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    As I recall from having read/heard about it via local media at the time:

    There was a case here in Jefferson County, Texas several years ago, in which two gay men who were civilly unified in Vermont filed for dissolution of that union in State District Court. The judge granted separation, and a trial was to be held regarding final divorce.

    Then other judges, higher in the judicial food chain, said that because there is no civil union or other gay partnership law in Texas, the judge was wrong to even entertain the case, and perhaps should be disciplined.

    Quickly, the couple announced that they had reconciled, the judge rescinded the separation order, and the whole kerfuffle died before anything more could happen.

    This and the case Viggie cites just above both go to the Constitutional requirement that the States recognize the acts of other States. In spite of the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" signed by that "notorious liberal" Bill Clinton, I think the Courts will end up ruling that States must recognize such relationships if authorized in other States, and thus same-sex marriage will spread across the country over time.

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    Author: ‘The Family’ behind proposed Ugandan law that would execute HIV+ men
    The African nation of Uganda is weighing a bill that would impose the death penalty on HIV positive men who have committed what it calls "aggravated homosexuality."

    As if that were not shocking enough, a U.S. author is claiming that a secretive group of American politicians appear to be a driving force in seeing the proposal become law.

    The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, heavily supported by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, was first read in October, triggering a wave of condemnation.
    While that condemnation by a U.S. official would seem reflexive, others in U.S. political circles are providing financial and political support for the bill's sponsors, according to author Jeff Sharlet.

    Sharlet's book "The Family" is an investigative look at a secretive group of fundamentalist Christian lawmakers in Washington, D.C. In a recent interview with NPR's Terry Gross, he broke the news that The Family's influence in Uganda is rife.

    "[The] legislator that introduced the bill, a guy named David Bahati, is a member of The Family," he said. "He appears to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organizes their Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and oversees a African sort of student leadership program designed to create future leaders for Africa, into which The Family has poured millions of dollars working through a very convoluted chain of linkages passing the money over to Uganda."

    And how did Sharlet discover the connection? "You follow [the] money," he said. You look at their archives. You do interviews where you can. It's not so invisible anymore. So that's how working with some research colleagues we discovered that David Bahati, the man behind this legislation, is really deeply, deeply involved in The Family's work in Uganda, that the ethics minister of Uganda, Museveni's kind of right-hand man, a guy named Nsaba Buturo, is also helping to organize The Family's National Prayer Breakfast. And here's a guy who has been the main force for this Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda's executive office and has been very vocal about what he's doing, in a rather extreme and hateful way. But these guys are not so much under the influence of The Family. They are, in Uganda, The Family."

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    Groups like "the Family" give Jesus a bad reputation.

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    They're not Christians, they're "Christianists".

    Argentine judge stops gay marriage
    A judge in Argentina has overturned a ruling that would have allowed the first gay marriage in Latin America.

    Judge Marta Gomez Alsina, in the capital Buenos Aires, ordered Tuesday's planned wedding of Alejandro Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello suspended.

    The court website said she had ordered the wedding blocked until the issue could be resolved by the Supreme Court.

    The couple were granted permission to marry after successfully appealing against an earlier ruling.

    But despite the last minute setback, their lawyer said they would still try to go ahead with the ceremony, AP news agency reported.

    Maria Rachid said that the new ruling should not overturn the decision to let them marry.

    The marriage had been scheduled at the Beruti registry office in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires.

    The Argentine capital became the first city in Latin America to approve civil unions for gay couples in 2002.

    However, the move has led to much legal and religious wrangling in Argentina.
    Corduroy Skirts are a Sin
    Today (Wednesday, November 18th) I left my voice lesson and noticed two adults on campus holding signs that said “Homosexuality is a sin”. First, I would just like to say that I support people with their own opinions. I think that everyone is entitled to their right to think what they want. However, when someone comes on my campus, where I pay tuition to live, I don’t think it’s appropriate to rub such a hateful sign in someone’s face. I decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.

    This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life. SO many people asked to take a picture with me, I got laughs, high fives and there were the few that even cursed off the woman standing behind me.

