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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...