EqualityMaine on Sunday reported that it collected 5,200 signatures on Saturday in favor of a ballot initiative that would extend marriage protections to same-sex couples in the state. Saturday was the first official day the organization could collect signatures. Advocates need to collect at least 57,277 before Jan. 30 for the question to appear on the ballot. According to data obtained by the New York Post, roughly 1,400 same-sex couples have been married in New York City since New York State's marriage equality law went into effect.
A federal immigration judge on Friday delayed a deportation hearing for Sujey Pando, who married her partner in 2010. The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus immigration enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws. White House officials said the policy could help immigrants with family members in the United States, including partners of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) has said he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2012, and many are saying this places out Rep. Tammy Baldwin as frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Baldwin is reportedly expected to formally launch her candidacy shortly after Labor Day.
The New York Times examined the financial burden that some transgender women face when transitioning. It also ran two letters, written by Richard Socarides of Equality Matters and Kathleen Paylor of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in response to a piece by GLAAD Board Member Jennifer Finney Boylan that appeared in the publication.
The Washington Post ran several LGBT-centric pieces over the weekend. In one piece, the Post examined LGBT people living in Egypt and the hope that they could "emerge as the pioneers of social liberalization" in the region. The Post also published a profile of Bayard Rustin and discussed his place as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
In the Post's 'On Faith' section, Becky Garrison wrote about so-called "progressive" Christians who are not entirely open to the idea of equality for LGBT people. Sojourners, a popular progressive Christian magazine and web site designed to focus on social justice issues, recently rejected an LGBT-inclusive ad scheduled to run on Mother's Day. The publication has since worked with GLAAD and the Ali Forney Center to run an ad about homeless LGBT youth.
On Friday, FOX News Channel’s Megyn Kelly interviewed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and asked him about some of his anti-gay positions. During the interview, Santorum claimed he has gay friends.