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In a brief statement announcing that he had stroked out the bill the governor said he is supportive of same-sex couples and noted that California has the strongest domestic partner law in the country. The statement said that if he had signed the bill it would have simply added "confusion to a constitutional issue." Schwarzenegger went on to say, "If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional this bill is not necessary. If the ban is constitutional this bill is ineffective." The author of the legislation said the veto puts Schwarzenegger on the wrong side of history. “In vetoing this bill approved by duly elected representatives of the people, the Governor has failed his test of leadership and missed a historic opportunity to stand up for the basic civil rights of all Californians," said Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). "He cannot claim to support fair and equal treatment of gay people and veto the very bill that would have provided it to them." San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom who brought the marriage issue to the forefront in California when he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples said he was disappointed but not surprised at Schwarzenegger's veto. "However, no one is more disappointed than the tens of thousands of couples and their families that won't have the same rights and privileges that Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been afforded," Newsom said in a statement. "This is real. This is about basic, fundamental rights. It's about laying a foundation of equality for everybody, and he missed a golden opportunity to stand on history and to do something that is noble and appropriate. By no means was this a profile in courage. What a wasted moment for his administration."The Governor, however, signed three other bills affecting LGBT people. One bans discrimination of LGBT people in the areas of housing and the delivery of goods and services. Another is a retroactive bill which will allow LGBT persons who retired before January 1, 2005 to take advantage of the domestic partner law. The last makes homes of domectic partners community property under California divorce law. ===== Hey Arty! You can't play for both sides, buddy! You need to choose. Do you support LGBT people, as evidenced by the signing of three LGBT-positive bills, or do you not support them, as evidenced by your decision to veto the marriage bill. You say, "Let the people decide." HELLO! They did... the legislature represents the people, DUH! It would have made more sense saying, "Let the people decide," if the California Supreme Court would have mandated marriage equality, as it happened in Massachusetts. In California, however, the people did decide... through their votes for those sitting in the legislature. The Governor of California will go down in history, along with Bush and all of his cronies, as evil men who denied civil rights to LGBT folk. Their names will be as hated as the Governor of Arkansas or Alabama, South Carolina or Georgia back during the Civil Rights Movement. Thinking about your political career, huh? Maybe it would be better to think about what side you'll end up on in the history books... Defender of the defendless or bigot?
Hi everyone, Matt Hill here. I may have talked to some of you and then again you might have talked to Samantha Korb about the 2008 March on Washington Piedmont/Triad Organizing Effort. I wanted to email you all and let you know that I have decided that I do not want to continue to do grassroots organizing for the 2008 March on Washington for LGBT Equality. If any of you all would like to keep doing this, please feel free to do so, for this decision is only a personal decision of myself. There are numerous reasons why I have decided not to continue doing this and not to get involved in something that will, in time, become very large and hard for me to handle. The first reason is that I have realized that I might just be stretching myself very, very thin this year in my academic studies and I do need to focus on that. Also, I am heavily involved in many other organizations including my Student Government Association and UNCG's PRIDE! organization, as well as Alternative Resources of the Triad where I am already trying to organize a Triad-area organization for our various LGBTQA college student groups. The last reason for not wanting to continue in organizing for the 2008 March on Washington is a political one. I have come to realize that some of the rhetoric and political ideologies being thrown around about this March is very far from where I stand politically. Although I was first very intrigued by the "in-your-face" nature of the rhetoric, I have realized that this is probably no where close to the way in which the LGBTQA community will gain its civil rights and liberties. So please feel free to do some grassroots organizing of your own if you feel as though the March might be something which you would want to pursue. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this is the case. Also, I encourage all of you to check out Equality NC at www.equalitync.org. They are doing some really great things for LGBT North Carolinians (NC is the only Southern state not to have a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage put to referendum). Thank you all and feel free to get in touch with me at any time and for any reason. MATT HILL
