Saturday, June 28, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - June 28, 2008

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New York Times
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-Newcomers revive men's fashion in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A trio of newcomers breathed new life into Paris menswear on
Friday, with displays that ran the gamut from sober minimalism to Gothic
excess. Riccardo Tisci, who has been heading the women's division at
Givenchy since 2005, presented his first men's collection for the French

Washington Post
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-Case of a Lifetime
What kept Patsy Kelly Jarrett in jail for a murder she says she didn'tcommit? According to the author, a Georgetown University law professor whospent decades trying to get her released, it was a misguided devotion to thetruth.

-Arizona puts gay marriage ban on ballot - again
Arizona voters will decide again in November whether to change the state'sconstitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. A16-4 vote by the state Senate on Friday night sends the gay marriage ban tothe ballot. It had previously been approved by the House.

Miami Herald
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-San Francisco gay pride parade has new meaning
Move over Dykes on Bikes. Here come the brides - and grooms. Given SanFrancisco's sizable role in initiating the lawsuits that led California'shighest court to strike down the state's bans on same-sex marriage, thecity's 38th annual gay pride festival and parade is likely to draw hugecrowds this weekend, tourism officials say. "It's really going to be aPride like none other," said Joe D'Alessandro, president of the SanFrancisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I have never seen so many rainbowflags in this city, along Market Street, on shops, on homes. It's really asituation where the people are celebrating and the city is in a very festivemood."

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-Gay Marriage Gives New Meaning To SF Pride Parade
Move over Dykes on Bikes. Here come the brides - and grooms. Given SanFrancisco's sizable role in initiating the lawsuits that led California'shighest court to strike down the state's bans on same-sex marriage, thecity's 38th annual gay pride festival and parade is likely to draw hugecrowds this weekend, tourism officials say.

-Arizona Anti-Gay Amendment Heads To Ballot - Again
Arizona voters will decide again in November whether to change the state'sconstitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

-Presbyterians Drop Gay Clergy Ban
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), bitterly divided over sexuality and theBible, set up another confrontation Friday over its ban on ordainingnon-celibate gays and lesbians.

-Va Judge OK's Episcopal Split Over Gays
Eleven conservative Episcopal churches won a legal victory Friday when acircuit court judge upheld a Virginia law allowing congregations to vote tosecede from their parent denominations.

-Gay Sues To End San Francisco Gun Ban
The National Rifle Association sued the city of San Francisco on Friday tooverturn its ban on handguns in public housing, a day after the U.S. SupremeCourt struck down a handgun ban in the nation's capital.

-GenY Finds Coming Out Still Difficult
(Toronto, Ontario) It was a black, stretch-velvet dress that outed ShawnFowler at the age of 14.

-Canadian Supreme Court Throws Out Libel Case Against Talk Show Host
(Vancouver, British Columbia) The country's top court has absolved formerVancouver radio personality Rafe Mair of defamation for a commentary inwhich he made reference to the Ku Klux Klan and Adolf Hitler.

Faith in America
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-Faith in America: Michelle Obama connects dots of history on discrimination
Faith In America today praised Michelle Obama for connecting the historicaldots of discrimination and prejudice for Americans in a speech yesterday inNew York. The wife of Democratic Presidential Nominee U.S. Sen. BarackObama stated during the speech that African-Americans and gay and lesbiancitizens have marched on the journey toward full equality.

Express Gay News
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-Obama's wife says he'll fight for gay equality
Drew connection between gay rights and civil rights
Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to helpworking-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidentialhopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday.

-Trans protections called 'a moral obligation'
Congressional hearing called unprecedented; no action pursuedSabrina Marcus Taraboletti doesn't want anyone else to suffer what she'sendured. Once a man working in aeronautics engineering, Marcus Tarabolettisaid she lost her job in 2003 after informing her Florida employer that sheplaned to change her sex from male to female.

