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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE A number of stories... ... Friday, February 15, 2002 Between Heaven and Earth: A New Home for L.A. Congregation Skylights, Open
    Message 1 of 16 , Feb 15, 2002

      A number of stories...

      Friday, February 15, 2002
      Between Heaven and Earth: A New Home for L.A. Congregation

      Skylights, Open Space, Movable Seats Reflect Welcoming Nature Of a
      California Synagogue That Caters to the Gay Community

      Each window on the north wall of Congregation Kol Ami's new sanctuary
      signifies a stage of creation: There is yellow for light, blue for
      the heavens, white parchment inlaid with leaves for the earth and the
      sea, purple for the sun and moon, green for the birds and beasts, and
      orange for the creation of man and woman.

      The seventh window � for the seventh day, on which God rested and
      surveyed his work � greets congregants immediately as they enter the
      synagogue. High in the wall with a center of frosted glass filtering
      the sunlight, it floods the lobby with a soft, warm glow.<MORE>


      Friday, February 15, 2002
      Conservatives poised to win the latest Presbyterian fight over
      actively gay clergy
      By RICHARD N. OSTLING, AP Religion Writer

      The voting will run nearly till Easter, but any day now conservatives
      will win a big victory in a fight over actively homosexual clergy
      that has bitterly divided the 3.6-million-member Presbyterian Church

      Both sides acknowledge this, though they agree on little else. <MORE>


      Friday, February 15, 2002
      Mormon church battles gay rights
      by Laura Douglas-Brown
      Friday, 15 February 2002

      Part two of a two-part series. Last week's story examined Mormon
      influence on the Olympics and where the church's theology stands on

      With the Winter Olympics underway in Salt Lake City, the massive
      Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appears to have made good
      on its public relations promise to curb proselytizing and act simply
      as "good hosts" to Olympic visitors. <MORE>


      Friday, February 15, 2002
      Five years after the bomb
      by Laura Douglas-Brown

      Five years ago, life partners Bev McMahon and Dana Ford received a
      phone call that would forever change their lives, along with other
      gays in metro Atlanta.

      The 1997 bombing of the Otherside, a mostly lesbian bar on Piedmont
      Road, shook gays in metro Atlanta. The "Army of God" claimed
      responsibility for the attack that injured five in a letter, though
      authorities later charged Eric Robert Rudolph with the bombing, as
      well as three similar attacks. <MORE>


      Wednesday, February 13, 2002
      Courageous woman honored for a life of giving
      By Sharon Gittleman
      LANSING - A prism is a crystal that separates rays of light into
      their purest and truest states. Those who have known her say Anne
      Tracy's life has been like a prism, accepting everything fate sent
      her way and reflecting back true courage, true compassion and true

      On Feb. 19, Tracy will be honored by the Lansing Association for
      Human Rights with a special Prism award for her lifetime of service
      improving the quality of life for the lgbt community in mid-Michigan.
      Tracy worked as a choir director and organist at North Presbyterian
      Church in Lansing for 32 years.

      "Now that I've retired, I'm singing in the choir instead of directing
      it," she said. <MORE>

      Wednesday, February 13, 2002
      Lesbian Notions: 'Race matters - and not just in February'

      It's Black History Month again, the time when many white-dominated
      lesbian and gay groups plan "multicultural" events and activists
      expound on the need for "diversity" in our community. The mostly
      white gay press, too, suddenly makes more room in its pages for
      features about queer African-Americans. But what if we aspired to be
      a truly antiracist community, not one that just gives space to racial
      issues one month out of the year?

      That's a radical question - not one this white lesbian feminist came
      up with, but one that's been ruminated on by gay and lesbian
      activists of different races for many years. The problem is, the
      white gay community has never put forward viable answers, and I'm not
      sure we're coming any closer to doing so. <MORE>

      Wednesday, February 13, 2002
      Rabbis in the Middle On Homosexual Issues
      By Alan Cooperman
      Washington Post
      Page C01

      Three hundred and fifty rabbis from the Conservative branch of
      Judaism are in Washington for a convention this week, and a bunch of
      them have slipped off to the movie.

      Not the movies. The movie: "Trembling Before G-d," a documentary
      about gay male and lesbian Orthodox Jews that has caused a furor in
      the Orthodox community in the United States but ultimately may have
      more impact on the much larger Conservative movement. <MORE>

      Monday, February 11, 2002,
      Egyptian rights group 'cannot protect gays'

      Homosexuality is so detested in Egypt that the country's largest
      rights group says it cannot campaign against persecution of gay men
      despite international concern.

      On Saturday, French President Jacques Chirac said he was concerned
      about a court's jailing in November of 23 men for having gay sex.


      Thursday, February 07, 2002
      Restricting gay parenting is wrong
      By Reggie Rivers
      Denver Post Columnist

      The problem with enacting policies that are inherently unfair is that
      the over-spray tends to hit innocent bystanders. The good news is
      that it works in the other direction, too: When you insist on
      fairness for one group, you spread fairness to others as well.

      The American Academy of Pediatrics did just that when it released a
      report this week stating that gay couples should be permitted to
      adopt. The academy's primary interest is the welfare of children, not
      the rights of gay people, but in speaking up for kids, the
      55,000-member organization affirmed fundamental fairness for
      homosexuals who wish to adopt children. <MORE>

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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE Lots of links.... ... Friday, March 1, 2002 Reconciler won t drop out after he steps down By Jacinthia Jones
      Message 2 of 16 , Mar 1, 2002

        Lots of links....

        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Reconciler won't drop out after he steps down
        By Jacinthia Jones
        Dick Baldwin first felt called to preach as a teenager in high
        school. <SNIP> Today, 40 years later, Baldwin retires from his job as
        executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Memphis, effective
        Friday.<SNIP> But according to those who know him, Baldwin's most
        important role may have been that as mediator, a useful skill in a
        denomination that has nearly split over the ordination of
        homosexuals. <MORE>

        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Specter of Taliban raised in Alabama judge's attack on gays
        Guest columnist Jim Maynard is vice chair of Equality Tennessee.

        <SNIP>The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has
        reported a series of harsh sentences and executions of suspected
        homosexuals in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations that are
        allies of the United States. While the war on terrorism has brought
        much talk of freedom, democracy and human rights, these countries
        have escaped President Bush's "axis of evil" rhetoric.

        At the same time, since Sept. 11 the religious right in the United
        States has intensified its attacks on gays and lesbians as part of
        its grander vision of establishing a theocratic government similar to
        that of Islamic countries. <BIG SNIP>
        If you want to know what happens in a country that judges its
        citizens according to religious texts rather than a secular,
        religion-neutral constitution - look at Saudi Arabia.


        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Egypt cracks down on gays, trumping Islamists
        Sarah Gauch
        Special to The Christian Science Monitor

        <SNIP>Hossam Bahgat of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, an Egyptian
        human rights organization, and other experts estimate that since
        January 2001, the police have made about one arrest per month based
        on a person's sexual orientation. Often police torture these
        detainees to extract confessions, use questionable evidence to
        convict them, impose harsh prison sentences, and allow the media to
        publicize the cases, often rendering defendants social outcasts in
        this traditional society that rejects homosexuality, they say.

        "There's an alarming trend now to convict alleged homosexuals in very
        weak cases that lack any evidence against them," Mr. Bahgat says.
        "This suggests that the judges are ruling according to their own
        moral and social beliefs, rather than by the law." <MORE>


        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Rights of gay partners may fall short
        by Jennifer J. Smith
        Southern Vocie
        In late 1998, Chris Bondurant thought he had it all -- a job he
        enjoyed, a boyfriend who was successfully living with AIDS and had
        agreed to marry him, and a loving family.

        More than 300 bodies have been discovered on the grounds of Tri-State
        Crematory in Noble, Ga., a case that highlights the difficulties gay
        partners may have in tracking down details of a deceased partner if
        they don't put in place legal protections, according to gay legal

        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Ala. judge defends anti-gay remarks
        by Mike Fleming
        <SNIP>... a handful of ... Moore supporters disrupted the Feb. 22
        protest on the steps of the state judicial building that included
        some 50 ministers of various faiths, national gay politicos and a
        bulletin board wrapped in more than 200 fax statements against Moore,
        said Ken Baker, executive director of Equality Begins at Home of
        Central Alabama.

        "The protest was a way to let the people of Alabama and the nation
        know that all people of faith don't think the way Judge Roy Moore
        does," Baker said. "We needed to let the gay people here know that
        people outside the state care so they don't feel as isolated. It was
        a chance for the truly fair-minded folks of Alabama to speak out and
        be heard." <LOTS MORE>

        Friday, March 1, 2002
        Helms admits shame over inaction on AIDS
        by Kara Fox

        Notoriously anti-gay U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) said Feb. 20 at a
        Christian AIDS conference that he is ashamed he did not do more to
        fight the worldwide AIDS epidemic. Helms pledged to do more during
        his remaining months in office, a promise greeted with skepticism by
        gay and AIDS activists. <MORE>

        Vancouver murder case moves to 'back burner'
        by Rich Peters

        VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The search for Aaron Webster's killers
        has come up empty, and the case has been moved "to the back burner."
        Officially it is still an ongoing investigation, but unofficially
        Vancouver Police admit it is headed for the Cold Cases File. <MORE>


        Thursday February 28, 2002
        Man says he killed to avoid being outed
        By 365Gay.com

        SUMMARY: During his murder trial, A rural West Virginia man told the
        court on Wednesday that he did not know which was worse: to be
        accused of being gay or accused of murder.


        Wednesday, February 27, 2002
        Court rejects intersex discrimination case
        By Sharon Gittleman

        TROY, MI - An Oak Park woman who said she naturally biological
        transformed from a man into a woman sued her former company for
        employment discrimination after she lost her job. On Feb. 18, Naomi
        Solomons, 60, filed an appeal of the Oakland County Circuit Court's
        decision to reject her claim.

        Solomons told BTL she was born with a condition called
        intersexuality. Intersex people are born with chromosomes, external
        genitalia, or internal reproductive systems that are not considered
        average for either men or women.

        Solomons said her body began to change from male to female at age 56.
        She told BTL she was married twice to two different women before her
        non-surgical, non chemically-induced transformation began. <MORE>


        Wednesday, February 27, 2002
        The beginning of more focused targeting of UM clergy women?
        Reform Activist Says Methodist Female Clergy Typically Liberal
        By Chad Groening and Jody Brown
        [From the American Family Association (Don Wildmon)]

        (AgapePress) - A Methodist activist [Mark Tooley, who directs the
        United Methodist Action Committee of the Institute on Religion and
        Democracy] working to reform the United Methodist denomination says
        he is not surprised that most female clergy in the church support the
        pro-homosexual agenda and other liberal political positions. <SNIP>
        "I would guess that in a typical clergy women's convocation, probably
        a large percentage and maybe even a majority of those who are there
        would be supportive of the pro-homosexual cause," he says. <MORE>


        Wednesday, February 27, 2002
        Spanish gay priest hopes to stir debate
        By Jon ben Asher, 365Gay.com

        SUMMARY: Jose Mantero, the first Catholic priest to come out in
        Spain, is not about to be silenced.


        Monday, February 25, 2002
        Gay Advocates: Graffiti Hurts Cause

        MISSOULA, Mont. - Graffiti in apparent support of a lesbian couple
        whose home was gutted by an arson fire is counterproductive, gay and
        human rights advocates said.

        The Montana Human Rights Network and PRIDE, a gay and lesbian
        advocacy group, said the weekend graffiti at a conservative Missoula
        church and on a religious billboard in Bozeman flies in the face of
        efforts to unite people around the victims. <MORE>

        Monday, February 25, 2002
        Race Matters--And Not Just in February
        A Lesbian Notions Column
        by Paula Martinac

        Black History Month is winding down again... the time when many
        white-dominated lesbian and gay groups plan "multicultural" events
        and activists expound on the need for "diversity" in our community.
        The mostly white gay press, too, suddenly makes more room in its
        pages for features about queer African-Americans. But what if we
        aspired to be a truly antiracist community, not one that just gives
        space to racial issues one month out of the year?

        Friday, February 22, 2002
        Helms Praised for Change on AIDS

        By MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press Writer

        Sen. Jesse Helms' 180-degree turn on AIDS funding � from staunch
        opponent to a man who admits shame for his earlier stance � elicited
        praise from women who founded an anti-Helms group after their sons
        died of AIDS.

        "Of course, I'm thrilled," said Patsy Clarke, co-founder of Mothers
        Against Jesse in Congress. "I really never thought I would live to
        see the day. ... I'm particularly grateful that he would say he's
        ashamed." <MORE>


        Thursday, February 21, 2002
        Shh, It's an Open Secret: Warlords and Pedophilia
        By CRAIG S. SMITH
        New York Times

        KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Back in the 19th century, ethnic
        Pashtuns fighting in Britain's colonial army sang odes
        talking of their longing for young boys.

        Homosexuality, cloaked in the tradition of strong masculine
        bonds that are a hallmark of Islamic culture and are even
        more pronounced in southern Afghanistan's strict, sexually
        segregated society, has long been a clandestine feature of
        life here. But pedophilia has been its curse. <MORE>


        Thursday, February 21, 2002
        Presbyterian majority votes against allowing gay clergy
        By Julia Lieblich
        Chicago Tribune

        <SNIP>"It's always a blow when we get another formal rejection," said
        co-moderator Mitzi Henderson. "But even if this passed, it may not
        have changed behavior at the local level. It's like racism. It
        doesn't go away because you change voting laws. It's going to take a
        long-term grass-roots effort and we're committed to that."

