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  • A Gay ( or not! ) Old Time- GM links

    02/22/2004 3:50:51 AM PST · by backhoe · 268 replies · 4,524+ views
    various FR links | 02-22-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1083082/posts Here Comes The Bride, Or Maybe The Groom (Thoughts On Gay Marriage) www.fredoneverything.net ^ | 2/19/04 | Fred ReedAnd so I decided I didn’t give a damn about sexual peculiarities, provided that (a) I didn’t have to watch them and (b) nobody got hurt.     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1072050/posts The Death of Marriage IMensNewsDaily.com ^ | February 5, 2004 | Roger F. Gay     http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1071798/posts One Man, One Woman: A citizen's guide to protecting marriageOpinion Journal ^ | 02/05/04 | MITT ROMNEY     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1081275/posts Rush: Gay Marriage About to Explode as an Election Issue (in the Dems' faces)Rush Limbaugh...
  • Religious groups demand an end to New Orleans' Southern Gay Decadence Festival

    09/02/2003 1:30:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 39 replies · 1,773+ views
    Religious groups demand an end to New Orleans' Southern Decadence Festival NEW ORLEANS -- The wet Jockey shorts contest will be followed by drag queen fashion shows, the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 Contest and thousands of gay men drinking a whole lot of alcohol. The Southern Decadence Festival started in the French Quarter for the 32nd straight year on Wednesday and will draw an estimated 110,000 people, mainly gay men, from around the world. To the participants, Decadence is the ultimate Bourbon Street blowout, full of good, not-so-clean fun. But to a growing number of religious leaders, it's a sinister...
  • Sex scandals shock Spokane

    09/06/2005 1:43:07 PM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 51 replies · 2,914+ views
    Seattle P.I. / AP ^ | Sept. 6, 2005 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE -- It's been a year of staggering news for a region that likes to bill itself as a good place to raise a family. The Spokane area seems awash in pedophiles. Local residents were already reeling from months of revelations about pedophile Catholic priests when a judge ruled last week that individual parishes, parochial schools and other church property may be sold to pay off victims and their lawyers. This spring, the local newspaper reported that Mayor Jim West used the Internet to seek dates with young men and allegedly molested boys as a sheriff's deputy decades ago. West...
  • Questions Remain (CA State Senate Cast Vote for Gay Marriage)

    09/03/2005 7:39:12 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 476+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 3, 2005 | HANH KIM QUACH
    Q: What's next? A: The bill must go before the Assembly, which rejected an identical bill earlier this year 37-36. Proponents of gay marriage are now fiercely lobbying four Democratic lawmakers – including Assemblyman Tom Umberg of Santa Ana – who did not cast votes when the Assembly rejected the earlier bill. Umberg said he doesn't know what he'll do. "That's a big question. Assuming the bill comes up, my vote will be decided as a matter of conscience. It's a vote of historic proportions. I recognize that. But I'm still reading and thinking about it," he said. Q:If the...
  • California Senate votes to allow gay marriage

    09/03/2005 1:19:30 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 37 replies · 855+ views
    AP ^ | 8/2/05 | Steve Lawrence
    California's Senate has voted to allow gay marriage, making it the first legislative body in the nation to back the idea and setting off a frantic scramble for votes in the Assembly. The 21-15 vote Thursday handed gay rights advocates in the country's most populous state a historic victory. Massachusetts issued marriage licenses to gays and lesbians only after court rulings. "We are so very close," said Assemblyman Mark Leno, a Democrat who wrote the bill. "It would be very disappointing for this body not to be able to stand up for civil rights." Leno said he planned to bring...
  • Delightful ‘Decadence’ (The Gay Mardi Gras won't be happening in New Orleans this year)

    08/31/2005 6:00:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies · 2,418+ views
    Southern Voice ^ | August 19, 2005 | Ryan Lee
    FOR A LABOR DAY WEEKEND LOADED with glam, gangsters and girth, New Orleans’ French Quarter is the place to be. The 34th annual Southern Decadence festival, which evolved over the years from a party for a few friends to a six-day street party attended by more than 100,000 people, runs this year from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. Unofficially dubbed the “gay Mardi Gras,” Southern Decadence is filled with dozens of parties and thousands of uninhibited gay men frolicking in the street in search of beads and brethren. The event culminates with a Sept. 4 parade featuring elaborate and...
  • Sodomy is no longer criminal (in Hong Kong), court rules (Agendas in Hong Kong?)

