Saturday, October 11, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - October 11, 2008

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New York Times
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-Gay Marriage Is Ruled Legal in Connecticut
A divided state Supreme Court struck down a civil union law, making the state the third to legalize same-sex marriage. [...] The ruling, which cannot be appealed and is to take effect on Oct. 28, held that a state law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, and a civil union law intended to provide all the rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples, violated the constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/nyregion/11marriage.html?hp

-Separate Is Not Equal
The Connecticut Supreme Court ended a serious injustice within its own borders by ruling that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/opinion/11sat4.html?ref=opinion


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Miami Herald
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-Wyo. town reflects 10 years after Shepard's murder
A decade after a gay college student was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead, many in this small college town are still struggling with the aftermath of a crime that triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays. Ten years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard died after being beaten and left in the cold by two men he met in a bar. Residents were shaken by the brutality of the crime, and the media descended on the town trying to explain why it happened.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/721085.html


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Steve Rothaus
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-Coming out would have positive or no impact, say nearly 9 of 10 heterosexuals
New online study also shows nearly 7 out 10 heterosexuals said they prefer an individual be open and honest about being gay, rather than feel the need to hide their orientation
According to a new national survey, nearly nine out of 10 (87%) heterosexuals said that if someone were to come out to them as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it would have a positive or no impact on how they would view gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. The survey also revealed that two out of three (67%) heterosexual adults agree that if someone they knew is gay or lesbian, they'd want that individual to be open and honest with them about it, rather than feel the need to hide who he or she really is. The new nationwide survey of 2,455 U.S. adults, (ages 18 and over), of whom 287 self identified as gay or lesbian (which includes an oversample of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults), was conducted online between September 15-22, 2008, by Harris Interactive, a global market research and consulting firm, in conjunction with Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc., a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm with special expertise in the GLBT market.

-$300,000 award to bullied gay and lesbian high school students upheld Lambda Legal news release:
'My experience at Poway was just three years of my life I'd love to forget'(San Diego) In a 3-0 decision, the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District) today upheld a jury decision that found that Poway Unified School District officials took minimal or no action at all when two Poway High School students were subjected to relentless harassment because they are gay and lesbian. The ruling upheld an award of $300,000 to Megan Donovan and Joey Ramelli under the state education code. "We're pleased the court today recognized that every student has a right to feel safe and protected at school," said Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Brian Chase. "Unfortunately, what happened to Megan and Joey is far from uncommon. We hope this lawsuit and the attention it has generated will remind school officials everywhere that parents expect their kids to be safe from bullying and violence during school hours."

-Averting crisis: Mitchell Gold on growing up gay in America
Decades before Mitchell Gold became a famous furniture mogul, he considered ways to kill himself. ''I debated how to do it. An overdose of sleeping pills seemed somewhat painless,'' Gold writes in his new book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America. ``I considered other tactics -- driving a car off a cliff, running in front of a train, jumping off a building -- but I knew I didn't have the guts.''
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/story/720107.html


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365Gay.com
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-In SNL, veritas
In the last few weeks I've become seriously convinced that Saturday Night Live could help sway this presidential election. For one thing, it has crystallized Sarah Palin's foreign-policy experience in a simple phrase: "I can see Russia from my house." She didn't quite say that, of course, but it's
close enough - not to mention funny, and memorable.
http://www.365gay.com/opinion/in-snl-veritas/


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The Advocate
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-Gay Man's Killer Gets Four Life Sentences
Darrell Lynn Madden was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison on Thursday after admitting to killing a 62-year-old gay man in Oklahoma City last year, reports The Oklahoman. In a plea deal made with prosecutors, Madden, 38, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and slaying Steven Domer. He earned two additional like terms for assaulting and spitting on Oklahoma County jail guards.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63421.asp

- Connecticut Marriage Ruling Shifts Focus to California, Prop. 8
While LGBT citizens and supporters were rejoicing at the Connecticut supreme court's Friday decision to legalize same-sex marriage, others were already weighing what effect the ruling might have on this year's marriage amendment battles in California, Arizona, and Florida as well as the presidential election. While LGBT citizens and supporters were rejoicing at the Connecticut supreme court's Friday decision to legalize same-sex marriage, others were already weighing what effect the ruling might have on this year's marriage amendment battles in California, Arizona, and Florida as well as the presidential election.
http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid63491.asp

-Protesters Descend on Kentucky McDonald's
A McDonald's restaurant in Louisville, Ky., at which gay customers were harassed and insulted for their orientation was visited by dozens of protesters on Friday. Carrying signs saying "Homophobia Served Here" and "NOT Lovin' It," the protesters called for McDonald's to treat all customers fairly. The group was responding to an alleged incident on July 26 in which two men -- Ryan Marlatt and Teddy Eggers -- and three other friends were waiting for their food at McDonald's when they claim employees referred to them as "faggots." Marlatt and Eggers asked for the cost of their meals to be refunded by a manager, but the men say the manager refused. Following the incident, Marlatt and Eggers said they tried unsuccessfully to contact the estaurant's general manager and the McDonald's corporate office in Illinois.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63490.asp

-Mormons Raise $8.4 Million for Prop. 8
A coalition of Mormon churches is raising funds and mobilizing members in support of the California ballot initiative that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Senior elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast a call to Mormons on Wednesday night to increase efforts to volunteer and donate funds to the fight, the Associated Press reports. The hourlong message went out to churches in Utah, Hawaii, and Idaho as well as California.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63457.asp


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Marriage Equality News
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-No on 8 needs $10 million; 'Our lead is gone'
Link: Bay Area Reporter
With the campaign to defeat anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 behind in money and in two recent polls, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors declared Tuesday, "We are going to lose this election if we don't raise the money we need to stay on the airwaves." No on 8 senior strategist Steve Smith who, along with Kors, was speaking on a conference call with LGBT media, said the campaign needs to raise at least $10 million before the November 4 election. That money is crucial to reach voters through TV ads.


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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-"Hampered struggle against neo-Nazis"
BELGRADE -- Human and Minority Rights Minister Svetozar Ciplic says that state has mechanisms to outlaw the work of neo-Nazi organizations. The problem, Ciplic says, is enforcement. The minister supports the Interior Minister (MUP) Ivica Dacic's call to citizens not to organize a rally on Saturday so as to avoid clashes and jeopardizing the lives of innocent people.
http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2008&mm=10&dd=10&nav_id=54128


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Forwarded from Leon VanDyke

-UK to Get Its First Gay History Museum
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art-and-architecture/features/a-matter-of-gay-pride-britain-is-to-have-its-first-museum-on-the-history-of-homosexuality-955390.html


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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
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-Will Gay Marriage Help McCain?
Now that same-sex love is legal in California, should Obama brace for a ballot backlash?
In February 2004, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom began officiating same-sex weddings on the steps of City Hall. Over the next month, more than 4,000 couples tied the knot in defiance of a state referendum that had banned gay marriage in California in 2000. Newsom says he challenged the law out of a sense of "moral obligation." But his move awakened a sense of moral outrage among Republicans, who raced to put anti-gay-marriage initiatives on the ballot in 11 states. After John Kerry lost in November, some Democrats suggested that the specter of gay marriage had thrown the contest to George W. Bush. "I believe it did energize a very conservative vote," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said immediately after the election. "It gave them a position to rally around. The whole issue has just been too much, too fast, too soon."
http://www.motherjones.com

-GLAAD Announces Partnership with National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
GLAAD is proud to announce its partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Academy for Leadership in Action at this year's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. This year's conference is taking place in the "mile high" city, Denver, Colorado, from January 28 through February 1, 2009. We cordially invite you to join us at the conference and to be a part of this incredibly exciting skill building and learning opportunity.
www.glaad.org

-CT: High Court Grants Marriage Rights For Same-Sex Couples
The state Supreme Court's 4-3 decision Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry swept through the state with the force of a cultural tidal wave.
http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hcu-gaymarriage-1010,0,7812756.story

-AK paper: McCain/Palin reply on gay proclamation
Good story today from Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News on their blog, all about Palin rejecting a request to endorse National Coming Out Day:
http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2008/10/ak-paper-mccainpalin-reply-on-gay.html

-UK: Gay student hanged himself after anonymous phone taunts about his sexuality
A teenager killed himself after a string of anonymous and abusive phone calls about his sexuality. The calls began after Lee Simpson revealed in a letter to his family and friends that he was gay. Months later the 18-year-old student was found hanged at home in Blackley. His father, John Simpson, 50, believes that the calls taunting Lee plagued him and he could no longer cope with the harassment. 'It happened just before he died,' said Mr Simpson. 'I never expected him to do what he did but those calls definitely didn't help him. I think they pushed him over the edge.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1075716/Gay-student-hanged-anonymous-phone-taunts-sexuality.html

