Gay USA: Jan. 25-31, 2011

Out gay student Daniel Hernandez, who saved the life of Congress Member Gabby Giffords, is guest of the Obamas at the President's State of the Union address. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development bans discrimination in its housing projects on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  A federal judge in California is letting a challenge to DOMA go forward over the objections of the Obama Administration. The New Hampshire same-sex marriage law may be safe for this year as the House Republican leader delays any repeal effort. Maryland may get same-sex marriage by April as polls show majority support. Anti-same-sex marriage measures advance in Iowa and Wyoming. A 2006 suit charging the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority with anti-transgender discrimination is allowed by a court to go forward. The leader of the Smithsonian defends his decision to censor the gay-themed "Hide/Seek" exhibit in Washington. There will be a demonstration outside the Smithsonian to protest censorship on Monday, Jan. 31 at 1 PM in Washington. For more information, go to www.artpositive.org. France's Constitutional Court is due to rule on opening marriage to gay couples while Spain's law could face a repeal effort under a conservative government

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