Democratic Gov. Jared Polis put pen to paper on two bills dealing with LGBT rights, including the conversion therapy bill and another allowing transgender and intersex individuals to update the gender on their birth certificate without needing proof of surgery by a court order or a legal name change. Conversion therapy is a controversial practice which claims to be able to make a gay individual straight through conditioning.
As of the elections, the legislatures of 46 states have had at least one openly LGBT member; the first out person to serve in each of those states is listed here. The first openly gay judge in the United States was Stephen M. InThomas R.
Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California. The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support in June. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy as "an insidious form of child abuse.
Jared Polis, the incoming governor of Colorado, at left, with his partner, Marlon Reis. By Matthew Schneier. It was a vision of progress captured in its unfurling: a milestone celebrated by those who saw themselves represented, even as it was also accepted by others as a matter of unremarkable course.
Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington wishes she'd supported marriage equality for gays and lesbians years ago -- and she hopes President Obama evolves in his thinking soon. Having introduced a marriage equality bill several weeks ago that now reportedly has the votes in the state legislature to pass, Gregoire, in an interview on my radio program on Sirius XM OutQalso criticized Governor Christie of New Jersey for urging marriage equality be voted on at the ballot without a vote of the elected representatives. He has done, in my opinion, a great job as commander-in-chief, with respect to our military, as a voice for anti-discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of this nation.
The browser or device you are using is out of date. It has known security flaws and a limited feature set. You will not see all the features of some websites.
Christopher James Christie born September 6, is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from to After graduating in from the University of Delawarehe earned a J. A Republican, Christie was elected county freeholder legislator for Morris County, New Jerseyserving from to
The Massachusetts referendum resulted from the efforts of anti-trans activists to repeal a law that guaranteed equal access to public accommodations regardless of gender identity. A yes vote upheld that law and garnered roughly 70 percent of the vote, after a hard-fought campaign. At a time when transgender rights are being threatened nationally, we absolutely must preserve the rights we have secured at the state level. In Colorado, Jared Polis, an out gay Democrat elected to Congress inwas elected governor with a margin of about seven percentage points.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.