    As I drew interest to what was going on with myself and the woman with the hateful sign, I started to draw a crowd that stood with me in support. Before I knew it I had 100+ people holding signs for gay rights asking people to honk their horns to support. I was interviewed by a news station, and more than 5 student organization papers, and the post standard of syracuse.

    I never expected anybody to come stand by me and support and I appreciate it so much that everyone came! It meant so much and it proved to those ignorant people that we aren’t afraid, and we will put up a fight.

    I’m proud that Syracuse has such a homosexual friendly community.
    Same-Sex Marriage Passes D.C. Council, 11-2
    No big surprises in the first D.C. Council vote on legalizing same-sex marriage: the Council today voted 11-2 to approve the "Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009," with Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) the only dissenters.

    The historic legislation still needs to pass a second vote in the Council in the next month, at which point it will be sent to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for his signature. Fenty has promised he will sign the bill.

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    Brookline High students answer anti-gay protestors
    Holding up signs and singing songs, hundreds of Brookline High School students all but drowned out the message of a group of anti-gay and anti-Jewish protestors outside the school Tuesday afternoon.

    Superintendent of Schools William Lupini said he wished the protestors would “go away,” but he said he liked seeing the way Brookline High School students reacted to the protest.

    “We’re pretty proud about how the kids responded to this,” Lupini said.

    The high school students gathered at the front of the school to counter the protest of a half-dozen representatives from Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church at about 3 p.m.

    The church members held up sings saying “God hates Jews” and “God hates fags” and chanting to the tune of Christmas songs. The group also staged protests in Boston Tuesday.
    The protest lasted about a half hour before the half-dozen members of the Westboro Baptist Church rushed to a minivan to leave. One of the members, who declined to give his name, said the group staged the protest at the high school in part because of the school’s Gay Student Alliance.

    “The student body needed preaching to,” the protestor said, before driving away.
    Is this Jew protesting new?

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    Gays need to stop stuffin’ it down Utah senator’s throat (with video)
    Utah state Sen. Chris Buttars said: “I don’t mind gays. I just don’t want ’em stuffin’ it down my throat all the time, and certainly in my kid’s face.”

    The Utah Republican has been a staunch opponent of LGBT rights — until now. He authored the state’s anti-marriage law. But certainly he wouldn’t go against the wishes of the Mormon church.

    Because the Mormon church has now supported protection for gays and lesbians in housing and employment in Salt Lake City, the senator might support those rights statewide. He may even sponsor the bill.
    Heroine Alert: Diane Savino, NY State Senator
    Out of yesterday's NY state gay marriage setback has emerged a new icon: Sen. Diane Savino, whose brilliant, off-the-cuff speech in favor of same-sex marriage has made her an overnight internet star. Just watch this. (Savino for President 2016!)

    Some choice quotes:

    "I'm over the age of 40 and that's all you're going to get from me, but I have never been able to maintain a relationship of the length or the quality that Tom and Lewis have."
    "Turn on the television. We have a wedding channel on cable TV devoted to the behavior of people on the way to the altar. They spend billions of dollars, behave in the most appalling way, all in an effort to be princess for a day. You don't have cable television? Put on network TV. We're giving away husbands on a game show. You can watch The Bachelor, where thirty desperate women will compete to marry a 40-year-old man who has never been able to maintain a decent relationship in his life."
    "That's what we've done to marriage in America, where young women are socialized from the time they're five years old to think of being nothing but a bride. They plan every day what they'll wear, how they'll look, the invitations, the whole bit, they don't spend five minutes thinking about what it means to be a wife. People stand up there before god and man even in Senator Diaz's church, they swear to love honor and obey, they don't mean a word of it. So if there's anything wrong with the sanctity of marriage in America, it comes from those of us who have the privilege and the right and have abused it for decades."
    A former labor activist, Savino was elected in 2004 and serves Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. But now that this speech has put her on the national radar, who knows how far she can go?

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    NY politician beats his girlfriend but gets to vote to "protect the sanctity of marriage".

