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Happy Holidays Mr. President, from our family to yours

Today Equality California joins fellow national and local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family groups throughout the country in launching the From Our Family to Yours Campaign. In addition to spreading holiday cheer, the campaign will increase visibility and awareness about the need for federal protections for the LGBT community.

New Military Times poll results may present a highly unfavorable view of gays in the military

A new poll of subscribers to the various Military Times publications (e.g., Army Times, Navy Times, etc.) may have enough selection bias and negatively biased questions toward gays serving in the military that it will likely provide support for those who do not want “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repealed.

Budgets equal lives- CalADAP on the ropes

HIV/AIDS service-providers, recipients, and advocates will likely find a big lump of coal in their stockings this holiday season. That’s because according to budget projections, California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (CalADAP) has a target on its back this upcoming fiscal year.

Immigration Equality joins coalition calling for action on ENDA

On Friday, Immigration Equality joined a coalition of other LGBT organizations in calling on Congress to take immediate action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The coalition letter follows an indefinite postponement of Congressional hearings on the bill, and calls on lawmakers to move the bill immediately.

Winning Equality in New York and California

The news from the New York State Senate this week was sad to hear. In their vote on a bill that would have ended marriage discrimination against same-sex couples in the state, eight Democratic senators and five Republican senators who had indicated their willingness to vote for the bill ended up voting no. The bill did not pass.

Progress in D.C., Procrastination in New Jersey

NBC News reports that the District of Columbia City Council has voted 11-2 in favor of marriage equality. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the State Legislature is backing off of earlier indications that they would pass a marriage equality bill before the end of the year.