        The vote, she added, does not indicate a consensus, and conservatives
        should not use it as an excuse to impose their will on all
        Presbyterians. <MORE>

        Friday, February 22, 2002
        Emory 'Pride' celebrates 10 years of activism
        by Laura Douglas-Brown

        A massive student demonstration at Atlanta's Emory University a
        decade ago helped push the school to become one of the most
        gay-supportive in the South. Emory University students Michael Norris
        and Alfred Hildebrand were studying in a glassed-in common area of a
        campus dorm on the night of Dec. 17, 1991, when they briefly kissed.
        Unknown to the two young men, a student saw them through a window and
        went throughout the dorm rounding up spectators. <BIG SNIP>

        Emory could still do more to challenge religious leaders who oppose
        gay rights, said Mark Jordan, a professor in Emory's religion
        department. Jordan, an acclaimed scholar on gay issues in the
        Catholic Church, came to Emory in 1999 to find a more supportive
        atmosphere than Catholic-affiliated Notre Dame University.

        "The first challenge is to bear witness within religious communities,
        and especially the Methodist church, on behalf of LGBT people," he
        said. <MORE>


        Friday, February 22, 2002
        Presbyterians uphold ban on gay clergy
        by Laura Douglas-Brown
        Friday, 22 February 2002

        <SNIP>"I'm sad at the tactics the opponents have used, including
        inciting fearfulness, accusations of apostasy and threats of schism,"
        said Michael Adee, national field organizer for More Light
        Presbyterians, a coalition of pro-gay churches that cites 108 member
        congregations around the country.
        The vote "is the strongest affirmation to date on the part of the
        vast majority of Presbyterians in preserving the Biblical witness to
        marriage between a man and woman," said Joe Rightmyer, executive
        director of Presbyterians for Renewal. <MORE>

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        CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE ... Friday, March 15, 2002 Lesbian mom appeals to Ga. Supreme Court by Laura Douglas-Brown
        Message 3 of 16 , Mar 14, 2002

          Friday, March 15, 2002
          Lesbian mom appeals to Ga. Supreme Court
          by Laura Douglas-Brown

          A lesbian mother has asked the state's highest court to reconsider
          whether her Vermont civil union should fulfill a custody agreement
          allowing her to visit her children only in the presence of a "spouse"
          or someone to whom she is "related within the second degree."

          "My focus and concern continues to be my children," said Susan Freer.
          "I want them to know I have done everything humanly possible to get
          them back and be a family." <MORE>

          Friday, March 15, 2002
          Partner of 9/11 victim takes his own life
          by Kara Fox

          JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Mike Lyons, whose partner of 17 years was killed
          in the World Trade Center attack, committed suicide Friday, March 1,
          after struggling with his partner's death, according to those who
          helped Lyons after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. This is the first
          suicide by a gay partner of a Sept. 11 victim, according to gay
          activists. <MUCH MORE>


          Friday, March 15, 2002
          Domestic partners excluded from 9/11 compensation rules
          by Lou Chibbaro Jr.

          WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department denied requests by gay
          advocacy groups to add language recognizing the eligibility of
          domestic partners to its final rules governing a multimillion-dollar
          federal fund for survivors of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist
          attacks. <MORE>


          Friday, March 15, 2002
          Rosie's not-so riveting revelation
          by Mike Fleming

          Speculation about Rosie O'Donnell telling ABC's Diane Sawyer that she
          is gay captured the attention of the public and several
          celebrity-oriented magazines in the weeks leading up to the
          interview, which aired on 'Primetime Thursday' this week. Rosie
          O'Donnell is finally out of the closet.

          "I don't think America knows what a gay parent looks like," O'Donnell
          told Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime Thursday." "I am a gay parent."
          <LOTS MORE>


          Wednesday, March 13, 2002
          Lesbian Notions: Fighting the Pedophile Stereotype
          By Paula Martinac

          If there's one word that makes lesbians and gay men nervous, it's
          "pedophilia." The charge of preying on young people has been leveled
          against us so often that we have ready responses when "gay" is
          mentioned in the same breath as "pedophile." Lesbians are often quick
          to defend their gay brothers with statistics that show straight men
          are more likely to be pedophiles than gay men. But at the same time,
          our community rarely discusses that lesbians' and gay men's diverging
          views on what constitutes pedophilia are a barrier to achieving
          community. <more>


          Tuesday, March 12, 2002
          Armenia pressured to drop anti-gay laws
          Gay.com U.K.

          SUMMARY: The Association of Gay and Lesbian Armenians of France is
          calling on rights groups to put pressure on Armenia to change its
          penal code condemning homosexuals.

          Monday, March 11, 2002
          Going through hell

          Jacqueline Ley was a fundamentalist Christian when her son told her
          he was homosexual. REBECCA McQUILLAN meets a mother who was moved to
          reconcile faith and family <BIG SNIP>

          "Before ever James came out I was aware that although my faith in God
          was absolute, there was a lot about the fundamentalist church that
          didn't sit right with me. We are now involved with the Episcopal
          church which is a lovely, accepting place. My attitude to
          fundamentalist Christianity has changed a lot and it's not something
          I want to be involved with any more. I'm in no way criticising any
          individuals, but, for me personally, I'm not comfortable about being
          so dogmatic about so many things." <MORE>

          (No Ordinary Child by Jacqueline Ley is published by Wild Goose
          Publications, Iona Community)


          Sunday, March 10, 2002
          Forgiveness graces a life stung by controversy
          Gay minister honored on heels of reconciliation
          By Leslie Petrovski
          The Denver Post

          <snip> This evening the Rev. Julian Rush was being celebrated for his
          17-plus years as executive director of the Colorado AIDS Project.
          The annual Leadership Recognition Dinner honors community leaders who
          have made extraordinary contributions in the battle against AIDS and
          HIV. It could be argued none has contributed as much as Rush, who
          built the organization from his part-time job into a $3 million
          agency before leaving in 2001. <more>

          [See also the book: Julian Rush--Facing the Music; a Gay
          Methodist Minister's Story, as told to Lee Hart Merrick
          (www.iuniverse.com ISBN 0-595-19658-6).]

          Friday, March 8, 2002
          New Emotion Enters This Year's St. Patrick's Day Parade
          By DAN BARRY
          New York Times

          There have been so many St. Patrick's Day parades in Manhattan � 240
          in fact � that in the city's collective memory they tend to blur into
          one long march of roaring throngs, internal squabbles and bagpipe
          renditions of "The Minstrel Boy." The 241st, though, will stand
          And there is the yearly outrage of the Irish Lesbian and Gay
          Organization, whose members protest the committee's refusal to let
          its members march under their own banner. Aine Duggan, a spokeswoman
          for the organization, said that the group would hold a "sidelines
          protest" during the parade, at which members would hold placards
          honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender "heroes of Sept.
          11." <more>

          Friday, March 8, 2002
          Editorial: The pope's scapegoat
          by Chris Crain

          For weeks now, the Vatican has kept its silence as more reports
          surface about sexual abuse of young parishioners by Catholic priests.
          <SNIP> Then finally, last week, the spokesperson for Pope John Paul
          II discussed the problem publicly, in an interview with the New York
          Times. But rather than acknowledge the culpability of church
          leadership, for not doing more to ferret out abusers and for not
          turning wrongdoers over to law enforcement, the Vatican spokesperson
          took the easy way out. He blamed the gays.


          Friday, March 8, 2002
          Vatican blames gays for pedophile priest scandal
          by Rhonda Smith

          The spokesperson for Pope John Paul II said last week that in the
          wake of a growing scandal in the priesthood over child sexual abuse,
          the Roman Catholic Church may ban the ordination of even sexually
          non-active gays. The comments drew immediate fire from some Catholic
          scholars, religious leaders and gay activists. <MUCH MORE>


          Thursday March 7, 2002
          Canada: Gay 'widows' win pensions suit
          Jean-Pierre O'Brien, 365Gay.com

          SUMMARY: Four Quebec gay surviving spouses have won in a suit over
          the date when partners are eligible to receive Widows Pensions from
          the government.


          Wednesday, March 6, 2002
          Conservative Episcopal Priest Is Suspended

          PHILADELPHIA, March 5 - An Episcopal rector who opposes the
          ordination of women and homosexuals has been suspended for
          six months and could be stripped of his priesthood. <MORE>


          Week of February 27 - March 5, 2002
          In Memory of Stonewall Warrior Sylvia Rivera
          A Woman for Her Time
          by Riki Wilchins
          Village Voice

          She may have been the prototypical Angry Queen. Unbowed, unbought,
          and virtually indigestible by a gay movement she helped birth,
          Stonewall warrior Sylvia Rivera died on February 19 of end-stage
          liver disease aggravated by too many years on alcohol and city

          Sylvia (n� Ray) was one of those outcast femmy boys and butchy girls
          she worried so much about, who worked the streets and too often ended
          up floating under the Christopher Street piers, overdosed on drugs or
          beaten half to death by fag bashers, strung-out tricks, lovers, or
          cops. <MORE>

          Sylvia Rivera (Biographical Sketch)
          On June 27, 1969, Sylvia Rivera, a 17-year-old drag queen from the
          Bronx, led the charge at the Stonewall Riots. She talks to David Isay
          about her life since then. <more>

          From the June 27, 1999, New York Times Magazine. Photograph by Harvey
          Wang for the New York Times Magazine.


          The Laramie Project Archives

          Explore 17 New York Times articles about the murder of
          Matthew Shepard, as well as the trial of his two
          assailants and the nationwide debate about hate-crimes
          legislation that it provoked.

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          CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE Several articles April 7 - May 16. ... Thursday, May 16, 2002 Breakthrough for right in Dutch poll
          Message 4 of 16 , May 16, 2002

            Several articles April 7 - May 16.


            Thursday, May 16, 2002
            Breakthrough for right in Dutch poll

            The anti-immigration party of murdered politician Pim Fortuyn has
            completely changed the traditional balance of power in the
            Netherlands, taking second place in the general election.


            Wednesday, May 15, 2002
            Dutch Veer to Right After Candidate's Killing
            By MARLISE SIMONS

            Dutch politics took a startling swing to the right in parliamentary
            elections as followers of the slain populist Pim Fortuyn turned out
            in force today to push his anti-immigrant and law-and-order agenda.


            Tuesday, May 14, 2002
            Brazil's president supports same-sex unions
            The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

            Brazil's president has endorsed a proposal to legalize same-sex
            unions. President Fernando Henrique Cardoso urged the Brazilian
            congress to pass legislation that has become bogged down in

            Tuesday, May 14, 2002
            Hundreds rally for and against Alabama judge
            Jen Christensen, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
            The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

            The fight continues over an Alabama Supreme Court justice who called
            homosexuality "an inherent evil" in a recent custody case involving a
            lesbian mother. This weekend, about 400 people gathered in Alabama's
            state capitol to hold simultaneous rallies for and against the chief
            justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, Roy Moore. Organizers said the
            protesters were evenly numbered on both sides. <MORE>


            Monday, May 13, 2002
            Homosexuals fear `witch hunt' in backlash of abuse scandal rocking
            Catholic Church
            Gays defending faith and selves
            Some say they've been `sacrificed' over sexual orientation
            By Jim Carney
            Beacon Journal staff writer

            The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

            A cloak of fear hangs over a part of the body of the Roman Catholic
            Church. "They are on a witch hunt," said a gay priest who says Mass
            for a group of gay Catholics called Dignity meeting at a
            Congregational Church in downtown Columbus two Sunday evenings a


            Monday, May 13, 2002
            Street Life Ups Drug, Sex Abuse Risks for Gay Youth
            By Charnicia Huggins
            The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

            NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and
            transgender adolescents appear to be at a higher risk for physical
            and sexual abuse, substance abuse and mental health problems than
            their heterosexual peers, new study findings show.

            Gay Priests and Sex Abuses: How the Past Shaped the Present
            May 11, 2002
            New York Times

            Laurie Goodstein interviews Mark D. Jordan, a professor of
            religion at Emory University and the author of "The Silence
            of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism."


            Friday, May 10, 2002
            Massachusetts court won't recognize gay marriage
            The Advocate

            A judge in Massachusetts has ruled against granting marriage licenses
            to seven gay couples, saying the legality of same-sex marriage should
            be decided by the legislature, not the courts. The couples argued
            before Suffolk County superior court judge Thomas Connolly in March
            that the state should recognize same-sex marriages and give gay
            couples the same marriage rights as heterosexual married couples.


            Friday, May 10, 2002
            Church Disciplines Lesbian Couple by Asking Them to Leave
            By Jim Brown and Bill Fancher
            AgapePress (American Family Association)

            A charismatic church in Houston has been confronted with an issue
            that many mainline denominations -- among them the United Methodist
            Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) -- have been wrestling with:
            Should homosexuals be allowed to become members and serve in the
            local church?

            The Houston Vineyard has asked a lesbian couple to leave the church
            after they refused to abandon their lifestyle. Donna and Marti
            Rickard had been attending the Vineyard for two years, and were
            allowed to take part in communion -- but were not permitted to become
            official members or leaders in the church. <MORE>

            Thursday, May 9, 2002
            Dallas passes nondiscrimination law
            Jen Christensen, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
            The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

            SUMMARY: Dallas gay and lesbian residents now have an ordinance to
            protect them from discrimination.


            Wednesday, May 8, 2002
            PFLAG Selects David Tseng as New Executive Director
            "Clear Choice" Brings Strong Leadership and Civil Rights Experience

            The national office of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and
            Gays (PFLAG) announced today the selection of David Tseng, former
            White House senior policy advisor and staff director for the National
            Economic Council, as the organization's new executive director. Tseng
            begins with PFLAG on June 1.

            Wednesday, May 8, 2002
            Birmingham, MI church lends welcome mat to glbt

            Only in the last few years have a few liberal, mainstream religious
            denominations begun to recruit gays in an organized fashion.
            Birmingham Unitarian was at the forefront of that shift. In 1994, Hal
            Breidenbach, a West Bloomfield software engineer and then-member of
            the church's board, decided Birmingham Unitarian should become more
            welcoming to gays and lesbians. <MORE>


            Tuesday, May 7, 2002
            Focus on gay priests may be a powder keg
            By Monica Davey, Darlene Stevens and Don Terry
            Chicago Tribune

            For the last 20 of his 45-plus years, the dark-haired man at the
            altar has baptized babies, buried grandparents, married young men
            and women.

