about the Hardaway comments. Quite a difference of opinions on the gay subject.
The HRC continues to do a fabulous job on promoting and maintaining rights for all LGBT citizens of the US and around the world.