Friday, November 03, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - November 3, 2006

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What issue do you think should be the top priority for the president and Congress to deal with?

2006 Oct 23-26 %

Situation in Iraq/War64%

Economy in general18%

Immigration/Illegal aliens 15%

Poor healthcare/hospitals; high cost of healthcare11%

National security6%


Fuel/Oil prices/Lack of energy sources/The energy crisis6%

Education/Poor education/Access to education5%

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt4%

The situation in North Korea3%

Social Security3%




Foreign aid/Focus overseas2%

Poor leadership/Corruption/Dissatisfaction with government/

Homosexual issues/Gay marriage2%


War/Conflict in the Middle East1%


Ethics/Moral/Religious/Family decline; dishonesty; lack of integrity1%

International issues/problems 1%

High cost of living/Inflation1%

Care for the elderly1%


Judicial system/Courts/Laws1%

Lack of respect for each other1%

Below 0%

Unifying the country*
Lack of military defense*
Natural disaster relief/funding*
Lack of money*
Gap between rich and poor*
Election year/Election reform*
Race relations/Racism--
Trade deficit/Foreign trade--

Other 3

No opinion2
* Less than 0.5%
Note: Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Gallup first asked this question in April, and in each poll since that point, the war in Iraq has ranked as the most salient issue from the public's perspective. In April, 29% of Americans said Iraq should be the top priority for the government. By June, this percentage climbed as high as 60%, before dropping back from July to September, when roughly half of Americans said Iraq should be the government's top priority. Now, mentions of Iraq as the top priority have surged to 64%.

To Watch The Blue Tsunami Hitting The US On Tuesday


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A Global Overview of Gay Rights

After the New Jersey court ruling on gay marriage last week, thisquestion has come again to the political fore in the U.S. There, anincreasingly successful gay-rights movement battles a Republicanpolitical-religious alliance in an epic conflict. Around the world gays areviciously persecuted. It is critical that opposition to same-sex marriagedoes not add fuel to the fire which leads to the arrest, torture and deathof homosexuals around the world.

Let's take a look around the globe to see where lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender (LGBT) rights stand. Europe has far exceeded any otherregion of the world in its support for the human rights of lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender people. This support extends to same-sexrelationships in that nearly every Western European country has some policyaddressing the rights of lesbian and gay couples. The Netherlands, Belgiumand Spain offer full marriage. The Scandinavian countries spearheaded theovement in the late 1980's and early 1990's with full domestic partnershiprecognition, which the United Kingdom and France have essentially extendedas well. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, and Croatia areamong the other European countries that have extended certain limitedpolicies to same-sex couples.


Bulgarian Court Opens Suit of Alleged Paedophile MP

3 November 2006, Friday.
The Sofia Weekly

Sofia court has given the start of a case against MP Vladimir Kuzov accusedof homosexual actions with a 13-year-old boy.

To face court proceedings, the Parliament stripped him of the MP immunityearlier this year.

Kuzov has allegedly committed his crimes in the period between June andSeptember of 2001, during the summer break from school, prosecutors say.

The child sex scandal involving the 40-year-old broke out in the beginningof the year, when a suspended investigation against Kuzov came back to thesurface.

It emerged that there had been a probe, but it had to be cancelled whenVladimir Kuzov assumed a lawmaker post.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Fri, Nov. 03, 2006

House Foley report will come after Election Day
Despite working long hours, the House ethics committee will fail todraw conclusions about the handling of the Mark Foley scandal before votersgo to the polls Tuesday.
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The House ethics committee has been working hard todetermine if Republicans covered up former Florida Rep. Mark Foley'scome-ons to former male pages, but even 12-hour work days won't bringconclusions by Tuesday. The lack of a report leaves voters to sort throughconflicting Republican accounts in deciding whether GOP leaders failed toprotect teenagers in their care. Foley became overly friendly with malepages when they served as errand-runners for lawmakers and -- after theyleft Congress -- sent some of them inappropriate e-mails and lurid instantmessages.