    I guess the "D" beside his name stands for "Domestic Violence". At least Carrie Prejean is good for a laugh. Hiram Monserrate just makes me want to stab something.
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    Is this Jew protesting new?
    It's pretty creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RA5CViggie View Post
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    Brookline High students answer anti-gay protestors
    Quote Originally Posted by the article in question
    Holding up signs and singing songs, hundreds of Brookline High School students all but drowned out the message of a group of anti-gay and anti-Jewish protestors outside the school Tuesday afternoon.

    Superintendent of Schools William Lupini said he wished the protestors would “go away,” but he said he liked seeing the way Brookline High School students reacted to the protest.

    “We’re pretty proud about how the kids responded to this,” Lupini said.

    The high school students gathered at the front of the school to counter the protest of a half-dozen representatives from Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church at about 3 p.m.

    The church members held up sings saying “God hates Jews” and “God hates fags” and chanting to the tune of Christmas songs. The group also staged protests in Boston Tuesday.
    Is this Jew protesting new?
    First, isn't this the group of so-called "Christians" who protested outside Matthew Shepard's funeral? And who protest at the funerals of American soldiers killed in the wars against Iraq and Afghaninam? I think it is, and from my point of view (based on what Jesus said about judging a tree by its fruits) they don't seem to be acting according to the Command of Christ.

    Second, I seem to recall a point of political trivia regarding Brookline, Mass. Correct me if you can, but ... weren't John F Kennedy, Michael Dukakis and George H W Bush all born there?

    Third, about the Jew-protesting. I haven't heard that the Kansas Gang has been attacking Jews, but it doesn't surprise me. They seem to hate everyone else, so ... ? Of course, people who call themselves "Christian" but hate the ethnic group of Jesus God Himself have been blaming the Jews for centuries for what was done to Jesus by the Italians. Well, one Italian, anyway, Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Israel who ordered Jesus's execution.

    Remember the case of the Jewish school-lad who was harassed by Baptists at school in Galveston County back in the 1990s, and Governor Bush said "There is no anti-semitism in Texas"? The same George Dubya Bush who also said "Only Christians go to Heaven"? Yeah, that one.

    When people like that are in power, it encourages those who would act like the Kansas Gang. Be it Bush or Limpbaugh or Beck or any other evil-speaker, the leader can say, "I didn't tell them to do that, why, that's not nice," but we all saw him lead his flock to poison water, then walk away and say, "I didn't make them drink!"

    Am I rambling? Sorry. It's a quarter of five in the night time, and I need to get offline, don't I?

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    Portia de Rossi To Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Gay Marriage Should Be Called Marriage (VIDEO)
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck made a curious analogy Friday on 'The View.' She asked Portia de Rossi, who is married to Ellen Degeneres, whether marriage equality is just a semantic distinction as outrageous as women wanting to be called men.

    "Take men and women. Women want all the rights of men, but they're not asking to be called men," Elisabeth said. "Do you think...is the word [marriage] more important than the rights?"

    "No, of course the word isn't more important than the rights," Portia responded. "Without the word, we don't have equal rights."

    Portia continued to eloquently dismantle Elisabeth's reasoning.

    "Every citizen of this country should have that legal right to be married," she said. "Marriage the word actually does mean something because people who see a gay coupling as a lesser thing in society can continue to [think] it's lesser than marriage when really it's the exact same thing. The exact same love, the exact same commitment, love of family."

    Portia and Ellen were married in California in August 2008, before Prop 8 reversed the legality of same-sex marriage. They did their first interview as a married couple on Oprah last month.
    Sexual Orientation Hate Crimes Jump In Wards 7, 8
    According to new D.C. Police data [PDF], there has been a total of 36 hate crimes committed in the District as of September 30. That's about the same for 2008 and 2007's totals of 38.

    By far, the majority of hate crimes have revolved around sexual orientation. As of Sept. 30, there have been 31 such crimes reported. There could be many more. As WTOP's Mark Segraves pointed out on his must-listen Ask The Chief segment, sometimes officers do not report hate crimes as hate crimes. [In a recent hate-crime incident I did some reporting on, D.C. cops did not report it as a hate crime].

