Saturday, August 22, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 22, 2009

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New York Times
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Conservatives Mull Future After ELCA Lifts Gay Ban
Even though the Rev. Mark Chavez believes the leaders of his church made a decision in direct contradiction of the Bible by lifting a ban on sexually active, monogamous gays and lesbians as clergy, he said he's staying with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Wisconsin: Attorney General Rebuffs Gay Rights Law
The state attorney general, J. B. Van Hollen, said he would not defend a new law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits like hospital visits and inheritance, saying lawmakers went against voters’ decision not to extend such privileges. Mr. Van Hollen, a Republican, said the state’s Constitution prohibited same-sex couples from holding a legal status that is “substantially similar” to marriage, and said he had concluded that the new domestic partner registry did that. His decision will force the state to hire an outside counsel to defend the law. Gov. James E. Doyle, a Democrat, said: “The attorney general’s job is to represent the state and defend state law when there is a good-faith defense to be made. His representation should not be based on whether he likes the state law.”

Lutheran Group Eases Limits on Gay Clergy
After an emotional debate over the authority of Scripture and the limits of biblical inclusiveness, leaders of the country’s largest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gay men and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as members of the clergy.

Washington Post
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'Monogamous' Gays Can Serve in ELCA
Largest Lutheran Denomination in U.S. Split on Divisive Issue
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Leaders of the nation's biggest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the church -- making it one of the largest Christian denominations in the country to significantly open the pulpit to gays. Previously, only celibate gays were permitted to serve as clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination of 4.8 million members. But delegates to a church assembly voted 559-451 to allow gays in "life-long, monogamous" relationships to serve as clergy and professional lay leaders in the church.

Steve Rothaus
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Florida's GOP tries for youth vote at Orlando conference; speakers include dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean
BY ADAM C. SMITH, St. Petersburg Times
ORLANDO -- What do you get when you cross a dethroned beauty queen, an Olympian-turned-reality-show wannabe and a pubescent pundit? Maybe the start of the GOP's revitalization. Or maybe a sign of how desperate Republicans are about stemming the departure of young voters from their fold.

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse pays $1.7M to settle Washington state harassment case
By TIM KLASS, Associated Press
SEATTLE -- Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Inc. has agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle in a sexual harassment case brought by three employees in Longview, including one who said she was sexually assaulted in 2006.

The Advocate
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Heiresses, Lesbians, and Millions
By Neal Broverman
A legal battle between lesbian exes -- one an heiress to the IBM fortune, the other hoping to be an heiress to the IBM fortune -- has been waging for almost 20 years. It may finally come to a head in October, when a Connecticut probate court is set to rule on the contentious battle.

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In Brazil, you’ve got mail - and possibly an STD
By The Associated Press
(Rio de Janeiro) You’ve got mail - and possibly an STD. The Brazilian Health Ministry has created a Web site to let people inform partners they’ve got a sexually transmitted disease via an e-mailed virtual postcard.

Pink News - UK
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Scottish police force holds gay and trans recruitment day
By Jessica Geen
Strathclyde Police, Scotland's largest police force, is holding a special recruitment day in an effort to attract new lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans officers.


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