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  • Why the GOP should welcome gays into the party

    08/20/2007 10:30:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 183 replies · 3,108+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | STEVE LONEGAN
    SOMETIMES tragic occurrences force us to stop and think – those are the moments that crystallize our perceptions of human relations. I found myself in such a state with the passing of a constituent, friend and fellow conservative who also happened to be gay. Our conversations convinced me that my beliefs in limited government can be shared across the chasms that liberals and conservatives perceive to separate us – ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. That conclusion is not popular on either side of the left-right spectrum: Liberals don't believe gays should be conservative and conservatives don't believe gays can be...
  • The Mormon who might just go all the way

    11/26/2006 7:26:46 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 99 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | November 26, 2006 | Andrew Sullivan
    The elections this month were a blow to the religious right in America. The most prominent advocate of their policies of banning all abortion, all legal recognition of gay couples, and embryonic stem cell research was Rick Santorum, a senator for Pennsylvania. He was the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, a rising star of the theocratic right, and still lost by a staggering 18 points. The other champion of the religious right, Senator George Allen, also lost his race in Virginia, after he blurted out a racist comment at a campaign stop. Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas remains an option,...
  • New Jersey Court Backs Full Rights for Gay Couples

    TRENTON, Oct. 25 — New Jersey’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, but ordered the Legislature to decide whether their unions must be called marriage or could be known by another name.
  • Wisconsin Labor Unions Fight Ban On Gay Marriage

    07/31/2006 4:19:38 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies · 889+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 31 JULY 2006 | AP
    (AP) MADISON -- Labor unions are joining forces to fight a proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in what could become a powerful force in the Nov. 7 referendum. The groups, representing employees ranging from teachers to prison workers, say they are worried the amendment will take away their ability to bargain for benefits such as health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees. They are making donations, organizing volunteers and educating their members as part of their attempts to make Wisconsin the first state to defeat a constitutional ban on gay marriage. AFSCME, which...
  • Crist: Gay civil unions 'fine'

    07/30/2006 6:44:49 PM PDT · by davidosborne · 147 replies · 2,059+ views
    sptimes ^ | July 29, 2006 | By STEVE BOUSQUET
    TALLAHASSEE - Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist told a radio talk-show host on Friday that civil unions between gays are "fine." Crist, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, added that he has not decided whether Florida should lift its long-standing ban on allowing gays to adopt children. He hasn't yet "reached a conclusion," he told Miami radio talk-show host Jim DeFede.
  • Sexual orientation should not define us, say gay politicians

    07/29/2006 3:41:46 PM PDT · by Dane · 45 replies · 1,210+ views
    Sexual orientation should not define us, say gay politicians CanWest News Service; Montreal Gazette Published: Saturday, July 29, 2006 MONTREAL -- Openly gay politicians want to be known for their competence and not just for being gay. This was one of the observations made by seven elected officials during workshop Friday at an international conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights being held in Montreal in conjunction with the first World Outgames. The challenges, pitfalls and pluses of being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender politician were discussed, as was the decision making process on when to come...
  • Lawsuit started over same-sex marriage ban

    07/13/2006 3:47:04 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Flagstaff Arizona Sun ^ | July 13, 2006 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX -- Foes of a constitutional initiative to ban same-sex marriage filed suit Wednesday to keep the measure off the November ballot. Attorney Chuck Blanchard said his client, the Arizona Together Coalition, has no problem with voters deciding whether marriage should be constitutionally defined as being between one man and one woman. But Blanchard said the proposal, if approved by voters, also would bar courts or lawmakers from recognizing civil unions as an alternative to marriage, and would outlaw the benefits that some cities and at least one county provide to the domestic partners of their employees and, in some...
  • Gay couple jailed for abusing their foster children (UK)

