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December 07, 2016

D.C. surrogacy bill passes first reading

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(Photo by Tina Reed, Washington Business Journal)

The Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016 passed its first reading as part of the consent agenda at the D.C. Council Legislative Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. That means it was supported unanimously.

The bill will have its second and final reading at an additional legislative meeting (probably December 20), then it will go to Mayor Bowser for her signature.

This carefully written bill legalizes and regulates both traditional and gestational (in vitro fertilization based) surrogacies. It will give District couples, both gay and straight, a parenting option commonly practiced elsewhere. No longer will they have to travel outside the District for this purpose. Many couples' dreams of having families will be made easier and less stressful.

This comes after a four-year effort by a coalition of groups including GLAA that worked with the Council's Judiciary Committee staff, medical experts, and family advocates. Thanks to all the activists, families, experts, and affirming clergy who helped. It was opposed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, but they've pretty much opposed everything we've done for the past three-plus decades.

After it is signed, the bill will be transmitted to Congress for the congressional review period that all D.C. legislation must undergo. There may be challenges there; stay tuned.

December 04, 2016

D.C. surrogacy bill passes Judiciary, heads to full Council on Dec. 6

On Wednesday, November 30, the surrogacy parenting bill (currently known as the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016), which has been knocking around the Council since January 2013, passed the DC Council Committee on the Judiciary by voice vote.

The Committee of the Whole will consider the bill on Tuesday, December 6. The bill will then get its first reading and vote by the full Council at the Legislative Meeting that follows the COW meeting. Second reading will occur later in December, then the bill goes to Mayor Bowser for signature.

This bill was the work of a broad coalition of advocates coordinated by past GLAA honoree Alison Gill, including extensive work by Judiciary staff under previous Judiciary Chair Tommy Wells and current chair Kenyan McDuffie. Particular thanks to current committee director Kate Mitchell.

Legalizing and regulating surrogacy is the last major piece of family-related law on GLAA's policy agenda. We testified in support of it in June 2013. I will conclude my term as GLAA president at the end of this month. I will be very glad to leave office on this note. We and our allies may have to battle to defend it during its congressional review period on Capitol Hill; but first things first.

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Good news of an early end to a promised billion-year reign.

November 26, 2016

Sen.Rubio has the gall to slam Castro's anti-gay record

I was no fan of Fidel Castro, who was a brutal despot who impoverished and enslaved his people. But Marco, you hypocrite, you can just take a seat.

Contrasting statement on Castro death by Presidents 44 and 45

Above, a tasteful and diplomatic statement by President Obama. Below, a tweet by his successor.

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This is heartbreaking. The boy is my latest hero.

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Many in Florida refused to believe that a benefit they count on would actually be taken away

The wages of folly.

Video of Trump Supporter Calling Out 'Hillary B*tches' on Delta Flight Goes Viral

After telling voters for months the election was "rigged" Trump now attacking efforts to ensure it was not.

Trump Picks NOM Donor and Gay Marriage Opponent Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

This is not good.

Married GOP Politician Who Admitted to Sexting Male Teen: I'm Not Gay

Can you say bisexual?

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November 19, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Mom sues her own daughter for starting trans hormones without her permission

Gee, why would anyone want to get away from such a loving mother?

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November 17, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

Congresswoman Norton pledges to defend Death with Dignity Act from congressional interference

November 06, 2016

Couples look to county clerk Kim Davis to pay legal bill

Melania Trump Could Have Been Deported Under Husband's Immigration Policy

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November 02, 2016

Ugandan gays say police use painful exam to "prove" homosexuality

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans urges federal takeover of transit system

November 01, 2016

Death with Dignity Act passes first reading at DC Council

(That's me, Rick Rosendall, in the yellow shirt at center left in above pic.)

On Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 1) the Death with Dignity Act passed first reading at the DC Council by a vote of 11-2. (Dissenting were CMs Alexander and Nadeau.) Most advocates on both sides (I have testified and lobbied in favor on behalf of GLAA) have been civil toward one another during the process leading up to today's vote. Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, for example, held a committee markup on the bill despite her personal opposition.

But one opponent was quite exercised as today's meeting was about to begin, threatening to defeat every Councilmember who supported the bill. (Good luck with that, lady, since most Washingtonians disagree with you.) She even gave a dressing down to bill supporter Romaine Thomas, a beloved local figure who is widow and mother of past council members and a longtime public servant in her own right. The angry woman refused even to shake Romaine's hand; I, as usual, had embraced Mrs. Thomas, asked after her family (her grandson is in college), and said I was glad we were on the same side.

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October 30, 2016

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Human Rights Campaign drops Mark Kirk, now supports Tammy Duckworth

Better late than never. Kirk's despicable attack on Duckworth's military heritage was no slip of the tongue. Many of us urged HRC to rescind its endorsement of Kirk. It did, and I thank them.

October 22, 2016

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