Further action onLGBT bills looking lesslikely this Congress
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The limited time remaining in thelegislative calendar for this Congressis raising questions about whetherlawmakers will pass any further pro-LGBT bills before year’s end — andwhether it will be politically feasible topass such bills next year.Congress advanced LGBT-related legislation last year whenit passed hate crimes protec-tions. This year, a measure thatwould lead to repeal of “Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell” seems likely toreach President Obama’s desk.
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But numbers slip onpresident’s handlingof gay issues
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 77 percent of LGBT par-ticipants in an unscientific straw pollthe Washington Blade conductedduring last month’s Capital Pridestreet festival said they approve ofthe job President Barack Obama isdoing as president.The president’s 76.9 percentapproval rating among the LGBTrespondents — most of whom saidthey live in D.C., Maryland or Virginia— far exceeds the 46 percentapproval rating he received fromAmerican voters nationwide whoparticipated in a Gallup Poll in June.Just over 17 percent of the 519LGBT people who responded tothe Blade straw poll said they dis-approve of the president’s job per-formance, and about 6 percentsaid they had no opinion.In a separate question on theBlade straw poll, about 51 per-cent of LGBT respondents saidthey approve of the job Obama isdoing in “addressing LGBT-relat-ed issues.” On the matter, about36 percent said they disapproveand about 13 percent said theyhad no opinion.A third question asking respon-dents to grade Obama “on his han-dling of LGBT issues” showed arange of opinions. About 8 percent ofthe straw poll’s LGBT respondentsgave Obama an “A” grade, whereas37.7 percent gave him a “B,” 37.5percent gave him a “C,” about 13 per-cent gave him a “D,” and about 2 per-cent gave him an “F.” The remainingrespondents had no opinion.
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on love, lossand coming out.
On the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act, U.S. Rep.
said ‘we’re still trying to figure out a way to get that done.’
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Has gay agenda been shelved?
received high marks in an unscientific straw poll of LGBT voters the Blade conducted duringCapital Pride.
Photo by Pete Souza, courtesy of White House
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