    On the WTOP segment, Police Chief Cathy Lanier did admit that since the report was issued, sexual-orientation based hate crimes have jumped to 35.

    Numbers can be debated. But one number can not: the rise in sexual orientation hate crimes in Wards 7 and 8 [police districts 6 and 7].

    In 2008, 13 percent of sexual orientation hate crimes took place in these wards. So far in 2009, the number jumped to 32 percent.

    On a side note, only two councilmembers---Yvette Alexander and Marion Barry---voted against the gay marriage bill. Who do they represent? Wards 7 and 8.
    Interesting coincidence.

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    Bruce Springsteen backs gay marriage in NJ

    EU treaty is first to ban discrimination against gays
    The European Union's Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force December 1, incorporates the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the only international governmental document that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Article 21 states, "Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited."
    Three countries opted out of the charter, Christensen said -- the United Kingdom, Poland and the Czech Republic.
    Quaker group stops certifying marriages until gay marriage legal
    A group of Twin Cities Quakers has decided to stop signing marriage certificates for opposite-sex couples until the state legalizes gay marriage.

    "We're simply trying to be consistent with the will of God as we perceive it," said Paul Landskroener, clerk of the Twin Cities Friends Meeting, in an interview with MPR's All Things Considered on Monday.

    The congregation will continue to hold both opposite-sex and same-sex weddings at its meeting house, but will no longer sign the legal marriage certificate for opposite-sex couples. Instead, couples will need to have the certificate signed by a justice of the peace.

    "Everything else proceeds as it normally has, except that we will not sign the marriage certificate," Landskroener said.

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    Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor
    Houston became the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor on Saturday night, as voters gave a solid victory to the city controller, Annise Parker.

    Cheers and dancing erupted at Ms. Parker’s campaign party as her opponent, fellow Democrat Gene Locke, a former city attorney, conceded defeat just after 10 p.m. when it became clear he could not overcome her lead.

    Twenty minutes later, Ms. Parker appeared before ecstatic supporters at the city’s convention center and then joked that she was the first graduate of Rice University to be elected mayor. (She is, by the way.) Then she grew serious.

    “Tonight the voters of Houston have opened the door to history,” she said, standing by her partner of 19 years, Kathy Hubbard, and their three adopted children. “I acknowledge that. I embrace that. I know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office.”

    With all precincts reporting, Ms. Parker had defeated Mr. Locke by 53 percent to 47 percent.
    When it Comes to Gay Republicans, Some in the GOP Want to Eat Their Own
    Earlier this month, a bit of history was made in Massachusetts when the Republican candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker, asked State Senator Richard Tisei to join him on the ticket. Tisei is gay, and though Massachusetts might just be the most liberal state in the country, choosing a gay man to run as the Lieutenant Governor on the GOP ticket is a pretty big to do. Lest the world forget, the last Republican governor from Massachusetts was Mitt Romney, not entirely a champion for LGBT equality.

    In many respects, it might seem as if the GOP is trying to live up to that buzz word, "big tent," indicating that there is some room in Republican politics for LGBT people to serve. That is, until you search around the interwebs and find out that conservatives are already organizing to get Tisei dumped from the ticket. Could it be a second coming of Scozzafava?

    Possibly. One of the leading right-wing blogs in Massachusetts promoted the efforts to "Dump Tisei," and a few GOP activists are grumbling that making the Republican Party more liberal is the wrong direction for the state. It all begs the question: Is there room in the Republican Party for LGBT politicians? Or does the very premise automatically create backlash and disgust?

    The site, Dump Tisei, blasts the State Senator for his support of marriage equality, as well as his past endorsements from the Massachusetts Teachers Association. They view Tisei as a threat to the very existence of the Republican Party, and are urging folks to sign a petition calling for his removal from the ticket.

