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Episcopal Church plans legal action over breakaway antigay parishes


Episcopal Church leaders plan to take legal action for the return ofproperty held by 11 parishes that broke away because of the church'stolerance of gay clergy and relationships.

Episcopal Church leaders on Thursday said they are done negotiating and planto take legal action for the return of property held by 11 parishes thatbroke away because of the church's tolerance of gay clergy andrelationships.

Bishop Peter Lee and the executive board of the Diocese of Virginia declaredthe land and buildings held by the churches ''abandoned'' and said they meanto go to court to recover or protect diocesan property.

Lee wrote Thursday that he had tried unsuccessfully to find ways to resolvethe dispute without taking it to court.



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Singer John Mayer: Make Grey's Washington Gay
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: January 19, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET



(New York City) A day after Isaiah Washington publicly apologized for hisuse of the word "faggot" at the Golden Globe Awards and tried to put thecontroversy behind him it shows no sign of ending soon.

The latest to weigh in is singer John Mayer, who is straight and reportedlyseeing Jessica Simpson, and who has some thoughts on how ABC and "Grey'sAnatomy" should deal with its star.

"Sometimes you have to turn around and butt into a situation that doesn'tconcern you in order to offer a little bit of assistance," Mayer writes inhis blog.

He suggests that the shows writers make some alterations to Washington'scharacter, Dr. Preston Burke and make him gay.



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McCain To Target Romney Gay Flip Flops
by The Associated Press

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET



(Boston, Massachusetts) Sen. John McCain has hired a Boston politicaloperative with intimate knowledge of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romneyand his changing political positions to work on his presidential exploratorycommittee.

Rob Gray, president of Gray Media, served as the top political adviser toLt. Gov. Kerry Healey last fall in her unsuccessful campaign to succeedRomney as governor. That campaign suffered, in part, as Romney adoptedincreasingly conservative positions that differed from the moderate platformhe and Healey campaigned on in 2002.

In his new position, Gray will advise McCain, R-Ariz., on New Englandstrategy, Gray told The Associated Press on Friday.



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The Miami Herald

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

Congregation prays as gay pastor's disciplinary hearing starts

GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A dozen Lutherans, some wearing multicolored stoles around theirnecks, prayed silently Friday as their pastor began facing a disciplinarycommittee that is expected not only to decide his fate within theEvangelical Lutheran Church in America but to add more fuel to the debateover gay clergy.

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling's supporters gathered at his church, St. John's,to pray in support of the gay pastor, who is facing the proceedings becausehe announced he had entered a relationship with a partner. The stoles camefrom gay clergy members who have resigned over the church's stance. Memberswore them in support gay clergy.

"It's been very painful and made me very angry, not having our relationshipsrespected," said congregation member John Ballew, 52, who's gay and said herejoined the Lutheran church thanks to Schmeling's ministry. "I'd askbishops to picture my face when they're dancing with their wives and say,John Ballew is never allowed to have this."



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The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-lifriendsofgodjan20,0,1495267,print.story


GOD, MOM, COUNTRY

A sincere examination of evangelical Christians by filmmaker AlexandraPelosi (yes, that Pelosi) includes one not so minor distraction: Leading manTed Haggard.

By Felicia R. Lee,
The New York Times

January 20, 2007

You are a young documentary filmmaker with a reputation for capturingpoliticians' antics. In a deliberate departure from politics, your latestfilm is a road trip into the world of evangelical Christians that includes adrive-through church, a Christian wrestling federation, a stand-up Christiancomic, an evangelical Elvis and a biblical miniature golf course completewith the empty tomb of Jesus.

It just so happens, though, that your designated tour guide in that world isthe Rev. Ted Haggard, then president of the National Association ofEvangelicals who, after your film is finished, is accused of buying illegaldrugs from a male prostitute and paying him for sex. And your mother makeshistory by becoming the first female speaker of the House just weeks beforeyour film is broadcast.

Those two big events are the backstory for Alexandra Pelosi, whose filmFriends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi, is to be shown on HBO onThursday. The youngest child of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democratand speaker of the House, Alexandra Pelosi said she worried her film wouldnot be received in an "open-minded way."



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The Miami Herald

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

Congregation prays as gay pastor's disciplinary hearing starts

GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A dozen Lutherans, some wearing multicolored stoles around theirnecks, prayed silently Friday as their pastor began facing a disciplinarycommittee that is expected not only to decide his fate within theEvangelical Lutheran Church in America but to add more fuel to the debateover gay clergy.

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling's supporters gathered at his church, St. John's,to pray in support of the gay pastor, who is facing the proceedings becausehe announced he had entered a relationship with a partner. The stoles camefrom gay clergy members who have resigned over the church's stance. Memberswore them in support gay clergy.



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Kennedy mum on new version of ENDA
Trans-inclusive rights bill faces unclear future in new new Congress

By LOU CHIBBARO JR
Friday, January 19, 2007

Editors' note: This is the second story in a two-part series looking at theprospects for passage of ENDA. Visit washingtonblade.com to read part one.

With the Democrats in control of Congress for the first time in 12 years,gay rights advocates are optimistic about a vote in the House and Senatelater this year on the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act, orENDA.

An outgrowth of gay civil rights bills introduced in Congress since the1970s, ENDA has called for banning employment discrimination based on sexualorientation. The most recent version of the bill introduced in October 2003defined sexual orientation as homosexuality, bisexuality or heterosexuality,whether actual or "perceived."

Over the past two years, the nation's most prominent gay rights groupsjoined forces with transgender advocacy organizations in calling for amodified version of ENDA that also bans discrimination based on "genderidentity" and "gender expression." Legal experts have adopted those terms asa means of defining transgender persons in civil rights legislation.




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Gays and lesbians in the 'Promised Land'
Despite Orthodox influence, Israel is the most gay-friendly country in theMiddle East

By JESSE MONTEAGUDO
Friday, January 19, 2007

Shortly after a United Nations cease-fire ended the Israel-Hezbollah war inLebanon and the Galilee, gay porn auteur Michael Lucas raised eyebrows andmade headlines when he announced his plans to visit Israel and entertain thetroops. Lucas, a Jew, timed his visit to show his support for thebeleaguered Jewish state: "I am very proud to be going to my home away fromhome and entertain gay Israelis in a time of war," wrote Lucas in his"adults-only" blog, lucasblog.com. "People need to see the faces of war,"Lucas added. "I will expose the reality that the people of Israel faceright now, especially that of gay Israelis who are targeted by the hate ofHezbollah."

Lucas was true to his word, visiting Israeli troops near the front andentertaining them (and others) in a hard-core "performance" at a gay club inTel Aviv. Though Lucas's obvious affection for himself never faltered, andhis version of Israel's "faces of war" (as shown on his blog) left out thefemale, the old, and the ugly, his feelings for his "home away from home"(and its men) were apparently sincere.




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Vancouver Gay Bookstore Loses Supreme Court Appeal
by The Canadian Press

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Ottawa) A gay and lesbian book store that wanted to sue Canada Customs overthe way it declares books and magazines obscene hit a dead end Friday whenthe Supreme Curt of Canada said the case can't get federal funding up front.

Joe Arvay, lawyer for Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium of Vancouver,said the matter is finished unless a Good Samaritan appears with a lot ofmoney.

``The case is dead,'' he said.

In a 7-2 decision, the high court upheld a ruling by the British ColumbiaCourt of Appeals and denied advance funding for the suit, which has been onhold since 2004 pending the money decision.

Writing for the majority, Justice Michel Bastarache and Justice Louis LeBelsaid the case doesn't meet the very special circumstances required toqualify for cash in advance.



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Neb. Lawmaker Urges Passage Of Gay Nondiscrimination Bill
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Lincoln, Nebraska) Legislation has been filed in the Nebraska Senate to addsexual orientation to existing laws banning discrimination in employment andhousing in the state.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers (D) who attempted to get asimilar bill enacted two years ago.

That attempt was defeated in committee.

Another LGBT rights bill sponsored by Chambers in 2005 that would ban gaydiscrimination in state hiring also failed.

Following defeat of the legislation, a third bill put forward by Chambers in2005, to discrimination of gay employees at the University of NebraskaMedical Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University andBoys Town National Research Hospital passed on a 23 - 11 vote.



