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NATIONAL ROUNDUP
by Andrew Davis
2008-12-17

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The 13-member New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission has unanimously recommended to Gov. Jon Corzine and the state legislature that they pass a law that allows same-sex marriage as soon as possible "because any delay in marriage equality will harm all the people of New Jersey," according to PR Newswire. The commission includes LGBT leaders, clergy, government officials and a pro-life Republican. A spokesperson for Corzine told the Philadelphia Gay News that the governor would sign a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage.

Richard Cizik, the longtime vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals ( NAE ) , stepped down from his post after experiencing backlash for saying that he supported same-sex unions, according to World Magazine. Leith Anderson, president of the NAE, said that Cizik "made statements that did not appropriately represent the values and convictions of [ the organization ] and our constituents."

Cleveland now has a domestic-partner registry, according to the Associated Press. Councilmembers approved the measure 13-7 on Dec. 8, making Cleveland the third city in Ohio ( besides Toledo and Cleveland Heights ) to have such a registry.

Kalamazoo, Mich., has passed an ordinance banning sexual-orientation discrimination regarding housing, public accommodations and employment, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. The city's commission unanimously passed the measure.

Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea after being caught in a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport, according to the Associated Press. Craig was arrested last year after being accused of soliciting sex from an undercover cop.


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