· Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) re-introduced legislation to add gays and lesbians to federal hate crime laws. For the past decade, the bill has languished under the Republican-controlled Congress. With Democrats now in control, it is seen as having a better chance of passage. "It’s time for Congress to provide local police and sheriffs’ departments with the tools and resources they need to put away society’s most vicious criminals," says Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, one of the principal supporters of the bill. Add your name HERE to the HRC's action campaign.
· The Bush Administration and the Congress appear headed to a showdown over the politically-motivated firing of federal prosecutors. A House subcommittee voted subpoenas for top administration officials including political strategist Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. Meanwhile, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales meets with key GOP senators after at least four Senate and House Republicans have publicly called for his resignation.
· New Now Next does the obligatory fashion check on Naomi Campbell as she reports for Day Three of court-imposed community service.
· Illinois could become the fourth state to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. By a vote of 5 to 4, HB 1826 passed a House committee and would grant the same rights and protections to committed gay couples as the law now gives married couples. This includes insurance coverage, child custody and survivor benefits. The bill now moves to the House floor.
· Nebraska may allow gay couples to adopt.