The Episcopal bishop of Washington has lambasted the archbishop of Nigeria for ignoring poverty and AIDS in Africa while criticizing U.S. and Canadian churches for ordaining and "marrying" homosexuals. "Why does this archbishop spend so much time on human sexuality issues while so many of his countrymen and women are oppressed by poverty?" Bishop John B. Chane wrote in a Sept. 1 column in the Washington Window, the diocesan newspaper. "Where is the strong voice of the Nigerian Anglican church in opposing the continued neglect of vulnerable women and children or in advocating on behalf of the poorest of the poor?" he wrote... Their paths have since diverged. That November, Bishop Chane participated in the consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the world's first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop. Archbishop Akinola, spiritual head of Nigeria's 17.5 million Anglicans, has become the de facto spokesman for 22 Anglican provinces that have partially or completely broken relations with the U.S. church over the Robinson consecration. Most of the archbishops from these provinces will be in Cairo from Oct. 25 to 30 for an invitation-only meeting of Anglican prelates, mostly from the world's developing nations. Items on the table, according to one of the planners, include militant Islam, AIDS and poverty. Archbishop Akinola also recently disinvited Brazilian Archbishop Orlando Santo de Olivera from the Cairo meeting. The Nigerian did so because Archbishop Olivera defrocked a conservative bishop from Recife who had clashed with his prelate over the Robinson consecration, even though Archbishop Olivera refused to discipline a pro-homosexual bishop from southwestern Brazil. Archbishop Akinola seems to "presume to speak for many," Bishop Chane wrote. The Anglican Communion is not "a church dominated by a curia of primates and bishops," he continued. "And yet that appears to be the direction in which we are heading. This is fearful indeed given the rhetoric of some of the primates claiming new authority for themselves." Last year, the archbishop visited the District, with Bishop Chane's permission, to start a national network of Nigerian Anglican parishes as a conservative alternative to liberal U.S. Episcopal churches.To read the full article, click here ===== Like I have said before... the Queen or the Archibishop of Canterbury needs to step up and bring the Church back together... the sooner, the better. If something is not done, the Church of England and the Anglican Church the world over as we now know it will forever cease to be.
This is at least as much about power and control as it is about theology and Scripture," New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson told The Associated Press in an interview. "It's about who's going to be calling the shots, and who's going to be in and who's going to be out." At stake is how 77 million Anglicans around the world, including 2.3 million members of America's Episcopal Church, define their religion and their relationship to one another. Robinson said he underestimated the opportunity his election gave conservatives to organize within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion of which it is a part. Until about six months ago, Robinson remained optimistic the Anglican Communion would work through initial outrage over his election to respect the customary right of dioceses to elect the bishop of their choosing. But at a private meeting of American bishops in Los Angeles several months ago, Robinson said, he first sensed what he considers a conservative power grab. Robinson came to discuss reconciliation, he said, but several opponents had a different goal. "I said 'I'm here to talk about how we can live together.' And three or four of them said: 'I'm not here for reconciliation. I'm here to divvy up the property from this divorce,'" he said.Conservative leaders claim this is not about a power play but rather about two incompatible ways of Church life. To read the full article, click here
Based on surveys answered by 110,000 students, the Princeton Review created the 2006 edition of “The Best 361 Colleges” and included best and worst rankings for food, partying, academics and quality of life for gay students. Ninety percent of the survey was conducted online and the rest of the responses were filled out by students in high-traffic campus areas across the country, according to the Princeton Review. Organizers sent out an e-mail blast to undergraduates nationwide asking them to participate in the survey. On average, 300 students were surveyed from each school. Out of the 70 questions asked, one was: “Do students, faculty, and administrators at your college treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientations?”===== Wake Forest University was recently awarded by PFLAG Winston-Salem for being gay-friendly. I guess the students who actually go there feel differently. Although Wake Forest's administration might have done great things in order to try to make the college more gay-friendly, it obviously hasn't helped the situation. From the many people I know who go to Wake Forest, from growing up in Winston-Salem near Wake Forest and from being a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church (which is very accepting, although the school isn't), I think I can say with good conscience that it is probably an accurate result that the school ended up on the list of worst schools for LGBT folks.
The state inspected two facilities in Memphis on Aug. 19 and determined Love In Action International Inc. was providing housing, meals and personal care for mentally ill patients without a license, according to a subsequent letter to the organization from the Department of Mental Health. The department gave Love In Action until Sept. 23 to cease operation of the facilities and apply for a state license.Love In Action's Refuge program was the program that 16 year old Zach Stark was sent to by his parents over the summer. A national controversy over ex-gay ministries was ignited by Zach's blog in which he wrote about being shipped off to the program.
