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Gays live and die in fear in Jamaica

The Associated Press: Gays live _ and die _ in fear in Jamaica

It is impossible to say just how common gay bashing attacks … are in Jamaica — their tormentors are sometimes the police themselves. But many homosexuals in Jamaica say homophobia is pervasive across the sun-soaked island, from the pulpit to the floor of the Parliament.


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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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Mainline Protestant Public Opinion on Homosexuality

Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, two mainline Protestant denominations, are considering whether to allow the ordination of non-celibate gays and lesbians as members of their clergy. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that…

Pew Forum: Mainline Protestant Public Opinion on Homosexuality


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Lawsuit Charges U.S. Department of State Discriminated Against Veteran Because He Has HIV

Doe, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2000, served his country for 20 years until his retirement from the Army in September 2001. From 2004 to 2005, he worked for Defense Department contractors in Iraq, where he led security teams on military bases. In each of these jobs, the government was aware that Doe had HIV, and had no problem with him performing the jobs in war zones in Iraq. Like many people with HIV, Doe remains healthy with an undetectable viral load.  Doe is currently working in construction, earning much less than his promised salary with Triple Canopy, and making it difficult for his family to make ends meet.

Lawsuit Charges U.S. Department of State Discriminated Against Veteran Because He Has HIV


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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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Anglicans Meet for Lambeth Conference

BBC NEWS | UK | Lambeth Conference: Anglican voices

Homosexuality and the ordination of women bishops are two of the key issues dividing Anglicans as the communion gathers for the 10-yearly Lambeth Conference.

Here six Anglicans from across the world discuss the key topics facing the Church.


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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…