Saturday, April 04, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - April 04, 2009

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New York Times
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-Iowa Court Voids Gay Marriage Ban
Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Iowa by month's end, after a ruling on Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court that found unconstitutional a state law limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

Washington Post
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-Minister's Path of Miracles
The REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ helped oversee a shift of Latino voters, disillusioned with the Republican Party over failed immigration reform, toward the Democratic Party in the November election. But the Assemblies of God minister is watching President Obama warily. He opposes abortion and backed last year's California referendum that banned same-sex marriage, which puts him at odds with the new president. At the same time, Rodriguez has joined with more liberal religious leaders to embrace social justice goals and global warming initiatives, as well as to seek common ground on abortion by focusing on reducing the number of procedures.

-To Live With 'The Love of My Life'
Thanks for the March 16 editorial "Separation Anxiety." When many people hear the word immigration, all they think about is illegal immigrants. I am a gay man in a five-year relationship with a foreign-born partner who is in this country legally. His visa expires next year, and we will have to go live in exile to remain together. All I want as a U.S. citizen is the same right that a heterosexual citizen has -- to sponsor the love of my life so we can live here together. This issue is really about the rights of U.S. citizens, not about immigration. For me and my partner, the clock is ticking.

-Iowa Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Ban Violated Constitutional Rights, State Supreme Court Rules
By Keith B. Richburg
Iowa became the third state in the country and the first from the rural heartland to legalize same-sex marriage when its Supreme Court yesterday unanimously struck down the state's decade-long ban.

-Gays killed in Baghdad as clerics urge clampdown
By Wisam Mohammed and Khalid al-Ansary
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two gay men were killed in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, a local official said on Saturday, and police said they had found the bodies of four more after clerics urged a crackdown on a perceived spread of homosexuality.

-Gay marriages expected to begin in Iowa April 24
Gay marriage, seemingly the province of the nation's two coasts, is just weeks away from becoming a reality in the heartland and apparently it will be years before social conservatives have a chance to stop it.

-Political Pullback for the Christian Right?
By Kathleen Parker
Is the Christian right finished as a political entity? Or, more to the point, are principled Christians finished with politics? These questions have been getting fresh air lately as frustrated conservative Christians question the pragmatism -- defined as the compromising of principles -- of the old guard. One might gently call the current debate a generational rift.

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-On the anniversary of his death,Life magazine releases new photos of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Associated Press
Newly published photographs of the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. languished for decades in Life magazine's archive before being published on the magazine's Web site this week. About a dozen black-and-white pictures that went online Thursday include scenes of King's associates meeting solemnly in the civil rights leader's motel room and standing on the balcony where he stood for the last time, and workers cleaning the last of the blood. Saturday marks the 41st anniversary of the assassination.,0,223245.story

Steve Rothaus
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-Patti LaBelle to be grand marshal of Miami Beach Gay Pride parade
Big news from Miami Beach Gay Pride: Legendary singer Patti LaBelle agreed Friday to be grand marshal at the Ocean Drive parade on April 18. "Patti LaBelle will be grand marshal with [fashion designer] Richie Rich,'' said pride chairman Babak Movahedi, owner of Halo Lounge. "But she is the grand marshal." Babak Movahedi, pictured outside the lounge on Friday night, said that with a big star like LaBelle as grand marshal, people are sure to come to gay pride. "And hopefully, we will be bigger and better every year."

-Gallery | Artist Alexander Guerra's Plastique dolls at Score
Filthy Gorgeous Fridays at Score this week featured the Plastique dolls of Miami Beach artist Alexander Guerra and Papi Underwear. Here are pictures I took of Alex and his dolls.

Miami Herald
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-Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum
BAGHDAD -- The bodies of two gay men have been found in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City after a leading cleric repeatedly condemned homosexuality, an Iraqi police official said Saturday. The killings come after Shiite cleric Sattar al-Battat repeatedly condemned homosexuality during recent Friday prayers, saying Islam prohibits homosexuality. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to seven years in prison in Iraq. The two men were believed killed Thursday by relatives who were shamed by their behavior, said the official.

South Florida Blade
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-Federal hate crimes bill introduced in House
Measure lets feds prosecute bias-motivated violence
Legislation that would allow the federal government to prosecute bias-motivated violence against LGBT people was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the legislation, H.R. 1913. As of Friday, the bill had 42 co-sponsors.

The Advocate
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-White House Responds To Iowa
By Kerry Eleveld
UPDATE: A White House spokesperson sent the following corrected statement in response to the Iowa court decision:
"The President respects the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage. Although President Obama supports civil unions rather than same-sex marriage, he believes that committed gay and lesbian couples should receive equal rights under the law."

-Oprah, Lesbianism, and a Colonoscopy
Gays steaming it up at a Jersey sports bar, Oprah trendsetting with an episode on sudden lesbianism, and a bit too much info from Tyra Banks re: her colonoscopy
By Dave White
The gays are bringing the heartwarmth to the airwaves lately. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's sweeps.

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-Man denies torching ex-lover
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
(London) A man accused of murdering his former lover by pouring gasoline over his head and then setting him on fire has told a jury he is innocent.

-Lesbian mom wins deportation delay
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Shirley Tan has won a temporary delay so that she can appeal the deportation order that would have torn her from her life partner and their 12-year-old twin sons.

Pink News - UK
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-Gay man killed and partner shot in Bradford
Police are seeking to trace a man after a gay couple were attacked at their home. Forty-four-year-old Neville Corby was shot dead in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner is recovering in hospital.

-Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality
Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.

-Gay adoption critic named as new Archbishop of Westminster
The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, a staunch opponent of gay adoption, has been named as the new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Archbishop Nichols, 63, will take over from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor next month.