    08/25/2005 3:29:09 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 7 replies · 407+ views
    The Standard (Hong Kong) ^ | August 25, 2005 | Albert Wong
    <p>In a landmark decision, the High Court ruled Wednesday that current laws on the age of consent discriminate against homosexuals.</p> <p>Justice Michael Hartmann acted in favor of William Leung, 20, who launched a Judicial Review against the government for what he considered unfair laws against gays.</p>
  • CA: Committees OK gay marriage, minimum wage, (Driver licenses for) illegal immigrant bills

    08/25/2005 6:31:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 748+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/25/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of the biggest bills of the year, including measures to legalize gay marriages, promote solar power, raise the minimum wage and allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, cleared hurdles Thursday in the California Legislature. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would require the state to recognize same-sex marriages, sending the bill to the full Senate. The Assembly narrowly rejected a same-sex marriage bill by Leno in June, but the San Francisco Democrat amended another one of his measures that was pending in the Senate to legalize gay marriage. If the...
  • Gay Rights TV Host Welcomes Pat Buchanan

    08/21/2005 11:01:12 AM PDT · by linkinpunk · 22 replies · 677+ views
    NC Times ^ | 8/21/05
    Gay Rights TV Host Welcomes Pat Buchanan Last modified Sunday, August 21, 2005 10:05 AM PDT By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK - For the second episode of her new talk show, Elizabeth Birch welcomed a guest she knew much of her audience would have preferred shouting at instead of listening to. That was precisely the point. Birch, a veteran gay and lesbian rights activist, had frequently been matched against Pat Buchanan on the kind of cable news debates that favor the quick and the loud. She wanted conversation that promoted understanding. Her hourlong talk with Buchanan can be seen starting...
  • A Choice We Don't Want (Dems bailing on gay rights?)

    08/24/2005 4:30:44 AM PDT · by Hadean · 55 replies · 1,351+ views
    The Dartmouth | 8-23-05 | Casey Ley
    There is a long-standing debate as to whether the black civil rights movement and the gay rights movement are related. While there are unquestionable differences, one undisputed parallel has yet to be highlighted; there is a current discussion within the Democratic Party as to whether supporting gay rights is politically viable, just as there was a similar discussion about supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (not to mention, acceptance of interracial marriage). The argument can be made (and heavily defended) that the Democratic stronghold in the South began to crumble due to...
  • California Bill to Shut Down Political Opposition to Homosexuality Nears Passage

    08/23/2005 1:58:00 PM PDT · by dukeman · 83 replies · 1,726+ views
    EQCA ^ | 8/23/05
    Legislation Now Hits Governor’s Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Legislation designed to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in political campaigns is one critical step away from becoming law – a signature by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, the Senate approved Assembly Bill (AB) 866, authored by Speaker pro Tem Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/Daly City) on a 21-12 vote. The Governor now has 12 days to sign or veto AB 866. The legislation, sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), would prohibit the use of any negative appeal based on prejudice against LGBT people by candidates or campaign committees...
  • J. MATT BARBER'S PERSECUTION OVER GAY MARRIAGE

    08/23/2005 7:25:21 AM PDT · by conservative auto worker · 9 replies · 623+ views
    THE AMERICAN WORKER ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2005 | MICHAEL WESTFALL
    “The American Worker” is a series of papers developed around worker issues relative to the moral decline in America over the last 50 years. There is no better recent illustration of the importance of this issue then the story of “American Worker” J. Matt Barber. His dismissal from the Allstate Insurance Company for his opposition to same-sex marriage and his stand for one-man, one-woman marriage is a true indicator of where America stands in the cultural war today. Our culture has become loud, profane, disrespectful and in your face. In 2005, America now offers legalized on demand murder through abortion,...
  • Canadian Hotels start offering "Pride Packages" to gays in order to increase gay traffic

    08/21/2005 2:31:56 PM PDT · by nwrep · 23 replies · 659+ views
    Sutton Place Hotel ^ | August 20, 2005 | nwrep
    The famous and historic Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto has joined a growing number of Canadian Hotels to start offering what are know as "Pride Packages" to attract gay clientele. In a sign of changing times, "Romance" or "Honeymoon" or "Family Vacation" packages meant to attract recently married (heterosexual) couples or young families are now being replaced by explicit invitations to gay "couples". A recent press release by the Sutton Place Hotel reads: The Sutton Place Hotel’s “Pride Package” is the perfect choice for leisure travellers seeking luxury accommodation just steps away from the city’s Gay Pride Parade Route. Toronto’s...
  • What Makes People Gay? [BARF ALERT!]

