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Federal judge rules to allow internet broadcast of Prop 8 trial

Judge Vaughn R. Walker
Next week’s trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, won’t be televised live, but it will be videotaped for delayed internet release on YouTube, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “This certainly is a case ...

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Letterman under fire from HRC, GLAAD over transgender joke

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The HRC and GLAAD issued statements today condemning a sketch on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night, which mocked the appointment of Amanda Simpson to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Last night we posted ...

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Suspect in alleged hate crime attack at gay bar surrenders to police

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A Redwood City man wanted for allegedly beating up a man because of his sexual orientation turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office around noon Wednesday, reports the Mercury News. Cole White, 24, surrendered a day ...

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NY Times article links U.S. evangelical christians to Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill

L-R: Unidentified woman, Scott Lively, Caleb Brundidge, Don Schmierer, event organizer Stephen Langa, at the March 2009 anti-gay conference in Uganda. Photo courtesy of the Box Turtle Bulletin.
A new report from The New York Times links three American evangelical Christians — whose teachings about “curing” gays have been widely discredited in the U.S. — as influential in Uganda‘s anti-gay legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by death. ...

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Rhode Island lawmakers override veto, allow funeral planning rights for gays

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On their first day back at work, Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday wasted no time in overriding 15 vetos by Republican Governor Don Carcieri, including the bill to grant funeral decision-making rights to same-sex couples. The House, and then the Senate, ...

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NJ senate leader to call for gay marriage vote on Thursday

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There will be a vote on gay marriage in the lame duck session of the New Jersey state legislature, reports WNBC-TV. “We’re gonna post the bill and see what happens,” Senate President Dick Codey told us. Codey, and even sponsors ...

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Arrest warrant issued for CA man suspected of hate crime attack at gay bar

Cole White
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A judge signed a $50,000 arrest warrant Tuesday for a Bay Area man suspected of attacking a gay man at a downtown nightclub early Sunday because of his sexual orientation. Watch the report from KGO-TV: Cole ...

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Obama appoints transgendered person to Commerce post

Amanda Simpson
President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson, believed to be the first transgender woman appointed to a senior government role, to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department, according to ABC News. Simpson, a member of the National Center ...

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First openly gay council member takes office in Salt Lake City

Stan Penfold
Salt Lake has its first openly gay city council member, reports KTVX-TV. On Monday afternoon, Stan Penfold (pictured) took the oath of office, in both a historic and emotional day. Penfold told ABC 4: “I was a little surprised I ...

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United States lifts 22-year HIV immigration, travel ban

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The United States has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the country. The BBC reports: President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight ...

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