-PA: Courts: Gay plant worker looks to appeals court to condemn harassment
For years, Brian Prowel says, his coworkers tormented him for being effeminate, for not being like all the other guys at his Butler plant. Not true, says his former employer: Prowel was frequently abused by his coworkers ... but only because he's gay. And that, unsavory as it may sound, is not against the law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits employment discrimination based on sex. It does not, however, extend to sexual orientation -- rendering that sort of discrimination illegal is up to states and municipalities. Some do, and some don't. The case, an appeal of which is now being decided in federal court, has attracted interest from civil-rights activists, who say it has a potential to redefine how the courts apply anti-discrimination law. Twenty-one women's groups from around the country have signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief. Setting precedent for gender-presentation discrimination, they say, will pave the way for women in traditionally male fields to be protected against gendered harassment. And having harassment-free access to male-oriented high-paying jobs could go a long way toward addressing the pay gap.
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=53365

-Coming Out Would Have Positive or No Impact on Nearly 9 out of 10 Heterosexuals
New online study also shows nearly 7 out 10 heterosexuals said they prefer an individual be open and honest about being gay, rather than feel the need to hide their orientation
Washington, DC - October 10, 2008 - According to a new national survey, nearly nine out of 10 (87%) of heterosexuals said that if someone were to come out to them as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it would have a positive or no impact on how they would view gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. The survey also revealed that two out of three (67%)heterosexual adults agree that if someone they knew is gay or lesbian, they'd want that individual to be open and honest with them about it, rather than feel the need to hide who he or she really is. The new nationwide survey of 2,455 U.S. adults, (ages 18 and over), of whom 287 self identified as gay or lesbian (which includes an oversample of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults), was conducted online between September 15-22, 2008, by Harris Interactive, a global market research and consulting firm, in conjunction with Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc., a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm with special expertise in the GLBT market.
http://www.harrisinteractive.com/news/index.asp


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Lambda Legal
http://www.lambdalegal.org/
-Sex Sting Exposes Police Bias
Lambda Legal has filed a federal lawsuit against a Tennessee town after its police department and police chief released photos of 40 men following a public sex sting operation. The Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), acting drastically outside of normal procedure, released the arrest photographs of Kenneth Giles and 39 other men because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. The local news ran the story prominently along with the pictures and addresses of the men involved, and since the arrests, one man has committed suicide and several others have lost their jobs, including Giles. We argue that the JCPD violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by singling out these men for harsher treatment by making their images available to the media.
http://www.lambdalegal.org/news/pr/lambda-legal-files-federal-lawsuit-in-tenn.html

-Perilous Health Care Proposal
Lambda Legal and the National Coalition for LGBT Health, along with other health advocacy and medical care groups, submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding proposed expansions to federal rules that pose a risk of increased discrimination against LGBT and HIV-positive patients.
http://www.lambdalegal.org/news/pr/lambda-legal-hiv-and-medical.html

-Working together
To help meet our financial goals during this tough economic time, Lambda Legal Board Member Curt Kirschner has pledged to match all donations from new members between now and October 31st.
http://www.lambdalegal.org/


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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - October 11, 2008

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New York Times
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-Rich Nations Pushing for Coordination in Rescue
The United States and six other nations agreed to a plan to rescue the financial industry, but fell short of offering concrete steps to backstop bank lending.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/business/11global.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

-Time to Act
The leading nations must develop a clear and coordinated plan this weekend to end this time of global financial peril.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/opinion/11sat1.html?ref=opinion

-The Navy, Whales and the Court
The Supreme Court should assert its authority over any military activities that can cause environmental harm.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/opinion/11sat3.html?ref=opinion

-Alaska Inquiry Concludes Palin Abused Powers
Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation has concluded. [...] What now lies ahead is not fully known at this point. Ms. Palin could be censured by the Legislature, but that is unlikely. [...] The report says she knowingly "permitted Todd Palin to use the governor's office and the resources of the governor's office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/us/politics/11trooper.html?hp

-Teachers Sue Over Right to Politic
The New York City teachers' union filed a federal lawsuit on Friday claiming that a policy banning political pins and signs in schools violates teachers' First Amendment rights by blocking them from political expression. The lawsuit comes nearly two weeks after the Department of Education sent a memo to principals directing them to enforce the longstanding regulation, which requires that all school staff members show "complete neutrality" while on duty. The policy also prohibits teachers from using school property to promote a candidate.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/nyregion/11button.html

-Mugabe Hands Ministries to His Party in Zimbabwe
JOHANNESBURG - In a step that could jeopardize a painstakingly negotiated power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, in office for 28 years, has unilaterally declared that his party will retain ministries that control the military and the police, state media reported Saturday. The crucial Finance Ministry was still in dispute.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/world/africa/12zimbabwe.html?hp

-Police: 2 Arab Homes Torched in Israel Town
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Police say two Arab-owned apartments were torched in the Israeli town of Acre amid clashes between Jews and Arabs. Police say Saturday rioters torched two empty apartments owned by Arabs in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. Overall, 12 people are in custody for rioting and eight are under house arrest.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-ML-Israel-Clashes.html

-With Spotlight on Pirates, Somalis on Land Waste Away in the Shadows
AFGOOYE, Somalia - Just step into a feeding center here, and the sense of hopelessness is overwhelming. Dozens of women sit with listless babies in their laps, snapping their fingers, trying to get a flicker of life out of their dying children. Little eyes close. Wizened 1-year-olds struggle to breathe. This is the place where help is supposed to be on its way. But the nurses in the filthy smocks are besieged. From the doorway, you can see the future of Somalia fading away.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/world/africa/11somalia.html


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Washington Post
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-Will McCain Do Anything to Win?
By Harold Ford Jr.
Although our nation's economic house is on fire, John McCain isn't unveiling proposals to put out the fiscal flames. Instead, he is pursuing the presidency by taking the low road, as he and his surrogates attack Barack Obama in harsh, personal terms. It's hard to believe this is the same man who in 2004 said of the Swift-boat attacks against John Kerry: "I deplore this kind of politics. I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002558.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

-What's in a (Muslim) Name?
Khaled Hosseini
The author of 'The Kite Runner' asks: Does the McCain-Palin campaign view me as a pariah too?
I prefer to discuss politics through my novels, but I am truly dismayed these days. Twice last week alone, speakers at McCain-Palin rallies have referred to Sen. Barack Obama, with unveiled scorn, as Barack Hussein Obama. [...] Never mind that this evokes -- and brazenly tries to resurrect -- the unsavory, cruel days of our past that we thought we had left behind. Never mind that such jeers are deeply offensive to millions of peaceful, law-abiding Muslim Americans who must bear the unveiled charge, made by some supporters of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, that Obama's middle name makes him someone to distrust -- and, judging by some of the crowd reactions at these rallies, someone to persecute or even kill. [...] What I find most unconscionable is the refusal of the McCain-Palin tandem to publicly condemn the cries of "traitor," "liar," "terrorist" and (worst of all) "kill him!" that could be heard at recent rallies. [...] People are losing their homes and their jobs and are watching the future slip away from them. But instead of addressing these problems, the McCain-Palin ticket is doing its best to distract Americans by provoking fear, anxiety and hatred. Country first? Hardly.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002456.html

-McCain's Chilling Dance With the Dark Side
So the McCain camp is trying to raise doubts about Barack Obama -- even though the Illinois senator has been on the national stage for four years and has been under the presidential campaign microscope for the last 20 months. They seem to have no qualms appealing to the cultural fears of their agitated, and now energized, base by practically branding Obama as un-American or anti-American. And this is eliciting an ugliness at McCain-Palin events that is justifiably raising alarms that some nut job is going to act on the Republican ticket's cynical campaigning. For two days now, there have been stories about boisterous McCain-Palin supporters screaming inflammatory words at the very mention of Obama's name. Words like "terrorist" and "Kill him!" and "treason."
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/10/mccains_chilling_dance_with_th.html

-SPOT ON: Those Negative Ads Are a Positive Thing
It's that time again. With the mud flying in the presidential race, pundits, journalists and political observers of all stripes are denouncing the campaign's new, strikingly negative tone. Listening to them, you'd think that the very fabric of our democracy were being ripped apart every time a candidate aired a tough attack ad, threw an elbow or issued a sharply worded statement. It's no surprise that the public has joined the chorus to denounce negativity in politics. But as someone who has spent years studying negative advertising, I say hold the handwringing over attack ads. They're actually pretty good for the country.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002449.html

-More Journalists Pull Out of Iraq
Withdrawal reflects country's growing stability as well as the financial strains facing western media.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002934.html?hpid=topnews

-Austrian far right leader Haider dies in car crash
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's veteran far-right leader Joerg Haider was killed in a car accident on Saturday near his home town of Klagenfurt, police said. Haider, who led the far-right into a coalition government from 2000-2006, made headlines across the world and drew international condemnation with his blunt anti-immigrant statements and for seeming to flirt with Nazi sympathies.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101003311.html?hpid=moreheadlines


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The Wall Street Journal
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-McCain-Palin 2008 Statement on 'Troopergate' Report
McCain-Palin 2008 spokeswoman Meg Stapleton issued the following statement on today's release of Stephen Branchflower's report: "Today's report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan. The report also illustrates what we've known all along: this was a partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behavior. Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact. The Governor is looking forward to cooperating with the Personnel Board and continuing her conversation with the American people regarding the important issues facing the country."
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/10/mccain-palin-2008-statement-on-troopergate-report/

-Wild Day Caps Worst Week Ever for Stocks
The Dow declined 128 points to 8451.19, capping the worst week in its 112-year history with its most volatile day ever. Down nearly 700 points early on, stocks gave up late gains as hopes for an international bank-rescue plan were overcome by a wave of selling.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122368071064524779.html