    06/23/2006 9:29:46 PM PDT · by DBeers · 66 replies · 1,995+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 24, 2006 | Paul Stokes
    Gay couple jailed for abusing their foster children Two homosexual men who sexually abused young children placed in their foster care were jailed yesterday. Ian Wathey, 41, and his partner Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of a string of offences against four boys aged between eight and 14. The pair used the boys for sexual gratification within months of being approved as foster carers by Wakefield council. A mother of eight-year-old twins raised concerns about them with social services after finding a photograph of one of the boys as he used the lavatory. The authorities chose to take no...
  • LA Times Accuses Traditional Christians of 'Fixation on Sex and Gender'

    06/23/2006 7:22:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 1,108+ views
    LA Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 23, 2006 Let me share a little trade secret. Any time I'm on the prowl for something to write about, I go to the editorial page of the Los Angeles Times. Almost invariably the journey is rewarded with a remarkable liberal morsel. Take this morning's editorial - 'Battling over Bishops' - in which the Times decides to wade into the controversy roiling the Episcopal Church. Here's the kernel of the Times' argument "What both controversies [over homosexual and female clergy] have in common is not only a fixation on sex and gender but also the challenge...
  • Presbyterian church opens door to gay clergy

    06/20/2006 4:14:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 72 replies · 1,929+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2006 | Verna Gates
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy, provided they are faithful to the church's core values. "It permits local governing bodies to examine candidates on a wider criterion than sexual...
  • Stephanie Salter: Gays a threat to institution of marriage? Get real

    06/11/2006 6:44:32 AM PDT · by Military family member · 260 replies · 2,849+ views
    The Tribune-Star ^ | June 11, 2006 | Stephanie Salter
    I’m rarely lifted by some occurrence under the Capitol dome, but 48 members of the Senate provided an exception this week: They spared us the protracted and dangerous distraction of a federal battle over gay marriage. That even five minutes was spent on this issue — let alone all the words poured out about the need for a constitutional amendment to “protect” marriage — illustrates how far our nation is from getting its priorities in order and its act together. You know, the act we need to perfect so we can seriously deal on the global stage with real political,...
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Hijacking the Civil Rights Legacy

    06/04/2006 11:20:31 AM PDT · by DBeers · 21 replies · 861+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 1, 2006 | Eugene F. Rivers & Kenneth D. Johnson
    Same-Sex Marriage: Hijacking the Civil Rights Legacy The indiscriminate promotion of various social groups' desires and preferences as "rights" has drained the moral authority from the civil rights industry. THE MOVEMENT TO REDEFINE MARRIAGE to include same-sex unions has packaged its demands in the rhetoric and images of the civil rights movement. This strategy, though cynical, has enormous strategic utility. For what reasonable, fair-minded American could object to a movement that conjures up images of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fellows campaigners for racial justice facing down dogs and fire hoses? Who is prepared to risk being labeled a...
  • Against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

    06/01/2006 8:28:01 AM PDT · by Sunsong · 349 replies · 3,472+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | June 6, 2006 | Dale Carpenter
    Today the Cato Institute is publishing a paper I've written on why a federal amendment banning gay marriage is a bad idea, even if you oppose gay marriage. Of course, if you think recognizing same-sex marriages is a good idea, that's a strong reason by itself to oppose an amendment banning them. This paper is written for conservatives and moderates who either oppose or are unsure about same-sex marriage. Here's the executive summary: Members of Congress have proposed a constitutional amendment preventing states from recognizing same-sex marriages. Proponents of the Federal Marriage Amendment claim that an amendment is needed immediately...
  • On gay unions, pandering rises above principles [Cynthia Tucker praises Bush/Cheney]

    05/28/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 104 replies · 1,501+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/28/06 | Cynthia Tucker
    In 1964, just one congressman from the Deep South, Atlanta's Charles Weltner, voted for the Civil Rights Act. For all practical purposes, his righteous leadership on civil rights — he also supported the Voting Rights Act — cost him his congressional career. In 1966, he resigned his seat rather than sign an act of loyalty to the segregationist Lester Maddox, as Georgia Democrats insisted. But some analysts believe he would have lost the race for re-election. Doing the right thing is difficult because it often means losing. And the typical politician is willing to lose anything — honor, integrity, dignity...
  • Wanted: 1,000 gay brothers (Barf Alert!)

