Mayor Annise Parker has announced her choices for City of Houston Council Committees and has named freshman Council Member Mike Laster to serve as Vice Chair of the Housing, Sustainable Growth & Development Committee. Additionally, Council Member Laster was appointed to serve on the Public Safety Committee and the Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure Committee. “Being on these committees is an excellent opportunity to serve the people of District J and the City of Houston,” said Laster. “I am honored that Mayor Parker has appointed me to serve as Vice Chair of the Housing, Sustainable Growth & Development Committee.” Laster, along with all Members of City Council, will serve on the Budget & Fiscal Affairs and Ethics, Election & Council Governance Committees, which will operate as a committee of the whole.
Legislation granting Colorado same-sex couples similar rights to married couples will be considered again this year.
The Republican presidential candidates are being challenged on gay rights.
Don’t expect the volatile issue of gay rights to dominate the Legislature this year as it did last session, legislative leaders said.
Occupy New Hampshire protesters marched in Manchester to support gay rights and family pride.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has invited sponsors of same-sex marriage legislation to attend a news conference in Olympia on the issue.
The leader of Jamaica’s sole gay rights group said Tuesday that some ruling-party candidates have aggressively played to anti-gay constituents by resorting to homophobic rhetoric in the final days of the campaign for this week’s national elections.
City commissioners in Kalamazoo were expected to look at options to help municipal workers under a new state law that blocks taxpayer-paid health insurance to domestic partners of some public employees.
Lane Lewis, Democratic Chair for Senate District 15, was tonight elected the Harris County Democratic Party Chair. He will serve the remainder of retiring chair Gerry Birnberg’s term. Lewis has also completed his filing as a candidate for HCDP chair on the April 2012 primary ballot.
A New Hampshire group lobbying to keep gay marriage legal in the state has sent a mailer to lawmakers urging them to vote to keep the unions legal.