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04/19/2007


Attorney Theodore Boutrous Explains the Next Steps in the Federal Challenge to Proposition 8: VIDEO

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Equality Matters President Richard Socarides talks to AFER attorney THeodore Boutrous about the next steps in the federal challeng to Proposition 8, at a talk at Hofstra University.

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'Hardball' Scrutinizes the Bachmann 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Clinic: VIDEO

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Equality Matters President Richard Socarides and R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans join Chris Matthews to talk about Michele and Marcus Bachmann and their positions on gay "reparative therapy".

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In related news, the NYT looks at Marcus Bachmann's academic credentials:

Marcus Bachmann, the husband of the Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, focused his graduate studies on the contentious question of whether day care was harmful to young children, and argued in his Ph.D. dissertation that “parents who can do so should delay full-time day care until into the fourth year of a child’s life.’’

And the Daily Caller takes a look at whether Michele Bachmann's migraine headaches might place doubt into her candidacy:

The Minnesota Republican frequently suffers from stress-induced medical episodes that she has characterized as severe headaches. These episodes, say witnesses, occur once a week on average and can “incapacitate” her for days at time. On at least three occasions, Bachmann has landed in the hospital as a result.

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“When she gets ‘em, frankly, she can’t function at all. It’s not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It’s bad,” the adviser says. “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills. Prevention pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”

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Thomas Roberts Talks to Richard Socarides About NY Marriage Equality Victory's Effect at National Level: VIDEO

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Equality Matters President Richard Socarides spoke to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts this morning about the marriage equality victory in New York and what effect it might have on a national level.

They also discuss Obama's foot-dragging on the issue.

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Watch: LGBT Advocates Report Upbeat Meeting with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Marriage Equality

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Reports on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's private meeting with LGBT advocates yesterday in Albany are very positive.

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Gay City News reports that LGBT advocates were extremely upbeat about the meeting:

Cuomo A source told Gay City News that one of the key issues discussed was just how proactive the governor’s team should be in coordinating the effort. There was initial resistance to the idea of stepping on legislative prerogatives, but then [Equality Matters' Richard] Socarides –– though not by his own account, in speaking to Gay City News –– made a persuasive case that in the absence of a quarterback in the executive branch on an issue of this significance, there is danger that the governor’s commitment might not be effectively represented.

Steven Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who is secretary to the governor, which puts him in one of the most powerful positions in Cuomo’s inner circle, will play that role –– something that provides a compelling objective standard to back up the characterizations of the meeting Socarides and others provided.

In addition to Cohen, others on Cuomo’s staff at the meeting –– which ran more than 90 minutes, with the governor in attendance for just over an hour –– were his counsel, Mylan Denerstein, Alphonso David, the out gay deputy secretary for civil rights who earlier in his career was an attorney at Lambda Legal, and community liaison Erik Bottcher, who formerly held this same post in Quinn’s office.

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HRC Suggests President Should Address Bullying, NOT ENDA or Marriage Equality in 'State of the Union' Speech

From a NYT piece in which The Caucus asks leaders of various interest groups around the nation what Obama should say in his State of the Union speech:

Fred Sainz, spokesman for Human Rights Campaign: Hrc

“This past year Americans were confronted with the epidemic of bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people that goes on in our schools. The State of the Union address would be an appropriate time for the President to assert leadership on this moral issue and call on all schools to address the problem head on.”

While bullying is certainly a worthy issue to take on, shouldn't HRC, our nation's largest advocacy group for LGBTs,be challenging the President to take on ENDA, or DOMA and marriage equality - something substantial and civil rights-oriented in the legal sphere?

Or is this what's setting the pace for HRC in 2011?

EqualitymattersRichard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, is more on track imho:

“In order to be the kind of transformational leader he can be, he should show the country the way forth on dismantling the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that the law no longer robs the states of their right to decide the question of marriage, nor deprives lawfully married gay Americans of their federal benefits. That’s the advice I’m giving to all the people I know who might actually influence the speech. If you want to be a leader, this is the speech in which to do it.”


Watch: Equality Matters' Richard Socarides Discusses Obama and Biden Statements, and GOP on Marriage Equality

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Equality Matters President Richard Socarides discusses what should and may happen for marriage equality in 2011, on ABC's Topline shortly before the new year.

Before the holiday, Obama said he was "wrestling" with the concept of same-sex marriage and that his thoughts on the issue are "constantly evolving". VP Joe Biden called a "national consensus" on gay marriage an inevitablity.

Asked about Republican positions on the issue, Socarides replied: “I’m definitely a glass half-full [type person], because I think that you see a Ted Olson, a former Solicitor General, bringing this very important marriage case out in California. You see people like Laura Bush saying that they think gay marriage is coming. You see other prominent Republicans, [ex-Pres. George W. Bush campaign manager] Ken Mehlman, among others, saying that, they’re comfortable enough to come out, talking about this issue. So, I think that Republicans, there’s a lot going on in the Republican community. You may even have a Republican candidate for President this year, next time who supports gay marriage.”

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