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National Stonewall Democrats expressed "deep concern" over the announcementthat former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. will become chair of the DemocraticLeadership Council ( DLC ) . Other politically connected gay Democrats didnot share that concern.


The DLC supports policy issues that pull the Democratic Party toward thepolitical mainstream. Bill Clinton used it as a forum to advance hispresidential ambitions in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Ford, 36, is the scion of one of the most politically prominentAfrican-American families in Tennessee. He represented a Memphis district inCongress for 10 years and ran a close but ultimately unsuccessful race forthe U.S. Senate in 2006.




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Russia: Activists to Sue Moscow City Authorities Over Gay Pride Ban

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2007/01/19/gaypride.shtml

MosNews

Russian gay Pride organizers are planning to take the Moscow city governmentto European Court of Human Rights over its refusal to allow the event lastyear, the Gay.com web-site reports.

The city government denied a permit for the May 27 parade. Despite cityapproval, the Russian gay community carried on, only to be harassed byanti-gay protesters.

Police arrested nearly 200 marchers, many of whom were gay.

A riot among marchers, religious fundamentalists and skinheads left one gayman beaten unconscious.

The decision to move to the European court follows an earlier dismissal ofthe case by the Moscow City Court, which refused the appeal from the gaygroup.




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Harassment of lesbian and gay students common, study reports

ARIZONA DAILY STAR
By George B. Sánchez

Arizona's gay and lesbian students need better protection againstharassment, a national study says.

That study, titled "From Teasing to Torment: a Report on School Climate inArizona," is the cornerstone of a local symposium that begins today onlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth in Arizona schools.

Scholars, attorneys and community members will gather for the two-day event,said University of Arizona Associate Professor Stephen Russell, with thehope of creating progressive social policy from a foundation of academicresearch.

"What are the possibilities of thinking about system-level changes inschools and school policy?" Russell asked. "Having said that, there aregreat examples in Arizona, mostly in Tucson, of inclusive, nondiscriminatoryand anti-harassment policies."

In 2004, the Tucson Unified School District adopted a policy that strictlyprohibits harassment based on "real or perceived race, color, religion(creed), national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, disability or on the basis of association with others identifiedby these categories."


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HRC RESEARCH CENTER UPDATE

The majority of incoming college freshmen - 61 percent - believe gay andlesbian couples should have marriage rights, according to a UCLA's HigherEducation Research Institute report released today. This study appears to bea very accurate gauge of the 1.3 million incoming freshmen in the U.S., dueto a large sample size - 271,441 - of first-time/full-time college studentsat 393 schools nationwide. In addition, the study shows support hasincreased since 2005 by 3.3 percent.


Do you agree or disagree that .


Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marriage status.
Liberal Moderate Conservative
Agree 84% 63% 30%


It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.
Liberal Moderate Conservative
Agree 11% 23% 49%



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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/20/us/20yale.html?pagewanted=print


January 20, 2007

San Francisco Police Are Criticized in Wake of Fight Involving a YaleSinging Group
By JESSE McKINLEY


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 - Investigators from the San Francisco PoliceDepartment are expected to travel toConnecticut this weekend to interviewvictims of a New Year's Day street fight here that left several YaleUniversity students injured and the department once again fending offcriticism.

The investigation stems from an attack just after midnight on Jan. 1, whenseveral members of the Baker's Dozen, an all-male a cappella group fromYale, were set upon by a group of young men. The latter were apparentlyenvious of the attention the singers had received at a New Year's Eve party,those who gave the party say. Members of the Yale group said they weretaunted with anti-gay slurs, and were later jumped and pummeled on a nearbystreet in the city's usually sedate Richmond neighborhood. Three members ofthe group were injured, including one whose jaw was broken in two places.



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Poll Explains Motives for Defeat of Marriage Amendment in Arizona

A majority, 60 percent, of those who voted against Arizona's marriageamendment said they felt it violated individual rights. But, of those thatvoted against it only 8 percent said they supported same-sex marriage.

Another 30 percent said they voted against the measure because it was notfair to deny benefits to unmarried couples, according to a Cronkite Schoolof Journalism at Arizona State University poll conducted Nov. 16 - 19, 2006.




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Everyone:
I have to try to add a note of caution and realism to this issue.Outrage did not consult or communicate with the Nigerian activists whohave been leading the fight against this bill before releasing thisalert. Please, people, do not flood Nigerian consulates and embassieswith protest letters at this time. It is not what is needed at thisjuncture; and it is emphatically not what the Nigerian activists who arein the forefront of the struggle want right now.

There are a number of inaccuracies in this alert.

The bill is a horrible, draconian one. (Seehttp://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/03/23/nigeri13064.htmfor an earlyresponse to it from a group of African organizations, as well as IGLHRCand HRW.) But it is not imminently about to pass unless internationalpressure is applied. To the contrary: Nigerian activists hope,tentatively but with increasing anticipation, that it will die a quietdeath if left undisturbed. Since this alert spread worldwide, I havespent a good part of the last two days communicating with colleagues inNigeria--as well as colleagues from other organizations that have beenmonitoring the bill's progress, and the general situation in Nigeria,closely.

There is no evidence right now that the bill is movingforward. It has been stalled in committee in the legislature formonths. While some action on it is still technically possible, thelegislature is now winding down and readying for elections. They're notlikely to take up the bill unless something--such as an internationalcampaign--pushes them to.

Moreover, after the elections there will nolonger be a Christian President. This doesn't mean Nigeria's leaderswill be less homophobic--but it does mean that the influence ofArchbishop Akinola and the Christian Association of Nigeria, who havebeen the main forces pushing the bill, will be more or less moot.



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Matthew Shepard's mum nominated for award
19th January 2007 16:13
Tony Grew

Gay activists in America are urging people across the world to vote for JudyShepard, who has been chosen as a finalist in the fifth "Volvo For Life"awards.

Mrs Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, hasbecome one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender equality.

The foundation was created by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime inWyoming in October 1998.

Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney are currently serving life sentencesfor the murder.


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http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/bloodban/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Overturn the NationalBlood Service (NBS) ban stopping Gay and Bi (G&B) Men giving Blood.

Blood in the UK is tested for HIV and Hep B&C before use. The NBS say therecord for testing is exceptionally good. Last year patients received threemillion+ units of blood and blood products, 6 of which were infected with ablood borne infection (or only 1/100th more of a risk if Gay and Bi men wereto donate).

UN and World Health Organisation position for blood donation is not todiscriminate against groups of individuals.

HIV is now at its fast growing rate in the heterosexual community. Thepolices of the NBS are outdated, making decisions as to whether or not yourallowed to give blood on how honest you are.



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Education Secretary stands up for gay song

8th January 2007 12:11
Tony Grew

Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBCRadio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) GladTo Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.

The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

Speaking on arts programme Front Row yesterday, the cabinet minister wasdiscussing the government's 21st Century Songbook, a £10m project.

It aims to encourage singing in schools and thirty songs will be picked bypupils and teachers.

Mr Johnson said he would be happy for the 1978 anthem to be included in thesongbook.




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Mardi Gras protest over gay marriage


19th January 2007 09:55
Tony Grew

Sydney Mardi Gras organisers have launched a stinging attack on theAustralian Prime Minister's stance on same-sex marriage.

The federal government of John Howard has rejected calls for Australian gayand lesbian couples to be allowed to have same-sex marriages or civilunions.

The Liberal leader has spoken out against gay rights on many occasions.

In 2004 the government passed the Marriage Amendment Act, which stops thecourts recognising the validity of same-sex relationships.

Lex Lindsay, Queer Screen's Festival Manager commented, "Australia's gay andlesbian community are treated like second class citizens by Australia'sFederal Government.

"John Howard would be screaming from the rooftops if his marriage wasn'trecognised by the government, yet this is just one of the many basic rightsthat the gay community is still denied here in Australia.



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Troop 'surge' unlikely to help gay Iraqis
Militias continue to hunt gays in wake of 2005 fatwa

By JOSHUA LYNSEN
Jan. 19, 2007

President Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq will dolittle to stop the death squads that continue to hunt gays, according toexiled gay Iraqis and organizations monitoring the violence there.

