Thursday, June 04, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - June 04, 2009

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New York Times
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New Hampshire Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
The New Hampshire legislature approved revisions to a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday, and Gov. John Lynch promptly signed the legislation, making the state the sixth to let gay couples wed.

Harvard to Endow Chair in Gay Studies
Harvard University will endow a visiting professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, a position that, it believes, will be the first endowed, named chair in the subject at an American college.

Vote on Gay Marriage
Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.

Washington Post
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Liberals May Be Looking for a Take-Back
By Dana Milbank
President Obama is just killing the progressive movement. For the past few years, liberal activists have gathered in Washington each spring for the Take Back America conference, where speaker after speaker -- Obama sometimes among them -- would give rollicking denunciations of the Bush administration before packed rooms of partisans.

Playing for Pride
By Lavanya Ramanathan
Capital Pride week will get underway tomorrow, and although many folks here know it for the parade through Dupont Circle, club events and pageantry (or should we say pageants?), there are a ton of off-the-radar Pride-related and Pride-friendly events in town this week.

In NH and Iowa, gay marriage has political angle
Iowa and New Hampshire traditionally offer presidential candidates vastly different political landscapes when they seek their party nominations. Yet legalizing gay marriage, as both states have now done, is unlikely to have much impact in 2012 because of party dynamics and the different emphasis voters place on social issues.

Pink News - UK
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Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments
Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.

Gay penguins rearing chick in German Zoo
A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They're one of three gay couples living in the zoo.

Labour launch gay election video ahead of European elections
Village bar in Soho saw the launch of the Labour Party's LGBT Election Broadcast last night by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.

Chicago may appoint 'anti-gay' city councillor
The mayor of Chicago may be about to appoint an openly homophobic alderman to its city council, according to reports.

Daily Queer News
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The ‘Big M’ is ‘Empathy’
Chris Crain | Citizen Crain
It was a bit of a head-turner this week when Dick Cheney, the former vice president and conservative attack dog, took time out from his blistering critique of Barack Obama to disagree with the president from the left on the issue of same-sex marriage. “I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish — any kind of arrangement they wish,” Cheney said during a question-and-answer session that followed his harsh assessment of how the current occupant of the White House is handling the economy and national security. “The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. … But I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that,” he added. Read more

Thirty Five Percent of Americans Live in States with Some Same-Sex Relationship Protections
Timothy Kincaid | Box Turtle Bulletin
Six states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire) now recognize marriage equality. Although actual marriages do not yet take place in a few (due to effective dates), sixteen million Americans live in states that value their same-sex couples as equal citizens. This is 5.3% of the US population.

Video: Do Gays and Lesbians Have a Friend in the White House

Deceased Bishop’s Son Goes on the Record with GCM Watch
Gay Christian Movement Watch
The son of a deceased COGIC bishop voluntarily spoke on the record with GCM Watch about his father’s administration and the controversy surrounding a murdered homosexual pastor in COGIC. GCM Watch reported on the shocking news of the murder and Pastor Ronald Paige’s apparently openly homosexual lifestyle here. Additionally, we raised questions (as did the Memphis media) about why sexual abuse allegations reported to Walker went unheeded. But according to Walker’s son, the elder Walker did do something: he removed Paige from his jurisdiction.

CA: S.F.’s Blast at Vatican was Legal, Court Says
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer | San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco didn’t cross into constitutionally forbidden territory of government hostility to religion when the Board of Supervisors denounced a Vatican order to Catholic Charities not to place adoptive children with same-sex couples, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 2006 resolution condemned the Vatican’s “hateful and discriminatory rhetoric” and urged local church officials to defy the order by Cardinal William Levada. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights sued, contending the city was expressing hostility toward Catholicism in violation of the Constitution.

Mental Illness Less Likely for Lesbians’ Kids
The Copenhagen Post
The challenges faced by homosexual parents could play a role in how well their children ward off psychological problems
Children with lesbian mothers have a lower risk of developing psychological illnesses than children growing up with a father and a mother, a recent University of Copenhagen study finds. The study is the first of its kind in Denmark. The study found that while five percent of children from traditional families developed conditions such as depression or anorexia between 1992 and 2008, the number was two percent among the 387 children of lesbian parents participating in the study. The findings, according to Merete Lauberg, of the University Of Copenhagen Department Of Public Health, suggest that concerns that alternative families have a negative effect on child development are over.

Former Candidate Linda Ketner ‘Outs’ S.C. Republicans
Matt Comer | Q-Notes
An openly lesbian 2008 South Carolina Democratic candidate for Congress has called out three Palmetto State Republicans for being closeted gays in an interview for a progressive Democratic blog. The bombshell statements were made in a FireDogLake interview on June 1 from Linda Ketner, an openly lesbian 2008 Democratic candidate against South Carolina’s First Congressional District incumbent Henry Brown.

Alberta Passes Controversial Human Rights Law
Poe News
Alberta legislators passed legislation early Tuesday that will give parents the option of pulling their children out of class when lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation are being taught. Link

Senate Talks LGBT Immigration
Kerry Eleveld
The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first congressional hearing on the Uniting American Families Act Wednesday. The act would allow gay and lesbian citizens to sponsor their partners for residency in the United States. “For too long, gay and lesbian American citizens whose partners are foreign nationals have been denied the ability to sponsor their loved ones for lawful permanent residency,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Under current immigration law, many citizens have been forced to choose between their country and their loved ones. No American should face that choice.”


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