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    D.C. council votes to legalize same-sex marriage

    Uganda Is Only a Tiny Piece of the Global Anti-Gay Epidemic
    The devastating truth is that, compared with other nations in the region, Uganda is closer to the rule than the exception. Homosexuality is illegal in 80 nations across the globe. No, that is not a typo. In 80 countries, the government mandates imprisonment for those who are perceived to be gay. Uganda is already one of these nations –- the current penalty is life in prison. The proposed bill would make Uganda the ninth country to hand down a death sentence to gay citizens, joining Sudan, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Iran.
    Right now in Iran, 12 young men (including 8 teenagers) are awaiting execution after being convicted of sodomy.
    In Iraq, "death squads" search the streets for anyone exhibiting "unmanly behavior." Anyone perceived to be gay is promptly kidnapped, beaten and tortured. For those being tormented, the worst part comes when their families are called. The shame of having a gay son is considered unbearable.

    All over the Muslim world, this "shame" leads to so-called "honor killings," where the gay person is killed by a family member to protect the honor of the family. Most honor killings are not widely publicized, but last month The New York Times profiled a 26-year-old openly gay man in Turkey, whose father traveled over 600 miles to hunt him down and kill him.
    Gay and lesbian couples in South Africa have been able to legally marry since 2006, but there is currently an epidemic of lesbians being gang raped all over South Africa. It is being called "corrective rape" because the perpetrators believe that after being with several men, the women will be "cured" of their homosexuality.
    Rwandan Parliament to Vote on Criminalizing Homosexuality this Week
    On December 16, 2009, the lower house of the Rwandan Parliament will hold its final debate on a draft revision of the penal code that will, for the first time, make homosexuality a crime in Rwanda. A vote on this draft code will occur before the end of the week. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has learned that the proposed Article 217 of the draft Penal Code Act will criminalize "[a]ny person who practices, encourages or sensitizes people of the same sex, to sexual relation or any sexual practice." If the Chamber of Deputies approves, the draft code will go before the Rwandan Senate most likely in early 2010.
    Are Anti-Gay Policies Hurting the Salvation Army's Coffers?
    For years, gay rights activists have continued to point out that while the Salvation Army preaches charity work with one ring of the bell, they also happen to be selling a dose of homophobia with the other ring. The Salvation Army considers homosexuality immoral, and has an official policy statement that says "Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex."

    That statement is pretty tame compared to other blasts against LGBT people that have popped up on Salvation Army Web sites around the globe. A few years back, the Salvation Army in Australia went so far as to say that homosexuality was akin to rebellion against God. Nothing says charity, perhaps, like some good old-fashioned homophobia.
    For supporters of LGBT rights, the past statements of the Salvation Army should give one pause. Particularly the Australia chapter of the Salvation Army, which in denouncing homosexuality went further than even the Catholic bishops.

    "[Homosexual activity is] as rebellion against God's plan for the created order.... Homosexual practice, however, is, in the light of Scripture, clearly unacceptable," says the Australia section. "Such activity is chosen behavior and is thus a matter of the will. It is therefore able to be directed or restrained in the same way heterosexual urges are controlled. Homosexual practice would render any person ineligible for full membership (soldiership) in the Army."
    Tim Redmond at SFBG.com admits that no amount of good work can overcome money that might fund homophobia.

    "The Army's supporters say 89 percent of the money goes directly to service. So 11 cents out of every dollar you drop in the red can goes to support an agenda dedicated to bigotry and intolerance that doesn't belong anywhere in society any more," Redmond writes. "That's too much for me."
    I was on another site and someone uploaded this flyer that anti-homophobes can hand out to bell ringers during holiday season.

    Instructions:

    - Copy the fliers and cut them into four individual notes.

    - Keep them in your car, purse, backpack or pocket, especially when you know you’ll be going into grocery store or chain stores.

    - Hand them to the volunteer at the donation kettle. Folding the note in half will make it appear as if you’re handing a note instead of a flier.

    - Do not place the note in the kettle.

    - There’s no need to say anything or to wait for them to read the note. Keep going, even if they say “What is this?”

    - Your interaction with the volunteer should always be peaceful. For this resistance to be successful it is important that the protester (you) simply share the information and walk away. Arguing or even discussing the points in the flier can be damaging to your cause.