A flag hanging outside a window on Duke’s East Campus prompted heated discussion Monday night after some students in Giles Dormitory expressed concern over the banner and requested its removal. After a closed-door vote, Giles residents decided to keep the rainbow flag outside a resident’s window but alter the way it was hung. Freshman David Thian, who lives on Giles’ second floor above the dorm’s entrance, agreed to let junior Joanna Noble, president of Duke Allies—a student organization affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus—hang the flag outside his window Sunday in preparation for Coming Out Week.The students voted to leave the flag but moved it from the outside of the building. The flag is now hanging inside the window. ====== I find it very, very ironic (and somewhat disturbing) that this debate over the rainbow flag is happening on the Duke University East Campus, the same location at which the North Carolina Pride Festival and Parade will take place this Saturday, September 24th. If Duke students are so afraid of rainbow flags and gay people then they had better do one of two things this Saturday:
We are Family... God made us family... You don't have to like me, but you sure do have to love me.
Pope Benedict XVI is said to have approved a document saying that homosexual men should not be ordained as Roman Catholic priests, a conservative Catholic Web site reported yesterday. The long-anticipated document, prepared at the request of the late Pope John Paul II, reportedly calls on bishops to bar even chaste homosexuals from seminaries because their orientation is rooted in a personality disorder that may undermine their capacity to minister, according to Catholic World News. The report, posted yesterday on www.cwnews.com, an independent news service with links to the pope's American publisher, could not be independently corroborated, but several Vatican sources confirmed that such a document has been on his desk awaiting his decision. "If this is true, it's a disaster," said a gay priest who asked not to be named. "I know many celibate gay priests who feel they could not live with any integrity in a church that treats gay men like this. And I know many gay seminarians who have been living celibate lives with ease, who would simply leave." Since the recent priest sex abuse scandal, the issue of gay priests has gone from taboo to one of the most hotly debated aspects of the crisis. Noting that the overwhelming majority of victims were teenage boys, powerful members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy have framed the problem as homosexual priests unable to live chastely. Liberals tend to see the roots of the scandal in a culture of clerical secrecy and the church's mandatory celibacy requirement.To read the full article, click here ======= I can't say it enough... no matter how many times I say it or so many other people say it, the Church will never hear us: The problem is not gay priests... it is pedophile and ephebophile priests The Church is trying to find a scapegoat and it is targeting the wrong population. Maybe they should start doing psych tests on all seminarians and figure out which ones are prone to sexually abusing children and teens instead of just passing this off on the gays. How long must gay people always be pointed to as "the problem" in our society?
This spring, Brenda Oliver, depressed and desperate for spiritual sustenance, visited the church near her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She lasted until the minister started talking about the men of Sodom who demanded that Lot let them have sex with his houseguests. He looked straight at Ms. Oliver, a sturdy, dreadlocked woman dressed in her customary long pants and black work boots. "The preacher said that if a bunch of gays went to his house, he'd start shooting and killing them," recalled Ms. Oliver, who is a lesbian. She walked outside, leaned on the church gate and cried. Months later, on a humid Sunday morning, as an organ's sweet gospel music drifted out onto a grim stretch of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn from a different kind of church, called Unity Fellowship, Ms. Oliver sat in her van, nervously eating a breakfast of bacon and grits. In a few minutes, she would go inside to be baptized. The senior pastor at Unity, the Rev. Jeffery A. Haskins, is different, too. He channels the rolling, ever-cresting flow of an archetypal black Baptist preacher. But when he thunders about the AIDS sores on the back of his head, or how at another church, "I had to call on the name of Jesus when they talked about me, saying the little fairy faggot can't preach up in here," his congregation can relate in ways that most might not.To read the full article click here A slide show and other pictures are available on the official New York Times article.