Gay Iraqi citizens have been the victims of increased attacks and killingssince the U.S. invasion began in 2003, insiders told the Blade.

"Before the invasion, we never experienced any kind of trouble being gay inIraq," said Ali Hili, an exiled gay Iraqi living in London. "Saddam was atyrant. But while he was in power, discrete homosexuality was usuallytolerated. There was certainly no danger of gay people being assassinated byreligious fanatics."



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Bush may soon meet with group that "cures" gays
by John in DC - 1/17/2007 01:28:00 PM

That's what the anti-gay groups are claiming. Good. When Bush does themeeting, I hope the reporters ask Bush what he thinks of the "ex-gay" theorythat slavery was a good thing for those savage Africans.

A lead anti-gay activist claimed today on his email list that he is workingwith a "very well know" (sic) US Senator to set up a private meeting betweenBush and anti-civil-rights groups who think gays can be cured with prayer.Here's what the activist, who has worked with the men at the Concerned Womenfor America, had to say:

"I cannot give any more of the details as of this time, but SBM iscoordinating a private meeting with President Bush and other FORMERhomosexual men and women, along with their families to VETO this bill,should it come to that point. A very well know Senator who believes in ourefforts is working directly with SBM to secure this meeting. Lord willing,this meeting will be taking place VERY soon and we need you to PRAY."



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Majority dictates people's morality
Moral relativism, inherently flawed, lacks a foundation to convey itsdubious message.
Joshua Sharp
Posted: 1/18/07


"Pluralism and open-mindedness. There's no one right way. What works for oneperson doesn't work for all. No one should be forced to believe one thing,"somebody wrote on my door.

The door had been covered in sketch paper, and a box of crayons was attachedto let people draw anything they wanted. It was good fun, but eventuallydescended into scrawled anti-Christian messages.

In response, my roommate and I wrote that we'd be willing to respectfullydiscuss our faith with anybody, and an anonymous respondent offered theaforementioned pluralism quote.

It's a common view in our politically correct society. And lest I bemisunderstood, I'm the first to agree that tolerance and open-mindedness isimportant, and values should not be necessarily shoved down somebody'sthroat.



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Families of sexually abused teens sue MySpace, alleging negligence
- Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, January 19, 2007


our families whose underage daughters were sexually abused after meetingpeople they encountered on the social networking site MySpace have sued NewsCorp., the site's parent company, alleging it was negligent in not creatingsafety measures to protect younger users.

In separate suits filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, an attorneyfor the families said the virtual site is like at a day care facility or arestaurant that didn't adequately protect its customers.

"These virtual sites are no different," said Jason Itkin, a Houston attorneyrepresenting the families. "MySpace has not taken the steps necessary toprotect its customers. They know that these predators have been there."




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Is Harold Ford built for the road ahead?

The DLC proves it's living in the past by picking the failed senatorialcandidate as its new chairman.

By Thomas F. Schaller

Jan. 19, 2007 | In the final weeks of the 2006 campaign, one could barelyturn on the national cable news or talk shows without seeing Harold Ford.And whenever one did see Ford, he was pandering.

There was the Democratic Senate nominee in a Tennessee restaurant, wearing acamouflage baseball hunting cap and talking about how powerful his Jesuswas. There he was endorsing ex-Democrat Joe Lieberman in Connecticut andpiling on John Kerry. There he was with his dander up about the New Jerseysame-sex marriage ruling. Most egregiously, there was Ford, a 37-year-oldblack man, telling the MSNBC anchor who asked him if he thought the infamousRepublican ad with a white girl telling Ford to "call me" was racist, thathe didn't know. Ultimately, all his pandering wasn't enough. In a year inwhich Democrats won six of the seven most competitive Senate races, Ford wasthe seventh. He lost to Republican Bob Corker by three points.


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Tutu stands up for gays

19th January 2007 17:12
Tony Grew

Legendary anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged hisfellow Anglicans to focus on the problems facing Africa and stop obsessingover gay issues.

Dr Tutu told a conference in Nairobi that the God he worships does notconsider the position of homosexual clergy to be more important that AIDS.

The former Archbishop of Cape Town is attending the World Social Forum inKenya.

After decades of eloquent resistance to the apartheid system in SouthAfrica, Tutu led the newly democratic nation's Peace and ReconciliationCommission.

"I am deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendousproblems facing Africa, we concentrate on 'what do I do in bed with whom,'"he told a news conference in Nairobi.


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Raytheon making push for diversity
Its initiatives are unique to industry
By Bryan Bender and Robert Weisman, Globe Staff | January 16, 2007

WASHINGTON -- When Raytheon software engineer Louise Young and her partnerwanted a civil union in 2001, her employer did something unexpected in theconservative defense industry: It temporarily moved her to a division inSudbury, Vt., so they could realize their dream.

The Waltham-based defense giant considered Young too important an asset tolose. And since then, Raytheon has instituted a series of initiatives torecruit and promote racial minorities, gays, transgendered people, andpeople with disabilities, making the company the undisputed leader inchanging the complexion of an industry long dominated by white men.

The push to change the image of the Pentagon's fifth-largest contractor isconsidered a matter of survival. Raytheon faces the looming retirement ofthe baby boom generation and decided it must cast as wide a net as possiblefor new talent to help develop the technologies of the future. It found thatminorities of many backgrounds have steered away from defense contractors onthe assumption that they had an unwelcoming work environment and culture.



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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

The other f-word - is it ever OK?
Yes. No. Maybe. 'Grey's Anatomy' spat turns the spotlight on anti-gay slur.
BY CHRIS HEWITT
Pioneer Press

Is the f-word the new n-word? No, not that f-word. The other one.

A pejorative word for gay people, the other f-word has been in the newslately because of a controversy at the TV show "Grey's Anatomy." ActorIsaiah Washington supposedly called another actor - gay performer T.R.Knight, a Twin Cities native - that word. He then denied it Monday whileusing the word again. Which raises the question: Is it ever an OK word touse?

Not in that situation, said gay singer-songwriter Tim Carroll, who is in aposition to know: He named his punk band after the word: Faggot.

"It is loaded. . Just as rap people will use the n-word incessantly, my takeis very similar: I use it because I can, because it's about disempowerment."

Carroll, 49, said the epithet has been directed at him since he was inschool, so naming his band after it has been a way to reclaim the word. Now,if someone yells it out of a car window at him, his reply is, "Yeah. Come tothe show!" (His band's next show is at Big V's nightclub in St. Paul onValentine's Day.)



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Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe


19th January 2007 11:21
PinkNews.co.uk writer

The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca forextremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP forpolice to intervene.

The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage ofpreacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.

"If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should bemurdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.

The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque inBirmingham.

He also mocked Western attitudes towards women and attacked Christians andJews.

Eight MPs have signed an early day motion condemning the preacher's views.

Labour MP Roger Godsiff wrote to the West Midlands Chief Constable askingfor an investigation, and police have confirmed they are studying thedocumentary.


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The Constitional mechanism to thwart the abuse of power by the president isimpeachment.

President Bush has abused his power, and has broken the law. Impeachment nowis not only

warranted, it may also save America from a lot of pain in the not toodistant future. Please read on.


Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus
By Robert Parry
Consortium News
Friday 19 January 2007

In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S.Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitutiongrants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American.

Responding to questions from Sen. Arlen Specter at a Senate JudiciaryCommittee hearing on Jan. 18, Gonzales argued that the Constitution doesn'texplicitly bestow habeas corpus rights; it merely says when the so-calledGreat Writ can be suspended.

"There is no expressed grant of habeas in the Constitution; there's aprohibition against taking it away," Gonzales said.

Gonzales's remark left Specter, the committee's ranking Republican,stammering.



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January 20, 2007
Clinton Says 'I'm In to Win' 2008 Race
By PATRICK HEALY


Six years after making history by winning a United States Senate seat asfirst lady, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton announced this morning that shewas taking the first formal step to seek the Democratic presidentialnomination in 2008, a journey that would break yet more political barriersin her extraordinary and controversial career.

"I'm in," she says in a statement on her new campaign Web site. "And I'm into win."