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AK: Same-sex benefits dispute

KTVA, AK, November 1, 2006

Same-sex benefits dispute
By Andrea Gusty, CBS 11 News Reporter

Same-sex benefits for state and municipal employees: it's been a seven-yeardebate in Alaska. The governor's even called a third special session aboutit. The debate over same-sex benefits has been raging for the last sevenyears.

This summer the Alaska Supreme Court ordered the State of Alaska and theMunicipality of Anchorage to provide health and retirement benefits forsame-sex partners of state employees and retirees by the first of the year.What is being debated now is what the eligibility requirements for thosebenefits will be.


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Evidence from Scandinavia on gay marriage, social conservatism, and slipperyslopes:

William Eskridge and Darren Spedale, coauthors of the book "Gay Marriage:For Better or For Worse? What We've Learned From the Evidence" (OxfordUniversity Press, 2006), have looked at marriage rates and other evidence ofthe social effects of recognizing same-sex relationships in the 17 yearssince Scandinavian countries began doing so.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal,(subscriber only) they summarize their findings as follows: Seventeen yearsafter recognizing same-sex relationships in Scandinavia there are highermarriage rates for heterosexuals, lower divorce rates, lower rates forout-of-wedlock births, lower STD rates, more stable and durable gayrelationships, more monogamy among gay couples, and so far no slippery slopeto polygamy, incestuous marriages, or "man-on-dog"unions.


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NAACP Leader Denounces Anti-Gay Amendment | Nov. 1, 2006

(Richmond, Virginia) National NAACP chair Julian Bond has joined thegrowing number of notables opposing amending the Virginia constitution toban same-sex marriage.

The measure also would nix civil unions and likely void domestic partner
benefits in the state.

"I'd always thought Virginia was for lovers, not against them," Bond tolda forum at the University of Virginia where he is a professor. "We believeit is always wrong to use a constitution to single out one group fordiscrimination."

The forum was sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs and theLGBT Resource Center of the Office of Student Life.


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Kenneth Sherrill, Professor
Department of Political Science
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Buried deep in a new NY Times poll, I found the following question withsome historical data.

57. Which comes closest to your view? Gay couples should be allowed tolegally marry OR gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions butnot legally marry OR there should be no legal recognition of a gaycouples relationship?

Marry Civil unions No legal recognition
3/10-14/04 22 33 40
5/20-23/04 28 29 40
7/11-15/04 28 31 38
10/28-30/04 23 34 36
11/18-21/04 21 32 44
2/24-28/05 23 34 41
7/29-8/2/05 27 27 43
10/27-31/06 28 29 38

This can be hard to read if you are not using fixed width fonts.Today's polling is 28% marriage, 29% Civil Unions and 38% nothing, whichis largely unchanged from the past 2 years.


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Join the boards and staff of Woodhull next week in Kansas City, Mo for thelargest LGBT political change conference in the country: Creating Change.For this year's conference, held in Kansas City, MO, the Woodhull FreedomFoundation has partnered with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force tocreate an entire track dedicated to Sexual Freedom. (See below for theentire Sexual Freedom Track)

Our mission for this conference is to help educate activists and advocateson the importance of focusing on the general issue of sexual freedom ratherthan any one particular identity. In order to accomplish this we areshowcasing a daylong, Pre-Conference Institute on Sexual Freedom onThursday, November 8th, that will be led by experienced activists andleaders from different areas of the Sexual Freedom movement.


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Knoxville Metro Pulse, TN, November 1, 2006

The Sexual Imperative
Some puzzlements about the gay-marriage question and its implications byJack Neely

Next week, Tennessee will vote to constitutionally ban gay marriage.

Folks have their reasons, which I suspect have nothing to do with anytranslation of the Bible. Its epic stories of extravagant polygamists andstoic celibates offer little in the way of guidance about theone-man-one-woman marriage.

Still, for reasons of their own, people want to legislate a strictdefinition of marriage and engrave it into the Constitution. Whether it'sright or wrong, I suspect that grandiose gesture won't do Tennessee muchgood.