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    Hillary Clinton: The Most Pro-LGBT Secretary of State Ever
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been nothing short of a rock star when it comes to denouncing international homophobia. On September 11 this year, she made it a point to talk about how international gay rights are part of the Obama administration's human rights agenda. On World AIDS Day this year, she drew the connections between criminalization of homosexuality and the HIV pandemic. And just this week, Clinton blasted Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, calling it out as a piece of legislation that would violate human rights and take away human dignity. Fierce advocate for gay rights? Yeah, there's one in the White House. But it might not be the one with the fancier desk and the oval-like office.

    Clinton's condemnation of Uganda's anti-gay bill came during a widely-publicized speech on the human rights policies of the Obama administration. Coupled with stinging remarks to countries that foster gender inequality, the speech continued a focus on global homophobia that has been a part of Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State since practically day one.
    The "gay agenda" "infiltrates" young people
    A study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in partnership with Harris Interactive found that respect and value for diversity has increased over the past 20 years among American youth. GSRI also reports that today’s youth generally have good intentions with regard to making healthy, positive choices as tweens, teens and young adults.

    The large-scale nationwide study involved 3,263 male and female students in grades 3–12 and employed both classroom-based and online data collection techniques. The results from the 2009 study were compared to a similar study conducted by GSRI in 1989 to identify statistically significant shifts in attitudes, beliefs, values and intentions.

    With regard to diversity, 59 percent of youth (63% of girls and 55% of boys) in grades 7 through 12 rate being around people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds as important. More youth also support same-sex relationships and almost half of the youth (in grades 7 – 12) surveyed reported that a friendship would continue unchanged if a friend revealed that s/he was involved in a same-sex relationship. These numbers vary by gender with 84 percent of girls reporting that they would maintain a friendship with a gay or lesbian friend in comparison to 62 percent of boys.

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    Washington Mayor Fenty signs same-sex marriage bill
    Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Friday signed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, equating the hurdles confronting gay couples to those his parents faced when they married four decades ago as an interracial couple.

    With his parents and D.C. Council members looking on, Fenty (D) signed multiple copies of the bill in the sanctuary of All Souls Unitarian church in Mount Pleasant -- a location he said he selected as representative of the many churches that embrace gay rights.
    In an unusually emotional speech for Fenty, the mayor said his parents moved from Buffalo to Washington in 1967 because they wanted to marry and their parents were furious about their interracial relationship.

    "My parents know a little something about marriage equality," Fenty told about 150 activists and gay couples who crammed into the church.

    Phil Fenty, who is black, and Jan Fenty, who is white, said they had not attended any other bill-signing ceremony in the three years their son has been mayor. But they had to be there Friday, they said, and they were proud that their son had embraced the lessons of equality he was taught as a boy.

    "We just lived our lives. He saw it, and now he's living it," said Jan Fenty.

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    Mexico City 1st in region to approve gay marriage
    The bill calls for changing the definition of marriage in the city's civic code. Marriage is currently defined as the union of a man and a woman. The new definition will be "the free uniting of two people."

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    WBC: God Hates "Lady" Gaga

    WBC will picket the "sleazy God-hater" at her January 7 concert in St. Louis. The press release must be seen to be believed.

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    Thumbsup First in Latin America - Argentina

    CLICK The first official Gay marriage in Latin America, according to the article, just took place in Argentina. If you need translation, copy and paste the URL to Google Translate, and tell it French to [your preferred language].

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    Will the fight over Prop. 8 be televised?
    Media coalition asks for cameras in the courtroom

    As an effort to overturn Proposition 8 makes its way to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco next month, a lingering question is whether the upcoming trial over same-sex marriage will be televised.

    Such extensive coverage would be a first for a federal court in the Western states, as there has been a long tradition of prohibiting cameras or restricting them to oral arguments and the like.

    A media coalition, including the major broadcast networks, Dow Jones & Co. and Hearst Corp., is asking U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker for permission to broadcast and webcast the proceedings, which are scheduled to begin Jan. 11, with cabler In Session (TruTV's daytime format, formerly known as Court TV News) providing the gavel-to-gavel pool.

