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Hawaii is 15th state to legalize gay marriage
source: The Washington Post
posted: 11/12/13
Hawaii was poised to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday evening after state senators sent legislation to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s (D) desk.

After a same-sex marriage bill hit legislative roadblocks earlier this year, and after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, Abercrombie called the legislature back into special session to pass a compromise measure. The new version of the bill includes protections for re


Oregon Father’s Memorial Trek Across Country Ends in a Family’s Second Tragedy
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/15/13
As he made his way across the country, Joe Bell walked through rain squalls, slept in ditches and talked to anyone who would listen about how his gay son had killed himself after being taunted and bullied at school.

Mr. Bell’s artificial knees ached and his feet were mapped with blisters, but he told friends and strangers that he was determined to make it on foot from his home in eastern Oregon to New York City, where his son, Jadin, 15, had dreamed of one day working in fashion or photogra


Glaad Sees Improvement in Depictions of Gays and Lesbians on TV
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/11/13
No television network is “excellent” when it comes to representations of gays and lesbians, but most of the nation’s biggest networks earn a grade of “good,” Glaad, formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a study released on Friday.

Two cable channels, History and TBS, were deemed “failing” by Glaad, which assigns the grades annually as part of its advocacy work for greater diversity in the media. CBS, which was labeled that way last year, was upgraded to “a


Jason Collins, Openly Gay and Still Unsigned, Waits and Wonders
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/13
Since making the announcement last spring that he is a gay professional basketball player, Jason Collins has been widely praised, received much support and made many new friends. But with training camp for a new season under way, he has been waiting for a call from an N.B.A. team. Any N.B.A. team.

When Collins, 34, a 7-foot center, wrote his coming-out cover story for Sports Illustrated — “my declaration,” he said — he proudly spoke of having been called a pro’s pro for his team-first, lunch


Gay Rights Protests Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/13
The furor in the West over Russia’s new law placing restrictions on the discussion of homosexuality continues to dog the conductor Valery Gergiev, who is one of Russia’s most important cultural exports these days. Mr. Gergiev, a prominent supporter of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who signed the law, drew protests Thursday night at Carnegie Hall, just as he did last month at the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera.

Shortly after Mr. Gergiev walked onto the stage at Carnegie Hall


NJ judge refuses to delay start of gay marriage; Christie administration expected to appeal
source: The Washington Post
posted: 10/10/13
A state judge refused Thursday to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled, denying efforts by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to put off gay weddings.

As it stands, the state must grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples starting Oct. 21. But the administration of Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible presidential candidate for 2016, was expected to appeal the denial of the stay to a higher court.

“Granting a stay would


Advocates ask NJ judge not to delay gay marriage, say moving ahead now won’t hurt anyone
source: The Washington Post
posted: 10/4/13
Gay-rights advocates on Friday asked a New Jersey judge to proceed with implementation of her order that the state start allowing same-sex marriages this month, saying the state failed to show irreparable harm if the nuptials take place.

“Every day that same-sex cannot marry is a day that they do not have — and risk permanently losing — vital benefits relating to their health, income, quality of life, personal and financial security, and family stability,” Lambda Legal lawyer Hayley Gorenberg


Pa. Gov: Gay Marriage Is Like Marriage Of Siblings
source: NPR
posted: 10/4/13
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show, a remark that was quickly condemned by advocates involved in the state's ongoing battle over whether to allow gays to wed.

Corbett was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neit


A Pioneering AIDS Prevention Group Struggles to Stay Relevant
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/3/13
In 1981, before the virus that would eventually kill 35 million people around the world even had a name, a small group of men gathered in the West Village apartment of the playwright Larry Kramer to discuss something called “the gay cancer.”

That meeting provided the foundation for what would become Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s first group dedicated to the prevention of H.I.V./AIDS, and the care and advocacy for those infected.

Over the next three decades, it would become a lead


Obama ‘Hugely Impressed’ by Pope Francis
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/2/13
President Obama said in an interview on Wednesday that he had been “hugely impressed” with Pope Francis, “not because of any particular issue” but because he seemed to be “thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away.”

“He seems somebody who lives out the teachings of Christ. Incredible humility, incredible sense of empathy to the least of these, to the poor,” the president said in an interview on CNBC. “He’s also somebody who’s, I think, first and foremost, thinking abou