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The Vatican account describes the pontiff as experiencing various levels of participation in what was going on around him. John Paul’s eyes were practically closed during a Mass celebrated at the foot of his bed in the late afternoon of March 31, the account said. “But at the moment of the consecration, he weakly raised his right hand two times, that is, on the (raising up) of the bread and wine. He made a gesture indicating he was trying to strike his chest during the recitation” of the Lamb of God prayer, the Vatican said.===== In my honest opinion, Pope John Paul II was the man who defined the Christian religion, and specifically the Catholic Faith, during the 20th century. Many people have asked me why I was so affected by the Holy Father's death and why I cared so much about the Catholic Church even though I am not Catholic. My answer is both very simple and very complicated. I believe in the One Holy catholic and apostolic Church of Christ. That means one thing: Out of all of the churches and denominations, the Body of Christ is One. We all share one cup and one bread. Although I am not Catholic, I recognize the authority of the Pope as a religious leader, even though he is not the religious authority on matters of faith within my particular church, the Church of England. It is my hope that one day, in the future, the Church of Christ will one day come to be united again. The divisions within Christ's Church is something which, in my opinion, Christ never would have wanted or expected. We owe it to Christ to strive toward the day when His Church might one day be unified again. My deep respect and reverence to the Holy Father and to the Catholic Church, despite my not belonging to it, is one small part of striving toward that day.
Communion with Canterbury is regarded as one of the defining characteristics of Anglicanism. Rather than refer to Canterbury the Nigerian church constitution now says it is in communion with Churches, dioceses and provinces that uphold the “historic faith, doctrine, sacrament and discipline of the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church”.The move to remove itself from the Anglican Communion puts the Anglican Church in Nigeria one step away from creating a schism which could draw other conservative bodies around the world and forever split the Church in two. ===== The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Queen or somebody over there in England needs to step up now and bring this Church back together. There has been too much controversy and many people and church bodies, inlcuding the Rt. Rev. P. Akinola and his Nigerian Church, have gone way too far across the line. The debate within our Anglican Church should be characterized by civility and respect. I give credit to those who have been trying to do that. People need to stop "jumping to conclusions" and just sit back and see where all of this goes. I pray that God, the Father and Creator of all, leads His Church through this most tumultuous and difficult time. May the Church come to be what it was meant to be, through Jesus Christ our Lord, from whom alone comes the Mission of the Church. Amen. The Church Has One Foundation (1) The church has one foundation, ’Tis Jesus Christ her Lord; She is His new creation, Through water by the word. From heav’n He came and sought her To be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died. (5) Back to the one foundation, From sects and creeds made free, Come saints of every nation To blessed unity. Once more the ancient glory Shines as in days of old, And tells the wondrous story— One God, one faith, one fold.
In response to a question that asked, “Do you think of yourself as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or something else?” 90 percent of men 18-44 years of age responded that they think of themselves as heterosexual, 2.3 percent of men answered homosexual, 1.8 percent bisexual, 3.9 percent “something else,” and 1.8 percent did not answer the question. The numbers for males are up slightly from a similar study by the NCHS in 1992. The study also found that more women, particularly those in their late teens and 20s, are experimenting with bisexuality or at least feel more comfortable reporting same-sex encounters. The study is based on 12,571 in-person interviews with men and women 15-44 years of age.The article also points out that the statisitcs regarding homosexuals and bisexuals are still ower than the supposed 10% of America which is believed to be gay or bi. According to the article:
But, while the number of men and women identifying as gay or bi has increased, it is lower than the 10 percent of the population believed to be gay. Mark Shields, the director of the Coming Out Project at the Human Rights Campaign said that the study would appear to show that more people are willing to talk openly about their lives than they were a decade earlier. "I think its not necessarily the number of same-sex relationships that has gone up [but] it's the level of honesty that has increased around those relationships as stigma and social pressure around us continues to melt away," Shields told 365Gay.com. "I still suspect these [numbers] will continue to rise because there's a lot of people, because of the amount of social pressure that still exists, feel uncomfortable to identify themselves publicly.The study also shows that gay men are more likely to use condoms in sexual encounters than are straight men:
Among males who had ever had sexual contact with another male, 91 percent used a condom at their last sex, compared with 36 percent of men who never had sex with another male.======= Let's just face it... even if 10% of Americans are gay, les or bi, we will never get that number to show up on surveys or studies, no matter how much we tell the participants how confidential the survey or study will be. The fact is that some gay, les and bi people are so afraid of being so that they don't even admit it to themselves, much less a piece of paper. I think that Mark Shields has it right... the number has not gone up since 1992... more people are just more willing to openly talk about it and discuss it.