    The plaintiffs who are seeking to overturn Proposition 8, a state constitutional ban on gay nuptials that passed in California in 2008, do not object to the idea, nor do their attorneys, Ted Olson and David Boies.

    But defenders of the proposition do object, citing that the exposure will subject witnesses and litigants to the "potential for intimidation" and that perhaps the "right to a fair trial will be undermined."

    In a letter sent to Walker on Monday, their attorney, Charles Cooper, referred to the aftermath of the 2008 election, a time marked by protest rallies, marches and, in some cases, boycotts of those who contributed to the Yes on 8 campaign, including one website that identified donors and their addresses with a Google map overlay.

    Indeed, some potential witnesses have indicated that they will not be willing to testify at all if the trial is broadcast or webcast beyond the courthouse," Cooper wrote.
    Rove: Champion of "traditional" divorce
    Karl Rove is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, citing "5,000 years of understanding the institution of marriage" as his justification. He also famously engineered multiple referenda to incorporate a ban on same-sex marriage into various states' constitutions in 2004 in order to ensure that so-called ""Christian conservatives" and "value voters" who believe in "traditional marriage laws" would turn out and help re-elect George W. Bush. Yet, like so many of his like-minded pious comrades, Rove seems far better at preaching the virtues of "traditional marriage" to others and exploiting them for political gain than he does adhering to those principles in his own life:
    Rove obtained his divorce under Texas' "no-fault" divorce law, one of the most permissive in the nation. That law basically allows any married couple to simply end their marriage because they feel like it. Texas, needless to say, is one of the states which has constitutionally barred same-sex marriages, and has a Governor who explicitly cites Christian dogma as the reason to support that provision, yet the overwhelming majority of Texan citizens make sure that there's nothing in the law making their own marriages binding or permanent -- i.e., traditional. They're willing to limit other people's marriage choices on moral grounds, but not their own, and thus have a law that lets them divorce whenever the mood strikes. That's the very permissive, untraditional and un-Christian law that Rove just exploited in order to obtain his divorce.
    Actually, this is Rove's second divorce. His first wife was "Valerie Wainright, a wealthy Houston woman from the Bush social circle, but the marriage could not withstand his consuming preoccupation with politics." They divorced after three years of marriage. So the one that was just terminated was Rove's second "traditional marriage" to end without death doing them part. His next traditional marriage will be to his third wife.
    Perhaps their marriage failed because a same-sex couple moved in next door to them?

    Rep. Mark Kirk To Be Investigated For Possible DADT Violation
    Representative Mark Kirk may end up hoisted on his own petard. It all depends upon the investigation into allegations that his is gay. According to sources within the Pentagon, NCIS has to investigate the allegations made by Rep. Kirk’s opponent in the Republican primary. Andy Martin made the accusations against Rep. Kirk in a recent attack ad. While the ad has been resoundly denounced by the Republicans, the ad’s charges have come to the attention of the military since Rep. Kirk is a member of the Naval Reserves.

    Rep. Kirk is strongly opposed to the attempts to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a law which he is now being accused of having broken. Should he be found guilty of homosexuality, he will be honorably discharged with notation if he does not resign first.
    Because of the seriousness of the allegations, anyone with information is encouraged to contact DC NCIS’ General Crimes and Fraud Hotline 1-800-264-6485.
    Latin America sees its first same-sex marriage
    Less than one month after a Buenos Aires court derailed the marriage of Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello, the couple wed Monday at the southern tip of Argentina, making it the first same-sex marriage in Latin America.

    "As a couple, we dreamed of marrying for a long time," Freyre told the state-run Telam news agency.

    Their marriage was hailed as a victory by gay rights groups in Argentina, though it was unknown whether the legality of their marriage would face any challenges.

    After a legal battle earlier this year, a court in the capital, Buenos Aires, ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was illegal and ordered the proper authorities to grant the couple a marriage license if they applied for one.

    On the eve of their December 1 wedding, however, another court filed an injunction, putting the brakes on the nuptials.