    05/26/2006 12:40:46 PM PDT · by DBeers · 98 replies · 1,503+ views
    In Newsweekly ^ | May 17, 2006 | Patty Caya
    Wanted: 1,000 gay brothers Large new study that seeks to find evidence of linkages to sexual orientation requires many participants Researchers are attempting to discover a genetic linkage to sexual orientation by studying one thousand pairs of gay brothers. This five-year study being conducted by researchers from Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago will be the largest study of this kind and is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. This study follows a similar genetic study, conducted in the 1990s that found some genetic correlation for sexual orientation. That original study was conducted...
  • Church to split over partnerships

    05/23/2006 8:45:50 AM PDT · by mikeyc · 11 replies · 359+ views
    GAY.COM/PlanetOut.com Network | Tuesday 23 May, 2006
    A split may be imminent for the Church of Scotland over differing opinions regarding whether ministers should be allowed to conduct same sex partnerships. The Kirk’s General Assembly is most likely to conclude that the decision will be left up to individuals, according to the BBC. An evangelical group has intervened and threatened that such a decision could threaten the Church of Scotland. The group deny being homophobic, but claim that such a departure from clear biblical teaching is a severe step, which "endangers the unity of the Kirk", and called for ministers to be forbidden from conducting ceremonies. A...
  • Gay-marriage ban a no-win deal for Bush

    05/22/2006 4:45:17 PM PDT · by Aetius · 24 replies · 666+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5-22-06 | Dick Polman
    The American Debate Gay-marriage ban a no-win deal for Bush By Dick Polman Inquirer Political Analyst The religious conservatives who worked hard to reelect President Bush in 2004 have long anticipated that the White House would reward them by pushing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. But that's not happening. Too many other issues predominate, everything from Iraq to immigration. As a result, Bush seems ill-positioned to spend dwindling political capital on a social crusade - especially at a time when a nod toward greater religiosity might turn off secular Republican voters and thus imperil the moderate Republicans in...
  • MCGREEVEY'S GAY ROAD THRILL

    05/22/2006 3:26:11 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 68 replies · 2,116+ views
    Jim McGreevey shockingly admits that before he became governor of New Jersey, he'd have anonymous gay sex at Garden State highway rest stops. "All I knew was that my behavior was getting crazier and crazier," McGreevey says of his torrid truck-stop trysts in an upcoming book that details his tortured life of lies and sexual repression. "With each new encounter, I was getting nearer and nearer to being caught - which surely would have generated headlines, especially after I became executive director of the state parole board" in the mid-1980s. "The closet starves a man, and when he gets a...
  • Cheney's gay daughter hits Bush stance on gay marriage

    05/14/2006 5:03:17 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 238 replies · 3,521+ views
    AFP ^ | May 14, 2006
    The lesbian daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney hit out at President George W. Bush's support for a constitutional amendment proscribing gay marriage. Mary Cheney, 37, told Fox News Sunday that the idea, which was backed strongly by Bush's Republican Party during his 2004 re-election campaign and continues to be promoted by many conservatives today, was "a bad piece of legislation". "I think that is what the federal marriage amendment is, it is writing discrimination into the constitution. "It is writing discrimination into the constitution and, as I say, it is fundamentally wrong." "I would also hope that no...
  • For Teachers, Much Gray if Curriculum Adds Gays