            The fact that he is also gay had never been much of an issue, until
            now. "I've never felt personally discriminated against," he said.
            "But right now there's a lot of homophobia and hysteria going
            around." <MORE>

            April 29, 2002
            At a Largely Gay Church, a Test of Faith
            By EVELYN NIEVES
            New York Times

            It was a typical Sunday morning at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic
            Church, and it wasn't. Parishioners filled the pews for the popular
            10 o'clock Mass, as they do every week, while organ music played and
            sunlight danced across the stained-glass windows. But while
            this largely gay parish in the heart of the city's largely
            gay Castro district is usually joyful, it was tense. <MORE>


            April 27, 2002
            Gay minister who won round says main battle still remains
            By Janet I. Tu
            Seattle Times staff reporter

            The Rev. Mark Williams, an openly gay pastor, and members of his
            congregation at Woodland Park United Methodist Church cheered this
            week's decision by a church high court that effectively meant
            Williams would not be suspended. But they also said the big battle
            was yet to come. <SNIP>
            But the 160-member flock is heartened that "we've passed one more
            hurdle successfully," said Maggie Brown, chairwoman of the church's
            staff-parish relations committee. "When a minister is suspended, you
            can't have any contact with him. That's awful. He needs our full
            support." <MORE>

            April 23, 2002
            Gay Man to Seek Benefits for Loss of Companion on Sept. 11
            By ROBERT F. WORTH
            New York Times

            A gay man whose partner died in the World Trade Center
            attack is seeking benefits as a spouse in what lawyers have
            called the first effort by gay or lesbian partners to seek
            coverage under New York State's workers' compensation law. <MORE>


            Tuesday, April 16, 2002
            Nigeria: arrests made in student's death
            Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network

            SUMMARY: A group of Nigerian high school students have been arrested
            for allegedly beating a fellow student to death because they believed
            he was gay.

            Friday, April 12, 2002
            Gays in China Step Out, With One Foot in Closet
            New York Times


            SHENZHEN, China - A pillar of Shenzhen's thriving gay
            community, Mr. Wu networks his way through the noise and
            smoke of the packed club in this high-powered business
            town, bestowing greetings, drinks and hugs on men who refer
            to themselves, with a touch of irony, as "comrades." <MORE>


            Monday, April 8, 2002
            Nigerian students kill mate

            KANO, Nigeria -- A northern Nigerian secondary school student has
            been beaten to death by his mates who accused him of homosexual acts,
            a state-run radio reported here on Saturday.

            Sunday, April 7, 2002
            Drive to Ban Gay Marriage Is Accused of Duping Signers
            By PAM BELLUCK

            Outside a Stop & Shop in this suburb south of Boston a few months
            ago, Richard Leeman was stopped by a man with a clipboard who asked
            him to sign a petition to ban the practice of slaughtering horses for
            people to eat. Mr. Leeman, a retired insurance executive,
            planted his signature on the paper.

            But Mr. Leeman recently discovered that the petition he
            signed was apparently not to protect horses, but to ban gay
            marriage in Massachusetts, something Mr. Leeman says he
            would never support.

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            CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE ... Tuesday, June 4, 2002 Salvation Army loses vote on exemption By JOSHUA L. WEINSTEIN Portland Press Herald
            Message 5 of 16 , Jun 4, 2002

              Tuesday, June 4, 2002
              Salvation Army loses vote on exemption
              By JOSHUA L. WEINSTEIN
              Portland Press Herald

              The Salvation Army must either comply with a Portland ordinance and
              offer health insurance to the domestic partners of its unmarried
              employees or give up its Meals on Wheels and senior center contract,
              city councilors decided Monday night.

              <BIG SNIP>

              Richard Munn, a Salvation Army captain, said he feels like the
              Christian organization is being discriminated against.

              He said the ordinance goes against a core value.

              Rick Galena, executive director of the Maine Lesbian Gay Political
              Alliance, said that if the exemption were granted, "gay and lesbian
              citizens will be publicly subsidizing our own discrimination."

              Staff Writer Joshua L. Weinstein can be contacted at:

              Friday, May 31, 2002
              Egypt's leader dumps 'debauchery' verdicts against gays
              Wary activists praise Queen Boat decision
              Issandr El Amrani
              San Francisco Chronicle

              Cairo -- In a surprise decision, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has
              tossed out verdicts against all but two of 52 defendants in a
              controversial case that international gay activists had assailed as
              part of a systematic campaign of discrimination against homosexuals.
              <BIG SNIP>
              GayEgypt.com, a Web site offering news, culture and contacts for
              Egyptian gays, said in an editorial this week that it suspects that
              "Mubarak may be trying to appease both the West, by releasing the
              Queen Boat prisoners, and the Muslim Brotherhood, by introducing a
              new law to criminalize homosexual relations." <MORE>


              Friday, May 31, 2002
              Pride corporate sponsors under fire
              'Family' group targets Coca-Cola, BellSouth, while gay activist
              attacks Coors
              By JENNIFER J. SMITH

              All three top-level sponsors of Atlanta�s upcoming Gay Pride festival
              now find themselves under attack -- two from an anti-gay conservative
              group and a third from a gay activist. <MORE>

              Friday, May 31, 2002
              Pro-gay scout group seeks increased Ga. presence
              Scouting for All wants to build local chapter to protest the Boy
              Scouts� gay ban
              By JENNIFER J. SMITH

              Scouting for All, a national advocacy group seeking to end the Boy
              Scouts of America's ban on gays, is seeking to solidify a chapter in
              Georgia, beginning with meetings in Atlanta last week and a presence
              at Atlanta's Gay Pride festival next month. <MORE>

              Friday, May 31, 2002
              Nickelodeon targeted for gay 'news' report
              By KARA FOX

              The Traditional Values Coalition, a conservative lobby group,
              recently sent an alert to its members to boycott and write letters to
              a children�s network it believes is "promoting homosexuality."

              Nickelodeon, a children's cable network owned by Viacom, runs a
              weekly news show for children, "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee," which
              addresses current issues at a child�s level. The network plans on
              airing a show segment discussing sexual orientation, but the
              Traditional Values Coalition wants to make sure the planned program
              does not air. <MORE>

              Thursday, May 30, 2002
              U.S. Fund for Tower Victims Will Aid Some Gay Partners
              By JANE GROSS
              New York Times


              Some of the gay men and lesbians who were partners of Sept.
              11 victims are poised to collect substantial awards from
              the federal fund set up to compensate bereaved families,
              according to Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master of the
              fund, and lawyers familiar with the process. <MORE>


              Thursday, May 30, 2002
              Holiday gesture renews gay duel
              Ferndale rights activist may face recall effort
              BY BILL LAITNER
              Detroit Free Press

              A small but outspoken group of Ferndale residents is angry over a
              councilman's gay-rights protest at a city Memorial Day observance.

              Councilman Craig Covey, known for gay-rights activism, turned his
              back Monday while a benediction was said before hundreds of residents
              by a minister known for opposing gay rights.


              Monday, May 27, 2002
              Religious alliances favor, and oppose, constitutional amendment
              against homosexual marriage
              Associated Press

              <SNIP> Many constitutional amendments are offered but few succeed. In
              this case, an obvious obstacle is that two-thirds approval is
              required in the U.S. Senate as well as the House, yet not one senator
              was willing to co-sponsor the House bill. <SNIP>
              Religious liberals, however, reinterpret marital morality and the
              Bible, among them 76 clergy in the Philadelphia area's Interfaith
              Working Group. They protested that the amendment violates the belief
              of Reform Judaism, many Quaker and United Church of Christ
              congregations, Unitarian Universalists, the predominantly gay
              Metropolitan Community Churches and others. <MORE>


              About a Boy Who Isn't
              Sunday, May 26, 2002
              New York Times

              At a California middle school, M. is a popular 13-year-old
              boy. Only a few of his teachers know what he's precariously
              hiding: He's a girl. <MORE>


              Wednesday, May 22, 2002
              A presidential 'road not taken' ... yet
              Alexandra Marks
              The Christian Science Monitor

              (MONTPELIER, VT.)Howard Dean tips back his cowboy hat, adjusts his
              guitar, and lets fly some fancy finger picking. The crowd of state
              lawmakers hoots in delight, clearly surprised at their 11-year
              incumbent governor's musical prowess. <MORE>

              Friday, May 17, 2002
              Germany Votes to Pardon Gays Prosecuted by Nazis

              BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament passed legislation Friday
              allowing around 50,000 gay men prosecuted by the Nazis because of
              their sexuality to be pardoned, even posthumously. <MORE>


              Tuesday, May 14, 2002
              Eminem Raps U.S. Vice President's Wife
              By Steve Gorman

              LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bad-boy rap artist Eminem has lobbed a
              four-letter word at Vice President Dick Cheney's wife on his upcoming
              album, but the second lady is hardly running away to a secure,
              undisclosed location.

              The Detroit-based recording star, a favorite target of Lynne Cheney
              in her criticism of the recording industry, unleashes the offensive
              word against her on the "White America" track to his soon-to-be
              released LP, "The Eminem Show."

              She fired back through her spokeswoman, again condemning his lyrics
              as a "glorification of violence" against women and homosexuals.

              The following essay expresses a viewpoint contrary to those who
              support full inclusion of LGBT in the church.

              The Conservative Church's Response to Homosexuality:
              A Quantum Leap of Honesty and Relationship
              By Sonia Balcer


              As a conservative Christian who believes God's will as revealed in
              Scripture forbids homosexual relationships and who has witnessed
              growing divisions in the Church over the issue, I often find myself
              asking, "What is the work that You, Lord, are doing among Your
              Beyond the theological questions of what the scriptures say about
              homosexuality, it is crucial that we pursue certain questions about
              the issue of homosexuality itself that will inform how we approach
              and relate to people who experience same-gender attractions. If we
              take a closer look at the scientific and social evidence, we may
              find that not everything represented about gays and lesbians by
              those who agree with us theologically hold up scientifically.
              <LOTS MORE>

              Sonia Balcer is a physicist who has navigated the territory of
              lifelong same-gender attractions and has since 1987 been involved
              with Exodus ministries and workshops. Active in worship and prayer
              in her church, she has since 1992 been leading "Safe Passage", an
              open support group in the Los Angeles area for those struggling with

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              CALLED OUT ... Saturday, July 27, 2002 Gay Retrial Adjourned in Egypt By Nick Thorpe BBC correspondent in Cairo
              Message 6 of 16 , Jul 28, 2002
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                Saturday, July 27, 2002
                Gay Retrial Adjourned in Egypt
                By Nick Thorpe
                BBC correspondent in Cairo

                The trial of 50 men in Cairo accused of depraved behaviour for their
                alleged homosexual leanings has been adjourned by the judge to give
                the defence more time to prepare its case. Twenty-one of the men
                were originally convicted of the offence last November. But the state
                security court verdict was overturned by President Hosni Mubarak,
                who ordered that the case be heard again in an ordinary criminal
                court. <MORE>


                Saturday, July 27, 2002
                For a Giant Evangelical Ministry, Facing a Midlife Crisis at 25
                By STEVE RABEY
                New York Times

                As thousands of people gather in Colorado for this
                weekend's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Focus on
                the Family, the international multimedia evangelical
                ministry, its founder acknowledges that Focus is at a

                The theme of the celebrations, which Dr. Dobson said would
                draw 40,000 people, is "Looking Back With Thanksgiving,
                Looking Forward With Hope." But Dr. Dobson, whose stands
                against abortion, homosexuality and sex outside of marriage
                make him a lightning rod for liberals' condemnation, says
                he is concerned about the future of Focus, which has had
                two consecutive years of flat income and a continuing
                inability to attract younger donors. <MORE>

                Friday, July 26, 2002
                Gay pastor won't face Methodist church trial
                By Sheila Lalwani
                Seattle Times staff reporter

                In another decision that puts the Pacific Northwest Conference of the
                United Methodist Church at odds with the larger church, an
                investigative committee of the conference has dismissed a complaint
                against the Rev. Karen Dammann, a lesbian minister accused of
                violating church law prohibiting "self-avowed, practicing
                homosexuals" from being ordained or serving as pastors. <SNIP>

                "We're happy," Dammann said yesterday. "I was not expecting this. I
                was expecting it to go the other way." <SNIP>

                Three members of the investigating committee voted to forward
                Dammann's case to church trial, three voted against that and one
                abstained. Five votes are needed to send a case to a church trial.


                Thursday, July 25, 2002
                Killing of gay prisoner sparks safety concerns

                The safety of gays in America's prison system is under the microscope
                after an inmate at a Virginia prison was charged with killing the gay
                man with whom he shared a cell.

                Prison authorities now concede that the accused had warned guards
                months earlier not to place him in a cell with gays because he would
                kill them. <MORE>


                Thursday July 25, 2002
                Comment: Apostle of humility
                Liberals and conservatives will try to claim him, but Rowan Williams'
                only agenda is spiritual leadership
                Jane Shaw
                The Guardian

                When Rowan Williams was announced as the new Archbishop of Canterbury
                on Tuesday, laypeople, priests and bishops from all over the Anglican
                Communion, and ministers and laypeople from different denominations
                all over the world attending the international summer school in
                theology at Oxford where I was teaching, spontaneously cheered. Some
                even shed a tear of relief.

                What is it about this man's theology and spirituality that gives us
                all such hope? Williams' theology is rightly described as orthodox.
                He reads scripture seriously and believes that it leads to Christ and
                the cross of Christ. He believes in a Trinitarian God - Father, Son
                and Holy Spirit. He believes that the church is a community of those
                who "begin from the experience of being reconciled, being accepted,
                being held (however precariously) in the grace of God". He is a man
                who prays and believes in the ever-renewing process of a spiritual
                life. You can't get more orthodox than that. <MORE>

                The Rev Dr Jane Shaw is Dean of Divinity, Chaplain and Fellow of New
                College, Oxford jane.shaw@...