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Miami Herald
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-Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans
Jailed political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive. Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration faces multiple federal investigations over how it handed out jobs and money with advice from Rezko, is considered the most vulnerable.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/721995.html


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Fort Report
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-ACORN group targeted by GOP
Organization behind registration drive is known for low-income membership
A new class warfare front has opened in the campaign for president as Republicans mount an assault on the integrity of the nation's largest community organizing group and try to link it to Democrat Barack Obama, himself a former organizer for a different group.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-acornoct11,0,1168347.story?track=rss

-Connecticut justices give gays right to marry
The high court says allowing same-sex couples only civil unions is not full equality. The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, ruling that civil unions relegate them to a "separate" and "inferior status" that falls short of full equality. "We therefore agree with the plaintiffs that 'maintaining a second-class citizen status for same-sex couples by excluding them from the institution of civil marriage' " violates the state's constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws, the state high court said.
http://www.latimes.com/wireless/avantgo/la-na-gaymarriage11-2008oct11,0,1405125.story

-POLITICS: The Real Risk Of McCain's Health Plan
It's not the taxes -- it's the erosion of risk-sharing between the healthy and the sick. This week's most important debate wasn't the meandering town hall duel between Barack Obama and John McCain. That encounter was understandably scored by polls and most pundits as a win for Obama, who seemed steadier than an over-caffeinated McCain. But lackluster questions and a constrictive format meant it did little to clarify the decision facing voters.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/politicalconnections.php


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PCWorld.com
http://www.pcworld.com/
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Firefox Add-on Blocks 'Clickjacking' Attacks
NoScript now stymies new class of exploits by revealing secret content. A popular Firefox add-on designed to block scripts and plug-ins has been updated to stymie the new "clickjacking" class of attacks, the extension's developer said Thursday.
http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,152088/printable.html;


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FLORIDA DIGEST - October 11, 2008

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Fort Report
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-Blacks and Amendment 2
Imagine a black man standing on a yacht and pulling up the rope ladder after climbing aboard, even though more people are down in the water. That's the vision I get whenever I hear black people, especially black ministers, promoting Amendment 2, the state's proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/article845962.ece

-Editorial: Amendment 2 opponents offer valuable symposium
The News-Press Editorial Board has opposed Amendment 2 - the so-called "marriage protection" amendment - since the beginning of the year. We found in our debate that the amendment has no place in the Florida Constitution, is divisive and discriminatory.
http://www.news-press.com/article/20081011/OPINION/810110418/1015



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Palm Beach Human Rights Council
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-Lake Worth vote backs gay unions, opposes marriage amendment
LAKE WORTH - The city commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday opposing Amendment 2, the "marriage protection" amendment to the state constitution that will be on the ballot Nov. 4. Because the amendment defines marriage as between one man and one woman and states that no other legal union shall be recognized, Commissioner David Vespo said city employees who have domestic partners could see health insurance or other benefits denied if the amendment receives the 60 percent voter approval needed to pass. "People have become wise to the fact that these types of amendments are getting on the ballot as a way of generating fear in the public," Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens said. The West Palm Beach City Commission passed a similar resolution Monday opposing Amendment 2.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/search/content/local_news/epaper/2008/10/10/1010amend2.html