-U.S. Episcopal Church dissidents win court ruling
Eleven conservative congregations that broke with the U.S. Episcopal Churchand want to keep property worth millions of dollars have won a second courtdecision, the dissident churches said on Friday. The latest ruling by aVirginia judge is part of the upheaval over orthodoxy in the global Anglicancommunity.

ELLEN DeGeneres and her girlfriend, Portia de Rossi, will tie the knot in abig way. Now that gay marriage is legal in California, the couple have set awedding date, although they haven't said when. Now an insider tells Page Sixthey plan to hold the nuptials at the Riviera Resort and Spa in PalmSprings. "They didn't sign the contract yet, but they're working out finaldetails and security," said the source. "The hotel is doing $70 million inrenovations that will be done in October. They said they wanted to have theceremony in the tropical gardens by the pool and the reception in the grandballroom. They will also close a significant portion of the hotel, so itlooks big."

-Craig and Vitter - the best sponsors you could get?
Sens. Larry Craig and David Vitter have co-sponsored the re-introducedMarriage Protection Amendment, according to a report from PageOneQ. If thebill makes it through, it would amend the U.S. Constitution to say thatmarriage is only between a man and a woman. "With a Democratic controlledCongress it is unlikely the bill will be brought up for a vote in either theSenate or House of Representatives," PageOneQ says. Sure, there's nothingto really worry about as far as the outcome of this measure, which has beenaround since 2000. But really? Really David Vitter? You are a known clientof the late D.C. Madam. You slapped your wife, Wendy Baldwin Vitter, in theface by flushing your "sacred union" down the toilet. And Larry Craig - isthis your way of trying to prove to the country that you're not gay? We'renot buying it.

-Gays with guns
I found it rather odd that any gay group would take a position on guncontrol, let alone issue a press release about it. But suggesting that gaysneeds guns to protect themselves from anti-gay violence? Uh, okay.

-The World As It Should Be: What Michelle Really Said
Words matter, and Michelle Obama is a woman of powerful words. Last night,in a passionate address to the Democratic National Committee's Gay andLesbian Leadership Council, Mrs. Obama delivered a rousing call-to-equalityand put her husband on record as a fighter for the full equality of lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. "Barack believes," she said, "thatwe must fight for the world as it should be, a world where we work togetherto reverse discriminatory laws."

The Advocate
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-Religious Disobedience
A gay former Mormon asks his family to protest this Sunday when the churchissues support for California's pending ban on gay marriage. He finds thebonds of love and family run thin in the face of dogma.

- HIV Study: Second Wave Affecting Young Black Gays
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new studyThursday, the results of which could indicate a "second-wave" AIDS epidemic,The Washington Post reported.

-Iraq Veteran Discharged Nearly Two Years After Admitting He's Gay
The Army has discharged a decorated medic who was deployed to Iraq despite acknowledging he was gay. Darren Manzella, 30, said he revealed his sexualorientation to his military supervisor in August 2006 but was redeployed toIraq anyway. He has since spoken out publicly several times about being agay service member.

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-Ex-Starbucks Employees Sue Coffee Giant for Discrimination
After supporting Seattle's Gay Pride Parade, sponsoring numerous events forgay-rights groups, and stirring up controversy in 2005 by printing a quotefrom gay novelist Armistead Maupin on its cups, Starbucks is being sued bytwo former employees who say they were discriminated against while workingfor the coffee giant's diversity program-because they're gay. Joseph Hooksand Dorothy Baker worked at Starbucks's corporate headquarters in Seattle. They claim their boss, Starbucks's director of equal opportunity employment,Craig Sawyer, discriminated against and harassed them and pressured them tomove elsewhere in the company.

-Out Swimmer to Compete at Olympic Trials
There will be at least one very openly gay swimmer at next week's OlympicSwim Trials. Andrew Langenfeld is a swimmer at Purdue University and will beaiming for a spot on the Olympic team in the 100-meter butterfly. He's beendating guys since he was at West Virginia University, where he dated anotherguy on the team for a while before leaving for Purdue a couple years ago.