    05/13/2006 1:20:56 PM PDT · by DBeers · 66 replies · 1,133+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13, 2006 | Scott Gold & Hemmy So
    Would the state of California "out" Abe Lincoln, now that a controversial biography has suggested that he not only changed the course of a nation but also shared a bed with men? Would Eleanor Roosevelt be singled out not just for her seminal work pursuing the New Deal and fighting for human rights, but for her relationship with a woman? Would Renee Richards, the tennis player who underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1975 and fought successfully to compete as a woman, merit mention in a history book? On Friday, a day after the state Senate voted to require that the...
  • Mary Cheney Considered Quitting 2004 Campaign Over Gay Marriage Issue

    05/08/2006 4:06:47 PM PDT · by skandalon · 469 replies · 6,226+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2006
    She says she considered quitting her role as campaign adviser over the issue of gay marriage, but Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney tells ABC News "Primetime" anchor Diane Sawyer her sexuality has never created problems within her family. Mary Cheney discussed the campaign, her feelings about President Bush, life with her partner of 14 years, and what it was like to come out as gay to her parents. "I struggled with my decision to stay on the 2004 campaign," Cheney told "Primetime." Her personal challenge came when President Bush said the nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.
  • Same-sex couples fuel row over IVF treatment

    05/07/2006 7:18:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 38 replies · 869+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 05.08.06 | KATE FOSTER
    AT FIRST glance, they could be any ordinary family, enjoying an evening stroll on the beach at sunset. But to one-and-a-half-year-old Anna, the two women holding her hands are Mummy and Mama. She will never know more than a few details about her father, a sperm donor - and her lesbian mothers believe the happy and loving childhood they are providing for her is enough. Helen and Leanne, from Edinburgh, paid £350 to conceive Anna through donor insemination. It was a difficult and emotional process but they are delighted with the results and are planning another baby soon. Their joy,...
  • Bill to ban 'mom, dad' from texts advances

    05/04/2006 5:04:33 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 139 replies · 19,786+ views
    A bill requiring students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society and that would remove sex-specific terms such as "mom" and "dad" from textbooks has passed another hurdle on the way to becoming the law of the land in California. Having already been approved by the state's Senate Judiciary Committee, SB 1437, which would mandate grades 1-12 buy books "accurately" portraying "the sexual diversity of our society," got the nod yesterday of the Senate Education Committee. The bill also requires students hear history lessons on "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to...
  • Danforth: Ban on gay marriage a silly idea

    04/30/2006 4:25:57 PM PDT · by DBeers · 153 replies · 3,824+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Danforth: Ban on Gay Marriage a Silly Idea WASHINGTON — Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP. Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided. "Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human...
  • "That's not too much to ask." Al Gore's speech to gay group

    04/13/2006 6:48:22 PM PDT · by dukeman · 48 replies · 1,341+ views
    LA Magazine ^ | 3/25/06 | Alpha Gore, defeated lib
    (Former Vice President Al Gore, who previously supported the Defense of Marriage Act and civil unions, was the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Campaign Gala on March 25, 2006, at the Century Plaza Hotel. This is an excerpt of his speech.) Abraham Lincoln once said, "I do good and I feel good. I do bad and I feel bad, and that is my religion." As a Christian, I was taught at an early age that the single most important departure in Christianity from the Judeo-Christian tradition as a whole was embodied in the simple teaching -- God is Love....
  • Gays and lesbians to pressure UN on recognition

    03/20/2006 1:20:48 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 37 replies · 649+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/06
    GENEVA (Reuters) - A global body representing gays and lesbians said on Monday it would seek to bring pressure on the United Nations for full recognition of their human rights at a conference in Geneva next week. The Brussels-based International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) said the conference, held every two years in different locations, would be addressed by delegates from all continents, including countries where homosexuality is banned. "How long can lesbian and gay rights be ignored at the U.N.? That is one of the key questions we will be addressing," said a spokesman for ILGA, Stephen Barris. "We...
  • It's a show of love at Pride Fest

