Despite some last minute lobbying by religious opponents, the Colorado Senate affirmed a third and final vote to approve a civil union law, just as expected.
Passing 23-12 with bipartisan support, the Colorado Civil Unions Act extends many of the legal, property and other "marriage rights" to same-sex couples. The state's constitution still prohibits actual equality.
The bill now heads to Colorado's House, where it was defeated last year. Out Front Colorado reports that the prospects of passage this year are mixed, for there are rumors floating around that the majority GOP want to squash it straight away.
From here the bill will be sent to the House and — most likely — be immediately assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and scheduled for sometime the week of April 30.
The Colorado Observer, a website financed by Republican efforts, reported Assistant House Majority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, told the Observer the bill will be killed because Mitchell’s amendment was not accepted.
Waller claims he was misquoted.
“What he was saying is that if the exact same bill came over as last year, he thought it would have trouble getting out of the House,” GOP spokesman Owen Loftus said in an email. “The bill will get a fair hearing no matter what committee it is assigned to.”
Since there are no Republican co-sponsors, House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino says he'll go it alone.
HEARTFELT: Sen. Al Franken cries while discussing violence against women.
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FLIP-FLOPPED OR CONVINCED?: NC Rep. Jim Crawford changes tune on anti-gay Amendment One after lesbian's awesome speech.
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Erich Bishop, the openly gay son of a former KKK member, is running for state house in Kansas.
"To a man?" That's how Fox News anchor Monica Crowley reacted to news that Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for wanting access to contraceptives, is engaged. Adam Peck writes, "Crowley’s fake surprise that Fluke is not, in fact, a lesbian is especially ironic given the attacks that her network leveled against Fluke in February."
Rupert Murdoch admitted that News Corp. executives tried to "cover up" a culture of hacking.
Jen Tyrrell, the mother booted from her son's Boy Scouts troop for being a lesbian, appeared on MSNBC today and had this to say about the incident: "We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family."
The thankfully short life of the "I Kill Gays for Fun" Facebook page.
The Victory Fund says that for the first time ever all 50 states have an LGBT elected official. From the Washington Blade: "[VF] has listed the names of openly LGBT officials in 49, saying that it has also identified a local official in Alaska whose name will be made public soon."
In related news, 2012 is turning out to be quite the year for LGBT candidates: "[Victory Fund] has already backed more than 100 national, state and local LGBT candidates, and expects that number to double before November."
Perhaps hoping that he hasn't completely eradicated his political career, failed presidential candidate now claims he can be an influential surrogate for Mitt Romney: "I'm going to look at how I can be helpful, because I suspect people will still show up to hear me."
Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy won't stand for homophobic business on the kiss cam. "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend," he tweeted.
Reality star and White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is claims young people will help his campaign for governor in Virginia: "The social media, those people that have associated me with television or reality TV, opens up a whole new audience, and frankly the younger audience is going to be very important in winning this governor's race."
Racism among the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.
Top Gun sequel?
Progressive Catholics are coming out against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. "We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few," wrote dozens of faculty and students at Georgetown, where Ryan spoke today.
Lindsay Lohan smoked a stoge while hanging around the set of Glee.
Not sure if you heard or not, but Ricky Martin will be hosting an LGBT Obama fundraiser.
Lambda Legal is fighting to overturn the 2010 aggravated assault conviction for a man who was accused of using a "dangerous instrument" when he bit someone because the judge claimed his HIV-positive status turned his saliva into a weapon, even though HIV is not transmitted through saliva.
Singer Kris Allen strikes striking poses during a photo shoot for his forthcoming album, Thank You Camellia.
A little taste of elephant.
Chew on this: "Thinking analytically dims supernatural beliefs [such as religion], apparently by opposing the intuitive thought processes that underpin them."
The Senate renewed the Violence Against Women Act, which now includes LGBT people. The House now has to pass its own version.
Meryl Streep tries to get her groove back in the Hope Springs trailer.
Hoping to build more interest and controversy ahead of its May 16th opening, Sacha Baron Cohen today released the opening scene of his latest flick, The Dictator.
Among the things we learn about Cohen's latest character from this video's journalist narrator is that the Dictator, Admiral General Aladeen, was born with a full beard, and then some, created his own Olympic games and changed a over 300 words in his language to "Aladeen," including "positive" and "negative" which caused endless headaches and head-scratching and will certainly create some outrage.
Watch the opening scene of The Dictator AFTER THE JUMP.
The latest edition of Academic Pediatrics reprints remarks Dr. Mark A. Schuster, head of general pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, made in 2010 about experiencing homophobia during medical school.
One story Schuster details in his remarks, delivered at the Children’s Hospital Boston GLBT & Friends Celebration, concerns a woman with symptoms of a herniated disc.
Though the surgeons were ready to operate, and the students ready to learn, a radiologist reversed his diagnosis because the woman appeared to be a lesbian, thus jeopardizing the woman's well-being.
The neurosurgeon abruptly canceled the operation. It turned out that the radiologist had reversed his reading. When pressed as to why he no longer saw what even a third-year medical student could see (that would be me), he confessed that the neurosurgeon had pressured him to change his read.
When our team met with the neurosurgeon, he was direct. He had seen what he assumed to be a lesbian novel at the patient’s bedside, and he wasn’t going to operate. His rationalization was that she might have inserted something into her urethra that caused her incontinence. He had no research or case studies to support his theory. He had no explanation for why a lesbian would do this. He had no explanation for why it wasn’t showing up on x-ray. He made it clear, though, that he wasn’t going to operate on a lesbian.
Dr. Pauline W. Chen at the New York Times says the reprinted Schuster speech "delivers unflinching, evenhanded descriptions of a profession that is committed to helping others, yet is also capable of treating some of its own as aberrant." Still, I would say being the patient in such a situation would be equally horrible, if not worse.
The woman in Schuster's story ended up getting the operation, for those who wondered. You can read more of his experience with this PDF.
Conservative aggregator Matt Drudge abandoned panic and sensation for a moment today and instead went with double entendre when linking to video of Vice President Joe Biden saying President Obama has a "big stick" and will be aggressive in negotiations with Iran.
Drudge can't be blamed for partaking in some puerile humor. Who wouldn't? Biden's comments begged for a chuckle, as they're wont to do. And NBC News reports that even Biden's audience laughed, which apparently inspired Biden to offer another suggestive remark:
Biden, notorious for his gaffes, said when it comes to Iran policy, it was time to heed the timeless advice of Theodore Roosevelt, to "speak softly and carry a big stick."
"I promise you, the president has a big stick," Biden said.
The bizarre choice of words elicited giggles from his audience and spread quickly on Twitter after it was tweeted by political reporters. About 500 people were in the audience, mostly NYU students.
Biden also got some laughs when he described Obama's decisiveness.
"This guy's got a backbone like a ramrod. For real. For real," he said.
Hey, the man knows his audience.
Watch video of Biden's "big stick" remark AFTER THE JUMP.