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Brittanicus said...


Whatever the issues are, such as health care, education or even a overloaded prison system. Nothing has more effect on the culture, language, and momentum of our economy than ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION Politicians see the American taxpayer as the "Beast of Burden" None are more malevolent than Sen. Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a multitude of other officials, who only have big business dividends at heart.

How many more illegal aliens with their families are taxpayers expected to support? The media, along with the government have chanted monotonously for years, that only 13 million have settled here. But the Heritage Foundation have analyzed it's more like 40 million? Then who are we inclined to believe? I think the latter of the two and with that, what costs are estimated taxpayers fork out annually. The Heritage Foundation has issued many reports on costs for settling illegal and legal immigrants and the news it's not good? The critics will argue that illegal aliens pay taxes, state and federal--but millions more are happily accommodated by criminal employers who pay directly into the hand. Then what about the billions that leave this country every year by Western Union wire transfer, that never ends up in the nations coffers. Remember we have an encumbrance of illegal aliens stealing jobs in "Sanctuary Cities" But then we have Sanctuary states like California. Then guess what state nearly collapsed with bankruptcy imminent? They had to raise the highest taxes in the nation, to cover the $47. billion dollars, so they could support all the illegal alien welfare payouts. Seeing nobody is telling the Public the straight facts, we should use Census tracking to locate and deport all illegal foreign nationals? E-Verify should be made--PERMANENT--Not just for new employees, but those already hired.

America according to statistics from reputable websites takes in 1.5 million new--LEGAL IMMIGRANTS--a year. That's more immigration than any other country in the world.

Here is just a few who have compromised the E-Verify, but others who are have influenced the "Rule of Law." is Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). who should have never voted in to office. He runs with the subversive groups like La Raza, Mecha and a contagious following of anti-sovereignty lunatics. It should be noted that the FBI states, that America has the highest concentration of illegal alien felons incarcerated. Georgia is now pondering to make drivers licenses only available to people, who comprehend English. One only has to study the growing incident rate of DUI's on the website AMERICAN PATROL, to realize the scope of the death caused by foreign nationals on the highways and the violence in our streets. Illegal gang members have become the epitome of hideous murders in Sanctuary cities and states and a breeding ground for other felons. Home invasion robberies, car jacking and just plain kidnapping and assaults, rapes and child pederasts, was never on such a grand scale since the intentional ignorance of our lawmakers--to cease and desist--arresting and detaining illegal immigrants. Such is a violation of the law in Sanctuary cities. With pro-illegal alien Mayors such as Antonio Villegriossa, Gavin Newson in California only in the well lit areas will ordinary Americans venture on to the streets, Ever since1950's England opened immigration to colonists under crown rule, people stay in their homes at night, because of the inception of muggings and much more pronounced criminal activity. If President Obama is motivated to unleash another AMNESTY. That condemns American taxpayers to paying for the chain migration of every family member who is sponsored. That means the IRS will have to--EVEN MORE MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS--because the senile, handicapped and the large family of brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers will not be exempt. It will not matter if they never paid into Social Security, because they can still collect SSI, (Supplemental Security Income) and in addition get taxpayer low income housing and other public assistance.

Levin-Stabenow-Lincoln-Pryor-Menendez-Lautenberg-Merkley-Wyden-Nelson-Reed-Whitehouse-Reid-Warner and Lady Pelosi. Xavier Becerra, Luis Gutierrez, Jon Kyl, Jeff Flake could also used their influence. We need E.Verify as a permanent tool in immigration enforcement.

Then we have E-verify that was stripped from the Stimulus/Omnibus spending bills. Then we have some pro-illegal immigrant states charging taxpayers to underwrite the in-state, higher education of illegal alien students. Course by now--we know the left wingers, open border brain-dead zealots, are pushing President Obama, to enact another Amnesty, to enact the Dream Act and rescind E-Verify, Real ID Act---and then to purgatory for US workers. They even curtailed the employer letter that notified them that their worker didn't match the Social Security Number given. It is no wonder these liberal Socialists have lambasted any chance of a Federal ID card? Because the numbers would be staggering who who would be identified as an illegal foregn national. If they can overrule the US Constitution, they can sure ignore the en masse, discharging millions more impoverished people for the taxpayers wallets--AND NOT THE PREDATORY BUSINESSES THAT HIRE THEM Remember who--THE PEOPLES--Arch-Enemies are? US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and K Street lobbyists and radical ethnocentralist groups who think we should have wide open borders.

The bottom line is that the survival of America depends on the "Rule of Law" that was specified by the framers of our nation. Not from the corruption of our overseers, who think--WE--are fodder for their corporate sponsorship. In this year of Democratic leadership, I see radical change coming. Some good like the monolithic problem of Universal health care, for all the legal population, which will make life easier for every Joe in the streets. The critics can say what they will, but before my step-daughter passed away from Cancer the insurance companies were unrelenting, non-compassionate dirreah. Whose only objective was to extort as much money from my family, to relieve the so called hardship of their stockholders. copiously rich they are still trying to get their "pound of Flesh" from my ex-spouse. In Fausts--Devine Comedy--the tortures in purgatory is to good for them. Including in this miasma of a stench should be equal appearances of the majority of our politicians in Washington. Of course their are many honest, hard working exceptions to the rule. But the many have sold their soul, for thirty pieces of Silver to the highest bidder, which in most cases is big business, who care nothing but the most profit accessed from the US taxpayer. We must all keep phoning Washington at: 202-224-3121; The President: 202-456-1414: The truth about the plague of illegal immigration, can be found at NUMBERSUSA. JUDICIAL WATCH, CAPSWEB.