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[Re-posting this excellent summary of the Florida Amendments]
~~~ 1-YES, 2-NO, 3-YES, 4-YES, 6-NO, 8-NO ~~~

Orlando Sentinel
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September 21, 2008

-What we think about Florida's amendments
Sure, the sexiest of Florida's constitutional amendments -- tax reform and vouchers -- got yanked from the ballot by the state Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the state's voters will face an array of six questions on the Nov. 4 ballot, the most notable of which is Amendment 2 -- the cleverly labeled "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." Who wouldn't want to protect marriage? Trouble is, this amendment is about more than matrimony.

**Amendment 2 -Our recommendation: Vote No.
What it would do: Memorialize marriage as a "legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife . . ." But it also declares that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." Good idea or bad idea? Bad idea. This amendment does more than just target homosexual unions. It puts all manner of domestic partnerships at a possible disadvantage. For example, after a similar measure passed in Michigan in 2004, the state's Supreme Court ruled that public institutions could no longer offer health and other benefits to domestic partners of the same sex. Many institutions found a way around the ruling, but why put people in Florida at risk? Besides, state law already restricts marriage to a man and a woman, and Florida doesn't recognize gay unions performed in other states. This measure seems more like a cynical attempt to bring out the conservative base in a presidential election year.

Here's a look at the other ballot amendments, all of which require a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass.

**Amendment 1 - Our recommendation: Vote Yes.
What it would do: Don't confuse this with last January's tax-cutting measure. This Amendment 1 would strike from the constitution an archaic provision dating back to the early 1900s that allows the Legislature to ban foreigners from owning property. Such laws got their start in California and were aimed at stopping Japanese from buying land. Fortunately, Florida's Legislature never enacted such laws. Good idea or bad idea? Great idea. This is a no-brainer. The Florida Constitution is no place for bigotry.

**Amendment 3 - Our recommendation: Vote Yes.
What it would do: Ensure that people who take steps to harden their homes against hurricanes or install renewable-energy devices don't get hammered by higher property assessments, which translate into higher taxes. This would apply, for example, to people who install storm shutters or who put in solar-energy panels to help power their homes. Good idea or bad idea? Good idea. Florida should encourage homeowners to protect their homes from hurricanes, as it should encourage them to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. It makes no sense for people to take such steps, only to get punished by the tax man. This newspaper often has sided against well-intentioned amendments to the constitution if they can be accomplished through the Legislature. But lawyers say this measure has to go through the constitution.

**Amendment 4 - Our recommendation: Vote Yes.
What it would do: Provide a tax break for property owners who agree to permanently preserve environmentally sensitive land. It has the enthusiastic backing of a wide range of environmental groups. Good idea or bad idea? Good idea. It's gotten more and more expensive for the state and other agencies to outright purchase property for conservation. That's why so-called conservation easements and other preservation deals have become more popular. This gives landowners a powerful incentive. This amendment should not, however, give legislators an excuse to gut state land-buying programs.

**Amendment 6 - Our recommendation: Vote No.
What it would do: Another tax break. This one would make sure that marinas, commercial fish houses, boat-building operations and other "working waterfront" businesses get taxed based on their current use, not for the property's potential use. The goal is to protect these businesses from soaring tax rates based on waterfront real estate's potential for condominiums and resorts. Good idea or bad idea? A good idea, but one that has the potential for abuse. The state's tax exemption for agriculture has long been manipulated by fat cats who put out a few cows or plant some trees to reduce their holding costs. We see this well-intentioned amendment possibly becoming a tax dodge for waterfront developers. The Legislature needs to find another way to help legitimate waterfront businesses.

**Amendment 8 - Our recommendation: Vote No.
What it would do: Pave the way for counties to let voters decide whether they want to impose a sales tax to support community colleges. The sales tax would expire after five years, though voters could authorize it for another five. Good idea or bad idea? Bad idea. Community colleges play a vital role in Florida's communities, and they're a virtual rainbow of people and interests. But we think it's the state's -- not local authorities' -- job to support them. Plus, what happens after a college launches a program based on sales-tax funding, only to see that money vanish after five years? Voters may not be in the mood to renew the tax. This measure has no business in the state constitution anyway.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-ed21108sep21,0,862201.story?track=rss


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Scott Newton for Wilton Manors Mayor
From Cindy Newton
As you already know my husband, Scott Newton, is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign to continue as our Mayor of Wilton Manors. We are busy knocking on doors, putting up signs, getting out the message of the hard work Scott has done for our city and going to city events as we always have. Scott and I have made Wilton Manors a priority in our lives since the time our kids were at Wilton Manors Elementary School. [...] One way I thought that I could help was to help raise money for his campaign. My idea is to ask you and the rest of his supporters for a contribution. Your contribution of $15.00, $25.00 or more will help us get the word out and show the support we have in the community. Or, perhaps you would let us use your yard for a sign, or maybe you are willing to host a meet and greet at your home, or volunteer a few hours walking door to door with Scott. [...] Please contact me by email or call me at 954-561-4453. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Contributions can be mailed to our home at 1825 N.E .27th Dr. WM, FL 33306 and made payable to: Campaign of Scott Newton I thank everyone for the tremendous support and encouragement you have given Scott. We greatly appreciate it and look forward to seeing Scott continue to serve our city and remain our Mayor.
Sincerely,
Cindy Newton


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Washington Post
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-Bush Raises $2M in Florida, South Carolina
Bush attended a fundraiser at the home of Sergio Pino, a developer and entrepreneur in south Florida, where he raised more than $500,000, according to Republican officials. After the fundraiser and a meeting in Coral Gables with Cuban-American leaders, Bush was traveling to South Carolina where he was to speak at an event on Kiawah Island that was to raise $1.4 million for the Republican National Committee.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002379.html?hpid=sec-politics


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Sun-Sentinel
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-Homeless population growth concerns officials
When a homeless man uses the steps of the Women's Club as a toilet, things have gotten out of control.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbhomeless1011sboct11,0,5959498.story

-Disabled, homeless man robbed of wheelchair in Pompano Beach
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-1001pompanowheelchair,0,3028899.story

-Palm Beach County devises plan to open 24-hour centers for the homeless
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-flphomeless0924pnsep24,0,6271118.story


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Miami Herald
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-CONSERVATION
Broward leaders tackle water shortage prevention
Broward County leaders will begin making recommendations to prevent a massive water shortage by 2025. The Broward County Water Resources Task Force met Friday to start discussing ways to prevent a future water shortage caused by a combination of a population that's growing -- and a water supply that's not. The goal of the task force, which has 22 elected officials in Broward, is to propose a common water supply solution for the entire county by next September.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/721777.html


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Fort Report
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-Some new voters will be shut out under "no match, no vote" law
More voters than ever are expected at Florida polls Nov. 4, but a newly enforced state law could thwart thousands from having their vote count. State election officials have notified more than 800 people in the Tampa Bay area and a total of 10,400 statewide who recently signed up to vote that they aren't yet qualified because of discrepancies between their signup forms and state records.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/state/article847368.ece

-Republican firm's Fla. poll: Obama +8
Latest poll by Republican-oriented Strategic Vision (click here to see it) gives Democrat Barack Obama a 52-to-44 percent lead over Republican John McCain in Florida. The 8-point lead equals the largest margin for Obama in Florida polls tracked by RealClearPolitics.com McCain had an 8-point lead in a Strategic Vision poll back in June. It's encouraging to learn that the virulent attacks directed at Senator Obama by the McCain campaign or not influencing Floridians (at least right now). The Republican smear machine is appealing to the the basest of human emotions: hate, prejudice, and fear. I hope Floridians continue to think about our economy and not smears about Obama's character.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/floridapolitics/entries/2008/10/10/republican_firms_fla_poll_obam.html?cxntfid=blogs_q_florida_politics

-Unraveling all those amendments to the state Constitution
Florida voters face a bunch of proposed amendments to the state Constitution. The one that would place the state's existing law banning gay marriage in the state Constitution is probably relatively easy for people to figure out. It's getting a fair amount of attention, making it easier to sort out. No so for the other proposals.
http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2008/10/unraveling_all_those_amendment_1.html

-Squelch one rumor: yes, you can wear a campaign button or t-shirt when you vote
Elections officials are still attempting to stamp out an e-mail rumor about Election Day attire. Contrary to what's being claimed, voters are allowed to wear campaign t-shirts, buttons and similar paraphernalia when they go to vote, either during early voting or in their neighborhood precincts on Election Day. That doesn't count as illegal electioneering at the polls.
http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2008/10/squelch_one_rumor_yes_you_can.html

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GLBT DIGEST - October 10, 2008

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New York Times
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-Movie Review: Breakfast With Scot (2007)
Gay Jock Meets Girlie-Boy and Bonding Is Awkward
In "Breakfast With Scot," an effeminate 11-year-old boy who loves boas, beads and Broadway musicals is taken in by a semi-closeted gay male couple, Eric (Tom Cavanagh) and Sam (Ben Shenkman), after his mother dies of a drug overdose. That mother was the common-law wife of Sam's wastrel brother, Billy, who has left for Brazil promising to return and leaving the boy, Scot (Noah Bernett), in the custody of child services.
http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/movies/10scot.html?scp=2&sq=GAY&st=cse


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Washington Post
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-MovieMakers: One Film Not Enough? Head to the Festival
'Reel Affirmations' Aims To Entertain and Educate
Washington's 18 year-old GLBT film festival has a new slogan. It's now "Reel Affirmations: The Nation's GLBT Film Festival."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100900872.html

-Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds
The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, a new study asserts, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/education/10math.html


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Sun-Sentinel
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-'Save Me' makes a strong impression
Since so many religions have condemned homosexuality for millenniums, it's no small accomplishment that the absorbing and wrenching Save Me, written by Robert Desiderio from a story by Craig Chester and Alan Hines, views a dedicated homophobe with compassion and understanding. This is a modest, thoughtful, independent production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-shsavesboct10,0,6460918.story

-Arkansas says it will begin allowing same-sex or unmarried foster parents case by case
Arkansas plans to reverse course and allow unmarried or same-sex couples to take on foster children on a case-by-case basis, even as voters prepare to decide the issue in November, the state Department of Human Services said Thursday. The agency said it would end its plan to formalize the prohibition, which has been in place since an executive directive was signed in 2005. The department said it will instead propose allowing state workers to place foster children case by case.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-gay-foster-ban,0,6140194.story


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Miami Herald
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--McDonalds ends gay chamber support, group ends boycott
The American Family Association has ended its boycott of McDonalds, over the hamburger company's membership in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. From the AFA website:
