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Nepal U-turn on gays – Times Online

Nepal U-turn on gays – Times Online

“We’re completely changing this country. It’s a newborn republic — and we want to showcase this change,” Sharat Singh Bhandari, the Tourism Minister, told The Times. “We also want to re-establish tourism as a major industry.” He aims to attract one million tourists in 2011, more than double the number last year.

He kicked off the marketing campaign in October with a written message to the International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism in Boston — an unprecedented gesture for an Asian minister. “As the world knows, Nepal is the land of Mount Everest, world’s highest peak and the birth place of Lord Buddha, light of Asia,” the message said. “I, therefore, would like to take this opportunity to invite and welcome all the sexual and gender minorities from around the world.”

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10 Reasons Why a LGBT March on Washington is a Bad Idea

Bil Browning: 10 Reasons Why a LGBT March on Washington is a Bad Idea

An activist who worked alongside slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk announced plans yesterday for a march on Washington this fall to demand that Congress establish equality and marriage rights for the lesbian, gay, and transgender community.

Cleve Jones said the march planned for Oct. 11 will coincide with National Coming Out Day and launch a new chapter in the gay rights movement. He made the announcement during a rally at the annual Utah Pride Festival.

There are 10 major reasons why this a horrible idea….


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Gay marriage will come

Blumner: Gay marriage will come – Salt Lake Tribune

Here is what I predict the future holds for states resistant to recognition for same-sex marriage: When their economic development people try to lure Information Age companies to relocate there, the answer will come back, “How can we move to a state that doesn’t recognize the legal status of some of our employees’ marriages or their legal relationship to their children?”


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Marriage for All or None!

This morning I received an email from the Northern California ACLU saying, “In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it’s time to show some love. … Love for the right to love and the right to marry.” The email goes on to urge me to “Tell 3 people about what it means to be LGBT, or to care about someone who is. …

Frankly, given my two marriages, both of which ended in divorce, I’m not sure whether it is an act of support or of sabotage to support the right of LGBTs to marry. But it’s their gig. … Marriage for All or None! – Hawley Roddick – Open Salon


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Brown asks state high court to overturn Prop. 8

ba-samesex14_ph__0499416967_part11Brown, whose office requires him to defend state laws unless he cannot find reasonable legal grounds to do so, said after Prop. 8 passed Nov. 4 that he would support the initiative before the state’s high court.

But in a lengthy filing today, he argued that the measure was “inconsistent with the guarantees of individual liberty” in California’s governing charter.

“Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification,” Brown said.

via Brown asks state high court to overturn Prop. 8.


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NJ Commission Says Gays Should Have Right To Marry

Camden, N.J. – A commission has concluded that New Jersey legislators should allow gay couples to marry, setting up what could be a spirited debate over whether the state should be the first to allow gay marriage by passing a law, rather than by court mandate.

In its final report, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the state’s Civil Union Review Commission concluded that the state’s two-year-old civil union law doesn’t do enough to give gay couples the same protections as heterosexual married couples.  MORE>>>


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Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists

Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists – NYTimes.com

SAN FRANCISCO — They’re calling it Stonewall 2.0.

Outraged by California voters’ ban on same-sex marriage, a new wave of advocates, shaken out of a generational apathy, have pushed to the forefront of the gay rights movement, using freshly minted grass-roots groups and embracing not only new technologies but also old-school methods like sit-ins and sickouts.

Sow the wind…


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It’s Not a Gay Thing…

As I’ve been saying for a long time, it’s an economic issue. Extending these rights would cost government and business a great deal in benefit expenses, and insurance companies would suddenly become liable for payments to millions of people who are not now covered under family plans.

The well-meaning (but still wrong) opponents have been coopted through their church leadership and other so-called leaders, and are being used without even knowing it.

A consumer of current news might imagine that access to same-sex marriage is the most contested issue in contemporary family policy, and that marriage is the only cure for the disadvantages lesbian and gay families face. Both of these observations would be wrong.

The most contested issue in contemporary family policy is whether married-couple families should have “special rights” not available to other family forms. Excluded families include unmarried couples of any sexual orientation, single-parent households, extended-family units, and any other constellation of individuals who form relationships of emotional and economic interdependence that do not conform to the one-size-fits-all marriage model.
It’s Not a Gay Thing…


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Massachusetts Senate votes to end gay marriage restriction

Massachusetts Senate votes to end gay marriage restriction – Los Angeles Times

The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to repeal an obscure 1913 law that has been used to keep out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying there.

Legislators in the state House of Representatives in Boston are expected to take similar action today, and Gov. Deval Patrick has promised to sign the repeal. The move could allow gays and lesbians from other states to marry in Massachusetts within weeks.


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Conservative Anglicans Plan Rival Conference as Split Over Homosexuality Grows

Once a decade, hundreds of bishops of the international Anglican Communion meet in Canterbury, England, for the Lambeth Conference.

This summer, in the most tangible demonstration yet of the church’s divide over homosexuality, more than a quarter of the invited bishops are expected to boycott the conference and attend a rival meeting for conservative Anglicans in Jerusalem, called the Global Anglican Future Conference.

Setting the tone for the meetings that begin next week, the conservatives released a strongly worded theological manifesto on Thursday, declaring that they see no possibility for reconciliation with the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada, which have accepted a gay bishop and same-sex unions. …
Conservative Anglicans Plan Rival Conference as Split Over Homosexuality Grows – NYTimes.com


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Lesbian Rights Pioneers to be Legally Joined at Last

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to officiate at the private ceremony in his City Hall office before 50 invited guests. He picked Martin, 87, and Lyon, 84, for the front of the line in recognition of their long relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement.

Along with six other women, they founded a San Francisco social club for lesbians in 1955 called the Daughters of Bilitis. Under their leadership, it evolved into the nation’s first lesbian advocacy organization. They have the FBI files to prove it. …
Lesbian couple of 55 years ready to say ‘I do’ – Yahoo! News


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Loving Day — June 12

Loving Day commemorates the US Supreme Court decision on 12 June, 1967, that overturned Virginia’s miscegenation law and, in the process, made interracial marriages legal in all the states and territories. Poetically, the couple who brought suit in Loving v. Virginia were Mildred and Richard Loving.

It is interesting to note that 41 years and one day ago, mixed racial marriages were illegal in 16 states. Today Senator Barack Obama, not only the son of a mixed marriage but also of a native African, is one step away from the Presidency.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have finally reached a point where loving relationships among consenting adults are no longer used to drive wedges between people?

Not.

We’ve come a long way, baby, but…


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California High Court Says Same-sex Marriages Can Proceed

The California Supreme Court today rejected a bid to freeze last month’s ruling legalizing gay marriage, paving the way for same-sex couples to begin walking down the aisle as soon as June 17.

Moving swiftly to remove legal uncertainty, the court turned away a request from gay marriage foes to stay the ruling until after the November election, when voters will consider a ballot measure that would change the state Constitution to again outlaw same-sex weddings. … Court clears way – San Jose Mercury News