August 18, 2011 | by Staff reports
National news in brief: August 19

N.C. activists fight to avoid amendment

CHARLOTTE — LGBT activists in North Carolina are battling a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage being considered by lawmakers this September.

According to the Charlotte Observer, similar amendments had been proposed for years, but never reached full floor votes in the Democratic legislatures. With Republican control over both North Carolina houses, however, the amendment has its greatest chance yet of passing.

Equality North Carolina hopes to send more than 50,000 postcards to lawmakers by the start of the September session in hopes of convincing them to vote down the amendment. If approved by a three-fifths majority, the ban goes to the ballot where voters will have the final approval.

“You can’t have the tyranny of the majority impose their will on the people who need to be protected,” Ed Crabtree told the Charlotte Observer at a gay and lesbian film festival where Equality North Carolina collected 500 post cards for lawmakers.

Sean Hayes to star in ‘gay Two and a Half Men.’

LOS ANGELES — One of the most memorable faces from ‘Will & Grace,’ has been signed to star in an NBC sitcom about two gay dads who are ‘tasked with raising a 12 year old.’

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sean Hayes, who played the iconic Jack McFarland for eight seasons on the groundbreaking gay sitcom, will return to NBC to play one half of a gay couple that suddenly find themselves parents.

Hayes officially came out as gay last year, after years of speculation. When coming out to the Advocate, Hayes said “I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it.”

Bachmann faces questions about her LGBT views

WASHINGTON — After refusing to say on NBC whether or not she considered a same-sex couple raising children “a family,” GOP presidential hopeful, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told CNN Sunday that she would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” if elected president.

“I would be in consultation with our commanders, but yes, I probably will,” Bachmann told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday.

After winning the Ames straw poll in Iowa on Saturday, Bachmann visited two political talk shows this week, facing LGBT-related questions at both.

On NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ when pressed by David Gregory as to whether a same-sex couple raising children is a ‘family,’ Bachmann replied, “You know, all of these kind of questions really aren’t about what people are concerned about right now.”

Bachmann also dodged a question about appointing LGBT people to administration positions and the federal bench.

Log Cabin to honor two ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal allies in Senate

WASHINGTON — Log Cabin Republicans will honor Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Susan Collins (Maine) at their national dinner on Sept. 20.

The dinner will coincide with the same day that the law repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will go into effect. Brown and Collins — who joined six other Republicans in crossing the aisle for repeal — will be given Log Cabin’s highest honor, the “Spirit of Lincoln Award,” for assisting in ending the 17-year-old law that saw the discharge of nearly 14,000 troops, many mission-critical, such as Arabic linguists.

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