                Wednesday, July 24, 2002
                Transsexual Revolution Brews in UK's Leafy Suburbs

                LONDON (Reuters) - When Jennifer was 8 she wrote to Santa asking for
                a Barbie doll. And like so many boys whose Christmas wishes have gone
                unanswered, he spent the next few weeks wondering what he had done to
                make Santa so cross.

                That was when Jennifer was still Daniel -- another 40 years would
                pass before he found the courage to put himself under the surgeon's
                knife for the six-hour operation to change his sex. <MORE>


                Tuesday, July 23, 2002
                Antigay group attacks mentoring organization

                Conservative organization Focus on the Family is trying to raise a
                national ruckus over a sexual orientation nondiscrimination rule
                implemented this month by Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America, the
                youth-mentoring group with headquarters in Philadelphia, according to
                The Philadelphia Inquirer. <MORE>


                Monday, July 22, 2002
                The End, To Be Continued
                By Linton Weeks

                Evangelical Christians Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, authors of
                the apocalyptic -- and fictional -- "Left Behind" series, have sold
                more than 35 million books in seven years. The just-released 10th
                volume, "The Remnant," debuted at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction
                bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly and the New York
                Times and No. 5 on The Washington Post list. <SNIP>

                In 1979, [LaHaye] and his wife, Beverly, founded the Washington-based
                Concerned Women for America to support the traditional notion of
                family, oppose abortion and be highly critical of the United States'
                participation in the United Nations. "I've opposed the United Nations
                for 50 years," LaHaye says.

                He was on the first board of directors of Jerry Falwell's Moral
                Majority. He has been an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. He says
                he has ministered to gay Christians and "I have discovered that it
                was a very unhappy lifestyle." <MORE>


                July 20, 2002
                At Seminary, Unease Over Gay Priests
                By Hanna Rosin
                Washington Post

                Several things struck Andrew Krzmarzick during orientation week for
                his class of aspiring priests in the late summer of 1997: how brainy
                everyone seemed, how they weren't ostentatiously pious, and one other
                thing. Midway through a tour of the library at Theological College in
                Northeast Washington, he noticed another student "definitely checking
                me out." So he ditched the tour and asked the one friend he'd made so
                far: "Hey -- are we the only straight guys here or what <MORE>


                July 20, 2002
                Woman to Lead Ministry of Lesbian and Gay Catholics

                Frances M. Ruth, an administrative assistant who has served in the
                Ministry of Lesbian and Gay Catholics for the Roman Catholic Church's
                Los Angeles archdiocese, has been named to lead the group following
                the resignation of Father Peter Liuzzi.

                "As a Catholic who happens to be lesbian, this ministry is very dear
                to me, and it is my goal to keep it running full throttle," Ruth
                wrote in an e-mail announcing her new job. She said Cardinal Roger M.
                Mahony continues to fully support the ministry, which has drawn fire
                from conservative Catholics. <MORE>


                July 16, 2002
                Church withholds funds to protest gay clergy ruling
                By Steve Smith
                Associate Editor, United Methodist Reporter

                A United Methodist church in Washington State is hitting the Pacific
                Northwest Annual Conference in the pocketbook by withholding
                apportionments to protest the way conference leaders handled the case
                of an openly gay Seattle pastor.

                At least eight to 10 other Pacific Northwest churches are considering
                taking similar action with hundreds of thousands of dollars in
                apportionments, evangelical leaders warned. <MORE>


                July 16, 2002
                Vote Could Cost Gay Minister His Post

                KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A gay preacher ordained last month by the
                Church of the Brethren could lose his post because delegates at the
                Protestant denomination's annual convention voted to bar homosexual

                The denomination said its Michigan district has some leeway in
                deciding the status of 34-year-old Matthew Smucker but said the
                situation was unique. <MORE>

                OP-ED: Jewish 'affair' with Christian right is both misguided and
                By Arlene Stein

                SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., July 16 (JTA) � Six years ago, the
                Anti-Defamation League issued a scathing report entitled "The
                Religious Right: The Assault on Pluralism and Tolerance in America."
                But in a stunning reversal in May, it ran full-page ads in The New
                York Times and other publications, reprinting a strongly pro-Israel
                opinion piece by former Christian Coalition chief Ralph Reed. <SNIP>
                But like many hastily conceived romances, the Jewish alliance with
                Christian conservatives is bound to spawn some unanticipated � and
                unwanted � offspring. It could potentially alienate large sectors of
                the Jewish community, driving them away from the fold � particularly
                socially liberal baby boomers, who are likely to be turned off by the
                right's anti-abortion, anti-gay and anti-democratic agenda. <MORE>


                CORRECTION: In the July 16, 2002 story entitled 'Dispute gives rise
                licensing, property questions', it was suggested that any parish that
                withheld its assessment from the diocese of New Westminster for one
                year would lose its representation at diocesan synod. In fact, say
                the diocese's business administrator and legal assessor, there is no
                such penalty in the diocese's canons or constitution.

                We regret the error.

                Link: Dispute gives rise to licensing, property questions

                Leanne Larmondin
                Web Manager
                Anglican Church of Canada
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                Toronto ON L5E 2G1
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                Message 7 of 16 , Aug 6, 2002
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                  Lots of links...

                  Bishop announces unusual review of decision
                  Seattle Gay News
                  by Lindsay T. Thompson

                  After a church investigative committee dealt another setback for
                  opponents of Gay and Lesbian clergy last week, the head of the
                  Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church has
                  intervened to "review" the decision not to prosecute Rev. Karen
                  Dammann, a former Seattle minister who came out as a Lesbian on
                  Valentine's Day, 2001.
                  Dammann learned of Bishop Galvan's decision to "review" the
                  committee's decision in the newspaper last weekend, although a church
                  spokesman said Thursday that the announcement was emailed to Dammann
                  at the last address they had. Galvan claims authority to review the
                  decision of the committee under a section of the Book of Discipline
                  that gives bishops authority to "ensure fair process for clergy and
                  laity" in all involuntary administrative and judicial proceedings
                  through monitoring the performance of committees carrying out those
                  proceedings. However, the actual section dealing with a committee on
                  investigation dismissing charges makes no provision for appeal or
                  review by the Bishop unless the committee specifically refers the
                  case to the Bishop. An announcement on the results of the review is
                  expected in about 30 days.
                  <BIG SNIP>
                  Lindsay Thompson is a shareholder in the Seattle law firm of Thompson
                  Gipe, P.C. The first openly Gay member of the Washington State Bar
                  Association's Board of Governors, he serves as legal counsel for
                  Karen Dammann in the United Methodist Church's case against her

                  Monday, August 5, 2002
                  Church law conflict fuels debate over gay pastors
                  Elizabeth Murtaugh; The Associated Press

                  There is nothing ambiguous about the United Methodist Church law that
                  forbids the appointment of "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" as

                  Yet complaints against two ministers from Seattle who openly declared
                  they are gay have been dismissed this year, allowing them to continue
                  to preach and fueling a fierce national debate.

                  The decisions have galvanized Methodists who say it's time for church
                  doctrine to make room for gay pastors and be more accepting of gays,
                  in general. Others are crying foul, saying church law should be
                  upheld. <MORE>


                  Monday, August 5, 2002
                  Canadians court same-sex marriage
                  By Deb Price / The Detroit News

                  Life for gay Canadians is likely to be wonderfully transformed
                  because of one simple question posed in a phone call last year:

                  "Would you and Joe like to get married?"

                  The question was asked by the Rev. Brent Hawkes, pastor of the
                  gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto. A resounding
                  "yes" came back from Kevin Bourassa and his partner Joe Varnell, both
                  members of the church. <MORE>


                  Monday, August 05, 2002
                  In court, 'I do' no longer does it
                  Gay, common-law couples now have most of the same rights as husbands
                  and wives: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
                  David Staples, Edmonton Journal

                  The Alberta government refuses to allow gays to marry, but if current
                  trends continue, the legal differences between straight couples and
                  gay couples will soon be negligible.

                  There is an ever-shrinking difference between the legal benefits and
                  obligations that married couples have, and those of gay and
                  common-law heterosexual couples. <MUCH MORE>


                  Monday, August 5, 2002
                  Phelps passes on Nazi rally: 'Much too busy to meddle in non-events'
                  By Chris Moon
                  The Capital-Journal
                  Fred Phelps Sr. isn't interested in neo-Nazis.

                  The anti-gay minister of the Westboro Baptist Church said Monday he
                  had better things to do than protest a rally by the pro-white
                  National Socialist Movement planned for Aug. 24 on the south steps of
                  the Kansas Statehouse.

                  "Lord, no. There won't be anything there except Scroggins and those
                  CCT types," he said, chiding local civil rights activist Sonny
                  Scroggins and the anti-hate group Concerned Citizens for Topeka.

                  Sunday, August 4, 2002
                  Schism between liberal Episcopal bishop, conservative rector fought
                  in churches
                  By JOANN LOVIGLIO
                  Associated Press Writer

                  PHILADELPHIA - Churches throughout the Episcopal Diocese of
                  Pennsylvania were ordered Sunday to read a letter written by the
                  bishop to explain the suspension of a conservative rector who opposes
                  the ordination of women and homosexuals.

                  The five-page letter, which Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. ordered
                  read in the diocese's 162 parishes, said the Rev. David Moyer was
                  suspended because of his defiance of church canons. <MORE>

                  Sunday, August 4, 2002
                  On Edge
                  By AARON VAYS as told to DANA SHAPIRO
                  New York Times
                  My family is from Russia. I was about 2 months old when we
                  got here. Now I'm 13. <SNIP>

                  I started figure skating when I was 4 1/2; other kids
                  didn't even know what it was. But things started to change
                  in fifth grade. Everyone started talking about girlfriends
                  and boyfriends instead of not liking girls and cooties.
                  They said that figure skating is ''for girls'' and
                  ''stupid'' and called me a ''mama's boy.'' Then they called
                  me ''gay.' <LOTS MORE>

                  Sunday, August 4, 2002
                  Taboo Surfing: Click Here for Iran . . .
                  By NAZILA FATHI
                  New York Times

                  TEHRAN: At paltalk.com, an Internet video chat site, Iranian
                  visitors sometimes trade nude pictures of themselves. At
                  chat.yahoo.com, Iranian youths flirt, exchange mp3's and
                  discuss Western styles. And at numerous Web logs - or
                  "blogs" - Iranian women become public diarists, ruminating
                  about sex, dating and marriage. <MORE>


                  Saturday, August 3, 2002
                  Push for Llanelli gay 'wedding' service

                  Llanelli could become the first town in Wales to offer "weddings" for
                  gay couples if a pressure campaign pays off. Carmarthenshire County
                  Council said it will consider offering civil partnership services to
                  same-sex couples. <SNIP>
                  Metropolitan areas of England and Scotland already offer the special
                  ceremonies. But no offices in Wales have made provisions.

                  Friday, August 2, 2002
                  Pastor: Falwell's church is 'toxic'
                  by Shannon Brennan
                  The News & Advance

                  Three years ago the Rev. Mel White came to Lynchburg to politely try
                  to persuade the Rev. Jerry Falwell to tone down his anti-Gay
                  rhetoric. Falwell politely agreed to help combat violence against

                  Now White is coming back, but this time the pair have their boxing
                  gloves on. White has declared Thomas Road Baptist Church a "Toxic
                  Religion Zone," and Falwell has vowed not to give White a platform at
                  his church.


                  Wednesday, July 31, 2002
                  Lesbian Couple Allowed Name Change
                  By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

                  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In a victory for gay rights, the Ohio Supreme
                  Court ruled Wednesday that a lesbian couple can legally adopt a last
                  name they created.

                  The court said in a 6-1 vote that Belinda Lou Priddy and Jennifer
                  Lane Bicknell followed all required procedures to change their names
                  and their intent was not fraudulent. <MORE>

                  Wednesday, July 31, 2002
                  Couples join in love and spirit
                  By Kelly Peters

                  DETROIT - Seven couples professed their love for each other at the
                  Same-Sex Holy Union on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain
                  Hotel on July 27 as part of the Hotter Than July weekend. Pastor
                  Karl Jackson, of New Covenant Community Ministries, officiated the
                  "Some people say God does not join the souls of the same-sex
                  together," said Jackson during the ceremony. "You're here to prove
                  to them that God does join your souls together. Even though the
                  state does not sanction same-sex marriage, this is still a legal
                  contract. You are making a verbal agreement and a written
                  agreement-so you can't get out of this. Take this lifetime covenant
                  seriously." <MORE>


                  Tuesday, July 30, 2002
                  Tory M.P. Says He's Gay, Testing British Party's Tolerance
                  By WARREN HOGE

                  LONDON, July 29 - A newly stated commitment by Britain's
                  Conservatives to social inclusiveness and tolerance came in
                  for a test today when a senior member of the party
                  announced that he was gay.

