Thursday, November 06, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - November 06, 2008

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New York Times
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-Bans in 3 States on Gay Marriage
A giant rainbow-colored flag in the gay-friendly Castro neighborhood of San Francisco was flying at half-staff on Wednesday as social and religious conservatives celebrated the passage of measures that ban same-sex marriage in California, Florida and Arizona.

-California Voters Ban Gay Marriage
California voters have adopted a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, The Associated Press reported Wednesday, joining voters in two other states who went to the polls Tuesday to overturn such unions.

Washington Post
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-Rural Arkansas championed foster, adoption ban
Rural and evangelical voters propelled Arkansas to adopt one of the nation's few bans against unmarried couples becoming foster or adoptive parents. Championed by religious conservatives and fueled by a pulpit campaign, the ban passed with the endorsement of 56.9 percent of the voters. Major support came from rural counties in southwest Arkansas, where about two-thirds of voters supported the measure.

-California Voters Narrowly Approve Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Limits on Abortion Rejected in Colorado And South Dakota

-Ellen DeGeneres laments gay marriage ban in Calif.
Ellen DeGeneres says she is "saddened beyond belief" by the passage of a constitutional amendment in California banning gay marriage. The talk show host said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press that she, "like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step toward equality" by electing Barack Obama as president.

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-Can Palin, the comet that ignited social conservatives but left moderates cold, lead the GOP?
Is Sarah Palin the answer for defeated Republicans? After a historic rebuke at the polls, the Republican Party is staggering into an uncertain tomorrow with the White House and Congress in Democratic hands, no certain leader in sight and its membership divided over what it means to be a Republican.,0,7805044.story

-Rural and Christian voters advanced Arkansas' foster, adoption ban for unmarried couples
Rural and evangelical voters propelled Arkansas to adopt one of the nation's few bans against unmarried couples becoming foster or adoptive parents. Championed by religious conservatives and fueled by a pulpit campaign, the ban passed with the endorsement of 56.9 percent of the voters. Major support came from rural counties in southwest Arkansas, where about two-thirds of voters supported the measure.,0,225843.story

Miami Herald
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-Gay-marriage foes get several victories
Florida was one of three states that approved constitutional amendments invalidating ``all legal unions that are treated as marriage.'' Opponents of gay marriage scored a state-referendum sweep Tuesday, bringing some solace to social conservatives, and anger and sorrow to gay rights activists.

-Time to get rid of the Electoral College
OUR OPINION: Current system violates principle of one man, one vote

-Election shows Florida voters still unpredictable
Florida lived up to its reputation as a swing state by embracing Democrat Barack Obama as well as a gay marriage ban pushed by conservative Republicans.

-Gay characters no longer a novelty on TV
Berkeley, Calif., resident Leesa Tori has no problem recalling, with vivid clarity, that television moment on April 30, 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres spoke into an airport public-address system and announced to all the world, ``I'm gay.'' The coming-out scene on the ABC sitcom Ellen was a watershed event in television history and left Tori, a lesbian, beaming with pride.

-Hundreds of Prop 8 protesters take to L.A. streets
More than 1,000 people who turned up for a rally against the California's newly approved same-sex marriage ban took to the streets of Los Angeles and West Hollywood and blocked traffic. Los Angeles police officer Jason Lee says "the overall indication is that the demonstrators and marchers are peaceful" in the Wednesday night protest against Proposition 8, but says at least four people have been detained.

-AMENDMENTS: Marriage by gays met with a loud no vote
Florida was one of three states that approved constitutional amendments invalidating ``all legal unions that are treated as marriage.''

Equality Florida

-Want some good news? Check out these headlines!
..80% of Equality Florida Action PAC Endorsed Candidates WIN!
..Tampa - Kevin Beckner Elected first Openly LGBT County Commissioner in Hillsborough!
..Florida Keys - Heather Carruthers Elected first Openly LGBT County Commissioner in Monroe!
..Broward County - Wilton Manors elects Openly-gay Mayor and Two Openly-gay Commissioners

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-ON TUESDAY CALIFORNIA saw the very direct effect that anti-gay hate can have on the life choices available, or unavailable, to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Hate - especially when broadcast on thousands of media outlets across the country - is not just words, but can be used with devastating effect to promote discriminatory public policy. Focus on the Family's James Dobson put his media empire and $150 million annual budget at the service to defeat equal rights by passing California's Proposition 8, removing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Now James Dobson is bringing his hate to Chicago, receiving an award from the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 5:30 PM this Saturday night at the Chicago Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker (corner of Wacker & State). Let's not take the California defeat sitting down. Send a message to James Dobson and his supporters that hate is NOT welcome in Chicago. Please join us in protest at 5:30 PM this Saturday night at 1 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago. For information on the protest, contact the Gay Liberation Network at or visit our website or the websites of our partners:, and

-London: New test for anal cancer
Breakthrough will save lives
British scientists have developed a new test to detect early signs of anal cancer, which will potentially save thousands of lives. The incidence of anal cancer is estimated as 37 per 100,000 in gay men, which is similar to the rate of cervical cancer in women before the introduction of pap smear screening. For gay men who are HIV-positive, the incidence is about twice as great - around 75 per 100,000. The study, funded by the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) and Cancer Research UK, is published in the American journal, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.

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Determined to secure Republican votes necessary to pass marriage equality in the Senate
Log Cabin Republicans of New York is proud to celebrate the re-election of all of the pro-marriage Republican members of the New York State Assembly:
Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie), Janet Duprey (R-Peru), Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) and Dede Scozzafava (R-Governeur) all won additional terms as inclusive Republican legislators in Albany. "Through this election year, I had a big target painted on my back, and without Log Cabin coordinating broad-based support from the LGBT community, I would not have survived," said Assemblyman Miller. "Log Cabin made the difference in my race. They were there for me and my campaign, and I pledge to be there for them day in and day out in their fight for full equality in Albany."

