Sunday, December 10, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - December 10, 2006

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Presbyterian Pastor In Gay Marriage Case Faces New Charge
by The Associated Press

Posted: December 10, 2006 12:01 am ET

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) A Presbyterian minister accused of violatingchurch law by marrying two women could face another complaint.

Church charges against Janet Edwards were thrown out because they were filedtoo late, but the minister who filed that complaint said he is pursuinganother one.

"I'm still accumulating names. This means that the whole process startsover," said the Rev. James Yearsley, who has served churches in thePittsburgh Presbytery but now works in Florida.

A second case would not be double-jeopardy since Edwards was never tried, hesaid. The church's Permanent Judicial Commission dismissed charges againstEdwards on Nov. 15 because, it found, they were brought several days toolate.


N.J. Mayors Refuse To Conduct Civil Unions
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: December 8, 2006 9:00 pm ET

(Trenton, New Jersey) Contentious legislation creating civil unions forsame-sex couples is expected to be passed next week by the New Jerseylegislature but some mayors say they are prepared to go to jail rather thanofficiate at gay unions.

The legislation passed a key Senate committee on Thursday (story) and willgo before an Assembly committee on Monday.

LGBT activists have condemned the measure because it is less than marriage.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in October that same-sex couples shouldhave access to the same rights and benefits as married couples. Whether tocall those rights marriages, civil unions or something else was left up tolawmakers.

New Jersey's largest LGBT civil rights organization, Garden State Equality,has slammed the civil unions bill as not worth the paper it's printed on.It offers little more than is already covered under the state's domesticpartner law.


[Today is International Human Rights Day.
There are demonstrations about Darfur,
Israel / Palestine, and Putin's Russia.
This is how the Church of England choose to mark it.]

Liberal bishops face evangelical backlash
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph 10/12/2006

Liberal bishops who support homosexual priestsare to be barred from entering some churches andmoney intended for Anglican coffers will be withheld.

In a dramatic escalation in the Church ofEngland's civil war over homosexual clergy,scores of evangelical churches will break theirhistoric links with liberal bishops who oversee their parishes.

The deepening of the conflict represents the"ultimate" protest by conservative clergy againstliberal bishops' support for homosexual priestswho have used the Civil Partnerships Act to "marry" their boyfriends.


The Washington Post

Romney Pledged in '94 to Seek Gay Rights

Associated Press
Sunday, December 10, 2006; A15

BOSTON, Dec. 9 -- Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is facing new questionsabout his beliefs on gay issues after the emergence of a letter he wroteduring his 1994 U.S. Senate run, in which he promised to be a strongeradvocate for gays than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D).

The Massachusetts governor has emphasized his opposition to same-sexmarriage in recent months as he positions himself for an expected 2008 runfor the Republican presidential nomination.

The 1994 letter was written to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts, a gayRepublican group, when Romney was courting gay voters during hisunsuccessful campaign against Kennedy.


The Washington Post

Contentious Movement Credits Rev. Moon
Married Priest Cites the Leader's 'Utmost Support'

By Rachel Zoll
Associated Press
Sunday, December 10, 2006; A11

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 9 -- The renegade Roman Catholic archbishop who wasexcommunicated by the Vatican after he installed married priests as bishopsacknowledged Saturday that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was supporting hiscrusade against mandatory celibacy.

At a weekend conference of about 150 married priests and their wives,Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo distributed a statement to participantsheadlined "Thanks," crediting the Korean evangelist for his backing for themeeting and for Milingo's Married Priests Now advocacy group.

"Today we are present as beneficiaries of Rev. Moon," Milingo wrote. "Inorder to ensure the success of our convocation he dedicated his keyorganizations to give their utmost support in every way needed to theMarried Priests Now."


The New York Times

December 10, 2006

When approached to write an article about the homoerotic subtext of sportsfor Out magazine this spring, the journalist Mark Simpson feared the subjectwas old news. "There wasn't much of a point," he says, "since sport wasalready the new gay porn." Indeed, with the publication of a Dolce & Gabbanaunderwear campaign featuring Italian soccer players glistening in a danklocker room, the phenomenon had gone well beyond subtext. All that waslacking was a name, and it didn't take Simpson very long to invent it:sporno.

Sports, of course, have always celebrated physical form. What has changed,Simpson argues, is how we look at men. Thanks to what might be called theAbercrombie effect, the male body has become increasingly aestheticized - or"metrosexualized," as Simpson would have it (he invented that term too) -and male imagery, particularly in fashion advertising, has become moreovertly sensual. Considering that sports is visual, masculine and (likeporn) geared mostly to men, Simpson was not surprised to find maleathletes - even, or perhaps especially, heterosexual ones - grooming theirphysical image and "fetishizing themselves."


From Michael Emanuel Rajner
National Secretary - Campaign To End AIDS


Call South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Monday to demand $3 million inemergency funding that will save lives

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmedto advocates this week that another South Carolinian has died while waitingfor AIDS drugs from our state's ADAP program.

It will take $3 million in emergency state funds to end the waiting listfrom now until March 2007.


You can help stop the dying. Call South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford at803-734-2100 and tell him we need emergency funding for AIDS drugs to savelives. Tell him:

"Please make a request at Tuesday's Budget and Control Board meeting for $3million in emergency state funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.It's a matter of life and death."

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