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You Might Not Have Noticed, But 2009 Was a Banner Year For LGBT Rights in America

So you didn’t get ENDA. Or a repeal of DOMA or DADT. But did 2009 was actually a banner year for gay rights legislation?

In a state-by-state analysis of LGBT equality legislation, the Human Rights Campaign finds more bills passed in 2009 than any year since 2006. Moreover, more bills — dealing with everything from adoption to domestic partnerships and marriage to anti-discrimination protections — were introduced. That’s actually pretty great news, and these “report card” things are one of the reasons HRC is not entirely a useless organization.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jan 27, 2010
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  • 7 Comments
    • Tina
      Tina

      Thank you for putting ENDA first in this marriage-obsessed world. Jobs and safe homes are more important.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Prof. Donald Gaudard
      Prof. Donald Gaudard

      So, Joe Solmonese is paid $350,000 a year to produce a chart which any $10 an hour clerk could compile with minimal supervision. And that makes HRC a useful organization?? I don’t think so. For an organization that has their budget, they should be able to produce more than a color chart.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zack
      zack

      I’m confused. Why is this a bad thing? Just because HRC organized the research doesn’t instantly make it bad or wrong.

      Time for some reading comprehension classes for Queerty writers. This chart lists LGBT-related legislation at the state level. ENDA, DOMA, and DADT are all Federal laws. Apples and oranges.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LoveMoby
      LoveMoby

      As usual not a word about the UAFA bill. Binationals are beyond ignored. Sad, sad sad.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian NYC
      Brian NYC

      But, HRC didn’t accomplish those things – they made the Chart. That’s a very big difference.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • San Francisco Treat
      San Francisco Treat

      Do you know what HRC’s involvement in any of those bills was? And yes, UAFA should be on these mental lists we are all walking around with.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Josh_Texas
      Josh_Texas

      @San Francisco Treat: Yes, HRC wasn’t involved. They have made small financial contributions, but they didn’t create any strategies.

      HRC has no purpose. Stop giving.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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