Scott Penfold, Salt Lake City Councilman
Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the addition of Scott Penfold, an openly gay man, to the City Council:"Now, after three decades of building a life, career and penchant for a growing community, the erstwhile gardener is ready to dig in to city politics. He replaces Eric Jergensen, a moderate who stepped down after eight years.

New Hampshire Gay Marriage
Associated Press

Concord, NH - Gay marriage opponents are organizing a petition drive to put a nonbinding article on the issue before New Hampshire voters at town meetings this spring.

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.

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