                  Alan Duncan, 45, the Tories' parliamentary spokesman for
                  foreign affairs and a central figure in Conservative
                  politics for the past decade, made his acknowledgment in a
                  front-page interview in The Times of London. <MORE>


                  Monday, July 29, 2002
                  'I'm gay' says senior Tory MP
                  Alan Duncan speaking to the BBC's Guto Harri
                  Senior Conservative Alan Duncan has become the first sitting Tory MP
                  to declare publicly that he is gay. Mr Duncan's "clear and
                  unequivocal" statement that he is gay comes amid apparent feuding
                  between Tory modernisers and traditionalists. David Davis was axed as
                  party chairman after anonymous claims that he was blocking Tory
                  leader Iain Duncan Smith's more inclusive agenda. Mr Duncan Smith has
                  welcomed and supported Mr Duncan's decision to declare his

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                  CALLED OUT ... Friday, September 13, 2002 Gay couple moves by Falwell church Associated Press LYNCHBURG, Va. - A gay couple is renting a home across the street
                  Message 8 of 16 , Sep 13, 2002
                    CALLED OUT


                    Friday, September 13, 2002
                    Gay couple moves by Falwell church
                    Associated Press

                    LYNCHBURG, Va. - A gay couple is renting a home across the street
                    from the Rev. Jerry Falwell's church to correct what they see as
                    misinformation spread by the pastor and show that homosexuals can
                    lead Christian lives. <MORE>

                    The story is being picked up lots of places including:

                    Church helps woman raise money for surgery
                    Friday September 13, 2002
                    BILL JACKSON

                    Michelle Hogan of Cambridge knows all too well what it's like to be
                    up a river without a paddle. However, people in the Cambridge
                    community have decided to lend her a helping hand, including a
                    fundraising garage sale tomorrow at Wesley United Church

                    Hogan is one of many Ontarians who had gender reassignment surgery
                    delisted by OHIP in 1998. They were in the midst of treatments to
                    correct their disorder when the decision came down. <SNIP>
                    The church's minister, Reverend Roy Holton, is a member of Affirm
                    United, a national organization within the Church of Canada that
                    works in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered
                    individuals. He said that he stands by the courage of people like
                    Hogan. <MORE>

                    Wednesday, September 11, 2002
                    Vote signals a longer fight
                    By Alicia Henrikson
                    The Capital-Journal

                    The battles for gay rights and anti-discrimination didn't end early
                    Wednesday. Though the Topeka City Council voted on two ordinances
                    Tuesday night and early Wednesday involving hate crimes and
                    anti-discrimination, proponents and opponents aren't finished.
                    The council late Tuesday approved a hate crimes ordinance that
                    included sexual orientation but hours later turned aside an
                    anti-discrimination measure. <MORE including RealAudio interviews>


                    Tuesday, September 10, 2002
                    South African gays can adopt children

                    South Africa's highest court rules that gay couples have the right to
                    adopt children under constitutional rules on equality.


                    September 5, 2002
                    Miami Facing New Challenge on Gay Rights
                    By DANA CANEDY

                    Sharply divided Miami voters will face the issue of
                    overturning the city's gay rights ordinance on Tuesday.

                    August 30, 2002
                    Breath of acceptance
                    By RON MATUS
                    St. Petersburg Times
                    WEST SHORE PALMS -- Wilson Williams can't forget the words he heard
                    as a gay teenager, slurs planted like land mines in sermons about
                    good and evil. Sometimes the preacher made limp-wristed hand
                    gestures, mocking people like Williams. Laughter rolled from the
                    pews. <SNIP> Breath of Life excludes no one. A few members are
                    white. A few are straight. Sermons rarely allude to sexual
                    orientation. <LOTS MORE>
                    Services at Breath of Life begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the
                    Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. For more information about the
                    church call 873-1889.

                    Church, gay politics ignite race
                    By BRYAN LONG
                    Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

                    The Republicans' holy war for U.S. Congressional District 11 took on
                    new combatants Friday. Ministers in one of Atlanta's most liberal
                    Baptist churches offered encouraging words to state Sen. Phil
                    Gingrey, who was lambasted earlier this year for sponsoring anti-gay
                    legislation. <MORE>

                    Sunday, August 25, 2002
                    Church's Growing Flock Changes Heart of Texas
                    By Lee Hockstader
                    Washington Post, Page A01

                    DALLAS -- On a sweltering midsummer's Sunday in Dallas, the cavernous
                    Cathedral of Hope is packed with hundreds of congregants. Lively
                    choral music sets toes tapping, and the sermon, about observing the
                    Sabbath, is delivered with warmth and humor. <SNIP>
                    Despite a congregation drastically reduced by AIDS, the hostility of
                    some mainstream churches and the aggressive animus of several
                    anti-gay groups, the church's growth has been staggering. In the last
                    15 years, membership has swollen from a few hundred to more than
                    3,500, about half of whom attend services on a typical Sunday
                    morning. It's now among the biggest churches in one of the most
                    churchgoing cities in the nation, Dallas. <MORE>

                    Sunday, August 25, 2002
                    Same-sex marriage recognized
                    Couple receives official certificate from province
                    By Tracy Huffman
                    TORONTO STAR

                    A lesbian couple who exchanged wedding vows last year in a Toronto
                    church received a marriage certificate from the provincial government
                    � official recognition of their union.

                    But Paula Barrero and Blanca Mejias have a rarity on their hands as
                    the province can't register same-sex marriages. An investigation may
                    still revoke the certificate.

                    The couple were married in an intimate ceremony at Emmanuel-Howard
                    Park United Church almost a year ago by Rev. Cheri DiNovo. <MORE>

                    Sunday, August 25, 2002
                    Next week's Times: Mr. Rich weds Mr. Famous (Commentary)
                    by Margery Eagan

                    A week from this morning, The New York Times will publish its first
                    announcement of gay and lesbian unions alongside weddings of
                    heterosexuals. It is a good thing.

                    But questions abound. For one: Must gays endure the same grueling
                    competition for Times' selection as straight husbands and wives?
                    <SNIP> To be serious for a moment, what's too bad in 2002 is that
                    only 70 of the nation's 1,600 daily newspapers run announcements of
                    same-sex commitment ceremonies, according to the Gay and Lesbian
                    Alliance Against Discrimination. They include the Washington Post,
                    Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and smaller papers in the
                    South such as Alabama's Montgomery Advertiser. <MORE>

                    Clergyman a cross for churches to bear

                    Sydney's Catholic archbishop, George Pell, has been through
                    controversy before but now faces his biggest challenge - fighting
                    allegations that he molested a 12-year-old altar boy four decades
                    Pell, a conservative theologian considered the most senior Catholic
                    in Australia, has been at the eye of several storms since being
                    appointed to the Sydney post in May 2001. He was heckled by gay
                    rights campaigners for refusing them communion and has been
                    criticized for his opposition to women in the priesthood. Just last
                    month he described abortion as worse than sex abuse by priests. He
                    later said he was quoted out of context and said both sex abuse and
                    abortion both were grave moral scandals. <MORE>

                    August 17, 2002
                    Methodists clash over gay pastors
                    By Elizabeth Murtaugh
                    Associated Press

                    SEATTLE � There's nothing ambiguous about the United Methodist Church
                    law that forbids the appointment of "self-avowed, practicing
                    homosexuals" as pastors.

                    Yet complaints against two ministers from Seattle who openly declared
                    they are gay have been dismissed this year, allowing them to continue
                    to preach and fueling a fierce national debate within the church.

                    August 9, 2002
                    Feminists: More to Talk About Than Shoes and Lipstick
                    By DAISY HERN�NDEZ

                    We keep arguing about lipstick. The 70's feminists think
                    young women today wear too much of it and not enough "Down
                    With Patriarchy" pins. <MORE>

                    June 12, 2002
                    My Sad Gay Church (Commentary)
                    Richard Rodriguez
                    Pacific News Service

                    A Catholic Church that teaches the centrality of love must reassess
                    its understanding and practice of devotion, passion and respect in
                    light of its recent sex scandals, writes PNS Editor Richard
                    Rodriguez. The church must protect its children from those who love
                    power, treat its adult followers as adults, and finally address its
                    limited, limiting and hurtful view of homosexual love. <MORE>

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                    Saturday, October 19, 2002 Anglican diocese to vote on same-sex marriage Dave Rogers The Ottawa Citizen
                    Message 9 of 16 , Oct 19, 2002
                      Saturday, October 19, 2002
                      Anglican diocese to vote on same-sex marriage
                      Dave Rogers
                      The Ottawa Citizen

                      The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is to vote today on whether priests
                      should be authorized to bless same-sex unions after the rector of a
                      downtown church argued in favour of recognizing the wholesomeness of
                      homosexual relationships. <SNIP>
                      More than 300 Anglicans debated the issue yesterday at the annual
                      Ottawa synod or meeting between the clergy and people of the diocese
                      at the St. Elias Centre on Ridgewood Avenue near Mooney's Bay.
                      "We have come a long way in understanding the nature of
                      homosexuality," Canon Bulmer said. "We no longer consider it to be a
                      perversion or a sickness. It just happens to be a minority sexual
                      orientation that occurs naturally. They are capable of have
                      relationships with one another that are every bit as wholesome as
                      straight people."


                      Saturday, October 19, 2002
                      Rabbi welcomes gay, lesbian worshippers
                      By David Barton
                      Sacramento Bee
                      Repentance -- the expression of contrition for one's failings before
                      God -- is at or near the center of the major monotheistic religions
                      of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

                      Still, it is striking when Rabbi Brad Bloom of Congregation B'nai
                      Israel in Sacramento's Land Park speaks of repentance -- his own.
                      "We're having a service for gay and lesbian Jews, inviting them to
                      become a part of the temple and help us right a wrong that has led to
                      so much pain," Bloom says. "We're asking, humbly, for their return,
                      and together we will find a way to accommodate everyone." <MORE>

                      Saturday, October 19, 2002
                      Pianist: Church fired her for bar gig
                      Side job catered to largely gay clientele
                      By Victoria Rouch

                      As a church pianist, Donna Merritt spent each Sunday for the past
                      year playing classic standards such as Amazing Grace, Love Lifted Me
                      and Just As I Am � a song extolling the unconditional love of Christ.

                      But last Tuesday, Ms. Merritt found out the hard way that even if the
                      love of Christ is unconditional, employment with Pine Valley Baptist
                      Church is not. <SNIP>

                      Ms. Merritt said while the experience has undermined her faith in the
                      fairness of other humans, she said as a Christian she maintains a
                      strong faith in God.

                      "But it still hurts," she said

                      Saturday, October 19, 2002
                      Newark Hate Crime: Three teens face murder charges
                      Edward Araujo Jr., 17, was killed because he lived as a girl, court
                      records say
                      By Robert Airoldi
                      Oakland Tribune

                      FREMONT -- Three Tri-City men were charged with murder Friday after a
                      17-year-old Newark boy who lived as a girl was killed at a party
                      after several party-goers discovered he was a male, according to
                      court records.

                      Community members made a haunting comparison to "The Laramie Project"
                      -- a play about a college student murdered because he was gay -- a
                      controversial play that Newark Memorial High School students will
                      perform in November. <MORE>


                      Saturday, October 19, 2002
                      Same-sex union pastor to speak at UT Tuesday
                      By Jeannine F. Hunter,
                      Knoxville News-Sentinel

                      A Chicago United Methodist minister who officiated a same-sex union
                      ceremony and lost his pulpit for one year will speak at the
                      University of Tennessee Tuesday evening.

                      The Issues Committee of the University of Tennessee will present the
                      Rev. Gregory Dell and "The Controversy over Same-Sex Marriage and the
                      Church" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the University Center
                      Auditorium. Admission is free. <MORE>

                      Friday, October 18, 2002
                      Gay Jamaicans Suffer Bias & Violence

                      <SNIP> Jamaica and other English-speaking countries in the Caribbean
                      are among the most homophobic in the Western hemisphere. In an
                      interview published by the BBC, a gay man from Jamaica requesting
                      anonymity, shared details of his struggle.
                      In January 2001, the British Government made good on a promise made
                      in March 1999 and repealed anti-gay sodomy laws in five of its
                      Caribbean territories after local legislatures flatly refused to do

                      The move in London was angrily denounced by religious leaders on the
                      affected islands. The Rev. Nicholas Sykes, chief pastor of the Church
                      of England in the Cayman Islands, called the move "totally
                      unacceptable to the minds of the Christian community here."

                      Friday, October 18, 2002
                      High Court Dismisses Gay Marriage Bid
                      South African Press Association (Johannesburg)

                      The Pretoria High Court has dismissed an application by lesbian
                      couple Marie Fourie and Cecilia Bonthuys for same sex marriages be
                      legalised, recognised and registered, SABC radio news reported on

                      Judge Pierre Roux ruled that the matter was of a constitutional
                      nature and that he was not prepared to exercise his own discretion.


                      Friday, October 18, 2002
                      Romney: Religion should not be campaign issue
                      By Stephanie Ebbert
                      Boston Globe

                      ALDEN - Mitt Romney declined yesterday to reconcile his financial
                      support of Brigham Young University, which bans homosexual conduct,
                      with his opposition to discrimination against gays and lesbians,
                      saying it was inappropriate to raise religious issues in a political
                      campaign. <MORE>


                      Thursday, October 17, 2002
                      Romney gave to school with antigay rules
                      Aide defends gift to Brigham Young
                      By Frank Phillips
                      Boston Globe

                      Republican Mitt Romney, who in his gubernatorial campaign has said he
                      supports gay rights, endowed a management school with a $1 million
                      donation to Brigham Young University, a school with antigay policies
                      aimed at punishing, often by suspension or expulsion, students who
                      engage in any homosexual activity. <SNIP>

                      Brigham Young University is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of
                      Latter-day Saints, which has used its resources to fight efforts to
                      create legalization of gay marriages, most notably in California, and
                      in Hawaii, where BYU has a branch. Church officials describe
                      homosexuality as an ''unchosen vulnerability'' and distinguish
                      between ''sinful acts'' - such as physical contact, association with
                      gays, and sexual relations - and homosexual tendencies, which are
                      considered aberrations to be cured through therapy. <MORE>

                      Thursday, October 17, 2002
                      Commitment ceremony full of love, acceptance
                      By Carole Lamond
                      Beacon Villager

                      When Kym Melan and Lisa Paquette were looking for a church, they
                      wanted to join a faith community for spiritual nurture and emotional
                      sustenance, not unusual desires for anyone choosing a place of
                      worship, but a goal that tested some of the congregations they

                      As a lesbian couple, as well as a blended family, the women sought a
                      church that was "open and affirming," a term adopted by congregations
                      to declare their willingness to welcome all persons, regardless of
                      sexual orientation, into full participation in the life of the church
                      community. <SNIP>

                      There was never a question that it would be anywhere else," added
                      Paquette, who also has a son from a previous same-sex relationship.
                      This past weekend, members of the congregation celebrated another
                      church milestone, when Schoenwetter, 44, and her longtime partner
                      Kathy Mapstone, 43, also re-affirmed their vows in a ceremony of
                      civil union in Vermont. What began as a show of support for the
                      Vermont legislation, passed in July 2000, that granted same-sex
                      couples the same legal rights as married couples in the state, became
                      a much more personal act for the couple who have been together for 20
                      <LOTS MORE>


                      Thursday, October 17, 2002
                      Church leaders discuss gays
                      April Kinser
                      North Texas Daily Online

                      There were not enough seats in the Bruce Hall concert hall to hold
                      the large amount of students that showed up to discuss the issue of
                      homosexuality in the afterlife Wednesday night.

