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Not for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for ReproductionNational News Notesby David Stout . Q-Notes staffD O M E S T I CGLMA comes out for marriageTrailblazing politician has diedNEW YORK, N.Y. — The Gay & LesbianST. PAUL, Minn. — Allan Spear, the firstMedical Association has launched a MarriageopenlyQgay state legislator to serve in the- N OEquality Initiative toTbring the voice andE Snation, has died at age 71. Spear was aknowledge of the medical community to theMinnesota State Senator for nearly 30 years,table in support of marriage equality.and served as Senate president for eight ofIn conjunction with the Marriage Equalitythem. Spear’s public declaration of his sexualInitiative, the GLMA published a new study, Ramelli and Donovan were verbally abusedorientation made nationalPoll: Majority“Same-Sex Marriage and Health,” whichwith anti-gay slurs by other Poway Highheadlines.“By living honestly andauthentically, Allan Spearknocked down barriers andhad an untold influence onthe LGBT community,” saidHuman Rights CampaignPresident Joe Solmonese.“Spear’s courageous decisionto come out inspired bothLGBT and straightAmericans, and today, openlyLGBT individuals runningand winning elected officeacross the country can walkon the road that he paved.”Today, there are approximately400 openly LGBTstate legislators nationwide.Each side will be allotted 30 minutes topresent their argument.In December 2005, Lambda Legal fileda lawsuit with the Polk County Court onbehalf of six same-sex couples who weredenied marriage licenses. Last year the districtcourt held that denying marriage to same-sexcouples is unconstitutional. The ruling wasappealed and now the final decision in thecase will be made by the Iowa Supreme Court.supports marriageHARTFORD, Conn. —Fifty-three percent ofConnecticut residents supportthe state SupremeCourt’s historic ruling tolegalize same-sex marriage,according a pollconducted for TheHartford Courant.Fortytwopercent of thosepolled said they do notsupport the decision.Looking at the level ofsupport by political party,72 percent of Democratsapprove of the ruling comparedto 29 percent of GOPshould be allowed to serve in the U.S. military,with 8 percent opposed.explains the positive correlation betweensame-sex marriage and overall health andwellness for same-sex couples and their children.Access to spousal healthcare, security forchildren and reduced financial stress for oldercouples are included in the report as examplesof positive health benefits that would resultfrom marriage equality.School board protects gay kidsBOZEMAN, Mont. — The BozemanSchool Board voted Oct. 13 to add sexual orientationto the district’s non-discriminationpolicy. Citing the need to promote a safe andaccepting environment and recognizing theimportance of leading by example, membersvoted 6-1 to update the school system’s antibiaspolicy, which ensures “equal educationalCalifornia Court of Appeal (Fourth District)upheld a jury decision that found PowayUnified School District officials took minimalor no action when two Poway High Schoolstudents were subjected to relentless harassmentbecause they are gay and lesbian. TheOct. 10 ruling upheld an award of $300,000 toMegan Donovan and Joey Ramelli under thestate education code.Over the course of their junior yearSchool students and Joey was physicallyassaulted and his car vandalized. Both eventuallydropped out and completed studiestoward their high school diplomas at home.“Ibegged school officials for help,” Ramelli said,“but they just didn’t care.”GLSEN names new agency headNEW YORK, N.Y. — The national board ofdirectors of the Gay, Lesbian and StraightEducation Network have tapped Dr. ElizaByard to be the organization’s new executivedirector. Byard officially assumes the positionNov. 1. She was hired by GLSEN founder KevinJennings in 2001 and has since served as theagency’s deputy executive director. She boastsmore than 20 years of experience in non-profitdevelopment and management.Q - N O T E SFormer Minnesota State SenatorAllan Spearrespondents. Fifty-two percentof independent voters favor the decision. Bozeman High School has a Gay-Straight vision,integrity,experience and bold wis-opportunities available for all students.”“In Eliza, we found a leader with theState high court set for showdown The poll also found that 73 percent ofAlliance for students and observes GLSEN’s dom to lead GLSEN and strengthen ourDES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme respondents feel that gay and lesbian couples National Day of Silence.greater national safe schools movement,”Court will hear oral arguments on December should have the right to adopt children, whilesaid Deborah Dagit, chair of the search committeeand Chief Diversity Officer at Merck9 in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking marriage 19 percent said they should not. In addition, School bullying award upheldequality for same-sex couples in the state. 87 percent said that people who are openly gay SAN DIEGO, Calif. — In a 3-0 decision, the & Co., Inc. ◗Q - N O T E SQ - N O T E SNOVEMBER 1 . 2008 • QNotes 7Q-Notes Not for Reproduction Q-Notes

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