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July 16, 2008

Super Gay Link Roundup!

There is so much gay news this week that we couldn't not do another totally gay link roundup. As Kathy Griffin would say, let's get down to work because we've got a lot to cover.

~The Census Bureau is refusing to acknowledge legal gay marriages from MA and CA. If you're gay and you fill in 'married' on your forms, they're going to edit your reply and change it to 'unmarried partner'.

~"A majority of Americans believe that gays and lesbians could not change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to, according to results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday. It's the first time in a CNN poll the majority has held that belief regarding homosexuality."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released their second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index after examining thousands of hours of TV programming. "ABC and cable channel FX have been ranked the most gay-friendly networks...at the other end of the scale, NBC, Fox, A&E, Spike, TBS, USA Network and TNT all received fail grades" from GLAAD.

The Massachusetts Senate today passed a bill that would repeal a 1913 state law that prevents gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick has already said that he will "proudly" sign the bill if it gets to him, so the only hurdle left is for the bill to pass the House, where it seems to have enough support.

~"Congress should repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law because the presence of gays in the military is unlikely to undermine the ability to fight and win, according to a new study released by a California-based research center. The study was conducted by four retired military officers, including the three-star Air Force lieutenant general who in early 1993 was tasked with implementing President Clinton's policy that the military stop questioning recruits on their sexual orientation."

A state employee has resigned and officials have disavowed an international advertising campaign that led to calls for an investigation of tourism posters proclaiming “South Carolina is so gay.”

Some recent discrimination cases:
"When a Buffalo lesbian couple was denied spousal health care benefits in February following their marriage in Canada two years ago, BlueCross BlueShield denied their human rights guaranteed under state law, a civil liberties group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday."
~"A gay and lesbian group who said it was kicked out of a Longview Lake campground plans legal action. The group, Pride Revolutions, rented about a dozen campsites Friday, but said it was harassed and that on Saturday morning, it was told to leave by Jackson County park rangers and park attendees."
~"A gay man is suing two heavyweight Christian publishers, claiming their versions of the Bible that refer to homosexuality as a sin violate his constitutional rights and have caused him emotional pain and mental instability."
~"A lawsuit was filed in Miami Wednesday against a hospital that refused to allow a lesbian to see her partner of 18 years before dying because the hospital did not consider the two women family. The suit will be filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Janice Langbehn."

And then there's this:

~From Right Wing Watch: "In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don’t like, it looks like the web-geniuses behind the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow site have a few other tricks up their sleeves, such as automatically replacing any use of the word “gay” with the word “homosexual” in any of the AP stories they run … leading to instances in which proper names are reformatted to meet their ridiculous standard, such as this article about sprinter Tyson Gay winning the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in which he is renamed “Tyson Homosexual”."

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1 comment:

Bill said...

Thanks, I love your link roundups!! So much good stuff in here.

The CNN Opinion poll was a bit funny. It was only sampled from 515 people, but they at one point refer to it as a 'half sample of 1,029' people. What the hell does that mean?