                      Whether people are born gay or homosexuality is a sin were just some
                      of the issues discussed by the Reverend Tina Wynn from Harvest
                      Metropolitan Community Church, a church for the homosexual community,
                      and Pastor Charles Stolfus of Denton Bible Church.

                      The speakers emphasized that it was not a debate they were
                      participating in but rather an informative discussion. <MORE>


                      Wednesday, October 16, 2002
                      Spielberg: 'They Are Wrong and You Are Right'

                      WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign hosted its sixth annual
                      national dinner in Washington, D.C., Sunday night. This year's
                      honorees include Steven Spielberg, who accepted the National Equality
                      Award... . A transcript of his acceptance speech appears below:
                      I know it's tough just being a kid trying to find acceptance and
                      trying to accept yourself. And kids who grew up gay, no matter what
                      the circumstances they grow up in, the culture is constantly telling
                      them that something is wrong with them, as they struggle to find out
                      who they are. So I quit the Boy Scouts. I resigned my commission,
                      which I know is one of the reasons you're that honoring me tonight.

                      Wednesday, October 16, 2002
                      Once Taboo, a Gay Israeli Treads the Halls of Power
                      By JOEL GREENBERG

                      Uzi Even, soon to be sworn in as the first openly gay member
                      of the Israeli Parliament, says there is no way to predict
                      the reaction of strictly Orthodox lawmakers.


                      Wednesday, October 16, 2002
                      Police chaplain stands by his beliefs
                      MICHAEL P. McCONNELL
                      Royal Oak Daily Tribune

                      FERNDALE - A city police chaplain criticized for saying homosexuality
                      is a sin will not alter his stand because of complaints from some

                      "There's no retraction forthcoming," the Rev. Tom Hansen of the
                      Bethel Missionary Baptist Church said Tuesday. "I believe the gay
                      lifestyle is in direct opposition to the expressed word of God and
                      God does view it as a sin." <SNIP>
                      The Soulforce organization is headquartered in Laguna, Calif., and
                      was started four years ago by the Rev. Mel White and his partner.

                      The non-profit nationwide affiliation seeks to change what it views
                      as outdated religious policies that portray gays and others as sick
                      or sinful, according to the group's Web site at www.soulforce.org.

                      Tuesday, October 15, 2002
                      Pro-gay group wants police chaplain removed
                      MICHAEL P. McCONNELL
                      Royal Oak Daily Tribune

                      FERNDALE - A group of residents who belong to a pro-gay spiritual
                      organization say the city's police chaplain should be removed for
                      statements he made against homosexuals. <SNIP>
                      He believes the Bible condemns homosexuality," said Erin James, a
                      resident who belongs to Soulforce - a loose affiliation of gay,
                      lesbian, transgendered and bisexual supporters who say they oppose
                      the "spiritual violence" perpetuated by religious policies such as

                      A number of people oppose Hansen remaining as a police department
                      chaplain. But the Rev. Dennis Paulson of the First United Methodist
                      Church of Ferndale said that while he disagreed with Hansen's views
                      he doesn't believe Hansen's words caused anyone any harm. <MORE>


                      Tuesday, October 15, 2002
                      Boston Globe debuts same-sex union announcements

                      The Boston Globe on Sunday published three announcements of same-sex
                      commitments, joining a growing list of newspapers opening their
                      wedding pages to gay couples. <MORE>

                      Tuesday, October 15, 2002
                      U.K. grants asylum to gay Jamaicans

                      Two gay Jamaican men have been granted asylum in the United Kingdom
                      on the grounds that their lives are in danger because of "severe
                      homophobia" in their home country, according to The [London] Sunday
                      Telegraph. <SNIP>

                      A spokesman for the Jamaican High Commission denied that homophobic
                      assaults are a serious problem. "I'm not aware that this is a
                      widespread problem or a major issue in Jamaica, and I'm not aware of
                      any upsurge in attacks on people of a different sexual orientation,"
                      he said.

                      Sunday, 13 October, 2002
                      Falwell 'sorry' for Mohammed remark
                      Falwell's remarks sparked riots in India

                      The Reverend Jerry Falwell, the conservative American Baptist
                      preacher, has apologised for calling the Prophet Mohammed a
                      His original remarks, broadcast last week on the US television
                      programme 60 Minutes, sparked outrage among many Muslims around the
                      world and set off sectarian riots in India that left at least eight
                      dead. <BIG SNIP>
                      Mr Falwell, a leading figure of the American Christian right, is
                      well-known for making controversial comments. Shortly after the 11
                      September attacks, he said that gays, atheists, civil-rights
                      activists and legal abortions in the US had angered God and "helped
                      this happen". In 1999, he denounced the BBC TV children's show The
                      because he believed one character, Tinky Winky, was homosexual.

                      Sunday, 13 October, 2002
                      Group of clergy opposes Nevada's anti-gay marriage measure
                      Associated Press
                      Reno Gazette Journal

                      A week after Nevada's Catholic bishops endorsed it, some members of
                      the clergy have come out against the anti-gay marriage measure on the
                      November ballot.

                      Fourteen religious leaders criticize Question 2 in a booklet,"There
                      Is No Difference, Only Likeness,"released last week by the
                      Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

                      Among those speaking out are Nevada clergy of the Reform Judaism,
                      Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian and
                      Unitarian Universalist churches. <MORE>


                      October 11, 2002
                      Personal Views of Broken Homes
                      By LAWRENCE VAN GELDER

                      Arthur Dong's "Family Fundamentals" is a clear-eyed,
                      narrowly focused documentary about the painful,
                      unbridgeable divide between three gay and lesbian adults
                      and their religious parents, whether biological or

                      This film ... continues Mr. Dong's exploration of homosexuality,
                      begun with "Coming Out Under Fire," about World War II military
                      policies, and "Licensed to Kill," about convicted murderers of gay
                      men. In the latter, he says at the outset of "Family Fundamentals,"
                      the Bible often came up as a point of reference, and his new film
                      tells three stories that share a conservative Christian foundation
                      that condemns homosexuality. <MORE>


                      October 11, 2002
                      A Right to Bias Is Put to the Test
                      By ADAM LIPTAK

                      A lawsuit filed in Georgia recently may help answer this
                      open legal question: Do religious institutions that are
                      ordinarily free to discriminate in hiring on the basis of
                      religion lose that freedom by accepting government money? <SNIP>

                      Mr. Yorker is joined in his lawsuit by another therapist,
                      Aimee R. Bellmore, who was fired when the home learned that
                      she is a lesbian. Her claim adds a twist to the debate.

                      In papers submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity
                      Commission, the home said Ms. Bellmore had been fired
                      because "her religious beliefs were not in conformity with
                      those required" and because she did not subscribe to the
                      home's religious doctrines, including one that does not
                      "condone the practice of homosexuality." <MORE>

                      September 27, 2002
                      Killed on 9/11, Fire Chaplain Becomes Larger Than Life
                      By DANIEL J. WAKIN

                      TOTOWA, N.J. - At the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
                      here, people come every day to stand before his gravestone
                      and recite the prayer he wrote. Children, a street, a ferry
                      and a federal law have been named for him. He has worked
                      miracles, some say.

                      The Rev. Mychal F. Judge, the sandal-shod fire chaplain
                      with friends across New York, died at the World Trade
                      Center 54 weeks ago, and has since become the center of a
                      fervent following. <MUCH MORE>


                      Tuesday, September 24, 2002 6:56 PM
                      Ferndale police to keep anti-gay chaplain
                      By Sharon Gittleman

                      FERNDALE - LGBT residents are campaigning to end Ferndale Police
                      Chaplain Tom Hansen's participation in the city post after the pastor
                      publicly referred to gays as "immoral" and said they were living an
                      "offensive lifestyle." Police Chief Michael Kitchen said he retains
                      full confidence in Hansen, whom he describes as a kind and generous

                      Jennifer Paty Adriel, who is studying to become a Metropolitan
                      Community Church minister, and her partner, Erin James Adreil, are
                      leading the protest.

                      September 25, 2002
                      Attacks on Gays Upset Los Angeles Suburb
                      By CHARLIE LeDUFF

                      WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.- A heavy worry has
                      settled over the normally carefree streets here after a gay
                      man was attacked earlier this week by two men swinging a
                      baseball bat and a metal pipe. The police say they believe
                      the motivation for the beating was homophobia.

                      The attack is especially upsetting to residents as it comes
                      on the heels of two other assaults on gay men this month.
                      In one of those cases, a young actor was left in critical
                      condition with a swollen brain and unable to breathe
                      without a machine's help.

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                      Saturday, October 4, 2003 An Unlikely Promoter of an Islamic Reformation By CLIFFORD KRAUSS New York TIies
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                        Saturday, October 4, 2003
                        An Unlikely Promoter of an Islamic Reformation
                        By CLIFFORD KRAUSS
                        New York TIies

                        TORONTO — As a Canadian Muslim, Irshad Manji never eats pork,
                        never drinks alcohol and regularly reads the Koran. Otherwise she is
                        Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare.

                        At 35, Ms. Manji, a lesbian intellectual with spiky hair and a sharp
                        tongue, is an outspoken television journalist who admires Israel and
                        applauds the American overthrow of Saddam Hussein. More than that,
                        she has issued a searing critique of her religion in a new book, "The
                        Trouble with Islam" (Random House Canada), calling for radical
                        change. <MORE>


                        Saturday, October 4, 2003
                        Jensen's disconnection could hit home
                        By Julia Baird

                        <SNIP> Half a century later, with one eye on shaping Teilhard de
                        Chardin's noosphere, Sydney's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, is
                        aggressively marketing Sydney Anglicanism as a local brand he wants
                        to see go global, as a brand that is distinctively traditional,
                        radically anti-secular and coolly unaccommodating of different views.

                        Linking arms with like-minded leaders in other countries, he is
                        growing increasingly assertive in his attempts to wrap conservative
                        evangelical thought across the globe.

                        This week, in an article published in the British journal New
                        Directions, he suggested the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan
                        Williams, expel the North American diocese of Westminster for liberal
                        attitudes to homosexuality. The limit to communion, he wrote, comes
                        when souls are put at risk by sustained institutional disobedience to
                        the word of God. <MORE>


                        Friday, October 3, 2003
                        Manchester Bishop Attempts To Make Peace
                        Rainbow Network

                        An offer by the Bishop of Manchester, Revd Nigel McCulloch, to
                        resurrect a gay service he had banned from the cathedral has been

                        The cathedral had originally agreed to host a service for the Lesbian
                        and Gay Christian Movement five months ago, but had "reluctantly
                        withdrawn its permission. . . in the light of sensitivities and
                        timing in relation to the current debates in the Church of England".


                        Friday, October 3, 2003
                        Marriage protection resolution withdrawn in Traverse City
                        By Eartha Melzer

                        TRAVERSE CITY - An anti-gay 'Marriage Protection Resolution" similar
                        to the one passed recently by Lapeer County will not be considered in
                        Traverse City, at least not any time soon. <MORE>


                        Friday October 3, 2003
                        Gay Church Beginning to Win Acceptance
                        By NADA EL SAWY
                        Associated Press Writer

                        WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The Rev. Troy Perry felt he had a
                        simple mission when he gathered a dozen congregants in his living
                        room in 1968 to sing hymns and take Communion: He wanted them to know
                        God loves gay people as much as everyone else.

                        "I told them, 'God doesn't play favorites,'" recalled Perry, who
                        recruited the 11 men and one woman with an ad in the national gay
                        newsmagazine The Advocate. <MORE>

                        Friday October 3, 2003
                        Anglican leader has three options on gay crisis, all painful

                        With same-sex unions and the endorsement of a gay bishop, the limit
                        has been reached, writes Peter Jensen.


                        Everyone who knows the Archbishop of Canterbury personally testifies
                        to his deep commitment to the unity of the Anglican communion. It is
                        also recognised that he is going to need all that commitment and his
                        theological skills to hinder it from self-destructing.<MORE>


                        Thursday, October 2, 2003
                        Shaping the future of marriage
                        By Jane Lampman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

                        As the debate over gay marriage heats up, religious thinkers, family
                        advocates, and legal experts are calling for a deeper reexamination
                        of marriage itself. The question is whether the institution
                        represents a contract between two people - or something larger.
                        [An in-depth feature story] <MORE>


                        Wednesday, October 01, 2003
                        Indonesian lawmakers seek gay sex ban
                        The Advocate

                        Gay sex will soon become a crime in Indonesia if the justice ministry
                        has its way, a ministry spokesman told Agence France-Presse. The
                        ministry is drafting an amendment to the country's criminal code to
                        include acts not currently categorized as crimes but considered
                        morally unacceptable, including gay sex, cohabitation, oral sex,
                        extramarital and nonmarital sex, and sorcery aimed at hurting other
                        people, spokesman Sukartono Supangat said. "It's still in its early
                        stage," he added. "We're still collecting input from various parties
                        and experts." In addition to Dutch colonial law, the proposed amended
                        criminal code will also adopt Islamic law, international conventions,
                        and tribal laws, Supangat said. <MORE>


                        Tuesday, September 30, 2003
                        Protesters heed plea of bride- and groom-to-be
                        LAPEER COUNTY
                        THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
                        By James L. Smith

                        Lapeer - Saturday's rally to protest the Lapeer County Board of
                        Commissioners' support of a state "Marriage Protection Amendment" has
                        been upstaged - by a marriage. <SNIP>

                        "We were honored to move the rally to accommodate the couple," [Gale]
                        Crooks said. <MORE>

                        [CORNET NOTE: See also: http://www.equalrights.4t.com/ ]

                        Sunday, September 28, 2003
                        Yonkers gay couple to marry in Canada
                        By KEITH EDDINGS
                        THE JOURNAL NEWS
                        They met at a West Village bar on Veterans Day weekend in 1978.
                        Thirteen months later, the two affirmed their relationship in a
                        commitment ceremony performed by a United Methodist pastor, a
                        ceremony that the official church does not recognize. <SNIP>

                        For their wedding next Sunday, [Robert] Voorheis and [Michael]
                        Sabatino will exchange new rings, which they'll wear in addition to
                        the rings they've worn since their Methodist ceremony 24 years ago.
                        Both will wear black tuxedos with white vests and white bow ties.