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Knoxville Metro Pulse, TN, November 1, 2006

The Sexual Imperative
Some puzzlements about the gay-marriage question and its implications byJack Neely

Next week, Tennessee will vote to constitutionally ban gay marriage.

Folks have their reasons, which I suspect have nothing to do with anytranslation of the Bible. Its epic stories of extravagant polygamists andstoic celibates offer little in the way of guidance about theone-man-one-woman marriage.

Still, for reasons of their own, people want to legislate a strictdefinition of marriage and engrave it into the Constitution. Whether it'sright or wrong, I suspect that grandiose gesture won't do Tennessee muchgood.


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Why Support for Traditional Marriage is Eroding

by Michael J. McManus

Virtue OnLine--The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism

October 2, 2006

"After failing to defeat a single state constitutional marriage amendment in2004, homosexual activists are increasingly optimistic they can post alandmark victory in at least one state this year," reported the BaptistPress.

"It could be a watershed year," said Carrie Evans of the Human RightsCampaign, the nation's largest homosexual activist group. In South Dakota aJuly poll showed the amendment losing 49-41 percent. Arizona has mixedpolls, one showing passage, the other, defeat.

In Virginia opponents have raised $1 million to defeat the measure, threetimes that of supporters. Opposition spending has whittled down thepercentage supporting the amendment from 56 to 52 percent.


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State House will revisit gay marriage
By Editorial Board
Publication Date: 11/02/06

Purdue Exponent

The support, opposition and possible legalization of same-sex marriages havebeen debated heavily among politicians in recent years. After next week'selections, the issue will be brought up and debated again in the IndianaHouse.

In March of 2006, 51 percent of Americans opposed the legalization ofsame-sex marriage, 9 percent lower than in August of 2004. In addition tothat, 39 percent of Americans are now in favor of the legalization ofsame-sex marriage, up 10 percent since 2004.


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Prospects for gay issues in the next Congress

Published 11/02/2006
analysis by Bob Roehr

Bay Area Reporter

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the November 7 midterm elections, thelatest polls show Democrats taking control of the U.S.House of Representatives and picking up seats in the Senate, though probablynot enough to take control of that body.

That prospect has LGBT advocates salivating over enhanced prospects foradvancing gay issues. But one should not get hopes up too high.

It seems almost certain that one piece of legislation will move, theEmployment Non-Discrimination Act, which has been expanded to betrans-inclusive. ENDA is the centerpiece of the Human Rights Campaign'slegislative agenda and, as the big dog of gay organizations, it often callsthe shots.


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From The State (Columbia SC)
2 November 2006


Guest columnist

The choir director at your church. The special education teacher at thelocal school. The pharmacist who filled your child's prescription. The manwho made your daughter's birthday cake. The real estate agent who sold youyour home.

These are people you know. They are gay or lesbian, many of them partnered,many raising children. And all subject to discrimination if Amendment 1passes on Tueday.

Amendment 1 is mistakenly called a "gay marriage amendment." Marriage isjust the first sentence. The rest of the amendment- 113 words often left outof discussions - prohibits any "legal status, right, or claim"for unmarried couples and their children.


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Washington Post, DC, October 31, 2006

U.S. Republicans Exploit Fear
Shekhar Gupta

New Delhi, India - In an ideal world, certainly homosexuals should marry.But the world isn't what you want it to be, the world is what it is. Thisissue is political and Republicans use it.

This week, just days before the Republicans seem set to lose the House ofRepresentatives, all indications are that gay marriage is going to be one ofthose never-ending hot-button Roe v Wade-kind of debates in U.S. politics:drawing faultlines right through the political and judicial system, throughsociety and religion.

Until now, this was largely a U.S. domestic debate but it's increasinglyechoing across the world as well. Take 2004: the gay marriage opposition wasone reason why faith-based groups were mobilized in strong numbers and wesaw the coming together of "pro-family" values and "fear" (the war againstterror). As religion gets factored in more and more into policy debates,it's significant to see which way this heads.


