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Gay-Rights Update

April 14, 2000 • Volume 10, Issue 14
Is the movement gaining ground?
By Kenneth Jost

Introduction

Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles holding their one-month-old son, Seth, at a press conference in Burlington, Vt. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles holding their one-month-old son, Seth, at a press conference in Burlington, Vt. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Vermont is on the verge of becoming the first state to grant marriagelike status to gay and lesbian couples. Elsewhere in the country, however, opposition to same-sex marriage remains strong. Meanwhile, other gay-rights measures are gaining support despite continuing opposition from conservatives. Eleven states and some 124 municipalities have anti-discrimination legislation, and many school districts have allowed high school students to form “gay-straight alliance” clubs. On the military front, the Defense Department is promising a crackdown on anti-gay harassment but defending the “don't ask, don't tell” policy. The issues divide the major presidential candidates: Democrat Al Gore backs gay-rights measures while Republican George W. Bush is opposed.

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