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COMMENTARY: Separate but equal is never equal – ever

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s LGBT inaugural moment, however …

As happy as I was to hear President Barack Obama say in his second inaugural address: "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

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COMMENTARY: Who’s been hit with the stupid stick?

It’s been so, so stupid in political La-La Land of late. Bad stupid! One might have thought we’d enjoy a reprieve after the presidential elections. But, no. And there’s just so much stupidity one can tolerate. I’m at capacity. Maybe worse. Beyond the point of satiety, my dear, darling father might have said. When he was above ground, routinely forming complex sentences with multisyllabic words. And gently chuckling at the world’s idiots.

But I’m not laughing. That’s for sure. Not that I haven’t tried.

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Editor's Notebook: Obama's immortal words

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths -- that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

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COMMENTARY: Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides black community

President Barack Obama's second inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the President honored King's legacy when he eloquently spoke of how the many U.S. liberation movements, both current and historic, are interconnected.

"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall."

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: DREAMer activist challenges Sen. Marco Rubio

As the conversation for immigration reform continues to heat up, GetEQUAL released the following statement today in response to Senator Marco Rubio's recent attempts to offer an immigration framework that only offers relief to a very small percentage of immigrants:

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COMMENTARY: I’ve had an abortion, but will my daughter be able to?

It’s Tuesday in Highlands, N.J., and I’m taking Frank the contractor to lunch. He’s been such a great guy. He will rebuild my mother’s little house on the Jersey shore that was awash in the waters of Hurricane Sandy last October. Newly gutted, the house reveals the faded layers of lives that once made the place a home, one pattern atop the last, atop the last, atop the last.

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COMMENTARY: Has Uganda's PM pulled back on "Kill The Gays" bill?

(Editor's note: Peter Tatchell's blog first appeared on Huffington Post UK, and the human rights campaigner then submitted it to SDGLN.)

Amid fears that Uganda’s notorious “Kill The Gays” Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be revived in parliament, the country’s Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has appeared to distance himself from aspects of the proposed legislation. He has implied that the government may not support the bill in its present form. This may be the reason it was not passed, as expected, in the run-up to Christmas.

Amama Mbabazi said:

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COMMENTARY: Senator Kehoe leaves a legacy of accomplishment

(This commentary originally appeared in Assemblymember Toni Atkins' newsletter.)

This past month I was pleased to join with the San Diego Maritime Museum in recognizing the career achievements of Senator Christine Kehoe. After 20 years in elected office, the Senator is moving on to lead the California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative. This new position will allow her to continue her work in steering California towards a greener energy future.

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COMMENTARY: What the White House did in 2012 for LGBT community

As we kick off 2013, we want to take a few moments to reflect upon the last year of progress towards dignity, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.  Feel free to share this email with your colleagues and networks, and please encourage them to sign up for updates!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LCR questions GOP's defense of DOMA

(Editor's note: House Republicans decided this week to incorporate ongoing counsel to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into the new Congressional Rules. To date, the House Republicans had spend about $2 million in taxpayer money to defend DOMA in court. The Justice Department and the Obama Administration believes DOMA is unconstitutional and refused to defend the law in court. Ten courts have ruled that parts of DOMA are unconstitutional, and one case has now reached the U.S. Supreme Court for review in March.)