Colorado Senate Approves Gay Partner Measure
(Denver, Colorado) A proposal that put a same-sex partner rights question on the November ballot was backed by the Senate on Wednesday.
If approved by voters it would give gay couples many of the same rights as married couples under state law.
The issue had little difficulty clearing the Democratically-controlled Senate, although several GOP members denounced it as "marriage lite" and said it would lead to the breakup of families.
Gay Fairy Tale Sparks Outrage
Lexington, MA (AHN) – A fairy tale about gay marriage has sparked a civil rights debate in Massachusetts, after a teacher read the story to a classroom of seven year olds without warning parents first.
A parents' rights group said it may sue the public school in the Lexington, where a teacher used the book King and King in a lesson about different types of weddings.
Brian Camenker, president of the Parents Rights Coalition, a conservative Massachusetts-based advocacy group said he believes the school, Joseph Estabrook Elementary, broke a 1996 Massachusetts law requiring schools to notify parents of sex-education lessons.
Bill to promote gay role models in California schools passes committee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill prohibiting discrimination against gays in school curriculum passed a key Senate committee Wednesday despite arguments that it would intrude on a parent's right to teach morals to their children.
Written by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, and sponsored by Equality California, Senate Bill 1437 attempts to create bias-free social science curriculum by requiring schools to recognize the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.