Mrs. Clinton, 59, called for "bold but practical changes" in foreign,domestic, and national security policy and said that she would focus onfinding "a right end" to the Iraq war, expanding health insurance, pursuinggreater energy independence and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.



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DERRICK Z. JACKSON
Warming up to Arnold
By Derrick Z. Jackson | January 20, 2007

PITY the Termigovernator. He once solved cinematic problems with bullets andbombs. He terrified Gotham City and Batman as Mr. Freeze.

He was iced by Mother Nature.

The former symbol of vigilante justice is begging the federal government fordisaster relief. A billion dollars of California's citrus, avocado,strawberry, and cut-flower crops were done in by California's cold snap. Thedamage is so deep that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says it "is not justabout the crop this year. It could also have a devastating effect nextyear."

As much distaste as I had for Schwarzenegger's violent movies, I feel forthe guy. First of all, any avocado disaster is page one news for me as I'moften the go-to guy for Super Bowl guacamole, with my home-grown jalapenosand cilantro (in this era of global warming, I had cilantro stubs stillalive in December ).



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January 20, 2007
New Warnings on Climate Change
By ANDREW C. REVKIN


The main international scientific body assessing causes of climate change isclosing in on its strongest statement yet linking emissions from burningfossil fuels to rising global temperatures, according to scientists involvedin the process.

In fresh drafts of a summary of its next report, the group, theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that it is more than 90percent likely that global warming since 1950 has been driven mainly by thebuildup of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases, and thatmore warming and rising sea levels are on the way.

Some scientists involved in drafting the report confirmed and clarifieddetails but asked not to be identified because it was not finished.

In its last report, published in 2001, the panel concluded that there was a66 to 90 percent chance that human activities were driving the most recentwarming.



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January 20, 2007

Pennsylvania Governor Pushes Health Plan
By SEAN D. HAMILL


PITTSBURGH, Jan. 19 - Gov. Edward G. Rendell arrived here Friday to rallysupport for his plan not only to extend health insurance coverage to thestate's 760,000 uninsured adults, but also to cut billions of dollars inheath care costs and ban smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces.

Mr. Rendell said the plan would require 47 changes to state law andregulations. It follows efforts in several other states to offer someversion of universal health coverage.

Though Pennsylvania has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation -about 7 percent, compared with 20 percent in California - Mr. Rendell saidthe proposal was crucial because "the system is near collapse."

At a meeting with business and civic leaders at the private Duquesne Clubdowntown, Mr. Rendell pointed to a chart indicating that health care costsgrew 75 percent in the state over the past seven years, while wages rose 13percent and inflation increased 17 percent.




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Outside Oprah's school, a growing frustration
Critics in Africa urge wider impact
By John Donnelly, Globe Staff | January 20, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey's unveiling of a luxurious $40 million boardingschool for 152 girls in South Africa earlier this month, coming in the midstof burgeoning interest in Africa's orphans from churches, philanthropists,and celebrities, has sparked frustration among African charities over thefailure of some donors to spread their money more widely to achieve agreater impact.

Some leaders of grass-roots organizations said that they are helpingthousands of orphans with budgets of only tens or hundreds of thousands ofdollars and that Winfrey's school was a prominent example of a project thatfulfills an outsider's vision and not a community's.

Winfrey, the TV show host who is rapidly expanding her reach intophilanthropy, is one of numerous powerful figures ranging from Madonna toAmerican evangelical leaders to billionaires such as Bill Gates and WarrenE. Buffett who have zeroed in on Africa's growing problem of impoverishedchildren. The continent has an estimated 53 million orphans, including 12million who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Just 15 years ago, onlyabout 300,000 children had lost a parent to AIDS.



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Sticker shock for state care plan
Average premium of $380 outlined
By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff | January 20, 2007



A state panel yesterday outlined for the first time the minimum requirementsfor coverage under the state's new health insurance law, a package estimatedto cost $380 a month on average for an individual, more than $100 aboverecent estimates.

Panel members struggled yesterday to balance affordability with protectionfrom catastrophic medical bills and remained divided on many issues.

"If we're going to mandate this, people need to see that they're gettingsome value," said panel member Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor atthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But, he added, the premium is"bad news."

"I'm trying to think of something to get this number down," he said.



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Missing in Antiwar Action

By John McMillian
Saturday, January 20, 2007; 12:00 AM

Recently I finished teaching a freshman seminar at Harvard called "FromReform to Revolution: Youth Culture in the 1960s." When I built thesyllabus, I asked students to ponder a single, overarching question: "Howdid the youth rebellion of the 1960s happen?" That is, what caused millionsof young people to pierce the bland and platitudinous din that characterizedthe early Cold War years? Why did so many youths -- many of them affluentand college-educated -- suddenly decide that American society needed to beradically overhauled?

But as the semester progressed, my students frequently turned the questionaround: Why is there no rising protest movement among young people today? Atthe very least, they asked, shouldn't we be seeing more antiwar activity?According to a CNN poll this month, 67 percent of Americans oppose the warin Iraq, and more than half would like to see all U.S. troops home by year'send. Given that it was not until August 1968 that a majority of Americansbegan calling the Vietnam War a "mistake," this is a remarkable statistic.By 1968, of course, antiwar teach-ins, sit-ins and marches were commonplaceon many campuses; demonstrators had violently clashed with soldiers on thesteps of the Pentagon; and the Democratic National Convention had descendedinto chaos over the war.



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Stem Cell Policy Hampering Research, NIH Official Says

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007; A04

The National Institutes of Health official overseeing the implementation ofPresident Bush's embryonic stem cell policy yesterday suggested that thecontroversial program is delaying cures, an unusually blunt assessment foran executive branch official.

In prepared Senate testimony, Story Landis, director of the NIH's NationalInstitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and interim chair of theagency's stem cell task force, closely mirrored previous testimony fromother NIH officials, who have for years been careful not to criticize theBush policy directly, even though that policy has infuriated many scientistsbecause of the limits it places on embryo cell work.

But under questioning, Landis spoke more plainly. When Sen. Edward M.Kennedy (D-Mass.) asked her how the policy was affecting medical research,she said, "We are missing out on possible breakthroughs." The ability towork on newly derived stem cell colonies -- precluded from federal fundingunder the Bush plan -- "would be incredibly important," she added.



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Jimmy Carter's Jewish Problem

By Deborah Lipstadt
Saturday, January 20, 2007; A23

It is hard to criticize an icon. Jimmy Carter's humanitarian work has savedcountless lives. Yet his life has also been shaped by the Bible, where theHebrew prophets taught us to speak truth to power. So I write.

Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," while exceptionallysensitive to Palestinian suffering, ignores a legacy of mistreatment,expulsion and murder committed against Jews. It trivializes the murder ofIsraelis. Now, facing a storm of criticism, he has relied on anti-Semiticstereotypes in defense.

One cannot ignore the Holocaust's impact on Jewish identity and the historyof the Middle East conflict. When an Ahmadinejad or Hamas threatens todestroy Israel, Jews have historical precedent to believe them. Jimmy Cartereither does not understand this or considers it irrelevant.




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Some Dissenters Quit the Church But Don't Stop Being Catholic

By Jeff Diamant
Religion News Service
Saturday, January 20, 2007; B09

She grew up Roman Catholic, but like millions of others, Rebecca Ortellicame to disagree with church teachings on contraception, communion andpriestly celibacy, among other things.

Many Catholics drift away from the church or join other denominations. ButOrtelli, 57, wanted to maintain both her Catholic identity and herworldview. And she didn't want to feel one was inconsistent with the other.

So 20 years ago, she did what a small number of defiant Catholics are doing.She joined a church with many lifelong Catholics of similar views, a churchthat borrows heavily from Catholic rituals even though it's not part of aCatholic diocese.

"I don't think I should have to give up my Catholicism. That's part of who Iam. It makes me who I choose to be," said Ortelli, whose church, in Nutley,N.J., is called the Inclusive Community. "I like some of the rituals that wehave. They're important."



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January 20, 2007
Your Money
Don't Call. Don't Write. Let Me Be.
By DAMON DARLIN

The fears of the direct marketing industry came true. Once a do-not-calllist was created, people did register, in droves.