    08/14/2005 10:23:15 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 114 replies · 4,280+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 14, 2005 | Neil Swidey
    [...] With crystal-blue eyes, wavy hair, and freshly scrubbed faces, the boys look as though they stepped out of a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. They are 7-year-old twins. I'll call them Thomas and Patrick; their parents agreed to let me meet the boys as long as I didn't use their real names. Spend five seconds with them, and there can be no doubt that they are identical twins - so identical even they can't tell each other apart in photographs. Spend five minutes with them, and their profound differences begin to emerge. Patrick is social, thoughtful, attentive. He repeatedly addresses...
  • 'The New Gay Teenager'

    08/13/2005 10:25:42 PM PDT · by scripter · 58 replies · 2,563+ views
    NARTH ^ | May 23 2005 | Frank York
    [This article is key to understanding what children in public schools might be taught as normal and acceptable. Of course, we're already seeing some of it. If you're remotely interested in this topic you'll want to read the article in its entirety. ] Gay Cornell University Professor Ritch Savin-Williams argues that teenagers are rejecting gender categories in their pursuit of satisfying sexual relationships. And, he's encouraged by the trend. Reviewed by Frank York Professor Rich Savin-Williams in The New Gay Teenager, presents the premise of his book in the first page of his Preface. He observes: "Gay people have historically...
  • California Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on Gay "Marriage"

    08/11/2005 4:22:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 593+ views
    LifeSite ^ | August 11, 2005
    SACRAMENTO, August 11, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The California Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would not hand down a ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex “marriage.” The decision means the issue remains open – a ruling welcomed by a pro-family group that is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex “marriage” for the state.Executive Director of Campaign for California Families, Randy Thomasson, told the Associated Press, “It's very good that the high court declined to hear this case.” Thomasson had asked the court not to rule on the issue. “The high court should never turn marriage upside down...
  • Starbucks: A habit

    08/10/2005 7:11:06 AM PDT · by Houmatt · 150 replies · 3,182+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | 8-10-05 | Meghan Kleppinger
    It's been two weeks since my last Starbucks coffee. Admittedly, I am one of those who don't think twice about dropping $4 for a cup of coffee that costs less than $.50 to make. I am a self-proclaimed coffee house junkie and need that wonderful yuppie, intellectual "atmosphere" and freshly brewed aroma as much as the caffeine. When I moved to D.C. right out of college, I encountered my first Starbucks drink, or should I say "experience"? Growing up in a military family, I loved chain restaurants because of the sense of familiarity they offered in every new town we...
  • San Francisco Votes to Ban USS Iowa

    07/31/2005 2:24:27 PM PDT · by pabianice · 112 replies · 4,106+ views
    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today voted 3-8 against a resolution urging the San Francisco Congressional Delegation to support the permanent berthing of the USS Iowa as a museum at the Port of San Francisco. The congressional delegation secured $3 million in 2000 to move the USS Iowa, which was present at the signing of the treaty between Japan and the U.S. in 1945, from Rhode Island to the Bay Area, the proposed resolution says. A study commissioned by the Port of San Francisco concluded that the ship would attract more than 500,000 people during its first year at...
  • Worker's censure ignites debate (made comment about Lesbians)

    07/21/2005 3:35:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 70 replies · 2,706+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.21.05 | ROBERT RATISH
    Worker's censure ignites debate Thursday, July 21, 2005 WAYNE - A William Paterson University employee censured for calling a film on lesbian relationships a "perversion" has sparked a debate over where free speech ends and discrimination begins.Jihad Daniel, 68, of Hackensack said he was simply expressing his Muslim religious beliefs in the e-mail to a WPU educator advertising the film. But university administrators contend he violated the university's anti-discrimination policy. And the e-mail's recipient said she felt the e-mail qualifies as harassment, not free speech.The dispute began in March when Professor Arlene Holpp Scala of the women's studies department sent...
  • Canada Legalizes Gay Marriage

    07/20/2005 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 154 replies · 5,045+ views
    KRON 4 TV ^ | July 20, 2005 | AP Staff Writer
    Canada Legalizes Gay Marriage Posted: July 20, 2005 at 3:10 p.m. Updated: July 20, 2005 at 3:15 p.m. TORONTO (AP) -- Canada legalized gay marriage Wednesday, becoming the world's fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin signed the legislation making it law, hours after it was approved by the Senate late Tuesday night despite strong opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders. The bill grants same-sex couples legal rights equal to those in traditional unions between a man and a woman, something already legal in eight of Canada's 10 provinces and in...
  • $100G gay tourism campaign launched

