Utah state rep carrying
baby for Gay friends
Utah Lesbian state Rep. Christine Johnson (D-Salt Lake City) is pregnant with the sperm of one-half of a Gay couple who are close friends of hers, and she will give them the child when it is born around June 21.
'To watch them get emotional when we look at the ultrasound and we see their baby, it is so gratifying for me to know I'm helping them become a family," Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "They are, in concert, just going to be perfect parents.'
'Not only am I a single mother who's pregnant, but I'm also a Lesbian mother who is pregnant and having a baby for two Gay men. That might be startling to some,' she acknowledged.
to start in D.C. March 5
Gay marriages will start in the District of Columbia, the latest locality to legalize same-sex marriage, on March 5.
That's when the bill passed by the Council and signed by the mayor will have completed its mandated congressional review period and any couples who obtained a license on the first day possible, March 2, will have made it through the mandatory three-day waiting period between getting a license and getting married.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden; in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province; and in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. It will become legal in Portugal in April.
Gays and Transgenders
The City Commission in Bozeman, Montana, on January 11 added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a policy that protects city employees from discrimination. The vote was 3-0.
The policy also will officially extend spousal benefits to employees' same-sex partners.
San Diego Pride
San Diego LGBT Pride seemingly self-destructed in early January, with the firing of the executive director, the resignations of half of the full-time staff, the resignations of all but three board members, and calls for the remaining board members to step down.
What actually happened depends on what story one believes.
It began when the Pride board waived the organization's bylaws and gave volunteer board chair Philip Princetta a $5,000 cash gift for his service to the organization.
Executive Director Ron deHarte objected to the payment as improper, and says he was fired when he refused to back down.
Under pressure from the community, the remaining members of the board later apologized for the $5,000 "indiscretion" and said Princetta returned the money.
The board members also claimed that deHarte's firing was unrelated to the $5,000 misstep and instead flowed from a "disparity or tension" between the board and deHarte regarding "transparency of information."
The board further alleged, in an open letter, that a plan was or is afoot "to remove the current governing body of this organization and 'take it over,' plain and simple."
In an interview, deHarte said "any sane person" would reject the board's narrative. He said board members entered his office January 5, told him they were there regarding a letter he wrote about the $5,000, and informed him that his services were no longer needed.
DeHarte had been in the job for four years, during which the Pride organization and events seemingly thrived even as the board of directors dropped to half its former size. Overall, some 11 people left the board during deHarte's tenure.
DeHarte hopes he and the two staff members who quit after he was fired can get their jobs back.
On January 10, the public was given a chance to vent over the meltdown in an open meeting at the Gay community center.
With assistance from Bill Kelley
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