Friday, January 21, 2011

IA: new anti-gay-marriage amendment; HUD takes on bias; military ban was very expensive

According to a story by Jason Hancock in the Iowa Independent, a resolution has been introduced in the Iowa House to implement a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The text of the brief amendment is here.    Four Republicans did not sign on. The newspaper story is here

Ed O’Keefe has an important story in the Washington Post today about new Housing and Urban Development rules prohibiting lenders and property owners from asking about same-sex relationships in determining eligibility for HUD-related housing. This sounds like a retreat to the “privacy” paradigm. The link is here.  The proposed new rule is “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, link here. The story cites instances of bias found in Michigan in 2007.

O’Keefe also has a story reporting that the military spent over $193 million on discharging and replacing gay soldiers from 2004 to 2009 under “don’t ask don’t tell”, over $52000 per soldier.  At least 39% of the discharges involved critical skills in infantry, intelligence and languages. The link is here

Picture: Random resort shot, at Bethany Beach DE as I recall (Aug 2010)

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