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Gay-Rights Battle Brewing Over 2010 U.S. Census

Gay-Rights Battle Brewing Over 2010 U.S. Census | Newsweek National News | Newsweek.com

For the first time in the centuries-long history of the census, the number of same-sex couples who self-identify as married—license or no license—will be tabulated and released to the public. The move is seen as both a friendly nod to the gay community—which had pinned its hopes on President Obama and has, at least in some quarters, been frustrated by a perceived slow response to gay-rights issues—and a boost to policy fights, from challenging laws that limit gay adoptions to the nationwide legalization of gay marriage.


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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 rights: Benefits for federal workers the next logical step

Gay rights: Benefits for federal workers the next logical step | Seattle Times Newspaper

The law, introduced with the aid of two Republicans, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would provide federal health insurance and enhanced dental and vision benefits, retirement and disability benefits, and family, medical and emergency leave. In other words, benefits married couples enjoy.


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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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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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Episcopal Conservatives upset by liberal views form rival dioceses

Episcopal Church: Conservatives upset by liberal views form rival dioceses – Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America, rejecting liberal biblical views of others in the denomination, formed a breakaway church Wednesday that threatened to further divide a global Anglican body already torn by the ordination of an openly gay bishop. …


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Episcopal Churches Form Rival Dioceses

Episcopal Church: Conservatives upset by liberal views form rival dioceses – Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America, rejecting liberal biblical views of others in the denomination, formed a breakaway church Wednesday that threatened to further divide a global Anglican body already torn by the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Leaders of the new Anglican Church in North America said they took the extraordinary step to unify congregations and dioceses that had fled the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada over issues of Scripture.

The 700 renegade churches, mostly from the U.S., had already expressed their displeasure by placing themselves under the jurisdiction of Anglican leaders in vast, self-governing foreign provinces.

The festering disputes have prompted numerous lawsuits over church property, as well as spirited — and prayerful — debate over the role of gays and lesbians in church life.

What a shame.  More people who have forgotten Jesus’ words.


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priest’s stance against anti-gay-marriage proposition roils church

Father Geoffrey Farrow is a longtime Catholic priest who revealed recently that he is gay and opposed to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage. As a result, Farrow has been stripped of his job as a parish priest in Fresno, including his salary and health benefits.

Fresno priest’s stance against anti-gay-marriage proposition roils church – Los Angeles Times

Another reason I’m no longer a Catholic.


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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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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…