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GLBT DIGEST - August 01, 2009

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New York Times
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Leader Vows to Update Spain’s Economy, With Labor Rights Intact
MADRID — Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero came to power in 2004 when Spain was riding high, its economy surging. He rode the wave to push through an aggressive social agenda, legalizing gay marriage and promoting gender equality.

Have Gun, Will Travel
Plaxico Burress, the former football star, appeared before a grand jury in Manhattan this week to explain how he came to carry a concealed weapon into a nightclub. Burress, you may remember, had cannily tucked his loaded pistol into the waistband of his sweatpants when he went out for a night on the town. The gun started to slip, as objects in waistbands are wont to do. When he grabbed it, he accidentally shot himself in the thigh.

Washington Post
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A superstar real estate agent plots his comeback
It's the perfect Miami morning at Carlos Justo's penthouse - warm and bright, with luxury yachts powering through the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean some 30 stories below.

Marriage: Sacred Rite Or Civil Institution?
Below is an excerpt from "On Faith," an Internet feature sponsored by The Washington Post and Newsweek. Each week, more than 50 figures from the world of faith engage in a conversation about an aspect of religion.

Beleaguered Is The Peacemaker
The archbishop of Canterbury's latest move to prevent a schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion leaves both sides unhappy.
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
The archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is not a popular man these days. Beset from both sides of his fractured flock, it seems that he can't do anything right.

Obama Said 'I Don't.' He May Just Mean It.
By James Kirchick
Last month, former president Bill Clinton joined the increasing number of Democratic politicians who publicly back same-sex marriage. Granted, Clinton's endorsement -- offered in response to a questioner at a Washington conference for liberal college activists -- was heavily qualified: Clinton said he is "basically in support" of providing legal recognition to gay couples. This latter-day epiphany from the man who signed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions, earned warm praise from gay activists. "I personally support people doing what they want to do," Clinton said, and people seemed to believe his apparent change of heart.

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Allow same sex couples to adopt
My hat's off to state Sen. Nan Rich.
As adoptive parents, we are very cognizant of the fact that too many children out there are in need of safe, loving and nurturing homes. The ban that exists today in the state of Florida in regard to same-sex couples being able to adopt is absurd.
Get it off the books and do it posthaste. Time is wasting, and so are some of those children.
Louise Schuster, Tamarac,0,7777129.story

Steve Rothaus
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Portugal's high court keeps gay marriage ban
LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld the country's ban on gay marriage, rejecting a challenge by two lesbians who are seeking to wed.

Miami Herald
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Barack Obama proving to be a mere mortal
The honeymoon is over. Barack Obama doesn't bring me flowers anymore. ``You don't mind taking a cab home from the airport, do you, honey?'' he asked the last time I boarded a late-night flight. It's not just I who see the bloom coming off the Rose Garden. A handful of polls this week show the president's popularity slipping. Voters are increasingly concerned that healthcare reform will leave them worse off, that the economic stimulus plan isn't working, and that the administration is trying to do too much at once.

The Advocate
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Census to Release Raw Marriage Data
By Kerry Eleveld
Department of Commerce officials said Friday that they would release the raw data collected on married same-sex couples in the 2010 Census as a way to more accurately reflect the marriage status of LGBT people.

Maine Equality Opponents Gather 100K Names
By William McGuinness
Marriage Equality opponents in Maine have submitted petitions that include more than 100,000 signatures in support of a referendum against same-sex marriage. The Associated Press reports that the signatures were collected by the Stand for Marriage campaign. Members of the group delivered boxes of paperwork to the secretary of state’s office. At least 55,087 of the signatures must be certified if the referendum is to be put on the ballot in November.

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Annie Leibovitz sued in NY for breach of contract
By The Associated Press
A New York finance company that lent celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz $24 million has filed a lawsuit charging that she reneged on the deal.

RachelWatch: The Calcium Supplements Worked!
By AliDavis
From Beer to Eternity
Rachel led off with an update on President Obama’s attempt to thaw racial tensions by throwing back a frosty one with Police Sergeant James Crowley, Professor Henry Louis Gates, and Vice President Joe Biden.


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