-Gay Pride Row
Amid threats of mass-staged protests and opposition from political andreligious quarters, Bulgaria will see its first ever gay parade on June 28in Sofia. After the announcement of the event, the right-wing BulgarianNational Union (BNU) reacted with a news conference on June 22, where itdeclared a Week of Intolerance. The union has vowed to organise acounter-event on the day of the parade, a protest against "homosexualsadvertising themselves on the streets," Boyan Rassate, BNU leader, told TheSofia Echo on June 25.

-Toronto Businesses Welcome Gay Festival Opportunity
People arriving in downtown Toronto for this week's gay pride festival -billed as the largest in the world - are being welcomed with a dizzyingarray of advertisements and product samples as companies try to target gayconsumers. Pride Toronto estimates the market for gay and lesbians as beingworth more than $75 billion across the country. "Our sponsors have realizedgay consumers generally have a lot of disposable income and they areextremely loyal to brands that support them," says Fatima Amarshi, executivedirector of Pride Toronto. "They can be a powerful demographic if you doyour marketing properly."

-Jerusalem Pride March Held Without Incident
About 3,000 gays marched through Jerusalem on Thursday in their annual GayPride parade. The march was followed by a rally, both proceeding withoutincident. Police said they had about 2,000 officers on duty to protect themarchers from protesters

-McCain Meets in Private With Leader of Gay GOP Group
Republican presidential nominee John McCain held a private meeting with thepresident of the Log Cabin Republicans, the gay GOP group has confirmed. Themeeting between McCain and LCR president Patrick Sammon was not reflected onthe Arizona senator's public schedule but appears to have taken placesometime in the last several weeks.

-Jewish, Gay and Parents: Making it Work Together
Gay Jewish parents are raising Jewish children in cities across the country.Parents tell of struggles with prejudice. They relate memories of milestonesin their children's Jewish education. Talk to Terry Starrett and PatriciaMcQuiston in Pittsburgh, and you hear a heartwarming story.

Marriage Equality News
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-Completing Their Family
Link: Gay City News
When Jeff Friedman had a heart attack two years ago, his husband and sonfollowed the ambulance to the hospital. Friedman's partner of 23 years,Andy Zwerin, was allowed to fill out all of the paperwork. But they wouldn'tlet him sign the paperwork. That brought home the reality that the pairneeded some sort of recognition for their relationship. It's also a reminderthat, for all of the heated rhetoric, gay marriage is an issue of simplejustice for real people.

-CA: The Strategy Behind a Challenge
Link: Gay City News
The biggest LGBT rights battle of the year is the fight to defeat aCalifornia ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution tolimit marriage to different-sex couples. But the groups that won marriageequality there filed suit on June 20 challenging the validity of theamendment on a variety of grounds, a case that might not be heard untilafter the vote in November.

Pink News - UK
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-Gay bar in Budapest suffers arson attack amid concerns about Pride
Gay rights activists in Hungary have spoken of their concerns about extremeright-wing violence in the country after a gay bar in the capital Budapestwas set on fire with a petrol bomb.

-MEPs warn EU candidate country over Pride policing
Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rightshave warned the Croatian authorities that police must adequately protect aPride march this weekend.

-Elton John party raised £10m in charity auction
Elton John's Thursday night, £3000 a head White Tie and Tiara Ball raised£10 million from a celebrity auction. Sir Elton John and his partner DavidFurnish held the event at their lavish £20 million home in Windsor.

-Queen invests Sir Ian with top honour
Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour forservices to drama and equality. The award was presented to the 69-year-oldnational treasure by the Queen.