The list was created in 2003, not as a way to protect privacy, but to removea powerful irritant from the lives of Americans. The Federal TradeCommission, which administers the list, says that more than 137 millionphone numbers have been placed on the list by people tired of interruptionsduring dinner or their favorite TV show.

The popularity of the do-not-call list unleashed a demand for other opt-outlists. A consumer can now opt out of the standard practice of their banks orloan companies selling their information to others. Other opt-outs stopcredit card companies from soliciting consumers or end the flow of junk mailand catalogs.



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Temporary 'Enjoyment Marriages' In Vogue Again With Some Iraqis

By Nancy Trejos
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007; A01

BAGHDAD -- Fatima Ali was a 24-year-old divorcee with no high school diplomaand no job. Shawket al-Rubae was a 34-year-old Shiite sheik with a pregnantwife who, he said, could not have sex with him.

Ali wanted someone to take care of her. Rubae wanted a companion.

They met one afternoon in May at the house he shares with his wife, in theroom where he accepts visitors seeking his religious counsel. He had aproposal. Would Ali be his temporary wife? He would pay her 5,000 Iraqidinars upfront -- about $4 -- in addition to her monthly expenses. Abouttwice a week over the next eight months, he would summon her to a house hewould rent.


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January 20, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor

Archives of Spin
By BENJAMIN HUFBAUER
Louisville, Ky.

SINCE Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the first federal presidentiallibrary - actually an archive and history museum - in 1941, each presidenthas had a hand in developing his own memorial. The National Archives andRecords Administration now oversees 11 presidential libraries that drawabout two million tourists and thousands of scholars each year.

The uproar over President Bush's plans to store his papers at SouthernMethodist University has drawn new attention to the role of our system ofpresidential libraries. It is a system facing at least six challenges thatneed to be addressed by Congress, current and former presidents, hostuniversities and the American public.

First, according to the Office of Presidential Libraries, it will take up to100 years for the papers and records at the recent presidential libraries tobe processed, primarily because of an explosion in the number of recordscreated by the executive branch. The Roosevelt Library has 17 million pagesof documents, while the Clinton Library has more than 76 million, but thenumber of archivists has not kept pace.



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January 20, 2007
Editorial

Reform, Finally, in the Senate

The Senate has finally passed credible reforms of its shabby ethics code,reining in lawmakers' more egregious quid pro quo dealings with theirfund-raising cohorts in the lobbying industry. The Republican minority hadsecond thoughts about how its transparently obstructionist tactics wouldlook to constituents. And an overwhelming majority then approved the firstserious anticorruption strictures since the Watergate era, banning gifts,entertainment, travel and other inducements that lobbyists and theiremployers use in greasing privileged access to lawmakers and their staffs.

The Senate action is particularly praiseworthy for zeroing in on themoney-sweet heart of the matter: lobbyists will have to disclose the waythey "bundle" multiple corporate donations as campaign sweeteners forgrateful lawmakers. Also, senators must henceforth pay full charter ratesfor the lobbyist-catered corporate jets they have been flying for tokenfees. And they will have to own up to the purpose and cost of theirlast-minute "earmarks" - lucrative contracts for favored pleaders that arestealthily approved without debate.



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He Escaped Sudan, But Not the Tug of A Heavy Heart

By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007; C01

What debt does a man owe his past? Do survivors have an obligation to thedead?

As a boy, John Bul Dau ate mud, drank urine and swam rivers to outrun themen with the guns. He survived a 1,000-mile trek from his village insouthern Sudan to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. He dug shallow gravesto bury children who collapsed. The next day, a hand or foot would bestretching out of the earth, gnawed by hyenas.

As a man, John Dau is a 34-year-old security guard and college student inSyracuse, N.Y. He's recently married, a brand-new father and a citizen of astrange country called the United States.

But Dau, the subject of the National Geographic documentary "God Grew Tiredof Us," which opened in Washington yesterday, is using his life here to tryto improve the lot of people back home. Life in its fullest sense, he says,is something in which connections remain, over the years, over the oceans.



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January 20, 2007
Ney Is Sentenced to 2½ Years in Abramoff Case
By PHILIP SHENON


WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 - Former Representative Bob Ney, the only member ofCongress to admit guilt in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, was sentencedFriday to two and a half years in prison, longer than had been requested bythe Justice Department.

Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of the Federal District Court in Washington said shehad decided on her somewhat tougher sentence for Mr. Ney, an OhioRepublican, because his crimes involved a "significant and serious abuse ofthe public trust" over several years. The 30-month term she imposed wasthree months longer than prosecutors had asked.

"You have a long way to go to make amends," Judge Huvelle told the formerlawmaker, citing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of luxury overseastravel and other gifts he accepted from Mr. Abramoff and the corruptRepublican lobbyist's partners in return for official favors.




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In Virginia, More to 'Get Over' Than Slavery

By Colbert I. King
Saturday, January 20, 2007; A23

On last Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Frank D. Hargrove, aRepublican lawmaker in Virginia's House of Delegates, said that instead ofseeking a formal apology from the commonwealth for slavery, "black citizensshould get over it." Hargrove also reportedly wondered how far suchapologies should go. "Are we going to force the Jews to apologize forkilling Christ?"

Frank Hargrove is one reason that young African Americans should never taketheir hard-won rights for granted. His outlook is also a wake-up call tosome of my Jewish friends who think they have it made.

He has nothing I want, including an apology. But I'm not getting overslavery.

There's nothing quite like going to a county office building down inCulpeper County, Va., and finding evidence of your family's enslavement. Idid that several years ago.



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Labor Groups, Business Seek Immigration Law Overhaul

By Krissah Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007; D01

Worried that surprise raids are driving away workers who are theirlifeblood, businesses are pooling their money and joining unusually broadalliances that include labor unions and civil rights groups to push Congressto overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

The coalition Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007 announced its formationthis week, placing the force of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ServiceEmployees International Union and the nation's largest Hispanic civil rightsgroup behind a unified lobbying effort to get a law passed before thepolitics of the 2008 presidential campaign make a compromise on thecontentious issue unworkable.

Pressure has been building on employers and labor as the Immigration andCustoms Enforcement agency becomes more active. Last month, its agentsraided Swift & Co., a participant in a government pilot program that runsSocial Security numbers through a federal database. The raids sent hundredsof undocumented immigrants to detention centers and jolted business groups.


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January 20, 2007
Guest Columnist

Sex and the Single-Minded
By STACY SCHIFF

How to get a job in Washington, that balmy, bipartisan town: Direct anorganization that opposes contraception on the grounds that it is “demeaningto women.” Compare premarital sex to heroin addiction. Advertise a linkbetween breast cancer and abortion — a link that was refuted in 1997. Rantagainst sex ed. And hatch a loony theory about hormones.

You’re a shoo-in, and if your name is Eric Keroack you’re in your secondmonth as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Departmentof Health and Human Services. Dr. Keroack, a 46-year-old Massachusettsob-gyn, today oversees the $280 million Title X program, the only federalprogram “designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies andinformation to all who want and need them, with priority given to low-incomepersons.”

It’s not a job that plays to Dr. Keroack’s talents, which happen to beprodigious. In the PowerPoint presentation that has cemented his reputation,he makes the case that premarital sex suppresses the hormone oxytocin,thereby impairing one’s ability to forge a successful long-termrelationship. If forced to mince words you might call this fanciful orspeculative. Otherwise you’d call it wacko. “Really, really scary” and“utterly hilarious” were the first two reactions I heard from scientists.


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Dems to fight terror trial rules allowing hearsay


January 19, 2007



WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon set rules Thursday for detainee trials that couldallow terror suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsaytestimony and coerced statements, setting up a new clash between PresidentBush and Congress.

The rules are fair, said the Pentagon, which released them in a manual forthe expected trials.

Democrats controlling Congress said they would hold hearings and revivelegislation on the plan.

According to the 238-page manual, a detainee's lawyer could not revealclassified evidence in the person's defense until the government had achance to review it.

The new regulations lack some protections used in civilian and militarycourtrooms, such as against coerced or hearsay evidence.



