Weekly Political Roundup

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  • Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) became a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act. Levin was one of the leaders in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • Michigan state Rep. Thomas McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced a bill that would eliminate LGBT people as a protected class under all local ordinances, as well as university, school, and state agency policies.
  • Washington State officials have halted the release of the signatures of those who supported a petition to vote on the state’s domestic partnership law. An appeals court is considering whether the signers are likely to be harassed if their names are released.
  • Lesbian attorney Beth Robinson was nominated to the Vermont Supreme Court.
  • Tammy Baldwin (D), the out U.S. representative from Wisconsin running for Senate, picked up the endorsement of former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold.

Around the world:

  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard may in the next few weeks call for a conscience vote on marriage for same-sex couples. She herself opposes marriage equality.
  • Botswana’s former president, Festus Mogae, said his country should decriminalise homosexuality and prostitution in order to prevent the spread of HIV.