    03/12/2006 4:37:59 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 9 replies · 613+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 12 2006 | Elizabeth Baier
    Fort Lauderdale · They came decked out in rainbow-colored beads, butterfly wings and cowboy hats. From square-dancing groups and political advocacy organizations, to local vendors and drag queens with fabulousness sprinkled all over, hundreds of revelers filled Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to celebrate the 29th annual Pridefest. LocalLinks The event celebrates the diversity of South Florida's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Partiers mingled and laughed their way around three large tents, which featured dozens of informational booths by groups like American Veterans for Equal Rights, Equality Florida and the Dolphin Democrats. "I think it's awesome," said...
  • QUEERLY BELOVED: Same-sex marriage coming to California?

    03/02/2006 12:42:21 AM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 358+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 28, 2006
    Advocates of same-sex marriage in the Golden State are hoping to go directly to voters to make changes in the state constitution, deleting all references to gender in marriage law and nixing provisions of Prop 22, which declared marriage in California was strictly between one man and one woman. The Organization for Fairness and Equality has turned paperwork into Attorney General Bill Lockyer to initiate the signature-gathering process for the proposal. The group is confident state voters will think differently about same-sex marriage than does Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who vetoed a bill last year that would have legalized the practice....
  • What Straights Think About Gays

    02/27/2006 2:46:01 PM PST · by prman · 92 replies · 2,895+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | February 27, 2006 | Barrett Kalellis
    Considering the current hoo-hah over the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and whether it will win any Academy Awards brings into focus what the appeal of this movie might be for straights – heterosexual persons, that is. While I am aware that there is a larger context for this movie in the social arena – a serious dramatic treatment of homosexual love – and that gay advocacy groups consider this another victory in their agenda to break barriers and normalize homosexuality, my personal reaction is to question why I would want to see a movie on this theme. Because of the strength...
  • Marriage Benefits Should Be For All (Editorial)

    02/09/2006 12:21:46 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 45 replies · 878+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | February 9, 2006 | Uncredited Editorial
    A State Journal editorial February 9, 2006 The cause of equal rights is at the heart of the debate over gay marriage and a powerful reason for legalizing it. Under Wisconsin law, a married couple has nearly 200 legal benefits and protections; under federal law, an additional 1,138, according to a recent report by Action Wisconsin and the Human Rights Campaign. For instance, married people can: * Receive the medical records of a spouse. * Seek worker's compensation claims if a spouse dies. * Avoid a state fee after transferring real estate between spouses. * Claim separate personal tax exemptions....
  • EU states warned to accept same-sex marriage

    01/20/2006 6:47:55 AM PST · by dukeman · 221 replies · 2,487+ views
    The justice minister of the European Union, Franco Frattini, announced this week at the EU parliament in Strasburg that member states which do not eliminate all forms of discrimination against homosexuals, including the refusal to approve “marriage” and unions between same-sex couples, would be subject to sanctions and eventual expulsion from the EU. According to a report by the Archdioceses of Madrid’s news service Analisis Digital, the commissioner’s statements came as the governments of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland ruled against legalizing homosexual “marriage.” “Homophobia is a violation of human rights and we are watching member states on this issue...
  • Gay 'marriage' ban struck

    01/21/2006 8:23:11 PM PST · by MediaAnalyst · 254 replies · 2,738+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2006 | S. A. Miller
    BALTIMORE -- A Circuit Court judge yesterday ruled that Maryland's 33-year-old ban on same-sex "marriage" is unconstitutional. - snip - "After much study and serious reflection, this court holds that Maryland's statutory prohibition against same-sex marriage cannot withstand this constitutional challenge," Judge Murdock said in her 22-page ruling. The law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman violates the state constitution's Equal Rights Amendment, which guarantees "equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex," the judge said.
  • RECORD LABEL TO FOCUS ON GAYS (panderers include SonyBMG, MTV's gay TV "Logo" founder)