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Prosecutor Firings Not Political, Gonzales Says
Attorney General Acknowledges, Defends Actions

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 19, 2007; A02

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales acknowledged yesterday that some U.S.attorneys have been asked to resign their posts in recent weeks because ofperformance issues, but he denied any political motives and vowed to quicklysubmit new nominees for the jobs to the Senate for confirmation.

"What we're trying to do is ensure that for the people in each of theserespective districts, we have the very best possible representative for theDepartment of Justice," Gonzales testified, adding later: "I would never,ever make a change in a United States attorney for political reasons or ifit would in any way jeopardize an ongoing serious investigation. I justwould not do it."

Gonzales's remarks in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee came inresponse to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and otherlawmakers about the forced removals of at least six U.S. attorneys,including several who have overseen some of the government's highest-profilecorruption prosecutions.



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Government Documents Are Declassified in Name Only
By Jon Wiener, LA Times
Posted on January 6, 2007, Printed on January 19, 2007


On December 31 at midnight, hundreds of millions of pages of secretgovernment documents were automatically declassified -- the result ofPresident Bush's Executive Order on Declassification, which covers allnational security documents 25 years old or older.

They included 270 million pages of FBI files, according to the New YorkTimes, covering, among other topics, the civil rights movement, 1960santi-war protests and organized crime up to 1981. In all of Americanhistory, there has never been anything like this avalanche of information.

But if you called the National Archives on Wednesday, as I did (it wasclosed Tuesday for the national day of mourning for President Ford), youwould have been told that none of these newly declassified documents areavailable -- and won't be, maybe for years.



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Jill Berkowitz
January 16, 2007

Christian Conservatives call for end of 14th Amendment citizenshipbirthright
"Consistent with Christian teachings" deal would allow amnesty of illegalshere who are relatives of citizens


After months of being missing in action from the debate on the issue, agroup of Christian conservatives are now staking out a position onimmigration. Families First on Immigration, a coalition led by formerRepublican Party presidential hopeful Gary Bauer, who heads up a groupcalled American Values, former Bush advisor to Catholic voters, Deal Hudsonof the Morley Institute for Church & Culture, and David Keene of theAmerican Conservative Union, are advancing what they call religiouslygrounded positions on immigration.

In early January, Families First on Immigration sent letters to PresidentGeorge W. Bush and to leaders of the new Democratic controlled Congressurging them "to adopt a grand compromise on the divisive issue that includesstrong border security, an amnesty for illegals already here who arerelatives of citizens and an end to birthright citizenship," the WashingtonTimes reported.



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Issue Date: 1/18/2007, Posted On: 1/17/2007

We ignore religious zealots at our peril
by Katherine Triantafillou

I was in Gardener Auditorium at the State House Jan. 2 when lawmakers votedto approve the anti-gay marriage amendment. I took comfort in the proximityof so many amazing people, whose lives were being summarily upended by thelegislature, including a former client of mine who had been arrested in aState House demonstration more than a decade ago. He, along with a dozenothers, had chained himself to a seat in the Senate Gallery in protest ofthe Senate action in killing the bill to amend the state anti-discriminationlaw to include sexual orientation. I told him in jest to stay away from thestate troopers milling about in abundance in the packed auditorium, and weboth laughed.

It made me wonder as I left whether we as a community have become too docileand complacent. I got my answer when I read a pamphlet that I had picked upas I left the State House. I was alarmed when I read it much later at home."The Point: Separating Church and State," doesn't contain much in the way ofew information. But I do wonder if we as a community truly understand thedepth of hatred that will be directed our way if this amendment goes to astatewide ballot.




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The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair
By Chris Hedges, AlterNet
Posted on January 19, 2007, Printed on January 19, 2007

The engine that drives the radical Christian Right in the United States, themost dangerous mass movement in American history, is not religiosity, butdespair. It is a movement built on the growing personal and economic despairof tens of millions of Americans, who watched helplessly as theircommunities were plunged into poverty by the flight of manufacturing jobs,their families and neighborhoods torn apart by neglect and indifference, andwho eventually lost hope that America was a place where they had a future.

This despair crosses economic boundaries, of course, enveloping many in themiddle class who live trapped in huge, soulless exurbs where, lacking anyform of community rituals or centers, they also feel deeply isolated,vulnerable and lonely. Those in despair are the most easily manipulated bydemagogues, who promise a fantastic utopia, whether it is a worker'sparadise, fraternite-egalite-liberte, or the second coming of Jesus Christ.Those in despair search desperately for a solution, the warm embrace of acommunity to replace the one they lost, a sense of purpose and meaning inlife, the assurance they are protected, loved and worthwhile.



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Senators grill Gonzales over spying
By LARA JAKES JORDAN / January 18, 2007 3:13 PM


Senators demanded details Thursday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzalesabout new orders putting the government's domestic spying program undercourt review - and questioned why it took so long to do so.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence SurveillanceCourt said she had no objection to disclosing legal orders and opinionsabout the program that targets people linked to al-Qaida, but the Bushadministration would have to approve release of the information.

Gonzales and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said it wasuncertain whether the court orders and details about the program will bedisclosed.

Negroponte, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, said theremay be separation of powers issues involved in turning over information toCongress about the program.



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VIDEOS - Colbert on O'Reilly, O'Reilly on Colbert

Sure, these will likely be everywhere today. But for good reason. Colberthit it out of the park twice yesterday. First when he appeared on O'Reilly'sshow and then again when O'Reilly appeared on his. Both infinitely worth thewatch. And to underscore Colbert's genius, the cover that he shows ofO'Reilly's book and the last line of his interview with O'Reilly on his ownshow. Both nothing less than solid gold...

VIDEO LINKS TO BOTH...
Colbert on O'Reilly's Show & O'Reilly on Colbert's Show

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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-ceverglades20jan20,0,2330997,print.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

Everglades restoration explosions are planned, worrying some Broward
residents

By David Fleshler
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 20, 2007

The vast and ambitious plan to restore the Everglades is coming tosouthwestern Broward County, and not everyone is thrilled.

State engineers are drawing up plans for 3,600 acres of water impoundmentsand a 5,000-acre barrier to keep clean water from draining out of theEverglades and dirty water from the suburbs from seeping in.

The plan may call for blasting to crack the thick, hard limestone underthese areas -- a sensitive point in nearby Miramar, Pembroke Pines andWeston, where homes have already been damaged by blasting from rock minesand residential development. The South Florida Water Management Districtwill conduct two public meetings next week to hear residents' concerns.

"Everyone understands the reasons why these areas need to be created, andfor the most part, everybody supports the idea of making the Everglades morehospitable to wildlife," said Andy Soterakis, president of the Harbour LakesHomeowners Association in Miramar. "Our No. 1 concern is the potential forblasting through the rock and what impact that's going to have on ourhouses."



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The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/steve_rothaus/16495960.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp


Posted on Sat, Jan. 20, 2007

Teen students: Gay and straight together

BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@MiamiHerald.com



Kelcie Currier of Tamarac says her world changed the day she joined her highschool's gay-straight alliance club.

''Just knowing that there are other kids like me, or who care about the sameissue that I do, it makes me feel great. Less alone. That life is nothopeless,'' said Kelcie, 17, a junior at J.P. Taravella High in CoralSprings who came out as a lesbian about four years ago.

Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are student-led clubs, usually at high schooland middle schools, that promote respect and address antigay name-calling,bullying and harassment. Spectrum, the Taravella club, is one of more than3,000 GSAs nationally and 80 in Florida.

''They meet every day somewhere, without any problem,'' said attorney RobertRosenwald Jr. of the ACLU of Florida's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender) Advocacy Project.




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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/print.cfm?content_id=3376


The year of safe schools?
State anti-bullying bill may not go far enough, activists say

By PHIL LAPADULA
Jan. 19, 2007

This could be the year that the Florida legislature passes a safe-schoolsbill aimed at protecting students, including gay and lesbian children, frombullying and harassment. But gay activists are concerned that the billcurrently pending in the Florida Senate does not specifically ban anti-gayharassment.

Nevertheless, after seven years of trying, local safe-schools activists areexpressing optimism that this could be their year.

"Florida will pass an anti-harassment policy this year after seven years ofwork," said Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of the gay rights groupEquality Florida, which has been lobbying the legislature foranti-harassment legislation for years. "It's up to us to make sure it's astrong and effective policy that leaves no students behind, including GLBTstudents."