    In Argentina, the issue of same-sex marriage is decided on the local and state level.

    So Freyre and di Bello went to the southernmost state of Tierra del Fuego, where a pro-gay marriage governor welcomed the event, Telam reported.

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    Obama appoints transgender political activist as advisor
    President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson to the position of Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. Ms. Simpson is likely to be the first transgender appointee of the Obama administration.
    Ms. Simpson has thirty years experience in the aerospace and defense industry. She most recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. According to the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Ms. Simpson has an activist political background as well.

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    Fred Phelps' Lady Gaga Parody: 'Your Whorish Face ... God Hates You'
    The Westboro Baptist Church sermonizes: "However questionable they may be, Lady Gaga's talents were given to her by God; in return, she defies Him with all she does. This parody puts the truth to her 'Poker Face.'"
    Speaking of the WBC, at Annise Parker's inauguration:
    Curiously, while Parker introduced her mother, children and extended family in the beginning of her speech, she did not single out her partner, Kathy Hubbard.

    Perhaps Hubbard had slipped away to avoid the imminent destruction prophesied by Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of hatemongering Kansas minister Fred Phelps. Phelps-Roper was standing on a bench holding a sign featuring the catchy and inspiring "God Hates Fags," vastly outnumbered by counter-demonstrators holding "Gods Hates Cheeseburgers" and "God Hates Urinals" signs. She was joined by two of her eleven-strong brood, daughters Rebekah and Gracie, who held signs indicating that God not only hated homosexuals, but Jews as well. (They killed Jesus.)

    "We're here because we need to tell this nation, and Houston in particular, that your destruction is imminent," Phelps-Roper said. She said this destruction would spread to even those who didn't vote for Parker. In fact, the only people who will be spared, she said, are those who obey and serve the Lord.

    Wanting to be absolutely clear about who will and won't be destroyed, Hair Balls asked if this applied to both tops and bottoms. That's when she began to look suspicious. Finally, we just asked "What if you're a fag who doesn't practice faggery?"

    To which she replied, "Then you're not a fag, dummy."
    Religious Right Goes Nuts Over Transgender Appointee Amanda Simpson
    "Is there going to be a transgender quota now in the Obama administration?" asked Peter LaBarbera, president of the anti-gay group Americans for Truth. "How far does this politics of gay and transgender activism go? Clearly this is an administration that is pandering to the gay lobby."

    "Simpson's nomination was forwarded through to President Obama by a gay activist group, making it appear that this appointment of a male-to-female 'transgender' activist to a high level Commerce Department position to be payback to his far-left base for their political support," a spokeswoman for Focus on the Family said in statement.

    Matt Barber, associate dean at Jerry Fallwell's Liberty University, said the appointment "boggles the mind" and said that while African-Americans might deserve special treatment, transgender people don't.

    "This isn't like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong," he said. "This is about political correctness."

    Of course, as Steven Benen points out, none of these angry conservatives even consider that Simpson was simply the best candidate for the job.

    Simpson herself anticipated this reaction: "[There will be] questions like: Is this a token? Are you here to do a job or just to fill a quota or appease other people? In that regard it makes it a bit more difficult," she said. "I'm sure I will have to do and intend to do a far superior job than any other person. But I'm sure I will always be second-guessed."
    Gee, thanks for being charitable toward African-Americans. It's not like they've ever qualified for anything on their own merits the way all white, straight, cisgendered males have, you POS!

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    After fray, supervisors affirm gay rights
    Equal opportunity in Loudoun County now includes rights for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.

    Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles) said he decided to propose the initiative after he learned while campaigning last year for a seat in the state House of Delegates that Governor-elect Bob McDonnell planned to abandon the previous administration's order banning sexual orientation discrimination in state government hiring practices.

    "I think people need to be aware that they don't have the benefit of that policy at the top level of government," Miller said. "People need to know that if they can't get help at the highest level, they can get help from their local government."

    Miller called the initiative "the right thing to do."

    "It's a shame that anyone would put energy into fighting this," he said.

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