The issue of gay seminarians and priests has been in the spotlight because a study commissioned by the church found last year that about 80 percent of the young people victimized by priests were boys. Experts in human sexuality have cautioned that homosexuality and attraction to children are different, and that a disproportionate percentage of boys may have been abused because priests were more likely to have access to male targets - like altar boys or junior seminarians - than to girls. But some church officials in the United States and in Rome, including some bishops and many conservatives, attributed the abuse to gay priests and called for an overhaul of the seminaries. Expectation for such a move rose this year with the election of Pope Benedict XVI, who has spoken of the need to "purify" the church.Church doctrine teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and because of this, homoseuxals must live in complete chastity and celibacy. ===== It really does scare me to know that the Church is blaming gay priests for the child abuse within the Church. Pedophilia is not the same as homosexuality. Pedophiles victimize those who are easiest to victimize. As the article points out, it would have been easier for the pedophile (not homosexual) priests to victimize boys. They would have had easier access to them because boys serve as altar assistants and priests teach young junior seminarians. The Church, throughout history, has been good at ignoring the truth and finding scapegoats. I guess gays will be the 21st century scapegoat. Let us hope that it doesn't turn into the 21st century inquisition. With the Pope speaking of the need to "purify" the Church, a gay inquisition might just occur.
Every organization must affiliate with the Office of Student Life (OSL), and in doing so, fill out an affiliation or re-affiliation form. This form was due Monday, September 12, 2005 at 3:30pm to the Office of Student Life. Because of miscommunication errors among the leadership of the Student Government Association (SGA), the paperwork was not turned in on time. The paperwork has been turned in as well as a letter of appeal and apology to OSL and awaits review for possible probationary affiliation.On Tuesday, the Student Government Association began to take immediate emergency action in order to stay affiliated with the University and the effort has paid off. Even though the Student Government Association has regained affiliation much controversy still remains in regards to mistakes and miscommunication within the Executive Branch of the UNCG Student Body's Student Government. Much of this controversy, along with other issues including a new push to have the Student Government Association granted permanent affiliation with the University, will be fleshed out in future meetings of the Student Senate and its various committees during the remainder of the semester. In terms of setbacks, elections for Senators and Special Requests for money from the Student Government Association will be pushed back by at least one week. The Student Senate and its various committees including the oen I chair, the Legislative Committee, is now at least a week behind business. Since the Senate meeting for Tuesday, September 13, 2005, was cancelled, the next Senate meeting (which also includes Committee night) on Septmeber 20, 2005 is expected to run at least twice its normal length. The letter from the Office of Student Life to the Student Government Association regarding the reinstatement of affiliation has not yet been released to the public by the President and vice President. Although some in the University community are blaming Student Government, as a whole, for its loss in affiliation, I am committed to keeping the honor of those individuals who had nothing to do with this mistake clean. In my honest opinion, the mistake made concerning reaffiliation is one which rests with the Executive Branch. The President took upon herself the responsibility of filling out the reaffiliation form and she neglected to turn the form in on time. The Legislative Branch and Judicial Branches of the Student Government have done and are doing their jobs completely. Although the President has accepted personal responsibility for this mistake, I still believe that a written, formal reprimand should be passed by the Student Senate, citing Madame President villanueva's neglect in turning in the reaffiliation forms. For those who are talking about impeachment or removal... please stop. Reprimand is appropriate in this situation but I do believe that, overall, the President is perfectly capable of continuing in her capacity as the elected Executive of the Student Body. She should not be impeached or removed. I will keep you all updated as to issues regarding Student Government.