    07/20/2005 5:53:35 AM PDT · by Panerai · 36 replies · 697+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | Donna Goodison
    Boston and Cambridge are rolling out the rainbow carpet. Tourism officials hope to lure more gay and lesbian travelers through a new $100,000 advertising and marketing campaign. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed with Man Around - a U.K. company billed as the world's largest long-distance gay-tour operator - to market Boston and Cambridge as gay-friendly destinations. Gay and lesbian travelers are an attractive market for the tourism industry, according to Pat Moscaritolo, the convention bureau's chief. ``Because they have higher income, they have a propensity or ability to travel,'' Moscaritolo said. ``They also have an affinity...
  • Groups Prep for Marriage Battle; Gays Say They Can Win (WI)

    07/11/2005 7:30:28 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 327+ views
    Madison.com ^ | July 11, 2005 | Judith Davidoff
    With 16 months to go before an expected vote on a state constitutional ban on gay marriage, groups on both sides of the issue are gearing up for a major fight. Action Wisconsin, a statewide advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has joined forces with the Milwaukee-based Center Advocates to mount a statewide advocacy campaign aimed at defeating the proposal, which will likely be placed on the November 2006 ballot. Leading the charge in support of the proposal is the Wisconsin Coalition for Traditional Marriage, a nonprofit, volunteer group that is coordinated by Julaine Appling, executive director...
  • California to Push Same-Sex Marriage Again

    07/11/2005 4:41:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 520+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/11/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Using an end run around a previous vote against a bill authorizing same-sex marriage, a California legislator is seeking to revive the issue believed dead for this session in a parliamentary maneuver known as "gut-and-amend." The original bill, AB19, authored by San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno, fell four votes short in the Assembly last month because seven of his Democrat colleagues failed to vote on the measure when the roll was called, a practice known as "taking a walk," according to an editorial in today's San Francisco Chronicle. Unable to reintroduce his original bill, Leno deleted the language of a...
  • Madrid Holds Huge Gay Rally After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed

    07/03/2005 2:54:14 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 53 replies · 947+ views
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people, many dancing or banging drums, packed the streets of Madrid on Saturday to celebrate Spain's new law legalizing gay marriage. "This is infinitely gay. There are no words to express it," Ivan Sanchez, a 26-year-old pharmacist, said as the throng snaked its way through the capital. Flatbed trucks crowded with young men and women honked their horns as they made their way through the streets under a blazing summer sun in a procession led by Culture Minister Carmen Calvo and other members of the governing Socialist party, which sponsored the law....
  • Gay couples challenge adoption law

    09/16/2004 1:11:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 81 replies · 1,013+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday, September 16, 2004
    Three homosexual couples filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a law that prohibits Oklahoma from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries. The lawsuit alleges the measure, which is an amendment to the Oklahoma Adoption Code, "appears to sever legal ties between parents and their children whenever families led by same-gender couples enter the state of Oklahoma." Gov. Brad Henry signed the law in May. It was drafted by 17 state lawmakers after Attorney General Drew Edmondson issued an opinion in April requiring the state to recognize all adoptions, regardless of the gender of parents....
  • A church's struggle over gay marriage

    06/30/2005 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies · 825+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 01, 2005 | Jane Lapman
    The United Church of Christ - famous for setting precedent - considers backing same-sex marriage at its national synod. As a federal constitutional amendment on marriage garners growing public support, one American Protestant church could soon go against the grain. During its national synod, which begins Friday in Atlanta, the United Church of Christ (UCC) will debate three marriage resolutions - one backing "full marriage equality" for same-sex couples, one defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and a third proposing further study of the issue. No one is predicting the outcome, but the UCC - a union...
  • Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages

    06/30/2005 2:08:08 AM PDT · by Arnold Zephel · 16 replies · 853+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2005 | MAR ROMAN
    Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third nation to allow same-sex unions. Gay activists cheered the vote and blew kisses to lawmakers. The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187-147 with four abstentions. The bill also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit each others' property. The bill is now law. The Senate, where conservatives hold the largest number of seats, rejected the bill last week. But it is an advisory body and final say on legislation rests with the Congress of Deputies. After...
  • CA: Gay marriage bill backers seeking revival in Senate

    06/29/2005 7:07:20 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 226+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 29, 2005 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – Despite a defeat in the Assembly and a likely veto from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, advocates of same-sex marriage plan to revive their legislation in the Senate. Yesterday, they began using a legislative technique known as "gut and amend" to replace the provisions of an Assembly bill that's already in the Senate with provisions from the defeated same-sex marriage bill. "I can continue the fight for a critically important civil rights issue," said Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the author of the same-sex marriage bill. "Why would I not go forward?" Gay rights advocates hope that the more liberal...