    01/11/2006 3:20:01 AM PST · by Liz · 17 replies · 398+ views
    NY POST ^ | January 11, 2006 | TIM ARANGO
    SonyBMG and the founder of Logo, MTV's gay television network, have teamed to launch a new record label focused on gay and lesbian artists. The label, called "Music with a Twist," will be launched as a partnership between SonyBMG's Sony Music Label Group U.S. and Wilderness Media & Entertainment, the firm headed by Logo founder Matt Farber. Don Ienner, Sony Music Label Group CEO, said, "Twist will provide a nurturing and creative environment for a key group of artists — the perfect vehicle to reach out to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gendered communities."
  • Student letters on gay marriage miff officials

    12/30/2005 9:19:55 AM PST · by got_moab? · 14 replies · 1,070+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 12/30/2005 | BARBARA POLICHETTI
    CRANSTON -- The School Department is not happy that some middle school students were asked to write their views on same-sex marriage and that their work was published in a local newspaper as letters to the editor. M. Richard Scherza, assistant superintendent of schools, said yesterday that the topic -- on which Park View Middle School eighth graders expressed their views in this week's edition of the Cranston Herald -- was not appropriate for that age group and he will take up the matter with administrators and teachers. "I don't know exactly how this came about, but it is a...
  • Tracking a genetic link to sexuality

    12/29/2005 10:21:24 AM PST · by Dane · 56 replies · 1,427+ views
    Tracking a genetic link to sexuality BY FAYE FLAM Knight Ridder Newspapers Geneticist Dean Hamer says he never chose to be attracted to men. As we talked inside the renovated Washington, D.C., townhouse he shares with his partner and two dogs, the scientist popularly associated with so-called "gay genes" told me he knew he was gay since he was about 5. That's what partly motivated Hamer, 54, to switch from basic molecular genetics to studying sexual orientation in 1992. When he told his colleagues at the National Cancer Institute what he was doing, they were puzzled. "It was pretty far...
  • Liberals, Conservatives, Moderates, it's a special time, can we find a little peace?

    12/24/2005 8:04:58 AM PST · by carlo3b · 298 replies · 2,830+ views
    CookingWithCarlo.com ^ | Dec. 24 2005 | Carlo3b
      Liberals, Conservatives, Moderates, it's a special time, can we find a little peace? I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. Somewhere deep inside I believe that there can be a bit of common ground between the Left side of the political spectrum, and the Right. Why would we want this, assuming of course that there is someone other than me that would like to see that happen. I believe that there are many things about our wonderful nation that we share that could serve as a starting point to start a healing between us. I...
  • Group files lawsuit in Iowa seeking gay marriage

    12/13/2005 5:17:32 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2005 | AMY LORENTZEN
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A gay rights organization filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay and lesbian couples in Polk County District Court on Tuesday, asking for the right to marry for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal, the organization that spearheaded the same-sex marriage drive across the country, said it wants full recognition of the civil rights of gay couples. "There are thousands of couples in Iowa who are eager for the protections and security that come with marriage," Camilla Taylor, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said during a telephone interview with The Associated...
  • Gay marriage critics can't toast victory yet(Massachusetts)

    12/11/2005 7:29:14 AM PST · by Dane · 30 replies · 826+ views
    The Republican(Massachusetts) ^ | 12/11/05 | Editorial board
    EDITORIALS Gay marriage critics can't toast victory yet Sunday, December 11, 2005 More than 170,000 people have signed an initiative petition to ban gay marriage in Massachusetts. Supporters needed only 65,825 certified signatures to qualify for the ballot. We still believe that Massachusetts will one day be recognized and admired as the first state in the nation to allow gay couples to marry. Advertisement Thousands of gay couples have tied the knot in Massachusetts since the state's highest court legalized gay marriage in 2003. And thousands more will marry before November 2008, the earliest that the anti-gay marriage question can...
  • Gay cowboys hit U.S. screen, but no rings just yet