McDonald's has told AFA they will remain neutral in the culture war regarding homosexual marriage. AFA is ending the boycott of McDonald's. As you know, AFA called for the boycott in May after McDonald's joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). McDonald's said McDonald's Vice President Richard Ellis has resigned his position on the board of NGLCC and that his seat on the board will not be replaced. McDonald's also said that the company has no plans to renew their membership in NGLCC when it expires in December.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/



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Connecticut Supreme Court Sides with Equality, Grants Equal Marriage!
From Family Equality Council
At 11:30am this morning, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, the equal marriage case. In short, we won. I would personally like to thank Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and Love Makes a Family for their leadership in this case and on marriage equality in Connecticut. On this historic day, we should take time to celebrate as a national community of LGBT families. Call your friends and family. Tell them what marriage equality means to you. If you live in Connecticut, join with other families at the state house this evening at 5:30pm for a victory rally! Understand that marriage equality in Connecticut puts us that much closer to marriage equality everywhere. This is truly a great day for our families. This is also a day to remember the important battles we're fighting in other states. On Election Day voters in California, Arizona and Florida will decide whether to change their constitutions to prohibit you and your loved ones from getting married. In Arkansas, voters will decide whether to ban all unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian couples, from fostering or adopting children.


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-Palm Beach Atlantic won't ban gay group
BY KIMBERLY MILLER, Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach Atlantic University officials reconsidered their initial ban of a gay students' rights group from campus, offering members a space for a few hours on Monday to meet with select students and staff from the private Christian school. But the group, called Soulforce, called the invitation too restrictive and said members planned to walk onto PBAU's downtown West Palm Beach campus at noon, hoping to conduct a more open forum. ''Unfortunately, the format is not conducive to reaching out to the Palm Beach Atlantic community in the spirit of open dialogue,'' a statement released by Soulforce on Wednesday said in reference to PBAU's offer. ``Additionally, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who need to hear our message of love and affirmation would not be reached in this format.'' Soulforce members are touring the South, visiting 15 mostly Christian colleges to discuss their belief that being gay is not a sin or incompatible with Christianity.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/


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South Florida Blade
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-Amendment 2 is a "Bad Idea"
Florida Red and Blue releases Say No 2 video commercial
Florida Red and Blue has released its first "Say No to Amendment 2" commercial, to broadcast across the state. The commercial will be played most heavily in the northern reaches of Florida, where voters are more conservative; but hopefully we'll catch it once in a while in South Florida.
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm#21622

-Gays targeted in two new bias attacks
Muslim suspects told victims 'faggots' are 'stoned to death' in Middle East Two men who identified themselves as Muslims were charged with assaulting a gay man in Georgetown after one of them said gay people are stoned to death in his home country in the Middle East, according to a police report. A 23-year-old Georgetown University medical student was struck in the face Oct. 3 with a bottle wielded by one of the two men charged in the case, a police source said. The alleged attack occurred at about 3 a.m. along the C&O Canal.
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=21588

-Record number of out gays seeking office
2 incumbents in tight races; Baldwin, Frank, Polis favored to win
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=21505


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365Gay.com
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-Canadian Candidate Faces Second Probe For Anti-Gay Remarks
An Independent federal election candidate in Sudbury, Ont., is the focus of a second hate crime investigation, this one following a complaint that he told a radio station a prominent gay rights activist should be executed.
http://www.365gay.com/news/canadian-candidate-faces-second-probe-for-anti-gay-remarks/


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The Advocate
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-The Foley Follies
The scandal surrounding former Florida Republican representative Mark Foley was critical in the Democrats' 2006 takeover of Congress. Now that an investigation has determined he broke no law, was winning an election worth perpetuating gay stereotypes?
http://advocate.com/issue_story_ektid62878.asp

-Porn Star Mason Wyler Talks to GAYVN to Confirm Rape, Beating
Gay adult film star Mason Wyler confirmed to GAYVN.com rumors that had been circulating around adult industry since last months -- that he and his boyfriend has been raped and attacked in their Dallas apartment. Originally thought by some in the adult industry to be a publicity stunt, GAYVN.com confirmed the attack with an incident report filed with the Dallas Police Department. Wyler further confirmed the attack took place in a blog on his Website, Wyler Nation.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63402.asp

-Chicago Officials Back Opening Gay High School
Chicago public schools officials said Wednesday that they will support opening a high school dedicated to gay students, citing local and nationwide studies that show gay teens are more likely to drop out of school because of fear of violence. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, a 2003 district survey shows that gay and lesbian youths are three times more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network released a national survey of more than 6,000 middle and high school students on Wednesday that found that nearly 90% were harassed at school and about 61% felt unsafe.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63328.asp

-Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle Talks About Democrats Against Gay Marriage
Florida's ballot measure to make it more difficult for judges to overturn the state's standing marriage ban has plenty of Republican supporters, but some prominent Democrats have declared themselves supporters of the measure. Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle is leading the pack of Democrats who support amending the state constitution to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. "Democrats, Republicans, or independents -- marriage is a religious institution, and government should define it to be between a man and a woman," Naugle told The Advocate, which he mistook for a legal publication when he returned the magazine's call for comment on his opposition to marriage equality.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63294.asp

-Ray's Note: Jim Naugle is a faux Democrat. He never votes with Democrats and declares himself a Democrat only for political purposes.

-Pallin ignores National Coming Out Day
Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin said that she will not officially issue a proclamation recognizing National Coming Out Day. She declined a request by Alaskans Together for Equality to acknowledge the day, which will be on Saturday. The organization says it approached her after the vice presidential debate on October 2, when debate moderator Gwen Ifill asked Palin and Democratic counterpart Joe Biden whether they support gay marriage.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63372.asp

-Straight Spouses of LGBT People Back National Coming Out Day
A new set of voices is supporting National Coming Out Day on October 11 this year -- those of straight spouses, men and women who are married or have been married to LGBT people, reports The Wall Street Journal. "Many concerns of a straight spouse relate to antigay and antitrans attitudes and behaviors in communities across the country," Kathy Callori, executive director of the Straight Spouse Network, told the Journal.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63331.asp

-Russian Officials Shut Down Country's First LGBT Film Fest
Side by Side was supposed to be Russia's first LGBT film festival, but on October 2, just hours before the scheduled premiere, organizers were met by officials blocking the entrance to the venue, claiming fire code violations-an excuse they say Russian authorities have used since the early '90s as a pretext for shutting down events as they see fit.
http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid63258.asp



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Marriage Equality News
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-No on 8 needs $10 million; 'Our lead is gone'
Link: Bay Area Reporter
With the campaign to defeat anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 behind in money and in two recent polls, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors declared Tuesday, "We are going to lose this election if we don't raise the money we need to stay on the airwaves." No on 8 senior strategist Steve Smith who, along with Kors, was speaking on a conference call with LGBT media, said the campaign needs to raise at least $10 million before the November 4 election. That money is crucial to reach voters through TV ads.

-EDITORIAL: Same-sex vows cause no harm to our families
Link: Reading Record Searchlight
In one of the most famous American defenses of religious freedom, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "[I]t does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." We must say the same thing about same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 would reverse the state Supreme Court's May ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and write "one man, one woman" into the California constitution. Its backers say it's needed to "protect marriage." From what? In the three months after gay and lesbian couples won the right to marry, about 11,000 such weddings took place. Has any traditional couple's marriage been hurt by the wave of ceremonies? Have their vows to love, honor and cherish been revoked?

-Why I support marriage equality
Link: The Twin Cities Daily Liberal
As a Jew married to a Lutheran, I can't help but think: what if someone had decided to define marriage as only between two people of the same religion? Certainly, there are plenty of Jews out there who want their children to marry within the religion. For that matter, what's to stop the state of Minnesota from passing a constitutional amendment that would dissolve my marriage? We are on a slippery slope when we vote to rescind other people's rights. I cherish the rights and freedoms I have, and I can't imagine what it would be like to have someone take them away from me.

-Black Homophobia Could End Gay Marriage in Calif.
Link: Black Voices
I'll say it right up front. I support gay marriage. So I guess it's a good thing that I live in California since it is now legal for gay couples to marry here. Well legal for the month at least. You see, Proposition 8 on the California ballot seeks to end gay marriage rights; and the proponents of Prop 8 are counting on black Californians, expected to come out in droves to vote for Barack Obama, to push their closed-minded initiative over the top. That projection disturbs me on so many levels, but Professor of Law at American University, Darren Hutchinson of the blog "Dissenting Justice", believes that if blacks vote down gay marriage, they are engaging in constitutional bigotry. ...


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Pink News - UK
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-Post debate bump puts Obama 11% ahead
The latest Gallup poll of the support for the candidates for President of the United States indicates that Barack Obama has widened his lead over John McCain. Senator Obama, the Democratic party nominee, performed well in the second of three live TV debates held earlier this week.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9268.html

-Matthew Shepard's mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998. It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since Matthew's death. So much has changed yet so much remains the same.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9267.html

-Victory for Christians as McDonald's gives in over gay rights
Christian and conservative Americans are claiming they have forced one of the world's best-known companies to withdraw from National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The American Family Association said their five month boycott of McDonalds is over.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9262.html

-Children of lesbians 'at risk' due to prolific sperm donors
A health official in South Australia has warned that the state's rules on sperm donation could put the children of some lesbians at risk. At present only heterosexual couples and those at risk of transmitting a serious defect can access fertility treatments. This has led some women to use unofficial means.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9263.html

-86% of LGBT teens face harassment in US schools
The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States has found they face widespread abuse. GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, released the 2007 National School Climate Survey yesterday.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9256.html


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Daily Queer News
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-2008 Equality Ride: Virginia to South Carolina to Georgia and Beyond!
Soulforce
The Soulforce Q Equality Ride has only completed two stops, but has already found itself deep in the joys and trials of doing justice. This is the third year for the Equality Ride and most of you have been behind us the entire way; we welcome those of you who are new to the journey. Last week we reported about the books that were donated to Liberty's Library and, as of now, we do not know the fate of those books. We do however, know exactly where our message went and that was to the students who had been waiting to hear from the Ride since they enrolled at LU. What we saw happen in Lynchburg was a community of students who came together that never knew one another existed before. How incredible! The Ride was able to be the impetus for the kind of community building that saves lives. They will no longer be the "only" LGBT students on campus. They will no longer be the only allies on campus. Where there was isolation, there is now community.