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KBCI, ID, October 31, 2006

HJR 2: A Business Perspective
By Thanh Tan

BOISE - Next week, Idaho voters will decide whether to amend Idaho'sconstitution so that gay marriage and domestic unions between heterosexualcouples will never be legally recognized.

If HJR 2 passes, it would apply to all levels of government in the state.
But how might it affect the private sector?

Ed Zimmer is CEO of the ECCO Group in Boise. The company employs more than200 people locally. They manufacture lights, beacons, and alarms.

Like many other businesses, the company hasn't taken a position on HJR 2.

But personally, Zimmer is speaking out.


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Marriage Myths;Here are three myths thatdominate the marriage debate.

National Catholic Register, CT, November 5-11, 2006 Issue

Marriage Myths

Here are three myths that dominate the marriage debate.
BY the Editors

Here are three myths that dominate the marriage debate.

Myth 1: Same-sex couples who want to marry simply want the same rights asothers.

In fact, this isn't what homosexuals want at all.


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CO: Domestic partnership called 'baby step'

Associated Press, November 1, 2006

Domestic partnership called 'baby step'
Referendum I allows religious adoption agencies to turn away homosexualcouples Colleen Slevin

DENVER (AP) - George Guzman supports Referendum I even though some of itslanguage irks him.

The ballot proposal that allows same-sex couples to get many of the samerights as married couples under Colorado law allows religious adoptionagencies to turn away same-sex couples. It also says marriage can only bebetween a man and a woman.

"It's not about us as people. It's about us as homosexuals and that'sdiscrimination," Guzman, 39, said following a debate Monday in Denver.Despite those objections, he's decided to support the domestic partnershipproposal largely because it would give more gay people the security andfreedom of being covered by their partner's health insurance.


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Alaska Seeks To Delay Court Ordered Partner Benefits

(Juneau, Alaska) The state of Alaska is asking the state's highest court toreview an order requiring changes in its proposal to provide same-sexbenefits for domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

The Superior Court has issued an order directing the state to rewrite theregulations.

Alaska Attorney General David Marquez on Wednesday defended the state'sproposed regulations, describing the court order as ``inappropriate.''

``The adopted regulations are neither unfair nor constitutionally infirm,''Marquez said.


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Canadian Gays Say Marriage Survey Skewed by Newscenter Staff

(Ottawa) Two national LGBT civil rights groups are lashing out at a publicopinion poll that shows a majority of Canadians would support allowinggovernment appointees who perform civil marriages to refused to conductsame-sex ceremonies.

The COMPAS poll for the Institute for Canadian Values which opposes gaymarriage found that 57 percent of those surveyed said marriage officiantsshould be allowed the choice of whether or not to "officiate at gaymarriages," provided there are enough marriage commissioners available forsame-sex unions.


Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Pope this month

By Philip Pullella
Friday, November 3, 2006; 7:02 AM

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritualleader of the world's Anglicans, will make his first official visit to PopeBenedict on November 23 at the Vatican, Church sources said on Friday.

The timing is significant because this year marks the 40th anniversary ofthe historic meeting between his predecessor, Archbishop Michael Ramsey, andPope Paul VI in 1966.

That was the first formal meeting between the heads of the two churchessince England's King Henry VIII broke with Rome in the 16th Century.

In the past 10 years, relations between the two Churches have been strainedover the issue of women priests and homosexual bishops.


Gay Sex Allegation Sidelines Haggard

AP Religion Writer

November 3, 2006, 4:30 AM EST

The head of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has stepped downwhile his church investigates a claim he paid a man for sex, had beenworking to broaden the evangelical agenda, raising the profile of the groupbut also drawing criticism from old guard leaders.

The Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado had continued to fight abortion andacceptance of gay relationships in his three years as association president,recently championing a proposed ban on same-sex marriage on his home state'sballot. But he also prioritized anti-poverty work and environmentalactivism. The association recently started a project called "Re:Vision,"meant to advance a "broad biblical agenda" to include improving health careand ending racism.