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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011907florida.htm


Fla. Gov. Urged To Ban Anti-Gay Discrimination
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 20, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

(Tallahassee, Florida) Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is being urged toissue an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexualorientation in state employment.

In a letter to the governor, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Councilsays that executive orders have been used in 28 states to ensure equalemployment opportunities for the LGBT community - Alaska, Arizona,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana,Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, RhodeIsland, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Council President and Founder Rand Hoch, in the letter, suggests Crist useGovernor Arrnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order as a model.




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The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011901557_pf.html


Martinez Takes Over as Leader of RNC
Florida Senator Aims to Reach Out To Minority Voters

By Shailagh Murray
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007; A04


Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, who arrived in the United States as a teenageCuban refugee, took his party's helm yesterday as general chairman of theRepublican National Committee, vowing to reach out to minority voters andrestore "the principles that have made us great."

Martinez was handpicked for the job by President Bush, and his ascendancewas not without controversy. A small group of conservative RNC members hadannounced their opposition to the first-term senator because they viewed himas overly tolerant of illegal immigration.

But to many Republicans, Martinez represented a fresh face for the party, afirst-generation American whose background and congenial personality couldwiden GOP appeal to vast new voter groups. Martinez called for greatertolerance for all groups during his inaugural address yesterday.



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Sun-Sentinel.com

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-caltar15jan19,0,4494850,print.story?coll=sfla-news-broward


Catholic pedophilia scandals rattled parents of altar servers, butcommitment prevails

By Lois K. Solomon
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 19, 2007

As they wait for the procession to begin, they try to remember their manyresponsibilities.

Walk with the proper gait: not too fast, not too slow. When the priest bows,you bow. Otherwise, stay still!

The Rev. Paul Vuturo of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Miramar knowssome preteens feel pressure to be perfect as they assist him at Mass. But hetries to reduce the stress with gentle talk and jokes.

"Everybody makes mistakes. It's no big deal," Vuturo said. "When I was analtar server, we had to learn the prayers in Latin. We didn't know what wewere saying."

Altar servers were known as "altar boys" until 1994, when the Vaticanyielded to social pressures and said girls also could assist the priests atMass. They carry the cross in the opening and ending processional, hold theMass book so the priest's hands are free, give water to the priest so he canwash his hands, and perform other duties.


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boston.com

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/01/19/romney_vs_romney?mode=PF


Romney vs. Romney
By Scot Lehigh | January 19, 2007

LADIES AND gentlemen, welcome to the first virtual debate of the newpolitical season, a mock matchup to help take the true measure of two menlocked in ideological conflict.

Our first candidate is Mitt Romney.

Candidate number two? Why, that's Mitt Romney as well.

The first Romney is the man who ran for the US Senate in 1994 and forgovernor in 2002.

Let's label him Moderate Mitt, or MM for short.

Romney number two is the conservative Romney has become since catchingPotomac Fever. We'll call him Romney2008.

A note on the proceedings: While our forum is fanciful, the words inquotation marks are real.

Let's begin.



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The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-episcopalians-split,0,4967439,print.story

Episcopalians Readying Legal Challenge

By MATT REED
Associated Press Writer

January 18, 2007, 9:34 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. -- Episcopalian leaders on Thursday said they are donenegotiating and plan to take legal action for the return of property held by11 parishes that broke away because of the church's tolerance of gay clergyand relationships.

Bishop Peter Lee and the executive board of the Diocese of Virginia declaredthe land and buildings held by the churches "abandoned" and said they meanto go to court to recover or protect diocesan property.

Lee wrote Thursday that he had tried unsuccessfully to find ways to resolvethe dispute without taking it to court.



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The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Greys-Anatomy-Controversy.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print


January 19, 2007
Controversy Grows Over Anti - Gay Remark
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 8:36 a.m. ET



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The heated controversy at ABC's top show, ''Grey'sAnatomy,'' boiled over Thursday as the network rebuked co-star IsaiahWashington for an anti-gay comment and Washington issued a lengthy apology.

''We are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use suchinappropriate language at the Golden Globes, language that he himself deemed`unfortunate' in his previous public apology,'' the network said in astatement.

''His actions are unacceptable and are being addressed,'' the statementconclude.

During a backstage interview Monday at the Globes gala, Washington deniedinvolvement in a heated on-set incident in October during which an anti-gayremark was reportedly uttered.




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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011807nclr.htm


Group Expands To Provide Legal Aid To Low-Income LGBT Families Nationwide
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 18, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(San Francisco, California) The National Center for Lesbian Rights islaunching a new project to provide access to family law services forlow-income same-sex parent families.

NCLR already has a track record representing same-sex couples in legalbattles for marriage rights.

Existing legal services for poor and low-income families generally lack thespecialized knowledge and expertise to effectively serve clients the SanFrancisco-based organization said in a statement.

Called the Family Protection Project, NCLR said it intends to fill this gapby providing specialized training and materials to legal services programsin selected states, beginning with California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas,and Wisconsin.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011807oz.htm


Australian Political Party Probed For Anti-Gay Flyer
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 18, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Hobart, Tasmania) A human rights board will examine campaign materialdistributed by the Tasmanian Liberal Party following allegations that itcontained gay-hate statements.

The investigation will be conducted by a state Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

The flyer, distributed during last year's election, attacked the Green Partywhich advocated same-sex marriage calling the policy "socially destructive".

A Hobart transsexual, Martine Delaney, filed a complaint last year withstate Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt but it was rejected. Atthe time Bolt said there was no substance to the complaint.

Delaney persisted and this week the Tribunal overruled Bolt, calling for afull investigation.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011807nigeria.htm


Nigeria Prepares To Vote On Bill To Outlaw Meeting Gays
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 18, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET



(Lagos) Legislation that would strip gays and lesbians of all civil rightshas passed its final hurdle and is set for a vote in Nigeria's Parliament.

The bill started out as a ban on same-sex marriage and has been revised tomake it a crime for more than two gay people to be in the same venue at thesame time.

It prohibits LGBT social or civil rights groups from forming. It would beillegal to sell or rent property to same-sex couples, watch a gay film orvideo, visit an LGBT web site, or express same-sex love in a letter to one'spartner.

The legislation goes so far as to make it a criminal offense to impartinformation of HIV/AIDS to gays or for non-gays to meet with any group ofgays for any purpose.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011807iraq.htm


Iraq Slams UN Report On Death Squad Victims Because Gays Included
by The Associated Press

Posted: January 18, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET



(Baghdad) Iraq's government on Thursday strongly criticized a U.N. report onhuman rights that put its civilian death toll in 2006 at 34,452, saying itis "superficial" and discussed subjects that are taboo in Iraqi society suchas homosexuality.

The government did not reject the casualty figure but said the U.N.Assistance Mission report was "not professional or neutral as we wouldexpect from the missions of the international organization. The report wassuperficial in dealing with several points," spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

A compilation of Iraqi government figures from three agencies put the numberof civilians killed last year at some 12,357.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/01/011807newm.htm


Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Revived In New Mexico
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm ET

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) A New Mexico lawmaker who spearheaded the push for aso-called Defense of Marriage Act two years ago is now pressing for thepassage of an amendment to the state constitution to bar same-sex marriage.

Rep. Gloria Vaughn (R) introduced the resolution Wednesday.

It would amend the New Mexico Constitution to define marriage as beingbetween a man and a woman.

Vaughan's 2005 attempt to pass the DOMA failed and now she says it is up tothe people.

But before it gets to the electorate it is in for rough going in thelegislature.

House Speaker Ben Lujan (D) has assigned the bill to three committees,including House Consumer and Public Affairs - which in 2005 killed DOMA.


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Advocate.com

http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid41101.asp


Joshua Miller loses his religion

Shunned by their former religion, Nemesis Rising's gay twin brothers Jacoband Joshua Miller are looking for answers.

By Michelle Garcia

An Advocate.com exclusive posted January 16, 2007

Jacob and Joshua Miller of the pop rock band Nemesis Rising defied theirJehovah's Witness past by coming out together on national television.Unfortunately, their risky yet entertaining venture caused the Witnesses todisfellowship, or excommunicate, the duo in late December. Joshua, the "freespirit," elaborated about his ordeal.