Steve Rothaus
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-Gay Republicans 'taken back' by success of Florida's marriage amendment
Here's a statement I received from A. Jay Eddy of the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club: Equality of Rights A Loss and Win
Florida Gold Coast Members and Friends of the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club were taken back by the margin of success and the extreme nature of exclusivity adopted in the Florida Constitutional Marriage Amendment #2. This platform was enthusiastically backed by Attorney John Stemberger, David Caton and their politically-active fundamentalists whose supporters allegedly campaigned within and outside of tax exempt facilities vigorously persuading their household faithful that it's a religious obligation to support this dogmatic legislation .

Florida Blade
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-Polis becomes 3rd openly gay member of Congress
Musgrave falls to challenger; Dole also ousted

-Update on Prop 8
3 million absentee ballots remain uncounted

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-4 major LGBT bills await new Congress
Three key LGBT bills currently before Congress - the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell - are likely to die when the current session ends, leaving it up to the new Congress to take them up.

-Gay ally Gregoire re-elected; Foe Musgrave defeated
The architect of two failed attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage was defeated in her bid for re-election on Tuesday.

-New legislatures expected to take up gay marriage bills in 5 states

-Lesbian becomes highest elected LGBT state official in country

The Advocate
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-Existing Marriages May Still Be Legal if Prop. 8 Passes
California is still counting upward of four million absentee and provisional ballots to determine the outcome of Proposition 8, but marriages performed over the past five months may still be honored if it passes. California Attorney General Jerry Brown said that the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California between June 16 and November 4 will still be recognized as marriages.

-Prop. 8 Protest Takes Over Los Angeles
"What do we want? Equality! When do we want it? Now!" Reacting to this morning's news that California's Prop. 8 has likely passed and eliminated same-sex marriage in California, a crowd of some 2,000 protesters took to the streets Wednesday evening, marching down West Hollywood's Sunset Strip and backing up traffic for blocks.

-Barbara Boxer: Marriage Fight Not Over
In a post-Election Day press conference in Los Angeles, California U.S. senator Barbara Boxer said the passage of Proposition 8 by voters was not the end of the civil rights struggle for marriage equality. Boxer said that despite fellow Democrat Barack Obama's historic presidential win and gains in both the U.S. House and Senate for her party, Prop. 8 "put a damper effect" on her election night.

National Gay News,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
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-The Queer Spirit Will Live On...
Today is a mixed bag of emotions for America's LGBTQ community. We stand in solidarity with our African-American brothers and sisters witnessing the historic occasion of the election of a bi-racial president. We have a president-elect who respects LGBTQ people and even mentioned us in his victory speech. We have also made gains of pro-equality seats throughout the national and state governments. Read More...,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

-South Florida gays disappointed by amendment's passage,0,4981241.story

-Gay-Rights Advocates to
Challenge Proposition 8 in Court
After losing at the polls, gay-rights advocates filed a legal challenge today in California Supreme Court to Proposition 8, a long-shot effort that the measure's supporters called an attempt to subvert the will of voters. Lawyers for same-sex couples said they will argue that the anti-gay-marriage measure was an illegal constitutional revision -- not a more limited amendment, as backers said. Read More...,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Marriage Equality News
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-Sweden: Government remains divided over same-sex marriage
Source: The Local
Sweden's Christian Democrats have refused to bend on the question of gender neutral marriage, forcing the government to submit a diluted marriage bill to the Riksdag with hopes that a same-sex marriage amendment will be added. The three other parties that make up the ruling centre-right Alliance government had hoped that their Christian Democratic colleagues would agree to including language regarding gender neutral marriage in a comprehensive marriage bill. [...] more....

Pink News - UK
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-Lesbian sheriffs and gays on the school board - the new face of American politics
A US Congressman, the Oregon Secretary of State, the sheriff of Dallas County and two members of the Orleans Parish School Board are among more than 70 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates who won election to public office in the US yesterday.

-Irish Catholic leaders ready for court challenge to civil partnerships

-US TV show Grey's Anatomy drops lesbian character
Actress Brooke Smith has said she is "surprised and disappointed" at the decision of ABC TV executives to axe her character from hit show Grey's Anatomy.

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Daily Queer News
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-Fundamental Flaw
By Mike Fleming | Southern Voice
AS GAY-THEMED MOVIES branch increasingly into the multiple experiences that show there is no singular "gay lifestyle," a new film production company led by actors Chad Allen and Robert Gant releases its first project, "Save Me," a fictional narrative about men participating in the "ex-gay" movement. The film opens in Atlanta on Oct. 31. That night, Chuck Bowen of the Atlanta Interfaith Network and Rev. Margaret Aymer of the Interdenominational Theological Center lead a discussion after the 7:05 p.m. screening. "Save Me" follows Mark (Allen), a gay drug addict who suffers an accidental overdose after a cocaine-and-sex binge. Fed up with Mark's self-destructive life and convinced his problems stem from his sexual orientation, his family checks him into a religious retreat for reparative therapy to cure him of his "gay affliction." Gayle (Judith Light), a Christian fundamentalist, runs the retreat with her husband and leads 12-step meetings with the residents. Mark soon takes to heart the group's spiritual message and manages to beat his drug addiction, but he also forms a strong bond with another resident, Scott (Gant). As the men's friendship turns to romance and they struggle to reconcile it with the group's teachings, Gayle notices, and the film's central conflict ensues. Read more


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