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Daily Queer News
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-Hidden Lives, Proud Service: Gays in the Military
As part of their Military Pride exhibition, the Imperial War Museum Northasked gay servicemen and women to come forward with their experiences in themilitary. Here are four of their testimonies. For more information on theexhibition click here. Keith, (main picture) born in Blackburn in 1950,joined up at 17 and served in the Royal Navy between 1967 and 1982. Keithattained the rank of Petty Officer. "I was in the ship's boiler room - it'sthe most frightening thing. The steam is 950 - so a jet of it coming out ofa leaking pipe would cut your head off straight away, you wouldn't know ithad happened.

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-Turkmenistan: Free Dissident Arrested on Return Home
Turkmen authorities should immediately release Gulgeldy Annaniazov, adissident arrested upon his return home from exile abroad, Human RightsWatch said today. Annaniazov was arrested on June 24, 2008, as officialsfrom Turkmenistan and the European Union met in the capital, Ashgabat, todiscuss human rights.

-Netherlands treats asylum seekers poorly
Amnesty International has issued a strong criticism of the way in which theNetherlands handles individuals whose requests for asylum have been refusedand who are awaiting deportation. The human rights organisation says thatthey are too often, and for far too long, unnecessarily locked up. Itbelieves that detention is being used more and more frequently to deterpotential immigrants and asylum seekers. It also points out that foreignersplaced in detention must follow the same regime as criminals, even thoughillegal residence is not, in the Netherlands, punishable in this way.

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-Uniforms OK'd for soldiers at gay parade
Sweden's Armed Forces have done an about face and decided to now allowsoldiers to march in Stockholm's gay parade while wearing their uniforms."Now we will be able to walk at the head of the line internationally and bea precedent-setting country in the GBT context," said the Armed Forces' GBT(gay, bisexual, and transsexual) liaison, Petra J├Ąppinen, in a statement.Rules governing the wearing of Swedish military uniforms currently prohibitsoldier's wearing their uniforms during political demonstrations. But nowthe Armed Forces have adopted guidelines which specify that gay prideparades are not political demonstrations. Therefore, soldiers are now freeto dress in their uniforms when attending the August 2nd Pride Parade inStockholm.

-Gays plan wedding in downtown Budapest
Gays plan to hold multiple "performance" weddings at a busy junction inBudapest next weekend, an event which far-right demonstrators vow todisrupt. The symbolic nuptials are planned to be part of an internationalgaypride parade. Whether the event goes ahead or not depends oncomplexities surrounding what type of permission authorities have givenwhich group. The gay priders have received a license from one committeeof the city council to hold the wedding at Oktogon, the intersection of theGrand ring road and Andrassy boulevard. They are now awaiting permissionfrom another body within the council, said Laszlo Mocsonaki, one of the gayevent's organisers.

-Dutch news show: "Obama 'gets' gay immigration rights
Amsterdam, 27 June 2008. In a television interview last night on Nova, aDutch national news program, Love Exiles board member Bob Bragar said thatBarack Obama 'gets' the US gay immigration issue. "I met him briefly lastyear at a gathering in Washington," said Bragar in the interview. "He turnedto me and asked my name and where I live. I told him I live in Amsterdam inthe Netherlands. He asked why, and I told him I'm married to a Dutch man,I'm gay, and American law specifically prohibits me from bringing my partnerto America. So I have to leave America to be with my partner who is theperson I love. Obama stopped for a moment and said that's not fair. Hestopped for another moment and said that's really not fair." With thepresidential election looming, Democrats and Love Exiles have set theirsights on immigration rights for same-sex partners of U.S. citizens. Bragarchairs the Dutch branch of Democrats Abroad and, in August, will be adelegate for Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention inDenver.

