Iowa Gay Marriage
Associated Press

Des Moines, IA - Gov. Chet Culver and Democratic legislative leaders intend to focus on the state's budget shortfall when the Legislature convenes next week, but activists are working to get gay marriage on the agenda.  Supporters and opponents of a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage plan Statehouse rallies to mark the opening of the Legislature on Jan. 11. A group that supports the decision will gather this Sunday, and opponents will rally Jan. 12, when Culver gives his condition of the state speech.

Gay Marriage Advocates Want NJ Vote
Associated Press

Trenton, NJ - Gay rights advocates in New Jersey made what could be a last-ditch push Monday to persuade lawmakers to legalize gay marriage quickly. In a time when lawmakers are calling the issue a matter of conscience, activists have been pushing the idea that some religious leaders are accepting of same-sex marriage.

Hastings Offers Kudos

UPDATE: Jan, 25, 2010:

Hastings Lauds Launch of South Florida Gay News.com

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) made the following statement on the launch of South Florida’s newest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) weekly newspaper, South Florida Gay News.com (SFGN). SFGN was founded by Broward criminal defense attorney and gay rights advocate Norm Kent.

2010 Smart Ride

Participants will cycle 165 miles to Key West

Fort Lauderdale, FL;  – This Friday, January 8th, approximately 500 bicyclists will depart Miami in The SMART Ride, a two day, 165 mile historic ride to Key West to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in the state of Florida. South Florida has one of the highest new infection rates in the nation and these are most prominent in women and teens.

Obama Repeals AIDS Travel Ban

President Barack Obama the U.S. will overturn a 22-year-old travel and immigration ban against people with HIV. The order will be finalized on Monday, January 4, 2010, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration. The U.S. has been among a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers with visas or anyone seeking a green card based on their HIV status.

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