Sermon to be last for Colorado Springs pastor
High-profile Reynolds says he is homosexual

By Joe Garner, Rocky Mountain News
October 27, 2006

A pastor who is one of Colorado Springs' leading human rights advocates willgive up his pulpit after preaching Sunday, a month after telling hiscongregation that he is homosexual.

"I made a statement to them that I am a same-gender-loving person," the Rev.Benjamin L. Reynolds said Friday. "I would not use the word 'gay.' "

Reynolds, 45, said he used a September meeting of the membership of EmmanuelMissionary Baptist Church to announce his resignation and reveal his sexualorientation. "I did not want to divide or split the congregation," he said."My beliefs and teachings are different from what the congregation believes,as a whole."


Attacks on Frank intensify with his star poised to rise
By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff | October 27, 2006

WASHINGTON -- It is one of Vice President Dick Cheney's favorite attacklines. If Republicans lose control of the House, Cheney warns at campaignrallies, then Democrats such as Representative Barney Frank of Massachusettswill become powerful committee chairmen, "and I don't need to tell you whatkind of legislation would come."

Indeed, the possibility that Frank could control a committee that overseesthe regulation of most of the nation's financial services industries isbeing portrayed by Republicans as a major reason to prevent a Democratictakeover.

In addition to the attacks by Cheney, Representative John N. Hostettler , anIndiana Republican facing a tough reelection fight, has launched an ad thatsays Democrats have a "radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led byBarney Frank." House majority whip Roy Blunt even issued a press releasethat attacks Frank for supporting "scary" legislation such as "Medicarecoverage of adult diapers."


The Miami Herald

Posted on Fri, Nov. 03, 2006
Key Evangelical quits amid gay sex claim

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The president of the National Association ofEvangelicals, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, has given up his postwhile a church panel investigates allegations he paid a man for sex.

The Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-memberassociation Thursday after being accused of paying the man for monthlytrysts over the past three years.

Haggard, a married father of five, denied the allegations, but also steppedaside as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation.

"I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseerprocess can be allowed to proceed with integrity," he said in a statement."I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date. Inthe interim, I will seek both spiritual advice and guidance."


The New York Times

November 3, 2006
Accused of Gay Liaison, Head of Evangelical Group Resigns

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 - The Rev. Ted Haggard, the president of the NationalAssociation of Evangelicals and one of the nation's most influentialChristian leaders, resigned on Thursday, one day after a former maleprostitute in Denver said in television and radio interviews that he had hada three-year sexual relationship with Mr. Haggard.

Mr. Haggard, who is married and has five children, has denied theaccusation, saying in a television interview: "I am steady with my wife. I'mfaithful to my wife."

He also said he had never met the man making the accusation.


The New York Times

November 3, 2006

Under Fire, South Africa Shakes Up Its Strategy Against AIDS


JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 2 - Departing from years of indecision and, on occasion,denial, South Africa's government is considering a new and sweeping assaulton an AIDS pandemic that already includes one in eight of the world's H.I.V.infections

Every day, 1,000 South Africans are infected with H.I.V., and 800 more arekilled by AIDS, the government says. With that backdrop, the deputy ministerof health, Noziza Madlala-Routledge, said in an interview on Thursday that anew AIDS strategy to be announced in December might include proposals tobroaden the distribution of life-saving antiretroviral drugs, remedy theshortage of health care workers and improve treatment of H.I.V.-positivepregnant women.

The new strategy will be overseen by a restructured national AIDS councilcharged with halving the number of new H.I.V. infections by 2011.


Blame it all on the gay agenda
By Steve Kluger | November 2, 2006

IT'S FINALLY happened. We've been exposed. With the recent ruling by the NewJersey Supreme Court requiring equal marital rights for same-gender couples,the Homosexual Agenda has been outed by our spiritual leaders -- who urgeAmericans to vote Republican on Election Day in order to preserve our fewremaining national values.

What's there left to do but come clean? Although we've attempted to keep ourcovert ops cloaked in diverting sequins, there's no plugging the leaks thathave revealed our subversive intentions. It's the Pentagon Papers all overagain.

The truth began to emerge last week when a male couple was wed inMassachusetts.


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