-International Hate Crimes Meeting Puts Emphasis on "Homophobia" and"Transphobia"
Member States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) were caught off guard in a meeting in Helsinki, Finland last week. They were expecting to discuss crimes motivated by racism, xenophobia,anti-Semitism and religious intolerance. Instead the OSCE staff presentedthem with a draft of a soon-to-be-published document that includes repeatedreferences to "homophobia" and "transphobia." Sources inside the meetingtold the Friday Fax that while the public portion of the meetings stayed onthe agreed topics of racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance, workinggroup sessions revealed serious concerns on the part of participating Statesover the draft document's overwhelming focus on homosexual rights. MemberStates reminded the OSCE that it has no mandate to discuss "homophobia" or"transphobia" and that the OSCE ministerial council had previously rejectedthese issues as part of the organization's hate crimes mandate. ["Transphobia is a new term that the cultural left uses to refer todiscrimination against those who have undergone sex change operations or areotherwise confused about their sex.]

-Bulgaria: First Sofia Pride needs adequate protection
Sofia. Amnesty International is concerned about the intimidation against thelesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Bulgaria that isbeing shown in the run-up to the first Pride event to be held in the centreof the capital, Sofia, on 28 June. It has been organized by Gemini, aBulgarian organization working for the rights of LGBT people. AmnestyInternational is concerned about hostile statements by some far-right groupsand others. Given that the Pride march is likely to be targeted bycounter-demonstrators, the Pride participants will need to be adequatelyprotected by law enforcement officials.

-Bulgaria Extremists Slam Sofia Mayor for Changing Route of Gay Parade
The nationalist extremist Bulgarian National Union sent a letter to theSofia Mayor Boyko Borisov on Friday expressing their deep resent of the newlocation of the gay parade planned to take place in Sofia on Saturday, June28. According to the BNU, the Mayor's decision to move the parade from thedowntown Vitosha Blvd to the Southern Park was even a worse solution becauseof the many young children, who visited the park on Saturdays with theirparents.

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-Time Magazine: iPhone Could Take Porn to Next Level
While examining the bells, whistles and possibilities associated withversion 2.0 of the iPhone, a recent article in Timemagazine examines another possible use for the device: handheld porn. WhileAmericans have been slow to jump on the mobile bandwagon when it comes togetting off, the speed and improvements associated with the newest versionof Apple's iPhone - which is scheduled to hit the market in July - couldhelp change that.

-Carlin on "gay people"
A lot has been written about George Carlin's passing. He was a brilliantcomic but also an astounding wordsmith and a constant champion, in his ownway, for the rights of people's freedom. He was also a fierce culturalcritic who loved pointing out the absurdities of dogma, whether political orreligious. Since he was a far-ranging cultural commentator, I was curiousto see his take on gay people and went searching for any of George Carlin'stakes on Gay people and found an interesting interview he gave to the

New York Times about playing one of those "gay neighbor" roles for the movie"The Prince of Tides."

-Kick Bolthouse Farms Out Of Your Refrigerator
Bil and I were talking a couple weeks ago about the former owner ofBolthouse Farms giving $100,000 to support the anti-gay ballot initiative inCalifornia. Bolthouse Farms makes a popular line of organic fruit drinks. Itold Bil that I'd look up William Bolthouse's donation history. People don'tjust give $100k to a homophobic cause as the first political donation oftheir life. Well, I found quite a bit of history on William Bolthouse, withdonations to extreme right-wing organizations dating back all the way to atleast 2000 when he was still in charge of the juice company and had a largestake in it. I also found out that the Bolthouse Foundation, founded andfunded by the Bolthouse family, was giving to quite a few causes that Ipersonally wouldn't have supported or wanted to have inadvertentlysupported. Quite a few of you have e-mailed the company looking for answers,and they've denied connection with the Bolthouse Foundation. Other peopleare planning direct actions around this, so I dug deeper to make sure I wascorrect. Let's just say that it isn't accurate to say that they'recompletely separate organizations. That's all after the jump.