                        Both men will be walked down the aisle by Sabatino's 85-year-old
                        mother, Rae, their only living parent.

                        "Why not?" she said. "They've been living together for 24 years.
                        They've been good to one another and they've been good to me. That's
                        the main thing. As long as they're happy, I'm happy." <MORE>


                        Sunday, September 28, 2003
                        Gay marriage stirs conservatives again
                        Right wing braces for Mass. ruling
                        By Mary Leonard, Boston Globe Staff

                        WASHINGTON -- Using pulpits, petitions, and political action
                        committees, conservative activists are mobilizing a grass-roots
                        political movement against gay marriage that they say is more intense
                        and urgent than their campaigns against abortion.The activists say
                        their aims are to enact a federal constitutional amendment
                        sanctioning only heterosexual marriage and to make 2004 candidates
                        from the White House to state house take a stand against same-sex
                        unions and gay rights.<MORE>


                        Friday September 26, 2003
                        Imams join plea for gay tolerance
                        Faith leaders back archbishop with attack on extremism
                        Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent
                        The Guardian

                        Muslim religious leaders have joined Christian and Jewish leaders for
                        the first time in issuing a joint plea for tolerance for gay people.
                        In an open letter written in support of Rowan Williams, the
                        Archbishop of Canterbury, the group, which includes two bishops, has
                        criticised incitement to religious hatred and aggressive
                        proselytisation as practised by some fundamentalist evangelical
                        Christians. <MORE>


                        Thursday, September 25, 2003
                        Court Overturns Stoning Sentence of Woman in Nigeria
                        By SOMINI SENGUPTA
                        New York Times

                        The case had become a flashpoint in the debate over the
                        reintroduction of Islamic law across northern Nigeria. <SNIP>

                        Just this week, for instance, another Shariah court, also in the
                        north, convicted a man of sodomy and sentenced him to death by
                        stoning, Agence France Presse reported. <MORE>


                        Wednesday, September 24, 2003
                        Gay Wedding Bells. Why No Hubbub? It's Canada.
                        By CLIFORD KRAUSS
                        New York Times

                        TORONTO, Sept. 23 - Gay marriage is the most contentious
                        issue to emerge on the Canadian political scene since
                        Quebec threatened to secede in 1995. <SNIP>

                        But this is Canada, a country that has never suffered a
                        revolution or civil war, where compromise, consensus and
                        civility are the most cherished political values.

                        The other day religious groups, calling their campaign
                        "Millions for Marriage," tried to mobilize demonstrations
                        outside the offices of 30 members of Parliament across the
                        nation to sway them against extending marriage rights to
                        gays. The demonstration fizzled, with reporters
                        outnumbering protesters in several places. <MORE>


                        September 24 - 30, 2003
                        Fear of Gay Marriage Gives the GOP Another Chance at Minority Voters
                        Queer Eye for the Black Guy
                        by Ta-Nehisi Coates

                        Perhaps no political party has had a more loyal friend than the
                        Democrats have enjoyed in the post-1970s black community. Just look
                        at the 2000 election, when nine out of 10 African American voters
                        backed the robotic Al Gore, even though he paid them little more than
                        lip service. Their blanket support caused George Bush to set modern
                        lows for a Republican presidential contender; he captured just 8
                        percent of the black vote—the worst showing since Barry


                        Tuesday, September 23, 2003
                        Gay Marriage Becomes Routine for Dutch
                        Two Years After Enacting Law, Up to 8 Percent of Weddings Are Same-
                        Sex Unions
                        By Keith B. Richburg
                        Washington Post Foreign Service
                        Page A20

                        AMSTERDAM -- Dolf Pasker and Gert Kasteel are just like any other
                        married couple two years on, settling into the mundane routine of
                        daily life together. They finish each other's sentences. They laugh
                        at each other's jokes. When one goes to make the coffee, the other
                        playfully teases about whose job it is to work in the kitchen. The
                        only thing that makes their marriage unusual is that they are both
                        men. <SNIP>

                        As many as 8 percent of all marriages here are now between people of
                        the same sex, according to gay activists. Gay men and lesbians
                        advertise their marriages and host lavish parties for friends. And
                        some of those who got married are getting divorced and paying court-
                        ordered alimony. <MORE>
                      • umcornet
                        Sunday, November 2, 2003 Gay splits in Church will heal BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3233459.stm The Archbishop of Canterbury
                        Message 11 of 16 , Nov 2, 2003
                          Sunday, November 2, 2003
                          Gay splits in Church 'will heal'
                          BBC News

                          The Archbishop of Canterbury says divisions over the consecration of
                          an openly gay bishop will eventually heal.

                          Sunday, November 2, 2003
                          Episcopalians to Install First Gay Bishop
                          By RICHARD N. OSTLING
                          AP Religion Writer

                          DURHAM, N.H. -- After anguished debate, Episcopalians gathered Sunday
                          to consecrate openly gay cleric V. Gene Robinson as a bishop -- a
                          first for any major Christian denomination and perhaps the beginning
                          of the end for their denomination in its current form.

                          The ceremony was being treated as a landmark event for gay activists,
                          U.S. Episcopalians, their 75 million fellow Anglicans in other
                          nations and Christianity in general. About 4,000 people were expected
                          to attend the ritual at a university sports arena. <More>

                          Saturday, November 1, 2003
                          Gay group plans service
                          Methodist church to host interdenominational event.
                          By JOHN ZUKOWSKI
                          The Express-Times (Pennsylvania)

                          A Christian gay and lesbian group will hold a worship service Sunday
                          at a local church. The recently formed organization All Together Now
                          and several clergy members will lead a 3 p.m. service at the Wesley
                          United Methodist Church in Bethlehem. The interdenominational event
                          is open to everyone, organizers say.

                          "We think Christ has called us to love our brothers and sisters,"
                          said All Together Now spokesman Jim Palmquist. "We do think that gay
                          people are calling Christian churches to remember that love." <More>

                          Anglicans and Methodists end rift

                          The Church of England and the Methodist Church have taken a step
                          towards mending a 200-year-old rift. The Queen saw the two churches
                          sign a national covenant under which they will move towards sharing
                          services, clergy and resources. <SNIP>

                          Openly gay Canon Gene Robinson is due to be ordained as Bishop of New
                          Hampshire on Sunday, in a move which has threatened to divide the
                          Anglican community.

                          Dr Rowan Williams told the covenant ceremony in Westminster, London,
                          that both sides in the current troubles were considering a "risky
                          break with what we have thought of as orthodoxy and good order". But
                          even if they did not hold together, God "will still teach us in our
                          separateness" and eventually there would be reconciliation, he said.

                          Saturday, November 1, 2003
                          Daughter Spurs Gephardt's Changed View on Gays
                          By RACHEL L. SWARNS

                          Richard A. Gephardt's decision to turn the spotlight on
                          his daughter, who is openly gay, underscores his own
                          evolution in Congress.

                          Saturday, November 1, 2003
                          Pastors Petition Against Same-Sex Marriage
                          By Cary McMullen
                          Ledger Religion Editor (Florida)

                          [The Rev. Bill] Roughton, a retired United Methodist minister who
                          lives in Lakeland, has drawn up a petition in support of House Joint
                          Resolution 56, now pending in Congress, and it has been signed by a
                          small interfaith group of Polk County clergy. <SNIP>

                          He said he was motivated by an article in the October edition of
                          First Things, a conservative journal of religion and culture, that
                          criticized courts for deciding issues that should be settled through
                          legislative process. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that
                          overturned Texas' law against sodomy was seen by some as opening the
                          door to the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples, and a case
                          now pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Court could make that
                          state the first to do so. <More>

                          Friday, October 31, 2003
                          Methodist Court Stands Firm on Church Law, Bible Regarding Homosexual
                          By Jim Brown and Jody Brown
                          AgapePress (American Family Association)
                          Mark Tooley with the Institute on Religion and Democracy says the
                          Judicial Council made it clear that the United Methodist Book of
                          Discipline must be upheld.

                          "It's a strong signal, but it's more than a signal," Tooley
                          says. "It's basically insisting to the part of the western Methodist
                          Church, which is the most liberal part of the church, that they do
                          have to enforce the law of the church, which precludes practicing
                          homosexuals from being in the ordained ministry." <More>

                          Thursday, October 30, 2003
                          Anti-gay church offers reward for vandalized dorm door
                          UI student questioning group's motives
                          By Kristen Schorsch
                          Iowa City Press-Citizen

                          A Baptist church in Kansas is offering $1,000 for information leading
                          to the arrest of whoever plastered a University of Iowa freshman's
                          dorm room door with dozens of anti-gay comments.

                          The reward offer, coming from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church
                          that protested the student at his high school graduation, has
                          freshman Julius Carter questioning the church's motives. <More>

                          Thursday, October 30, 2003
                          Rescue Mission Rejects Gay Church's Help
                          Michael Christopher Bryan

                          The head of the Charlotte Rescue Mission of North Carolina on Tuesday
                          told the Metropolitan Community Church he doesn't want members of the
                          gay-friendly church to serve a meal to his clients.

                          "We can not endorse a church that openly teaches homosexuality is an
                          acceptable lifestyle," said the Reverend Tony Marciano II in
                          rejecting the church's offer to help. <More>

                          Wednesday, October 29, 2003
                          LESBIAN Methodist Minister Faces Church Trial
                          The Gay Financial Network

                          ... Karen Dammann, 46, will face a speedy trial possibly resulting in
                          her removal from the pulpit of the First United Methodist Church in
                          Ellensburg, Washington. ... <More>

                          Tuesday, October 28, 2003
                          Gephardt appoints gay activist to head his presidential campaign

                          Rep. Dick Gephardt, whose lesbian daughter came out earlier this
                          year, on Monday named longtime gay Democratic activist David Mixner
                          as cochair of his presidential campaign. <More>

                          Tuesday, October 28, 2003
                          WEBLOG: United Methodist High Court Reinstates Charges
                          Christianity Today Magazine

                          <SNIP> The Washington Post rightly notes that the case "is testing
                          the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy toward gay clergy in the Methodist
                          Church." Would that the denomination's own news service took as
                          balanced a perspective as the Post. Instead, it casts the case as
                          persecution over disclosure, with the headline, "Clergywoman
                          accepts 'cost of being truthful' about sexuality."

                          Yeah, that's what orthodox Methodists have a problem with: Dammann's
                          honesty. <More>

                          Tuesday, October 28, 2003
                          Methodists' Top Court Overrules Decision on Allowing Practicing
                          Lesbian in Clergy
                          By Alan Cooperman
                          Washington Post Staff Writer; Page A03

                          <BIG SNIP> The Rev. Mark E. Williams, a gay Methodist minister in
                          Seattle who was investigated and cleared by a church committee last
                          year, said there are many gay Methodist clergy who would like to be
                          more open about their orientation. "I think the whole denomination is
                          paying a lot of attention to the cases that are coming out of the
                          Pacific Northwest, because we're facing some groundbreaking
                          decisions," he said.

                          Mark Tooley, a conservative Methodist at the Institute for Religion
                          and Democracy in the District, said he was "very gratified" by the
                          Judicial Council's decision.

                          "Those of us on the conservative side have had the concern that,
                          while church law has been very clear and explicit, some jurisdictions
                          in the Northwest and the Northeast have been practicing jury
                          nullification," Tooley said. "This [decision] doesn't leave much
                          wiggle room." <More>

                          Sunday, October 26, 2003
                          Evangelicals Sway White House on Human Rights Issues Abroad
                          By ELISABETH BUMILLER
                          New York Times

                          <SNIP> Evangelicals today are more interested in making a difference
                          than in making a statement," said the Rev. Richard Cizik, the vice
                          president for governmental affairs of the National Association of
                          Evangelicals, which represents 43,000 congregations. "We made a lot
                          of statements in the 1980's and got zip."

                          Mr. Cizik said that evangelicals were now more willing to work with
                          Jewish and feminist groups on certain foreign policy issues and that
                          the failure of evangelicals in the 1980's to meet their goals was in
                          part a failure to collaborate. "Evangelicals have thought
                          historically, 'Well, we'll do politics the way we do faith -- we'll
                          just convert the opposition,' " he said. "But you can't do politics
                          the same way you do religion." <More>

                          Saturday, October 25, 2003
                          At a crossroads on gay unions
                          By John Lewis
                          Boston Globe Op Ed

                          <BIG SNIP> I remember the words of John Kennedy when his presidential
                          candidacy was challenged because of his faith: "I believe in an
                          America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish --
                          where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on
                          public policy from the pope, the National Council of Churches, or any
                          other ecclesiastical source -- where no religious body seeks to
                          impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or
                          the public acts of its officials -- and where religious liberty is so
                          indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act
                          against all."

                          Those words ring particularly true today. We hurt our fellow citizens
                          and our community when we deny gay people civil marriage and its
                          protections and responsibilities. Rather than divide and
                          discriminate, let us come together and create one nation. We are all
                          one people. We all live in the American house. We are all the
                          American family. Let us recognize that the gay people living in our
                          house share the same hopes, troubles, and dreams. It's time we
                          treated them as equals, as family.