    12/10/2005 9:28:23 AM PST · by digger48 · 145 replies · 2,945+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-05 | Claudia Parsons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gay cowboy movie won rave reviews on Friday as mainstream Hollywood embraced the tale of Marlboro men in love, but for most gay Americans the acceptance symbolized by marriage remains a distant dream. Based on an Annie Proulx's short story, "Brokeback Mountain" is about two cowboys who meet and fall in love while wrangling sheep in Wyoming in 1963. Their love lasts through two decades as they each get married to women and live "normal" lives. "Moving and majestic," said The New York Times; "An American masterpiece" said the New York Observer; "Unmissable and unforgettable"...
  • University of Michigan offers class: "How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation"

    12/04/2005 6:35:49 PM PST · by AFA-Michigan · 109 replies · 3,370+ views
    American Family Association of Michigan ^ | December 5, 2005 | AFA-Michigan
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Dec. 5, 2005 CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978 Professor David Halperin 734-647-5884 Family group renews criticism of tax- funded college class "How to be Gay" U-M catalogue calls class "an experiment in the very process of initiation it hopes to understand." ------- ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A statewide family values group Monday renewed its criticism of a controversial University of Michigan class -- offered this fall for the first time since 2003 -- again calling on state lawmakers to pressure university officials to drop the course altogether. The American Family Association of Michigan, in a letter to...
  • More craziness from San Francisco

    11/17/2005 3:04:16 AM PST · by ysoh · 50 replies · 1,398+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11-17-05 | Gregory Dicum
    "We can't be breeding right now," says Les Knight. "It's obvious that the intentional creation of another [human being] by anyone anywhere can't be justified today." Knight is the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, an informal network of people dedicated to phasing out the human race in the interest of the health of the Earth. Knight, whose convictions led him to get a vasectomy in the 1970s, when he was 25, believes that the human race is inherently dangerous to the planet and inevitably creates an unsustainable situation. "As long as there's one breeding couple," he says cheerfully,...
  • Gays push to recast marriage on morals

    11/12/2005 4:07:04 PM PST · by dvan · 51 replies · 1,198+ views
    Reuters ^ | Reuters | Duncan Martell
    By 1 hour, 10 minutes ago OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - As U.S. gays and lesbians prepare to battle a raft of state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage that will likely be on the ballot next fall, activists are recasting the issue as one that needs to be fought on moral rather than political grounds. That is the message Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest and leading U.S. grass-roots gay and lesbian coalition, has taken to more than 2,500 gay rights organizers at its annual conference held in Oakland this week. "What I...
  • Texans Gear Up to Decide on Gay Marriage

    11/03/2005 10:26:42 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 166 replies · 1,650+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Nov 03, 2005 | Kelley Shannon
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in Texas have a message for you: The proposition could mean trouble for marriage between a man and woman. With telephone calls, e-mails and Internet postings, gay rights activists and others opposed to Proposition 2 are spreading that idea as part of their longshot battle to derail the measure in Tuesday's election. The tactic has supporters of the same-sex marriage ban crying foul. It has opponents boasting that they may have a chance at defeating the measure _ in Texas, of all places, the conservative home state...
  • Lesbian lover equal to traditional parent

    11/03/2005 5:19:59 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 39 replies · 1,072+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 4 November 2005
    The lesbian lover of a child's biological mother has equal legal rights with traditional parents, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled today. The case involved a woman who raised a child from birth to age 6 while in a "relationship" with the girl's biological mother, the Associated Press reported. The ruling means the non-biological "mother" can seek parental rights as a "de facto parent." "Today we hold that our common law recognizes the status of de facto parents and places them in parity with biological and adoptive parents in our state," the court, led by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, wrote...
  • How homosexuality is 'inherited' (HOMO-AGENDA ALERT!)

