Thursday, May 23, 2013
Boy Scouts to Admit Openly Gay Youths as Members - NYTimes.com: The top national leaders of the Boy Scouts, who pledge fealty to God and country, had urged the change in the face of vehement opposition from conservative parents and volunteers, some of whom said they would quit the organization. But the vote put the Scouts more in line with the swift rise in public acceptance of homosexuality, especially among younger parents who are essential to the future of an institution that has been losing members for decades. The policy change, effective January 2014, is unlikely to bring peace to the Boy Scouts as they struggle to keep a foothold in a swirling cultural landscape, with renewed lobbying and debate already starting Thursday evening.
Posted by editor at 5/23/2013 11:07:00 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Leahy withdraws gay couples amendment in immigration bill: Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced, but ultimately withdrew, an amendment that would have allowed gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to use the nation's immigration system to petition for their partners they married in other countries. Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, introduced the amendment as the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs was debating a sweeping immigration bill that could legalize the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants while increasing border control and revamping the nation's legal immigration system. Leahy wanted to use that bill as a way to change federal law so it recognizes marriages from other countries if the marriage "could have been entered into" in a U.S. state — same-sex marriage is legal in 12 U.S. states, including his own.
Posted by editor at 5/21/2013 10:33:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Killing in Greenwich Village Looks Like Hate Crime, Police Say - NYTimes.com: Mark Carson did not hide that he was gay, and when he went out on the town he would often head to Greenwich Village, where much of the struggle for gay liberation unfolded, years before he was born. Yet late Friday night, just blocks from the Stonewall Inn, among the most important landmarks of that struggle, he was confronted with a man screaming antigay slurs, who then stalked him before pulling out a silver revolver and fatally shooting him, the police said. On Sunday, the suspect, identified as Elliot Morales, 33, was charged with murder, an act qualified as a hate crime.
Posted by editor at 5/19/2013 02:41:00 PM
For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar - NYTimes.com: A new, casually transmittable infection — a unique strain of bacterial meningitis — has cast a pall over the gay night life and dating scene, with men wondering whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again. Seven men have died in New York City, about a third of diagnosed cases, since 2010. And in the last few months, the contagion seemed to be accelerating. It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.
Posted by editor at 5/19/2013 02:40:00 PM
Friday, May 10, 2013
What a doorknob. I'm ashamed to think he was admitted to the USNA.
Posted by editor at 5/10/2013 06:38:00 PM
In first, Pocan obtains congressional spousal ID for same-sex partner : Washington Blade – America's Leading Gay News Source
In first, Pocan obtains congressional spousal ID for same-sex partner : Washington Blade – America's Leading Gay News Source: For apparently the first time ever in the history of the U.S. House, a gay member of Congress has obtained a congressional ID card identifying his same-sex partner as a spouse. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) told the Washington Blade on Thursday the House Sergeant at Arms informed him late last month that Philip Frank, whom Pocan legally married in Canada in 2006, would be able to obtain an ID labeling him as congressional spouse. Previously, Frank was given an ID identifying him as a “designee,” but picked up his new ID on April 26.
Posted by editor at 5/10/2013 06:29:00 PM
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Washington Wizards Wiki Page Hacked, Calls Jason Collins A “Faggot” / Queerty: An eagle-eyed reader sent us a screencap over the weekend, noting that the Washington Wizards Wikipedia page had been hacked to reflect Jason Collins’ coming-out…by calling him a faggot.
Posted by editor at 5/07/2013 09:57:00 PM
Leonardo Dicaprio and Clint Eastwood GQ October 2011 Cover Story: Movies TV: GQ: Clint Eastwood: They go on and on with all this bullshit about "sanctity"—don't give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.
Posted by editor at 5/07/2013 09:56:00 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
News | Press Releases - Church of Ireland: The Church of Ireland Board for Social Theology in Action, mindful of the debate due to take place at the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday 29th April on same–sex marriage, wishes to reflect the stated position of the Church of Ireland on marriage and to draw it to the attention of MLAs in their discussions on the issue. As recently as its General Synod meeting last year (May 2012) the Church of Ireland affirmed its position on marriage: ‘The Church of Ireland continues to uphold its teaching that marriage is part of God’s creation and a holy mystery in which one man and one woman become one flesh … The Church of Ireland affirms, according to our Lord’s teaching that marriage is in its purpose a union permanent and life–long, for better or worse, till death do them part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side … The Church of Ireland recognises for itself and of itself, no other understanding of marriage.’
Posted by editor at 4/27/2013 02:41:00 PM
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
California lawmakers threaten to strip Scouts of tax exemption - latimes.com: Some California lawmakers seeking to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to abandon its ban on openly gay members are taking a novel approach: They are threatening to strip the organization of its state tax exemption. he proposal, which cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday, once again puts California at the center of a national debate on gay rights, and it could put the state on a collision course with the IRS if passed. The legislation would revoke the exemption from state taxes for any nonprofit that excludes members by sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation.
Posted by editor at 4/19/2013 10:33:00 PM
Boy Scouts survey seeks to measure attitudes on gay membership - latimes.com: The Boy Scouts of America is surveying adult members about their attitude toward gays in Scouting as the group’s leaders consider potentially lifting their ban on gay membership later this spring. The 13-question survey is being distributed to 1.1 million Scouts leaders, alumni, volunteers and parents. It asks them to respond to hypothetical situations involving homosexuality, gays camping with children and gays in church leadership. Members can respond according to a scale of feelings that ranges from strong support to strong opposition.
Posted by editor at 4/19/2013 10:22:00 PM
It's unfair for lawmakers to single out the Boy Scouts - latimes.com: A bill that passed a state Senate committee this week would do just that. Under SB 323,, carried by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the Boy Scouts of America (though unnamed in the bill) would have to pay state sales taxes as well as taxes on any money it raised in California — such as the proceeds from hawking caramel corn, Christmas trees or anything else — unless it admitted boys who are gay or transgender.
What's unfair? BSA wants 'special rights' ... can't have that.
What's unfair? BSA wants 'special rights' ... can't have that.
Posted by editor at 4/19/2013 10:08:00 PM
Leaders of Boy Scouts endorse allowing gay boys but not adults - latimes.com: Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many Scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
Posted by editor at 4/19/2013 10:03:00 PM