Monday, January 22, 2007

GLBT DIGEST - January 22, 2007

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Wyoming GOP Seeks To Make Out-of-State Gay Marriage Illegal
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 22, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

(Cheyenne, Wyoming) Wyoming Republicans have introduced legislation thatwould void same-sex marriages performed in areas where gays and lesbians canlegally wed. If passed it would mean Wyoming gays could not travel toCanada or any of the European countries where same-sex couples can marry.

Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, has limited it tocouples from that state and from Rhode Island.

But the Wyoming measure would also mean that couples from areas were theywere allowed to marry could not come to the state, which calls itself 'TheEquality State' and have their marriages recognized either by the state orby private businesses.


UK Cabinet In Gay Rights Dispute
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 21, 2007 - 4:00 pm ET

(London) The cabinet of Prime Minster Tony Blair is reportedly divided overwhether to exempt churches and services they offer from equality lawsprotecting gays and lesbians.

The legislation is already in effect in Northern Ireland, and its provisionscovering England and Wales are currently being debated in the House ofLords.

The measure covers employment and the rendering of services. It would meancompanies cannot refuse jobs on the basis of sexuality, nor could theyrefuse services to gay and lesbian customers.


Activist rains on Romney's parade
Says the candidate is not conservative

By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff | January 22, 2007

It was 4 a.m. Brian Camenker , 53, a computer programmer, sat at his kitchentable in Newton, hunched over his Toshiba laptop. Strewn around him werepapers detailing former governor Mitt Romney's alleged ties to gay youthconferences, gay judges, and abortion rights activists.

The documents, mostly printouts of news stories, represented weeks of workby Camenker and a few volunteers who had searched the Internet for materialto disprove Romney's assertions that he is a conservative. Now, the resultsglowed on the screen in front of him, compiled into a 10,000-word dossier,"The Mitt Romney Deception."

Camenker e-mailed the report to six conservative activists and hopped aplane for Florida to see his mother for Thanksgiving. The activistsforwarded the report to more activists. Within weeks, the report had reachedthousands of conservative activists nationwide, sparked arguments on blogs,and been picked up by The Washington Times, National Review Online, and FoxNews.


Forwarded from Michael Emanuel Rajner
National Secretary - Campaign To End AIDS

Please join other AIDS activists as we organize and meet by teleconferenceon:

Sunday, January, 28, 2007 at 5:00 PM (EasternTime)

Call-In Number: 1 866 394-9509
Alternate Number: 1 847 619-2419
Participant Code: 7761180#

This conference call is open to all persons wanting to become involved.

This is an exciting time for people infected and affect with HIV/AIDS as weunited together to advocate for public policy that effectively responds tothe needs of marginalized and underserved populations. This past Decemberon the last day that Congress met, they reduce the potential of the RyanWhite Treatment Modernization Act. They modified its focus from care,treatment and support to care and treatment. Many parts of the nation thatlack adequate infrastructure of support systems that enables individuals tofunction more independently. The impact from restrictions in funding andservice categories will result in people not being able to receive socialcase management, transportation to food banks and more. This is noteffective care, treatment and support in the world in what our Presidentcalls a thriving economy.

The 109th Congress proved itself to be a Congress that lacked compassion formarginalized and underserved populations. This March, the State of Floridawill lower the income limit on eligibility for the AIDS Drug AssistanceProgram (ADAP), AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) and otherprograms from 350% of the Federal Poverty Limit to 300% ($29,400 for afamily of one). We must act now and let Florida's policy makers know thatthese cuts are unacceptable and will create great harm to people in need.HIV/AIDS programs need to be developed to empower individual that utilizethem, not hold them hostage.

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