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-Reid: Bill to lift HIV travel ban moving closer to final vote
A final vote on a global AIDS-relief bill that also would lift the15-year-old prohibition on foreign visitors and immigrants with HIV fromentering or seeking residence in the U.S. could take place by the JulyFourth holiday recess, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,D-Nev. The bill reportedly was stalled over differences between the partiesover how much of its $50 billion in funding would be allocated for medicalcare and treatment. Washington Blade (6/26)

-N.Y. couples unsure of rights after governor's order
New York Gov. David Paterson's executive order that state agencies recognizeout-of-state marriages between same-sex couples left unsettled many issuesregarding such couples' legal rights, according to this article. "Someonesaid this is almost a perfect situation for lawyers. People are constantlygoing to need advice," said Tom Maligno, executive director of the PublicAdvocacy Center at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and pastpresident of Legal, a gay and lesbian legal group. Newsday (Long Island,N.Y.) (6/26)

-Bruno's retirement could spell marriage success in New York
The retirement of New York state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Brunoincreases the likelihood that Empire State voters in November will elect amarriage-rights-friendly majority in the chamber, according to this article."Our prospects for winning a pro-LGBT leadership in the Senate wereextraordinarily good, and I'm even more hopeful now," said Alan Van Capelle,executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda. (6/26)

-Landmark decision's anniversary is reminder of why high court matters
The fifth anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark U.S. Supreme Courtdecision overturning sodomy laws, should be a reminder to voters in thisyear's presidential election of the importance of the high court's makeup,according to blogger Judith E. Schaeffer. "Counting the numbers, then, it'svery clear that the constitutional protection of the essential human dignityof gay men and lesbians is hanging by a slender thread on the SupremeCourt," Schaeffer writes. The Huffington Post (6/25)

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"Laws cannot change people's hearts. But they can restrain the heartless."That quote by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was entered into the record byRepresentative Linda Sanchez (D-MA) at today's historic HouseSubcommittee onHealth, Employment, Labor and Pensions Hearing titled "DiscriminationAgainst Transgender Americans in the Workplace." The Hearing began with Rep.Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) opening statement. "There are thousands oftransgender Americans who lead incredibly successful, stable lives. They'rededicated parents (and) they contribute immeasurably to their communitiesand to their country. Despite these successes, because an individual wasborn one sex and presents oneself to the world as another, or in a way thatother people may think is inconsistent with how a man or a woman 'should'present themselves, he or she may face many forms of discrimination. Hatecrimes against transgender Americans are tragically common... and of course,the focus of today's Hearing, in trying to provide for themselves and theirfamilies."

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-SF gay pride parade inspires wedding march
Move over Dykes on Bikes. Here come the brides — and grooms. WithSan Francisco's legendary gay pride festival and parade scheduled thisweekend, Friday was on pace to be the city's busiest day for weddings sincegay marriage became legal earlier this month. The San Francisco countyclerk had 259 marriage license appointments and 284 reservations for weddingceremonies. That compares to the 202 license appointments and 115 weddingsperformed on June 17, the first full day that gay and lesbian couples couldget married in California. Now in its 38th year, the city's annual gaypride festival typically
attracts tens of thousands of people from throughout the nation.

-Presbyterian assembly votes to drop gay clergy ban
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), bitterly divided over sexuality and theBible, set up another confrontation Friday over its ban on ordainingnon-celibate gays and lesbians. The denomination's General Assembly,meeting in San Jose, Calif., voted 54 percent to 46 percent Friday to dropthe requirement that would-be ministers, deacons and elders live in"fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, orchastity in singleness." The proposed change to the church constitutionrequires approval from a majority the nation's 173 presbyteries, or regionalchurch bodies — a yearlong process that has proven to be a barrier tosimilar efforts in the past. Of equal importance to advocates on bothside of the debate, the assembly also voted to allow gay and lesbiancandidates for ordination to conscientiously object to the existingstandard. Local presbyteries and church councils that approve ordinationswould consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

-Paul Colichman is building a gay media empire
The entrepreneur and his (straight) business partner, owners of premiumcable network Here, have ambitious plans for the venerable Advocate magazineand sister publications. [...] Cult filmmaker John Waters calls him "thegay Citizen Hearst.",0,3122805.story


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