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NATIONAL BRIEFING | NEW ENGLAND; Massachusetts: Asylum Is Denied
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/27/09
The Massachusetts husband of a gay Brazilian man said his spouse had been denied asylum that would allow them to be reunited in the United States. The husband, Tim Coco, said the Obama administration did not act on a Friday deadline in the case of Genesio Oliveira, effectively denying his request. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to messages. In March, Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to grant Mr. Oliveira asylum on humani

In Battle Over Gay Marriage, Timing May Be Key
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/26/09
In a San Francisco courtroom two weeks ago, a prominent lawyer opposed to same-sex marriage made a concession that could mark a turning point in the legal wars over the purpose and meaning of marriage.

The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, has studied the matter deeply, and his erudite briefs are steeped in history. He cannot have been blindsided by the question Judge Vaughn R. Walker asked him: What would be the harm of permitting gay men and lesbians to marry'

'Your honor, my answer is: I don't


Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/23/09
WASHINGTON The Senate voted Thursday to extend new federal protections to people who are victims of violent crime because of their sex or sexual orientation, bringing the measure close to reality after years of fierce debate.
The 68-to-29 vote sends the legislation to President Obama, who has said he supports it.

The measure, attached to an essential military-spending bill, broadens the definition of federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim's gender or gender iden


Vatican Bidding to Get Anglicans to Join Its Fold
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/20/09
In an extraordinary bid to lure traditionalist Anglicans en masse, the Vatican said Tuesday that it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church's acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions.
Anglicans would be able 'to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony,' Cardinal William J. Le


53 Republicans Seek Ouster of Obama Schools Official
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/15/09
WASHINGTON Fifty-three House Republicans have signed a letter to the Obama administration asking for the ouster of Kevin Jennings, an official charged with promoting school safety, because of his career as an advocate of teaching tolerance of homosexuality.
'As the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Mr. Jennings has played an integral role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools an agenda that runs counter to the values th


Second Suspect in Attack on Gay Man Is Arrested
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/14/09
A second man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a brutal attack in Queens last week that left a gay man hospitalized, the police said.
The victim, Jack Price, 49, was harassed and assaulted by two men early Friday morning as he was leaving a deli in College Point. During the attack, which was captured on video, Mr. Price was pelted with antigay comments and pummeled to the ground, leaving him with a broken jaw, fractured ribs and a lacerated spleen, the police said.


Corrections
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/14/09
An article on Saturday about a pioneer in the gay rights movement, Franklin E. Kameny, who succeeded in 1973 in having homosexuality removed from an association's list of mental disorders, misidentified that association. It is the American Psychiatric Association, not the American Psychological Association.

Top State Court Hears Cases on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/13/09
ALBANY New York's highest court heard arguments in two cases on Tuesday that could have profound effects on the battle over same-sex marriage.
The cases, which the court, the New York State Court of Appeals, is considering jointly, concern relatively narrow executive and administrative orders in recent years that extended benefits like health insurance to same-sex spouses of government employees who married in jurisdictions where such marriages are legal, and, in one county, required local of


Beating of Gay Man Is Denounced
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/13/09
The beating of a gay man outside a Queens deli last week has prompted condemnation by city leaders. A 26-year-old man was arrested in the attack, which the police are calling a hate crime.

Led by the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, a Manhattan Democrat who is gay, city and state officials gathered in front of New York Hospital Queens on Monday to denounce the attack.

The victim, Jack Price, 49, was in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He had been placed into a


California Will Honor Gay Activist
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/12/09
LOS ANGELES In a surprise reversal of his veto of the same bill last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill late Sunday to set aside a day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco politician who was assassinated in 1978.
The new law designates Mr. Milk's birthday, May 22, as a day of 'special significance' and encourages schools to observe days of recognition and 'conduct suitable commemorative exercises.' The bill was a target of strong opposition among some conservativ