Coming out on national TV was risky, knowing that the Jehovah's Witnesseswould not be very accepting. Why did you do it?

We knew that they wouldn't be accepting going into it. I had already decidedI wasn't a Jehovah's Witness, and that at some point you either have to stepup or shut up. I wasn't that concerned about that because I knew therepercussions of coming out and the possible repercussions with my family..It wasn't that I was worried in that way, but I was worried as far as themusic industry, and making sure that Jacob and I would be able to find anaudience that would be willing to listen to our music even though they sawthat we were gay.


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Bulgaria:

A National Plan for Protection against Discrimination was passed todayon a Council of Ministers' session.

What is extraordinary in the National Plan is that apart from all thegrounds of discrimination featured in the Bulgarian Law for Protectionagainst Discrimination, which include sexual orientation, the new Planalso features "gender expression" .

Bulgaria's engagement with issues concerning transsexual andtransgender people has once again put Bulgaria a step ahead all theother countries in the European Union as very few countries areengaged with this sort of issues in their National Plans andLegislation.

The National Plan for Protection against Discrimination was preparedby a work group of experts from the national institution andnon-profit organizations, including Desislava Petrova from BulgarianGay Organization "Gemini" with Resolution N: P - 63 from 2nd August2006 of Counsil of Ministers. The initiative was undertaken byCouncil of Ethnic and Demographic Matters.

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Daily Queer News
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San Francisco Bay Times, CA, January 18, 2007
http://www.sfbaytimes.com/?sec=article&article_id=6000

The Democratization of HRC
By Chris Crain

What happens when we put all the gay movement's marbles in one party'sbasket?
We're about to find out.

The Human Rights Campaign has finally shed any semblance of stayingnon-partisan in the fight for gay civil rights. Leaders of the D.C.-basedHRC told the Boston Globe in a story published last week that their newstrategy is to "become a steady source of funds and grass-roots support forDemocrats-more akin to a labor union than a single-issue activist group."

The "new HRC" isn't just belaboring the obvious-that the Democratic Party isclearly better on gay issues than the GOP. HRC's head honchos have gone muchfurther, deciding that the fate of the movement lies inexorably with thefate of Democrats generally, which means throwing money and support whereverDems say it's needed, even if it means pulling money out of actual pitchedbattles over our civil rights.



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Daily Queer News
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Wisconsin State Journal, WI, January 17, 2007
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/opinion/index.php?ntid=115310&ntpid=1
Editorial--Officials should reject anti-oath

The Madison City Council was wrong to invite city officials to modify theiroath of office by adding a protest against Wisconsin's new constitutionalban on gay marriage. It's now up to officials to correct the mistake.

They should not sign the anti-oath.

The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board is proud of its record insupport of gay and lesbian rights and in opposition to the ban on gaymarriages and civil unions. But as we explained in an editorial on Sunday,the anti-oath is anti-democratic, arrogant and shortsighted.

It expresses contempt for the will of the majority. It holds individuals'personal beliefs above their obligation to carry out the laws. And it sets aprecedent that could lead to all sorts of additions and exceptions to oathsincluding the possibility that if the ban on gay marriages is overturned,opponents of gay marriage may ask for their own anti-oath.



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Daily Queer News
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http://networks.org/?src=ap:living-in-sin,0,7003641

Lawmaker: Anti-Cohabitation Law Wrong
By DALE WETZEL
Associated Press Writer

January 18, 2007, 5:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. -- In North Dakota, a man and woman who live together withoutbeing married are committing a sex crime. It's right there in the law, astate senator says, alongside the prohibitions against adultery, incest andindecent exposure.

Tracy Potter, a freshman Democrat from Bismarck, is asking the stateLegislature to end North Dakota's status as one of seven states that haveanti-cohabitation laws on the books. It has rejected three such attemptssince 1990.

"Mark Twain expressed a simple view of people's personal relationships withgovernment ... that I think government should adopt. That is, I don't carewhat you do, as long as you don't scare the horses," Potter said Wednesdayduring a North Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his repealmeasure.



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Daily Queer News
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http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1168941736750

Pa. Court Withdraws Holding on Internet Viewing of Child Porn
By Asher Hawkins
The Legal Intelligencer
01-17-2007

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has withdrawn its recent first-impressionholding that merely to look at child pornography on the Internet -- withoutintentionally saving or downloading any images viewed -- does not amount to"knowing possession" of child pornography as proscribed under state law. Thecourt also granted a prosecution request for an en banc re-argument.

Anthony Diodoro had admitted viewing several hundred photographs depictingchild pornography after intentionally visiting specific Web sites for thatpurpose, according to Judge Richard B. Klein's November opinion.

However, the prosecution in Commonwealth v. Diodoro was never able to putforward any evidence that the defendant had intentionally downloaded orsaved those images to his hard drive, or been aware that the images werebeing automatically added to his Internet browser's cache, Klein hadreasoned.



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Daily Queer News
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070117/us_nm/life_meth_dc_2

Sex, meth and Internet spark new AIDS fears

By Matthew Verrinder
Wed Jan 17, 4:28 PM ET



An hour after speaking at a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting about thebenefits of sobriety to dozens of other recovering addicts, Charlie wasalone in his Chelsea apartment, logged onto the Web site Adam4Adam.com.

He cruised the site's profiles of muscular gay men who want to meet for sexwhile high on methamphetamine, and found his match: a 50-year-old man fromManhattan's Upper East Side who liked to "slam" the drug, or inject itdirectly into the bloodstream.

"I blew two-and-a-half years of sobriety in a few hours," said Charlie, whodid not want to give his last name. "All I had to do was log on, and it justso happens that it was right there."




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Link: To Form a More Perfect Union: Marriage Equality News - 13 newarticles -

1. Chris Crain Commentary--The Democratization of <> HRC
2. Canada: Gay marriage bolsters institute in <> Canada
3. Wisconsin: Editorial--Officials should reject <> anti-oath
4. McCain makes nice to James Dobson <>
5. RI Supreme Court Sends Gay Marriage Case Back To <> Lower Court
6. Atlanta Gay Lutheran Pastor Faces Dismissal <>
7. Bashkortostan is latest country to debate gay <> marriage
8. Washington state: Editorial--Put Marriage Issue <> to a Vote of thePeople
9. Commentary: ERA Has Nothing to Do With Same-Sex <> Marriage
10. New York: Tax break for same-sex couples <> thwarted
11. Many U.S. Newspapers Print Gay Unions <> Announcements
12. Madison Wisc. Approves Gay Marriage Protest <> Oath
13. Spanish lessons: A year after same-sex weddings <> became legal, anon-the-ground analysis of how it happenedâ?"and what Americans can learn.



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Nigeria - Savage new anti-gay law

World's most sweeping, draconian homophobic legislation

Fear grips lesbian and gay community in Nigeria

Inaction by US, Britain and EU - Bill will soon become law

London - 18 January 2006

"Nigeria seems certain to legislate one of the world's most sweepingand repressive anti-gay laws, unless international pressure is boughtto bear on the Nigerian government in the next few weeks," said PeterTatchell of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rightsgroup OutRage!.

"We appeal to gay and human rights groups worldwide to take urgentaction to press the Nigerian government to uphold international humanrights law and to drop this draconian legislation.

See protest information below.

"A new bill, currently being debated in the Nigerian parliament, isthe most comprehensively homophobic legislation ever proposed in anycountry in the world. Its extremism is rivalled only by the deathpenalty that exists for homosexuality in several Islamicfundamentalist states," added Mr Tatchell.



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Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/altss/printstory/frontpage/39055


Pearce reconsiders
Legislator won't sponsor same-sex marriage ban
The Arizona Republic
Published: 01.18.2007


A legislator who filed a bill calling for another vote on a stateconstitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage said Wednesday he hasreconsidered and will not sponsor the measure this session.

The bill filed by Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, in the state House ofRepresentatives would have asked voters to amend the Arizona Constitution todefine marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Voters rejected Proposition 107 in November, making Arizona the first statein the nation to reject a gay marriage ban at the ballot box.



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