Tuesday, November 03, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - November 03, 2009

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New York Times
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What's at Stake in Tuesday's Elections
What's at stake in Tuesday's election:
GOVERNORS: Voters in two states, New Jersey and Virginia, are electing governors.

Biden Stumps in a Race Steeped in Ideology
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. threw the heft of the White House behind the Democratic candidate on Monday in a race for a vacant Congressional seat that both Democrats and Republicans view as significant tests of their political fortunes.

Washington Post
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What's Obama made of?
By Howard Kurtz
One year after he was elected, we're still asking questions about Barack Obama's character. By we, I mean, of course, the people who pop off about politics for a living. But maybe some voters as well.

Election 2009: Va. and N.J. governors races, Va. attorney general race, NY-23, gay marriage in Maine, more
Up to the minute returns and analysis
Robert McCartney
Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney will be online Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. ET to discuss and analyze the 2009 primary and general election returns for Virginia governor and attorney general, the New Jersey governor's race, the NY-23 election, gay marriage in Maine and more with the latest news throughout the evening.

2nd GU student hurt in anti-gay attacks
Another campus vigil held; university officials team with city police
By Jenna Johnson
For the second time in a week, a Georgetown University student has reported being attacked and called an anti-gay slur while walking near campus, prompting yet another student gathering Monday evening to show support for the victims.

South Florida Blade
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Baldwin urges Clinton to condemn Ugandan anti-gay bill
Out Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) submitted a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to condemn the anti-gay bill recently introduced in Uganda, requesting that the she “use every means possible to convey to Ugandan leaders that this bill is appalling, reckless, and should be withdrawn immediately.” The proposed bill would not only criminalize homosexuality, but would also penalize those who support gay rights, or even refuse to turn in others for being gay.

Gay marriage advocates look to the 2012 ballot
By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian
The front page of The Oregonian on Monday brought the news that Basic Rights Oregon plans an initiative drive to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage, which voters approved just five years ago.

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New study offers first demographic picture of gay spouses
The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA Law issued a report today analyzing newly released data from the US Census Bureau. The study examines data from the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS). For the first time, the Census Bureau has released data in which same-sex couples who refer to one another as “husband” or “wife” are differentiated from those who refer to one another as “unmarried partners.” This study is the first to examine the difference and similarities among same-sex couples and married different-sex couples in the ACS.

Pink News - UK
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Marine Commandant opposes lifting US military gay ban
Marine Commandant General James Conway has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the US military.

Three-year-old child 'involved in homophobic attacks'
A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.

Danish club fires footballer for 'I hate gays' comment
Polish goalkeeper Arek Onyszko has been fired by FC Midtjylland, a Danish football club, for making homophobic comments in his autobiography. The player's book, titled F**king Polack, was released yesterday. In it, he detailed his hate of homosexuality.

Comment: The way forward for HIV prevention
Earlier this year, Gary Leigh wrote an article for PinkNews.co.uk attacking the HIV prevention centre for not doing enough to tackle the threat of HIV. His article provoked anger from some HIV charities, while dividing opinion among our readers.

Christian registrar takes civil partnerships complaint to court of appeal
Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples, will argue her case in the court of appeal today.

Debate looks at homophobia in football
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, concluded its One Game, One Community weeks of action campaign last week with an event at Brighton and Hove Albion FC to debate the issue of homophobia in football

Daily Queer News
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MI: Can Detroit’s First Openly Gay Pol Save the City?
Steven Gray / Detroit \ Time
Just one week ago, Charles Pugh was poised to become not only Detroit’s first openly gay elected official, but its city council president when voters here go to the polls Tuesday. But the flashy former television reporter has an unpleasant new distinction: Pugh recently acknowledged that his three-story home near downtown Detroit has been foreclosed, raising serious questions about his business acumen at a time when this city is on the brink of financial collapse.


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