    11/03/2005 11:52:10 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 56 replies · 1,665+ views
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 10/13/2004 | BBC News
    Scientists say they have shown how male homosexuality could be passed from generation to generation. Nature encourages mothers to pass on a "gay trait" to their male offspring by boosting their fertility, the Italian University of Padova team believes. This would keep the pattern of gay inheritance alive, they told the Royal Society's Biological Sciences journal. Critics of the theory argue a gay gene would eventually be wiped out because gay couples do not procreate. Inheritance theory There is controversy about whether sexual orientation is a matter of choice, the authors of the study admitted to the journal. Campaigners say...
  • Critics Slam Univ. of Oregon Diversity Effort (Plan to offer Queer Studies Degree)

    11/02/2005 11:04:15 AM PST · by FFIGHTER · 21 replies · 552+ views
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | FOXNEWS.COM
    EUGENE, Ore. — In an effort to promote diversity at the University of Oregon, a plan has been developed that would hire, fire and promote professors not just on the quality of their teaching and research, but on their so-called “cultural competency." Freshmen would take a class on the subject and faculty would be trained in it. The problem is that nowhere in the 22-page diversity draft plan is “cultural competency” defined. "I can imagine huge amounts of time that should be going to research and teaching being tied up with this sort of thing — and making life extremely...
  • Duquesne Sophomore Challenges 'Sexual Orientation' Harassment Charge

    11/01/2005 4:21:43 PM PST · by wagglebee · 105 replies · 2,333+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 11/1/05 | Jim Brown
    A student at a Catholic university in Pittsburgh is protesting the school's decision to punish him for opposing the formation of a homosexual student group on campus. Duquesne University recently charged sophomore Ryan Miner with discrimination based on sexual orientation. Miner says he was punished for comments he made on a private website called Facebook.com after creating a group called "Against the Gay-Straight Alliance." Miner explains what happened. "I had written a blog, and I used not the most prudent of words but words that I felt coincided within my faith in the Catholic Church," the student shares. "I said,...
  • Case of Gay Worshiper in Virginia Splits Methodists

    10/28/2005 2:11:25 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 341 replies · 3,250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/5 | Alan Cooperman
    The man had been attending a Methodist church in South Hill, Va., for several months. He sang in the choir. He owned a business and was well known in the community. But when he asked to become a formal member of the church, the pastor turned him down, because he is gay. Those are the bare facts of a case that has split a 650-member congregation in southern Virginia and that threatens to divide the 8 million-member United Methodist Church, the nation's second largest Protestant denomination. Yesterday in Houston, the Methodists' highest court heard an appeal from the pastor of...
  • Episcopal group plots takeover

    10/23/2005 10:36:47 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 67 replies · 1,832+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/23/5 | Tony LaRussa
    An Episcopal group has a doomsday plan that calls for ousting conservative bishops and seizing church property if they attempt to break from the denomination over its increasingly liberal position on homosexuality. The so-called "Day After" plan could kick in as early as June, when the Episcopal Church USA holds its General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, according to minutes from a closed steering committee meeting of the group Via Media. Joan Gunderson of Aspinwall, who served as recording secretary for committee meeting in late September, said nothing from the strategy session has been approved by the group's leadership. "The minutes...
  • Gay 'Time' Magazine Reporter Has History Of Promoting Gay Political Agenda

    10/17/2005 5:58:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies · 1,070+ views
    NARTH ^ | October 11, 2005 | Staff
    John Cloud, a gay man who wrote the cover story for Time magazine (Oct. 10) on the rise of gay teen advocacy groups on high school campuses, has a long history of promoting the gay political agenda while disguised as a mainstream reporter. Cloud's sexual orientation was not mentioned in the Time article. In past Time articles, Cloud has promoted gay attacks against the Boy Scouts, portrayed transgender activists as a new opprosed minority group; wrote approvingly of anonymous gay sex orgies for an alternative newspaper in Washington, DC; and earlier had penned a guide to gay bathhouses in Washington,...