Protestor, Film Among Constitution Programs Sept. 15-27 By Steve Gilliam, University Relations A series of programs observing Constitution Day will be held during September, starting with an address by Brett Bursey at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Alexander Room of Elliott University Center. Bursey, who is director of the South Carolina Progressive Network, was arrested in Columbia, S.C., and charged with trespassing in October 2002 when he refused to go to a “free speech zone” during a visit by President Bush. Although the charges were dropped, new charges were later brought by U.S. Attorney J. Strom Thurmond Jr. under a statute that allows the U.S. Secret Service to restrict access to areas the president is visiting. Bursey, who faces a $5,000 fine and six months in jail, will discuss the case and related free speech issues. The program is free and open to the public. Other events planned at UNCG are:
- Sept. 19-20, dramatic readings and discussion of the Constitution for students in three classes of “American Politics,” conducted by Dr. Tom Humphrey, UNCG Department of Theatre, and Dr. Jeff Colbert, UNCG Department of Political Science.
- Sept. 20, 3:30 p.m., Maple Room, EUC, panel discussion on the Constitution, with Dr. Charles Prysby and Dr. Susan Johnson, UNCG Department of Political Science; attorney Marshall Hurley; Dr. Katie Harriger, Wake Forest University Department of Political Science; and high school teacher Ray Parrish. Free and open to the public.
- Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium, showing of “Beyond the Wall,” a documentary about the free speech movement and the North Carolina Speaker Ban Law, which prohibited communists from speaking on UNC system campuses from 1963-68. The film’s writer producer Gorham Kindem, UNC-Chapel Hill communication professor, will connect anti-Communist infringements upon civil liberties to contemporary anti-terrorist infringements via the USA PATRIOT Act by focusing on North Carolina’s Speaker Ban Law (1963-68). Free and open to the public.
Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The Pearl Harbor attack was truly a tragedy and many in our nation still take time to remember it and the lives which were lost that day in 1941. September 11 is no different. With it being so recent in our memories we cannot help but remember what happened that day. For many, we remember exactly where we were or what we were doing when we first heard the news or when we witnessed the planes crash into the buildings on live television. For those who witnessed the tragedy by eye, I can only imagine as to what kind of pain and emotions were felt. Take the time to remember those lost souls. Take the time to pray for their families. Take the time to be proud to be an American.
Somehow, word spread. To this day, Tully Satre, 16, does not know how his entire middle school found out three years ago that he was attracted to males. Satre, who was shy and still closeted, lost all his friends. He said teachers at his Catholic school told his parents he was gay and began treating him differently. "I felt like a circus animal," said Satre, a lanky 6-foot-3 Culpeper resident entering his junior year at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg. "I've had people spit at my feet. I've had people give me harmful remarks." From the day he discovered that everyone knew about his sexuality, life has not been easy for Satre, but it has been getting better. His grades fell but have since improved. Although he has heard hurtful comments from peers and strangers, he said his parents are very supportive. But Satre said he still felt alone in largely rural Culpeper County. There was no place or group that brought gay people together. When the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill in the last session limiting the contractual rights of gay men and lesbians, Satre felt he had to do something. "I wanted somewhere to go," he said. "I didn't really see a lot going on in our community." In June, Satre founded Equality Fauquier and Culpeper, the first gay rights group in those counties. Since then, he has been called a "Future Gay Hero" by the Advocate, a national gay magazine, and articles have been written about him in the Washington Blade and other local newspapers. His group, which has about 35 members, has been recognized by Equality Virginia, a statewide gay rights organization. Its initial goals include persuading schools and local governments to change nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation. The group hopes to have booths at gay festivals, participate in an AIDS walk, write to local politicians and perhaps hold a public viewing of a documentary on gay marriage.Click here to read the full article
"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote. Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto (the bill)."The Governor's press secretary also said that the Governor...
"believes gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship. He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners."The Governor vetoed a bill today that would have banned the use of negative appeals based on sexual orientation in political campaigns. ===== I find it hard to believe that Governor Schwarzenegger truly believes in equal protection for gay people. If he does then why did he veto the campaign bill? I think he is hiding behind Proposition 22. One of these days, the United States Government and the government of each and every state in the Union will have to apologize to gays for the way in which they treated them. Hopefully that day will come sooner rather than later (as in I want to see it before I die).
