Weekly Political Roundup

  • FlagsThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed new federal regulations that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in its core housing programs. (My piece on this at Keen News Service.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a group of clergy who want to put Washington, D.C.’s marriage equality law on the ballot.
  • What would you do with $193 million dollars? That was the cost of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell between 2004 and 2009, according to new figures from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
  • Three married same-sex couples in California have gotten the okay from a federal district judge to bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and the state pension system, CalPERS, for CalPERS’ refusal to sell them long-term care insurance for their same-sex partners.
  • Maryland legislators plan to introduce a marriage equality bill next week.
  • The Wyoming House advanced a bill to ban same-sex couples from marriage.

Around the world:

  • The French Constitutional Court heard the case of a lesbian couple challenging the country’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
  • Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, who is running for election again, has said he will support same-sex civil unions if elected.
  • The European Court of Human Rights has accepted a lawsuit by a Russian lesbian couple claiming the authorities must register the marriage they had in Canada.