-Resident Warns People about Religious Fraud
by Dennis Dalman | Newsleaders
When Jack Richter went to sleep when he was 11 years old, he would dream frequently about boys - affectionate dreams about boys. He didn't know why. He knew it wasn't a choice - erotic dreams about males. But one day he realized he must be gay; he was attracted to members of his own sex. As years went by, Richter said he felt he had to hide his sexual persuasion. As a student at St. Cloud Technical High School, he knew if he told people of his orientation he would be ridiculed or hated. So he kept it to himself. Richter, now 40, who lives in Sartell, has come full circle. After years of struggling with his sexuality, he is eager to share his journey with other people - gays, lesbians, bisexuals and straights. Read more

-Love of God Frees People from Homosexuality: Fact or Fallacy
China Daily
Can gay people be turned straight? Perhaps. One of the ministries of the "ex-gay" movement, a controversial Christian campaign that encourages gay people to renounce their sexuality, Exodus International believes it can free Christian gay people from condemned gay behaviors through their love of Jesus Christ, though they may still be attracted to people of the same sex. "I didn't choose my same-sex feelings but I do choose how I'm going to steward them," said Alan Chambers, the leader of Exodus International, an ex-gay and now a married father of two, "Freedom is possible." Rounding up gay people in a secluded retreat, a typical Exodus camp delivers its redemption by encouraging gay people to attend a series of psychological therapy alike workshops, tracing back the underlying reasons turning people homosexual, overcoming the guilt feeling of being homosexual and delving into the connotations of true femininity/masculinity. Read more

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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - October 10, 2008

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-Global Markets Dive in Relentless Selloff
Japan Down 10% as Investors Look to G7 Meeting
European markets fell more than 10 percent at the opening but came off their lows later as investors looked to global financial authorities.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/business/11markets.html?hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1223647719-Q5rOsBTyS/k9TEr8cqV25g

-Building a Better Bailout
The Treasury Department's plan to take an ownership stake in many United States banks is more efficient and - not incidentally - more fair.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/opinion/10fri1.html?ref=opinion

-Moment of Truth
PAUL KRUGMAN
If a new rescue plan is not announced this weekend, the world economy may experience its worst slump since the Great Depression.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/opinion/10krugman.html?ref=opinion

-The Class War Before Palin
DAVID BROOKS
Over the past few decades, Republican political tacticians decided to mobilize their coalition with a form of social class warfare. [...] But over the past few decades, the Republican Party has driven away people who live in cities, in highly educated regions and on the coasts. This expulsion has had many causes. But the big one is this: Republican political tacticians decided to mobilize their coalition with a form of social class warfare.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/opinion/10brooks.html?ref=opinion

-Politics and the Pulpit (Once Again)
The story goes that when he was running for re-election to the Senate in 1954, Lyndon Johnson was opposed by a couple of non-profits that urged voters to reject him and his radical communist ideas. (And you thought things were crazy today.) In response, Johnson had new language inserted into the section of the IRS code, which defines a tax exempt entity. His addendum declared that an exempt organization "does not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office." Now, in the middle of the 2008 election, several dozen pastors are challenging the amendment by speaking out in the pulpit in favor of a candidate (usually John McCain) and by sending the IRS copies of the sermons in which they openly cross the line the law has drawn since 1954. At the same time, a bill (H.R. 2275) repealing the Johnson amendment has been introduced by Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina. The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee where it awaits action. [...] What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole.
http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/05/politics-and-the-pulpit-once-again/?ref=opinion

-Palins Repeatedly Pressed Case Against Trooper
Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband and seven administration officials made three dozen contacts to a commissioner about the status of a trooper.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/us/10trooper.html?hp

-Former Finnish President Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The 2008 peace prize went to Martti Ahtisaari, associated over decades with quiet, cautious diplomacy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/world/europe/11nobel.html?hp

-ARTICLES ABOUT THE NOBEL PRIZES
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/nobel_prizes/index.html

-Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds
The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, a new study asserts, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/education/10math.html


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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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-Spying Gone Awry
A covert surveillance operation in Maryland tramples on civil liberties.
THOMAS E. HUTCHINS, the former Maryland state police superintendent, spoke about a covert operation that spied on harmless activists for the first time at a legislative hearing this week. Mr. Hutchins, who authorized the operation, didn't provide new information about the spying program. But his spirited defense of the surveillance and his refusal to acknowledge serious missteps offers insight into the flawed mind-set that led to the operation's creation.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100902438.html

-Sentences on Trial
Congress can reenact a proud moment in its history by dumping strict mandatory minimums.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100902439.html

-Carmakers' Pain Could Spread
Faltering manufacturing sector, led by the car industry, could pose a new economic threat.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100903426.html?hpid=topnews

-Pakistanis Repudiate Violence
Amid a series of suicide bombings across the nation, anti-terrorism debate grows more urgent.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100900274.html?hpid=topnews

-PR Consultant Helped Palin Grab Spotlight
During her first months in office, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kept a relatively light schedule on her workdays in Juneau, making ceremonial appearances at sports events and funerals, meeting with state lawmakers, and conducting interviews with Alaska magazines, radio stations and newspapers. But this spring, Palin's official calendar chronicles an extraordinary rise to national prominence. A fresh face in Republican politics, she was discovered by the national news media at least in part because of a determined effort by a state agency to position her as an oil and gas expert who could tout Alaska's determined effort to construct a natural gas pipeline.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100903429.html?hpid=topnews

-Sensitive Palin ethics report kept secret, for now
Sworn to secrecy, Alaska lawmakers have begun reviewing a lengthy and politically sensitive investigative report focusing on whether Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her authority as governor. The first-term Alaska governor has been accused of firing a state commissioner to settle a family dispute. But the report is also expected to touch on whether Palin's husband meddled in state affairs and whether her administration inappropriately accessed employee medical records.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101000254.html?hpid=topnews

-Anger Is Crowd's Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally
There were shouts of "Nobama" and "Socialist" at the mention of the Democratic presidential nominee. There were boos, middle fingers turned up and thumbs turned down as a media caravan moved through the crowd Thursday for a midday town hall gathering featuring John McCain and Sarah Palin. "It is absolutely vital that you take it to Obama, that you hit him where it hits, there's a soft spot," said James T. Harris, a local radio talk show host, who urged the Republican nominee to use Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and others against him.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100903169.html?hpid=topnews

-McCain Opens Pandora's Box
The decision by John McCain's campaign to launch television ads linking Barack Obama to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers signals a belief within the Arizona senator's inner circle that drastic measures must be taken to turn the presidential race around over the next 25 days. The ad, which went up this morning seeks to raise questions about Obama's judgment -- linking his association with Ayers to the current financial crisis in the country. Let's watch:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/?hpid=topnews


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The Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/
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-The Terrorists Next Door
Justice Kennedy's consequences. Even as the anti-antiterror lobby cheers as the courts attack the Bush Administration's wartime legal architecture, the practical results are starting to emerge. It is increasingly possible that many enemy combatants will be set free -- in the U.S.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122360571398721971.html

-McCain Campaign Is at Odds Over Negative Attacks' Scope
Senator Says Faith Issue Puts Obama's Former Pastor off Limits
Top McCain campaign officials are grappling with how far to go with negative attacks on Sen. Barack Obama in the final weeks of what is turning into a come-from-behind effort.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122359909175421497.html


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Sun-Sentinel
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
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-Sarah Silverman: Young Jews travel to tell family to vote for Obama
The campaign, called "The Great Schlep," opens today, with out-of-state Barack Obama volunteers having "challenging conversations" with their grandparents about voting.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flpschlep1010pnoct10,0,2114761.story

-Watch This Now: Sarah Silverman's video for The Great Schlep (WARNING: Mature content)
http://blogs.trb.com/entertainment/technology/watchthis/2008/09/sarah_silverman_says_tell_flor.html

-Poll: Florida's senior citizens swinging toward Obama
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-1009obamamccainpoll-florida,0,4561461.story


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Fort Report
http://www.fortreport.com/
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-Campbell Brown Blasts McCain Campaign For "Race Baiting"
In her "No Bias, No Bull" segment Wednesday night, Campbell Brown pleaded with the McCain campaign to stop what she referred to as "race baiting." "It is getting very, very ugly," Brown said. "Tonight, we are cutting through the bull on the issue of race and this campaign."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/08/campbell-brown-blasts-mcc_n_133172.html

-Meet Sarah Palin's radical right-wing pals
Extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll helped launch Palin's political career in Alaska, and in return had influence over policy. "Her door was open," says Chryson - and still is. Editor's note: Research support provided by the Nation Institute Investigative Fund. For Salon's complete coverage of Sarah Palin, click here.
http://www.salon.com/src/pass/sitepass/spon/sitepass_website_refresh.html

-Obama opens 5-point lead on McCain
Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 5-point lead over Republican rival John McCain in the White House race and expanded his support among women voters, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released Friday. Obama leads McCain 48 percent to 43 percent among likely U.S. voters in the national poll, up slightly from a 4-point advantage for Obama Thursday. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/10/10/obama_opens_5_point_lead_on_mccain/

-'Kill Him' Yell At Clearwater Palin Rally Being Probed
The U.S. Secret Service is looking into reports that a crowd member yelled,"Kill him!" while Gov. Sarah Palin was talking about Sen. Barack Obama during her Clearwater rally Monday. The incident reportedly occurred after Palin questioned Obama's patriotism because of his acquaintance with William Ayers, a Chicago university professor who was an anti-Vietnam War radical in the 1970s.
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/oct/10/na-kill-him-reports-being-probed/news-politics/

-Group wants probe of McCain's gambling winnings
The Senate Ethics Committee should look into whether John McCain violated federal laws by failing to list gambling winnings on his Senate financial disclosure forms, according to a watchdog group.
http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/group-wants-probe-of-mccains-gambling-winnings-2008-10-09.html

-Fox News' faux documentary sets new low
Sean Hannity's Sunday report, 'Obama and Friends: The History of Radicalism,' relied on innuendo and guilt by association to label the Illinois senator a dupe of the shadowy forces of the left.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-onthemedia10-2008oct10,0,6872257.story?track=rss

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FLORIDA DIGEST - October 10, 2008

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~~FLORIDA GLBT NEWS~~

Steve Rothaus
http://www.MiamiHerald.com/gay
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-Congregation Etz Chaim to hold fall picnic Nov. 9
News release from Congregation Etz Chaim:
Congregation Etz Chaim, South Florida's Reform Synagogue for "Jews of the Rainbow," will hold its annual Fall Picnic on Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. As in previous years, the CEC Picnic will feature food, cold drinks, games, activities, fun and a chance to socialize with old and new Synagogue friends. The Picnic is open to the public, not just CEC members.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/

-Four Miami gay film fest board members resign
Shortly after a staffing upheaval at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, four prominent community board members have quit. The festival says their resignations have nothing to do with the recent staff changes.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/


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South Florida Blade
http://www.floridablade.com/
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-Gays targeted in two new bias attacks
Muslim suspects told victims 'faggots' are 'stoned to death' in Middle East Two men who identified themselves as Muslims were charged with assaulting a gay man in Georgetown after one of them said gay people are stoned to death in his home country in the Middle East, according to a police report.
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/10-9/news/localnews/5137.cfm

-Suze Orman says No to Amendment 2
Financial expert lends name to defeat of 'marriage protection'
An event intended both to highlight the political accomplishments of an anti-Amendment 2 group and honor a gay women who works in the public eye has united them to work together to achieve their goals. More than 3,000 members of the GLBT community and their supporters met in Washington, DC this weekend to attend an array of Human Rights Campaign (HRC) events culminating with the star-studded HRC 12th Annual National Dinner.
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/10-9/news/localnews/5136.cfm


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Justin Flippen Candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission
You are invited to a fundraiser!
Sunday, October 12th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
George's Alibi
Manchester Room
2266 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Please consider a contribution between $25 and $500.
www.JustinFlippen.com


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ArtsUnited Invites You To
Martinis and Erotic Art
ArtsUnited's Annual Erotic Art Exhibit & Reception
Sunday, October 12, 2008 6-8pm at Matty's on the Drive
2426 Wilton Manors Drive
Wilton Manors, FL, 33305
$10 Donation at the door
Dozens of male and female erotic art pieces will be on display, and for sale, for the one night only exhibit with drink specials by Matty's, and food from Galanga Restaurant, to benefit ArtsUnited and its many programs.
Bring a friend, or come make new ones!
For more information go to www.artsunitedonline.org


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Stonewall Library & Archives
Join US for our October SNAP
Social Network Active Professionals
October 16, 2008 - 6:00- 8:00 pm
Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel
1875 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale
More information - contact Jack Rutland, Executive Director
jack-rutland@stonewall-library.org.


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Say No to 2 - Florida's Anti-Gay Amendment
Download and print as many copies as you like of these flyers. Take them to places that you go - bars, cigar lounges, nail salons, poker groups, and especially places of worship. They are easy to understand for the average voter.
Contact Ray's List for this attachment:
rays.list@comcast.net


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Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/
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-Say No to 2 - Video Ad - Home Page - Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/


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AVER's - Veterans Day BBQ
Wilton Manors - New Moon Bar
2440 Wilton Drive
Saturday, November 8 - Noon to 5pm


~~FLORIDA GENERAL NEWS~~

Sun-Sentinel
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
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-South Florida district board votes to make watering limits permanent
The governing board of the South Florida Water Management District voted 7-1 on Thursday to impose permanent twice-weekly limits on landscape irrigation in Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and 13 other counties, saying the region needs to find alternatives to spraying billions of gallons of drinkable water onto lawns. The rules, similar to ones being imposed around the state, will go through a comment period and, if they remain unchanged, will go to the board for final approval in December.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbwater1010sboct10,0,7522040.story

-Gov. Charlie Crist is tilting Florida Supreme Court too far to right
Stephen Goldstein | Columnist
Gov. Charlie Crist has proved he is enamored of the radical right. His recent appointment of two right-wing ideologues to the Florida Supreme Court are dead wrong for blind justice, the court of last resort in the state and every man, woman and child here - and for generations to come. He has now willingly turned himself into Florida's version of President Bush, having given us the equivalent of U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito - and for the same crass, self-serving purposes.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/columnists/sfl-sgcol10sboct10,0,6521800.column


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Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/
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-MIAMI-DADE SCHOOL BOARD
School Board to vote on Carvalho's contract
One month after naming Alberto Carvalho superintendent, the Miami-Dade School Board on Friday will vote on his proposed
http://www.miamiherald.com/884/story/720571.html


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Palm Beach Post
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/
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-Training intensifies for 8,000 poll workers
At the conclusion of a five-hour poll worker training class, a woman who will oversee a Palm Beach County precinct during the upcoming presidential election had just one question. "What does SOE stand for?" she asked. "Supervisor of elections," she was told.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/yourtown/content/local_news/epaper/2008/10/09/a1a_poll_workers_1010.html


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Thursday, October 09, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - October 09, 2008

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Education Week
This Week's Live Chat
Cyberbullying and Schools
When: Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern time.
Where: http://www.edweek-chat.org

-Please join us to discuss cyberbullying, a problem affecting growing numbers of students, administrators, teachers, and parents. At its best, the Internet helps students find information and stay in touch with friends through everything from text-messages and blogs to social-networking and other video- and photo-sharing Web sites. But the Internet can also enable students to aggressively target and harm their peers. This chat will inform educators and parents on how to recognize cyberbullying and protect young people from becoming victims.
About the guests:
Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin are Internet-safety experts who are co-authors of the new book Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Mr. Hinduja is an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, and Mr. Patchin is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Together they maintain www.cyberbullying.us, an information clearinghouse on cyberbullying. Submit questions in advance. No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in this text-based chat. A transcript will be posted shortly after the completion of the chat.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html


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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
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-Op-Ed Columnist: Can This Be Pro-Life?
The Bush administration this month is quietly cutting off birth control supplies to some of the world's poorest women in Africa. Thus the paradox of a "pro-life" administration adopting a policy whose result will be tens of thousands of additional abortions each year - along with more women dying in childbirth.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/09/opinion/09kristof.html?ref=opinion


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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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-Mormons renew calls for Calif. gay marriage ban
Mormons are being asked by their church leaders to step up their already considerable efforts to pass a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California. Senior elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a televised appeal to members Wednesday night and laid out a week-by-week strategy for boosting Mormon involvement before the Nov. 4 election.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/09/AR2008100900450.html

-A Question for Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin faced a variety of questions at last week's debate, but not the one I would have asked: "Should public school students be taught that contraception and condoms can prevent unintended pregnancy and disease?" Palin has referred to her teenage daughter's pregnancy as a normal "up and down" of family life. Sympathetic politicians and commentators, including Bill Clinton, have concurred, attributing teenage pregnancies to "raging hormones" and saying that since the couple plans to marry, Bristol Palin's pregnancy is really an early awakening to adult responsibilities.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/08/AR2008100802928.html


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South Florida Blade
http://www.floridablade.com/
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-Another reason to love Dan Savage
Sometimes Dan Savage's wit and candor are enough to make me tear up. But now the Slog blogger, author and sex advice columnist has done something totally pat-on-the-back-worthy. Ever wanted your sex question answered by Dan, who gets tons of letters per week? Now you can guarantee the receipt of his frank and sound advice. Just go to NoOnProp8.com, donate $25 or more to the defeat of Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage in California, and Dan will help you out with your love and sex woes -- guaranteed!
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=21472

-Medicine meets community at CAMP
HIV/AIDS patients offered low-cost acupuncture and massage
Dianne Meurer, acupuncture physician, talks to a returning client about which side effects from his HIV meds are bothering him the most this week. Matt Bonior, office manager, walks from prone client to prone client, holding a smoldering stick of mudroot above key points on their bodies, a warming technique called "moxa." Dr. Leonard Guidone's presence in the cozy room is officially as an acupuncture client, but he is also a chiropractor and is counseling another HIV patient about his joint pain while slowly raising the patient's arms up and down. It feels more like a living room than a medical center, and that palpable and soothing sense of community may be what makes the Community Acupuncture & Massage Project (CAMP) flourish.
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/10-2/news/localnews/5120.cfm

-Newsom calls out Biden
Gavin Newsom called out Joe Biden at a Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club event last night in California.
"How about the debate two days ago? And I don't mean this as a critique because I'm a Democrat like you, and I'm very passionate about this ticket this year. But I'm frustrated. I'd be lying to you and misleading you and patronizing you as a Democratic Club that I was particularly proud of the only thing that Sarah Palin and Joe Biden agreed on is the notion that gay people should only run the 90 year dash on equality. That's what they said. Both of them said that. Sarah Palin agreed with Joe Biden," Newsom said, according to journalist Karen Ocamb, who attended the event. "It's one thing for Sarah Palin - a proud cultural conservative. But it was very frustrating for someone who has done fundraisers for Senator Biden - who believes in him, who is excited about him, his future, and the future of this country with him as vice-president - that he agreed. That somehow a party that has always stood for the principles of human rights, on women's rights, on civil rights, on environmental justice and labor rights - that somehow today, our party leadership is arguing that separate is now somehow equal - but only for the gay community. That's wrong. And we've got to call them out on it. We have to stand up on it. Absolutely," Newsom continued.
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=21483

-The twisted logic of the fundies
Yesterday CBS News had a story on how anti-gay marriage voters in California are "thanking" Obama for a possible victory. Why? Because he'll bring black voters to the polls, and black voters are primarily homophobic, or at least against gay marriage. How warped is that thinking? Black voters should be insulted by Christian fundamentalists undermining Barack Obama's historic candidacy in order to pass a hateful law. "We thank Barack Obama, even though he's not supporting it, for helping us," says Sonja Eddings Brown, of an anti-gay-marriage group called Protect Marriage. "We think it's going to push us over the top."
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=21544

-Palin must meet the press
By Kevin Naff, knaff@washblade.com
Andrew Sullivan is doing what the mainstream media don't have the nerve to and demanding that Sarah Palin convene a press conference and generally make herself available to reporters. "Until governor Sarah Palin gives a full press conference, it seems to me that the cable news outlets should stop running her stump speeches in full on television," Sullivan writes. It's time for journalists everywhere to demand answers from the woman who says she's ready to be vice president. And if she won't talk, then the media must stop being used by the campaign for propaganda.
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=21497


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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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-The book Palin wanted banned
