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Referendum Would Extend Protections to Gay Couples
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/31/09
SEATTLE - Referendum 71, a proposal to extend more legal protections to domestic partners in Washington State, has been nicknamed 'everything but marriage.' But its opponents say even that is an understatement.
'Although this wouldn't technically be an outright gay marriage vote, it is to us,' said Larry Stickney, the campaign manager for Protect Marriage Washington, which opposes the measure.

His group has cast the referendum as a strategic step for same-sex marriage supporters to ultimatel


Privacy Looms Over Gay Rights Vote
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/31/09
SEATTLE-At a time when voters in many states are using petitions to qualify ballot measures on issues from gay rights to property rights, a legal dispute over the identity of 138,000 petition signers here is raising new questions about privacy, free speech and elections in the Internet age.
On Tuesday, voters in Washington State will decide whether to extend to registered domestic partners the same rights married couples have, short of marriage. But the campaign over the referendum, placed on


Obama Lifts a Ban on Entry Into U.S. by H.I.V.-Positive People
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/30/09
President Obama on Friday announced the end of a 22-year ban on travel to the United States by people who had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, fulfilling a promise he made to gay advocates and acting to eliminate a restriction he said was 'rooted in fear rather than fact.'
At a White House ceremony, Mr. Obama announced that a rule canceling the ban would be published on Monday and would take effect after a routine 60-day waiting period. The president had promised to end the ban


Tight Race for Houston Mayor, With History on Line
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/29/09
HOUSTON Annise Parker does not talk much about her sexual orientation on the campaign trail. She prefers to focus on issues like drainage and balancing the budget
But it has escaped no one's notice here in the nation's fourth-largest city that Ms. Parker, the current city controller known for her low-key manner, stands an even chance of becoming the first openly gay woman to be elected mayor of a major American metropolis.


Setback for Group Fighting Gay Marriage in Maine
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/29/09
BOSTON The Maine attorney general is prodding a national group that fights same-sex marriage to reveal its donors by Election Day, after a federal judge on Wednesday denied the group's request for a restraining order.

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to repeal Maine's law allowing same-sex marriage, a ballot question that has been the focus of a heated battle this fall. As of last Friday, the group, the National Organization for Marriage, had supplied more than half of the $2.6 million


Questions for John Baldacci The Wedding March
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/29/09
Last spring, you signed a bill that made Maine the fifth state in this country to legalize same-sex marriage. But this Tuesday, in a referendum known as Question 1, the citizens of Maine will be voting on whether to repeal the new law. In what way is this a national issue'
We're not focused on it that way; we're focused on it Maine-specific, why we're going to be helpful to families in Maine who need to make sure that they have equal protection under the Constitution.


N.F.L. ROUNDUP; Johnson is Suspended
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/28/09
The Kansas City Chiefs have suspended running back Larry Johnson until Nov. 9. The club is on its bye week so Johnson will miss one game, at Jacksonville on Nov. 8.

The three-sentence news release issued Wednesday night said Johnson was suspended for conduct detrimental to the club.

Johnson used a gay slur twice in a 24-hour period Sunday night and Monday, first on his Twitter account and then again Monday morning after telling reporters he was not talking. (AP)

BUCS CHANGE QUARTERBACK


SWITCHING SIDES; Specter Changes on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/28/09
In a reversal of his longstanding position, Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania, called for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Mr. Specter, who became a Democrat in April in acknowledgment that his moderate views severely jeopardized his chances to survive a Republican primary in 2010, now faces a primary challenge on the left, from Representative Joe Sestak, a Democrat, who has long championed gay


Chiefs Bar Johnson for a Gay Slur
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/28/09
The Kansas City Chiefs have barred running back Larry Johnson from practice and all other team activities as the club and the N.F.L. look into comments he made Monday to reporters in the locker room.

According to multiple reports, Johnson -- in telling reporters to get away from him -- used a slur that referred to gays. He used the same slur on his Twitter feed. He has also posted demeaning remarks about Coach Todd Haley.

In a statement released through his agent, Johnson apologized for h


Focus of Gay-Marriage Fight Is Maine
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/27/09
Less than a week before Maine voters decide whether to repeal the state's new same-sex marriage law, donations and volunteers are pouring in to sway what both sides call a nationally significant fight.
Supporters of the marriage law, which the Legislature approved in May, have far more money and ground troops than opponents, who have been led by the Roman Catholic Church. Yet most polls show the two sides neck and neck, suggesting that gay couples here, as in California last year, could lose t