Senate leaders agreed this morning to delay by at least two days the start of Mr. Roberts's confirmation hearing, which had been set to begin on Tuesday, when he was being considered to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Now that Mr. Bush has nominated him for the chief justice's job, several Senate and Congressional leaders had asked that the hearings be delayed until after Chief Justice Rehnquist's funeral, which is set for Wednesday. The hearings will begin as early as Thursday and no later than next Monday, with a final decision on timing expected following further discussions. President Bush made today's announcement in the Oval Office with Judge Roberts at his side, saying that with just four weeks left before the Supreme Court reconvenes, it was in the interest of the court and the country to have a chief justice on the bench on the first full day of the fall term. "He's a man of integrity and fairness and throughout his life he's inspired the respect and loyalty of others," Mr. Bush said of his nominee. "John Roberts built a record of excellence and achievement and reputation for goodwill and decency toward others in his extraordinary career." In brief remarks, Judge Roberts said: "I am honored and humbled by the confidence the president has shown in me." "I am very much aware that if I am confirmed I would succeed a man I deeply respect and admire, a man who has been very kind to me for 25 years," he said.====== I think it is a good thing that Roberts has been nominated for the job. It is certainly better than promoting one of the more conservative members of the Court. I believe Roberts will make a good, somewhat moderate Chief Justice.
“Love is the way to be,” said Mary Mills as she stood with fellow protestor Macon Brandon at the intersection. “That is what Jesus’ message is.” J.J. Harper, the Imperial Wizard of the KKK group from Georgia, said he was surprised at the lack of protestors. “This whole area ought to be filled with Christians,” he said. A Waynesville couple and a man from Clyde sat in lawn chairs in an area for pro-gay Christian protesters to show support for the conference. The conference — organized by a group that supports opening all aspects of the church to gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual people — ends Monday.Protests will not be allowed on the property today, the Lord's Day.
A few minutes ago, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2005 session without voting on the proposed anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment. For the second year in a row, North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast that faced an anti-gay amendment and stopped it in the legislature! We have stopped an attack on LGBT families that would not only have denied equal marraige rights to same-sex couples, but would have prohibited any form of recognition for same-sex couples. The language of the amendment was so broad it could even have prevented private employers from offering partner health benefits. This remarkable victory is made possible because of lots of hard work by Equality North Carolina, our allies, and supporters like you. Without the making a special donation to Equality NC today. We couldn't have done this without the support of people like you, and we need you to help us continue growing and expanding our political power now. Click here to make your contribution. Again, thank you for your support as we fought this attack on our families this year. Sincerely, Ian Palmquist and Ed Farthing Executive Directors Equality NC
But Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-La Mesa) suggested that a "higher power" opposed the legislation. "This is not the right thing to do," he said. "We should protect traditional marriage and hold all of those values and institutions that have made our society and keep our society together today."The bill must now be sent to the California Assembly, where other similar bills have been defeated before. If the Assembly passes the bill it would then be sent to the Governor. ===== Do you know what would be absolutely hilarious and joyous? If California approved marriage for same-sex couples...that's what. I can just see all of the radicals squirming in their pants now: "Oh no... they're spreading... they're taking over America!" I hope they get to squirming... their era of controlling American society and culture is slowely, but surely, coming to an end.
In the latest instance several dozen people demanded that a suburban Columbus library remove two gay publications - Outlook Weekly and Gay People's Chronicle. "Ours is a community of high standards and values," said Bruce Cameron, a 33-year resident of Upper Arlington. "The materials are lewd, salacious, lascivious - and a bunch of other big words of legal significance - but in normal parlance, disgusting, obscene and pornographic." People in the visitors gallery shouted down the board as it voted unanimously to keep the two free periodicals but place them in an area of the library where they would not be easily accessible by children.The American Library Association says that attempts to have gay or gay themed books or publications removed have increased by more than 20% since 2004. According to the article:
Three books with gay themes were among the works most criticized - Maya Angelou's memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, and "King & King," by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland.===== One really must wonder why these radical, religious zealots, who are supposedly straight, care so much about gays. Why do they constantly fret over what the gays are doing unless they have some deep, dark secrets of their own. If they are truly as straight as they think they are then they would not be worrying so much about gays and gay sex now would they? GLBTQQ people have just as much right to the freedom of speech and freedom of the press as straight people and, yes, even as much as those radical, religious zealots. They need to back off.