Rev. Howard Bess is not gay. He was not raised by gay parents and does not have gay children. Bess did not grow up with a gay family next door and his best friend was not gay. Rev. Bess might not have had a horse in the GLBT rights race but that did not stop him from becoming a trailblazer for the issue in the American Baptist church and Christian faith at large.
http://www.365gay.com/features/the-book-palin-wanted-banned/

-Besen: An Obama administration and gay rights
Who can blame John McCain and Sarah Palin for saying that Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists?" The GOP ticket is bombing so badly that they must blow up the race to have a shot at winning. Palin, about as subtle as a moose in an igloo, telegraphed the pugnacious plan of smearing Obama by sneering that they will "take the gloves off."
http://www.365gay.com/opinion/besen-an-obama-administration-and-gay-rights/

-Homophobia in schools remains major problem
Nine in ten LGBT teens have been verbally harassed in the past school year, and almost half have been physically harassed because of their sexual orientation a new study shows. In addition, about a third skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's National School Climate Survey involved 6,209 LGBT students between the ages of 13 and 21 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
http://www.365gay.com/news/homophobia-in-schools-remains-major-problem/

-Lithuanian cabinet member: May take a generation to end homophobia
(Vilnius) Responding to questions in Parliament about Lithuania's reputation within the European Union that it is the EU's most homophobic country, Foreign Minister Petras Vaitiekunas admitted the criticism is justified. "This is true: Lithuania is one of the most homophobic countries in the EU. This has to be viewed as a fact," Vaitiekunas said. "The situation cannot be changed by any one party or minister."
http://www.365gay.com/news/lithuanian-cabinet-member-may-take-a-generation-to-end-homophobia/

-Rosie O'Donnell Returns to NBC with "Rosie's Variety Show"
Openly gay former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell will host a live, hour-long special on NBC on Nov. 26 called Rosie's Variety Show, it was announced in The Hollywood Reporter today. The show - a 2009 version of classic variety shows like The Carol Burnett Show or The Ed Sullivan Show - will feature celebrity guests, musical acts, comedy skits and prizes for the audience and TV viewers.
http://www.365gay.com/features/rosie-returns-to-nbc-with-rosies-variety-show/


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-T.R. Knight Answers No on 8's Plea for Money With $50,000
Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight has donated $50,000 to No on 8 to fight the proposed California constitutional amendment, Proposition 8, that would outlaw same-sex marriage in the state, Out.com's Popnography blog reported Wednesday. The donation comes one day after Equality California called for an emergency LGBT media briefing and reported that contrary to published reports, Yes on 8 is ahead in the polls. The donation was uncovered on the California secretary of state's website, reporting that Knight, a self-employed actor with a New York address, had donated.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63286.asp

-Pepperdine Prof Back in New Yes on 8 Ad
The campaign to ban gay marriage in California is running a television ad starting Wednesday featuring a girl telling her mother she learned in school that she could marry a princess. Richard Peterson, a law professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, appears on-screen asking, "Think it can't happen? It's already happening. When Massachusetts legalized marriage, schools started teaching second-graders that boys can marry boys. The courts ruled that parents have no right to object."
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63299.asp

-Ft. Lauderdale's Naugle, Democrats Support Florida's Marriage Ban
Florida's ballot measure to make it more difficult for judges to overturn the state's standing marriage ban has plenty of Republican supporters, but some prominent Democrats have declared themselves supporters of the measure. Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle is leading the pack of Democrats who support a strengthened law to ban gay and lesbian couples from marrying, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Naugle held a press conference Tuesday with a group of Democrats, including pastors and local activists, who agree with social conservatives leading the charge for Amendment 2.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63294.asp

-Pepperdine Prof Back in New Yes on 8 Ad
The campaign to ban gay marriage in California is running a television ad starting Wednesday featuring a girl telling her mother she learned in school that she could marry a princess. Richard Peterson, a law professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, appears on-screen asking, "Think it can't happen? It's already happening. When Massachusetts legalized marriage, schools started teaching second-graders that boys can marry boys. The courts ruled that parents have no right to object."
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid63299.asp


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Marriage Equality News
http://samesexmarriage.typepad.com/weblog/
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-Michelle Welsh: Proposition 8 is about a basic right
Link: Monterey County Herald
The government should not tell adults whom they can and cannot marry. Because the Constitution protects our religious freedom, no minister or church will ever be required to perform a marriage for a same-sex couple against the will of its doctrine. Under the law now, priests, ministers and rabbis can perform marriages for same-sex couples within the doctrines of their faith, and many of them do so willingly. A large number of denominations support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, but if Proposition 8 passes, clergy could no longer marry same-sex couples even when it is authorized by their churches. Government should not interfere with anyone's exercise of religion. Religious freedom is too valuable to be put to a vote. Do not be misled by the ads. Proposition 8 is not about schools or children. No child can be taught anything about health or family issues in public schools against the will of their parents. This is nothing more than a scare tactic.

-CA: Improvements At Bolthouse Farms
Link: Joe. My. God.
Bolthouse Farms has been working on improving their reputation with the LGBT community ever since word broke that the company's founder donated $100K to support Proposition 8. Company officials stressed that William Bolthouse no longer owns the company, but a nationwide boycott and protests outside of Bolthouse resellers ensued. From a Bolthouse Farms press release: In March, William Bolthouse Jr., through his personal foundation, made a contribution of $100,000 to ProtectMarriage.com, a group behind Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that is set to appear on the California November ballot.


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Pink News - UK
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-Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays
The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples. The church counts nearly 85 percent of Norway's 4.7 million people as members. From January same-sex marriage will be legal in Norway.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9252.html

-Immigration minister criticised for letting homophobic artist into Canada Campaigners against anti-gay "murder music" artists have accused a government minister in Canada of giving Jamaican star Buju Banton "a platform to incite murder" after he was allowed into the country. The Stop Murder Music (Canada) campaign is a coalition of more than 20 organisations that promote human rights.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9251.html

-Sexual orientation guidance for Northern Ireland service providers issued Advice and guidance on what the Sexual Orientation Regulations mean for service providers, public authorities, religious organisations, providers of education has been released. The Northern Ireland Equality Commission's guide also covers those managing, selling and letting premises and offers advice on what action gay, lesbian and bisexual people can take if they feel that they are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9250.html

-MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships
European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states. At present some EU nations, such as Spain and Belgium allow gay marriages. The UK has same-sex partnerships, a system that will be introduced in the Republic of Ireland.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9249.html

-Ferdinand demands FIFA take action over homophobia
An English footballer has demanded that the game's authorities take homophobic chanting and abuse seriously. Rio Ferdinand spoke out after England's Emile Heskey was targeted with racist abuse by Croatian fans at an international match last month.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9247.html


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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-Ban of Gay Picket in Front of Iranian Embassy Lawful, Says Moscow local court
Same picket was authorized by the City authorities for two consecutive years in July 2006 and July 2007
http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=12238


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Forwarded from Gay Asylum - UK
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-Focus on the Family doesn't hate gays, says "ex-gay" Melissa Fryrear
Posted by: "omar kuddus" gayasylum@yahoo.co.uk gayasylum
Eerily reminiscent of Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech, Melissa Fryrear, the former lesbian who is the director of the gender issues department at Focus on the Family, insists that charges that the James Dobson-founded Colorado Springs, Colorado-based multi-million dollar media-ministry hates gays is unfair and unfounded. Fryrear, who sat down for an interview with citizenlink.com's Jennifer Mesko, said that those allegations are "grossly inaccurate and patently unfair portrayal of how Focus on the Family and LWO (Love Won Out) feel about those who identify as gay or lesbian."

-Iranian lawyer receives Tolerance Award
The Tutzing Evangelical Academy has granted the Tolerance Award to the Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. In her acceptance speech, Ms Ebadi warned the Western world that it should not consider the entire Muslim world undemocratic. The Tutzing Evangelical Academy grants the Tolerance Award every two years. Past recipients have been the conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Aga Khan.

-Ugandan asylum seeker wins Sappho prize
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
The editor of a website that documents the violence and intimidation suffered by the gay community in Uganda has won a prestigious prize. The Sappho in Paradise Book Prize is conferred annually by the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN), a worldwide voluntary association of lesbian and gay cultural workers. Kizza Musinguzi, editor of gayrightsuganda.org, and an ayslum seeker in the UK, is the winner this year. Gayrightsuganda.org "documents the organised campaign of violent religious and state-sponsored homophobia sweeping the strategic African nation," saidILGCN.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gayasylum/message/963

-United Nations calls on UK to stop discrimination against LGBT teens
A United Nations committee has called on the UK to take "urgent measures" to fight intolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people. The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) met last month. It is one of seven UN-linked human rights treaty bodies. Countries that have signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child are required to submit regular reports on how it is being implemented to the Committee, made up of independent experts who make recommendations.


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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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-In Moscow will pass an exhibition on family values of LGBT
Movement for the Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals LGBT Rights opens a curtain of suspense with exhibition «LGBT - Family values». The purpose of this exhibition is to clear up an understanding of LGBT family, to open door into community and to put an end in conversations on abnormality of these feelings. All couples who consider themselves as a family there will be an opportunity to embody their union, especially for this purpose is invited a professional photographer. There will be exhibited works which show family values of LGBT representatives.


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-First-ever OUT & GREEK Leadership Conference
Share Your Story of Coming Out & Greek.
Network with Other LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leaders. Learn Strategies for Your Community to be Safer, More LGBT-Friendly. Share Your Story of Coming Out & Greek. Network with Other LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leaders. Learn Strategies for Your Community to be Safer, More LGBT-Friendly. Never has there been a leadership conference to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities. The Out & Greek National Leadership Conference is the first of its kind for undergraduate fraternity and sorority leaders and is sponsored by the landmark Lambda 10 Project, an educational initiative of Campus Pride .
Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, 2008
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
http://www.lambda10.org/outandgreek


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WikiLeaks
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-A 20-year-old Tennessee man has been indicted for hacking into an e-mail account of U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, according to court records. David C. Kernell was indicted Tuesday on a single charge of accessing a protected computer by a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville. The indictment, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine, was unsealed Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Kernell, from Knoxville, turned himself into law enforcement authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. He is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Alleged_Sarah_Palin_hacker_indicted

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