Wednesday, December 06, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - December 6, 2006

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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

GLAAD, December 5, 2006

A&E to Air Comedy Examining Marriage Equality

The A&E Network will premiere Wedding Wars on Monday, Dec. 11 at 9pm ET, acomedic take on the battle for marriage equality starring John Stamos (ER),Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and James Brolin (The Reagans).

Stamos plays Shel, a gay party planner, who agrees to organize the nuptialsfor straight brother Ben (Dane) and Maggie (Bonnie Somerville), the governorof Maine's (Brolin) daughter. After Shel finds out that Ben, a campaignmanager for his future father-in-law, is behind the governor's speechagainst marriage equality, he decides to go on strike for equal rights.

Shel's strike picks up steam and eventually spreads nationwide, showing theextent that gay and lesbian people make up the workforce of this country.


Mary Cheney and Partner Are About to Be Moms

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, December 6, 2006; C01

Mary Cheney, the vice president's openly gay daughter, is pregnant. She andher partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, are "ecstatic" about the baby, due inlate spring, said a source close to the couple.

It's a baby boom for grandparents Dick and Lynne Cheney: Their olderdaughter, Elizabeth, went on leave as deputy assistant secretary of statebefore having her fifth child in July. "The vice president and Mrs. Cheneyare looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixthgrandchild," spokesman Lea Anne McBride said last night.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,6136770.story

Cheney's Gay Daughter Said Pregnant

By Associated Press

December 6, 2006, 4:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON -- Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of Vice President DickCheney and wife Lynne, is pregnant, according to a published report.

Mary Cheney, 37, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, 45, are"ecstatic" about the baby, due in late spring, The Washington Post reportedin Wednesday's editions, quoting an unnamed source close to the couple.

The vice president's other, older daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, is on leave asdeputy assistant secretary of state in advance of having her fifth childwith her husband in July.

There was no formal announcement of either daughter's pregnancy from thevice president's office, but the Post quoted spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride assaying Tuesday night that "the vice president and Mrs. Cheney are lookingforward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild."

= / The Star-Ledger

Mercer assemblyman acknowledges he's gay
Gusciora cites state's 'tolerant' attitude

Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Star-Ledger Staff

The state lawmaker pushing to give same-sex couples in New Jersey the legalright to marry has acknowledged he is gay.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) said yesterday he has never hidden hissexual orientation, but his sponsorship of the marriage equality bill seemedto raise the question in the minds of others.

"I've just never made an issue of it," Gusciora said. "If someone asks me, Itell them. No one ever asked me publicly before."


The Sun-Sentinel,0,4116318.story

Health officials want more help fighting HIV/AIDS at local levels

By Bob LaMendola
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Health Writer

December 6, 2006

Facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic that is still growing, Broward County healthofficials will for the first time suggest that the county and its citieshelp pay for prevention efforts targeting high-risk groups.

Local governments in many U.S. cities hit by HIV/AIDS -- including Miami --run or underwrite awareness and education campaigns, but Broward has neverdone so. Now, with state money for such efforts shrinking, officials andadvocates said Tuesday they will argue for local involvement.

"We need our local elected officials to jump in a little more," said LisaAgate, HIV/AIDS director at the Broward County Health Department.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,1568722.story

Vote on Gay Rabbis Wednesday

AP Religion Writer

December 6, 2006, 5:02 AM EST

NEW YORK -- Scholars who interpret religious law for Conservative Judaismmight soon ease their ban on ordaining gays, testing not only the unity oftheir movement but also their relations with the wider Jewish community.

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards was scheduled to vote on the issuein a closed-door session Wednesday. Under the panel's complex voting system,more than one policy could be adopted, leaving seminaries and synagogues todecide on their own which approach to follow.

Rabbi Jerome Epstein, a committee member and head of the synagogue arm ofthe movement, has been traveling the country for months, tellingcongregations to prepare for that outcome. He predicted the panel wouldapprove one policy liberalizing the ban and another affirming it.


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

India's Law Criminalizing Homosexuality Hinders HIV Prevention, ViolatesHuman Rights Of MSM, UNAIDS Official Says
05 Dec 2006

India's law criminalizing homosexuality is undermining the fight againstHIV/AIDS and violates the human rights of men who have sex with men, DenisBroun, UNAIDS India coordinator, said on Thursday, Reuters UK reports(Zaheer, Reuters UK, 11/30).

The law, enacted in 1861 and known as Section377, makes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, womanor animal" punishable by up to 10 years in prison and, when strictlyinterpreted, makes it illegal to distribute condoms to gay men and men inprison. The law -- which seldom is used to prosecute gay adults inconsensual relationships -- is most often used to arrest offenders in casesof sexual abuse of children. Some people warn that if the law is repealed,efforts to prosecute people who commit sexual abuses against children couldbe negatively affected (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/18).


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

Latvian Human Rights Boss Under Fire For New Homophobic Remarks
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: December 5, 2006 12:01 am ET

(Riga) The head of Latvia's human rights committee says gays and lesbiansshould not be covered by the law because they are not a legitimate minorityand could choose to be heterosexual.

Barring that, said Janis Smits at a press conference, they should keep theirsexuality behind closed doors.

Smits, a leading member of the ultra-right First Party was elected to thepost by Parliament last month. In his first interview with the media sincebecoming committee chair he said that homosexuality is a consequence ofhuman lewdness and a sin that might cost people eternal life, the BalticNews reports.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Voter support for same-sex marriage bans declining, study finds

Ballot measures' appeal diminishes in states with fewer evangelicalChristians;marriage initiatives did not help Republican Senate candidates in 2006

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Same-sexmarriage initiatives and lesbian, gay and bisexual voters in the 2006elections

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 - Bans on same-sex marriage performed more poorly in theNovember 2006 elections than in the past, in part due to their decliningappeal in states with smaller "born-again" Christian populations, accordingto a study released today by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force PolicyInstitute. If current trends hold, such bans would fail at the ballot box inmany of the states that have not yet considered same-sex marriageinitiatives.

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