                          John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, was one of the
                          original speakers at the 1963 March on Washington and is author
                          of "Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement." <More>

                          Friday, October 24, 2003
                          International Gay Celebration Slated for Jerusalem
                          FORWARD CORRESPONDENT

                          The second-ever global celebration of gay culture is going to be held
                          in 2005 in Jerusalem, a religiously conservative city not known for
                          its welcoming attitude toward gays and lesbians.

                          Approved by a delegation of representatives meeting at the 22nd
                          annual InterPride Conference last week in Montreal, organizers say
                          they want religious institutions to show tolerance toward those who
                          choose to fulfill their identities as gay individuals. <More>

                          Wednesday, October 22, 2003
                          Concern At Gay Minister Decision
                          NewstalkZB (New Zealand)

                          Divisions within the Presbyterian Church are set to be reopened by a
                          decision allowing homosexuals to apply to become ministers. Lesbian
                          Deborah Gordon fought and won a battle to apply to the Presbyterian
                          training school. The Minister at Ms Gordon's Wellington parish,
                          Doctor Margaret Mayman, says there has always been fifty-fifty
                          division within the church on the issue of homosexual clergy. <More>
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                          Monday, November 3, 2003 Openly Gay Man Is Made a Bishop By LAURIE GOODSTEIN New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/03/national/03BISH.html DURHAM,
                          Message 12 of 16 , Nov 3, 2003
                            Monday, November 3, 2003
                            Openly Gay Man Is Made a Bishop
                            By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
                            New York Times

                            DURHAM, N.H., Nov. 2 -- With the ceremonial laying on of hands by a
                            cluster of bishops, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated the
                            next bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly gay prelate in the
                            Episcopal Church U.S.A. on Sunday, laying the groundwork for a split
                            in the American church and a break with fellow Anglican churches
                            abroad. Note: Free registration is required by New York Times or you
                            can login with the userid of "userid" (without quotes) and the
                            password of "password" (without quotes). <MORE>


                            Monday, November 3, 2003
                            The Big Chill at the Lab
                            By BOB HERBERT
                            New York Times, OP-ED COLUMNIST

                            A list of nearly 200 scientific researchers has been compiled and
                            given to federal officials by the Traditional Values Coalition, a
                            conservative group that goes wild over gay issues and federal funding
                            of research related to human sexuality.

                            The list, which has sent a chill through some researchers, is being
                            used by the coalition and its government allies in attempts to
                            discredit the researchers and challenge or revoke their federal
                            grants. It's a sloppy, dangerous and wildly inaccurate list, put
                            together by people who are freaked out by the content of the studies,
                            and unconcerned about their value. <MORE>

                            Monday, November 3, 2003
                            African church anger over gay bishop

                            Leaders of the Anglican Church in Africa have condemned the
                            appointment of the first openly gay Anglican bishop. Archbishop
                            Peter Akinola, leader of the Nigerian Church, said the consecration
                            of Gene Robinson meant a "state of impaired communion" now divided
                            the Church worldwide.

                            "We deplore the act of those bishops who have taken part in the
                            consecration," he said in a statement on behalf of the Primates of
                            the Global South, said to represent over 50 million Anglicans. <MORE>

                            Monday, November 3, 2003
                            Consecrated: but nothing prepared Gene Robinson for the protests
                            By Andrew Buncombe in Durham, New Hampshire
                            The Independent

                            The Reverend Gene Robinson knew there would be protests, he knew
                            there would be people objecting to him making history. He knew those
                            protestors would be vocal, they would not sit quietly by while he was
                            consecrated as the Anglican church's first openly gay Bishop.

                            But surely the 56-year-old divorced father could not have anticipated
                            the words of Father Earle Fox, a retired priest from Pittsburgh, who
                            intervened dramatically during yesterday evening's consecration
                            service in Durham, New Hampshire, after the head of the US
                            Episcopalian Church asked if there were objections. <MORE>


                            Sunday, November 2, 2003
                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                            A New Bishop for New Hampshire

                            Integrity rejoices with the people of the Diocese of New Hampshire
                            today as they celebrate the consecration of the Right Reverend V.
                            Gene Robinson as their bishop coadjutor. Just as the historic
                            episcopates of Absalom Jones and Barbara Harris offered new
                            opportunities for mission and ministry for all Episcopalians, we
                            believe Bishop Robinson's election is yet another step forward on
                            behalf of the inclusive Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Such
                            prophetic steps forward are never without controversy, but we are
                            confident that the promise of a church where all people-- regardless
                            of race, gender, or sexual orientation-- are truly welcome at the
                            table is worth the work it takes to create. In the weeks and months
                            ahead we look forward to being part of this historic opportunity to
                            tell the Good News of God in Christ Jesus. By embracing diversity as
                            we affirm the unity of our lives together as the Body of Christ, the
                            Episcopal Church proclaims itself to be the spiritual home for which
                            many in our society are seeking.

                            Friday, October 31, 2003
                            The Guardian profile: Gene Robinson
                            Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent

                            He was born paralysed and not expected to live. Now Canon Robinson
                            believes the love of God that touched him then is with him as he
                            rides the storm that threatens to tear the Anglican communion apart

                            October 25, 2003
                            Hate mail 'astounds' gay canon
                            BBC News

                            Gene Robinson thanked his British supporters
                            The first openly gay man to be elected an Anglican bishop has spoken
                            of the hate mail he has received, some of it coming from the UK.
                            But Canon Gene Robinson, bishop elect of New Hampshire, in the United
                            States, said he had also received many letters of support - and had
                            stopped counting his e-mails when they passed 8,000 messages. <MORE>
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                            This November 20th will mark the 5th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to honor and remember those who were murdered for being transgender
                            Message 13 of 16 , Nov 15, 2003
                              This November 20th will mark the 5th annual Transgender Day of
                              Remembrance, a day set aside to honor and remember those who were
                              murdered for being transgender or being perceived as transgender.
                              See: http://www.gender.org/remember/day/

                              Friday, November 14, 2003
                              President Bush congratulates gay church
                              Conservatives question authenticity of White House letter
                              By JOE CREA
                              Southern Voice

                              WASHINGTON — President Bush sent a letter on White House
                              stationery enthusiastically congratulating members of the
                              Metropolitan Community Church for the 35th anniversary of the
                              predominantly gay Christian denomination, the same week he issued a
                              proclamation declaring Oct. 12-18 "Marriage Protection Week."

                              Critics and supporters of the Bush administration say they don't know
                              if the letter is sincere or a possible political gaffe. <MORE>

                              Friday, November 14, 2003
                              UU church calls second gay pastor
                              Rev. Shana Goodwin is carving her niche at All Souls Church,
                              By BRYAN ANDERTON
                              Washington Blade

                              Rev. Shana Goodwin's call to serve as associate minister of All
                              Souls Church, Unitarian in Northwest Washington, is doubly historic.
                              It's the first time in the 182-year-old church's history that a woman
                              — let alone a black lesbian — has been called by the
                              congregation to serve in the predominantly heterosexual church's

                              Friday, November 14, 2003
                              Greek gay kiss-in against TV fine
                              Protesters said the ruling was 'racist'

                              Gay activists have staged a kiss-in at the offices of the Greek media
                              watchdog to protest against a fine imposed on a TV station for
                              showing two men kissing. Mega television was fined 100,000 euros
                              (£69,390) for the episode of its drama Close Your Eyes, featuring
                              the kiss. <MORE>

                              Friday, November 14, 2003
                              Two Robinsons epitomized courage and strength

                              In a recent commentary in The Philadelphia Inquirer, a guest
                              columnist named Warren Goldstein compared the two "Robinsons" of
                              recent times.

                              The first is the most recent Robinson, Bishop Eugene Robinson,
                              recently consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Church. His area and
                              hence the location of the ceremony were in New Hampshire. The
                              columnist then compares Bishop Robinson to the late Jackie Robinson,
                              the baseball great of a previous generation. <SNIP>

                              My name is Rev. Timothy Thomson-Hohl, an Ordained United Methodist
                              Minister and the Asbury Protestant Minister at Drexel University. I
                              am proud to say that I believe Christians can be open and tolerant. I
                              am proud to say that our campus ministry, the Asbury Protestant
                              Ministry, has declared itself to be a "Reconciling Campus
                              Ministry." <MORE>

                              Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003
                              What Gene Robinson Can Learn From Jackie Robinson
                              The new Episcopal bishop is successfully taking a low-key approach to
                              his detractors, notes Bruce Kluger — just like the Dodgers
                              By BRUCE KLUGER

                              With the Episcopal Church in a state of fracture, one would expect
                              that V. Gene Robinson — whose consecration as the first openly
                              homosexual Anglican bishop instigated the rupture — would use
                              this event to strengthen the public case for gay rights, both in and
                              out of the church. This has not been the case. Since his appointment,
                              Bishop Robinson has responded to the condemnation of thousands of
                              fellow parishioners — including that of the Archbishop of
                              Canterbury, Rowan Williams — with empathy for his adversaries.
                              "There are faithful, wonderful Christian people for whom this is a
                              moment of great pain and confusion and anger," Robinson said last
                              week. "If they must leave [the church], they will always be welcomed
                              back.'" <MORE>

                              Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003
                              Gays Are Rebels, Archbishop Nkoyoyo Says
                              The Monitor (Kampala)
                              Wossita Samuel

                              Outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Livingstone Mpalanyi
                              Nkoyoyo has reiterated his stern position on homosexuality, saying
                              gays have no room in the Anglican Church. <SNIP>

                              He said Ugandan Christians should travel to the US to evangelise the
                              Americans who have digressed from the traditional Christianity norms.
                              He said homosexuality and lesbianism are the highest forms of
                              immorality that the church is facing today. He said any Christian who
                              practices homosexuality or lesbianism would be a rebel acting against
                              the teachings of the Bible. <MORE>

                              Wednesday, November 12, 2003
                              Canaan Banana

                              <SNIP> He worked at various missions and was chairman of the Bulawayo
                              Council of Churches in 1969-70 and of the Southern African Urban
                              Industrial Mission from 1970 to 1973. He alarmed the authorities by
                              publishing his own version of the Lord's Prayer, encouraging Africans
                              to resist white supremacy.

                              Banana spent a year travelling in South-East Asia and Japan (where he
                              took a diploma at Kansai Industrial Centre). On his return he became
                              an active nationalist, joining the newly-formed African National
                              Council (ANC), of which Bishop Abel Muzorewa was president. He
                              became its vice-president and campaigned for the rejection of the
                              agreement between Rhodesia's prime minister Ian Smith and Sir Alec
                              Douglas-Home during the Pearce Commission inquiry.

                              In 1972, Banana accompanied Muzorewa on a visit to London to press
                              for another constitutional conference. In consequence, Banana's
                              passport was confiscated on his return, and he fled on foot to
                              Botswana in 1973. He ended up in America on a three-year scholarship
                              and studied for a master's degree in Theology at Wesley Theological
                              Seminary, Washington DC. <MORE>

                              Monday, November 10, 2003
                              Canaan Banana of Zimbabwe dead

                              Zimbabwe's first black president, Canaan Banana, has died. Mr
                              Banana - who held office from 1980 to 1987 - had been ill with
                              cancer. He was also a former Methodist minister. Zimbabwe was
                              gripped by his trial in 1998, in which a string of male former
                              employees claimed he had sexually abused them. <MORE>

                              Monday, November 10, 2003
                              Gay Bishop Sounds Theme of Inclusion
                              By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

                              PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Nov. 9 - V. Gene Robinson began his
                              ministry as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal
                              Church on Sunday by saying he wanted to bring the message
                              of God's love to "those on the margins."

                              Bishop Robinson also said the church should speak out on
                              issues of social justice, including inequities in health
                              care. <MORE>

                              Sunday, November 9, 2003
                              The Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement
                              By MICHAEL ANDERSON
                              New York Times Book Review

                              Bayard Rustin became famous for working behind the scenes.
                              This paradox of his celebrity was, to a large degree,
                              inherent in the role he chose to play in the history of his
                              time. From the end of the Great Depression to his death in
                              1987, at the age of 75, Rustin was the "master strategist
                              of social change," as the historian John D'Emilio writes
                              in his biography, "Lost Prophet." The tactics of public
                              protest that became familiar in the 1960's -- marches on
                              Washington, Freedom Rides, sit-ins, passive resistance,
                              civil disobedience -- were pioneered and refined by Rustin
                              two decades earlier. Indeed, through his decisive influence
                              on Martin Luther King Jr., whom he instructed in the
                              philosophy and tactics of Gandhian nonviolence, Rustin
                              created the model for the social movements of post-World
                              War II America -- civil rights, antiwar, gay liberation,
                              feminist. <MORE>

                              Friday, November 7, 2003
                              TransGender Michigan announces Transgender Day of Remembrance

                              On Thursday, November 20, 2003, TransGender Michigan will take part
                              in the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, originated by Gwen
                              Smith of gender.org.

                              According to gender.org, "The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set
                              aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender
                              hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita
                              Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the 'Remembering Our Dead'
                              web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since
                              then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities
                              across the world." <MORE>

                              Friday, November 7, 2003
                              Trial of man accused of murdering lesbian hikers is delayed
                              By Bob Roehr

                              The brutal murder of two lesbian hikers in Virginia's Shenandoah
                              National Park, in May 1996 sent shock waves throughout the community
                              up and down the Northeast. It led to the first federal indictment for
                              a hate crime against gays. Now a surprising revelation of evidence
                              has led to postponement of that trial just days before it was
                              scheduled to begin.

                              Julianne M. Williams, 24, and Laura S. "Lollie" Winans, 26, had met
                              the previous year in Minneapolis and had established a household in
                              Vermont. They were on a five-day backpacking trip through the
                              Virginia mountains when they disappeared. <MORE>

                              November 6, 2003
                              Law schools revolt over Pentagon recruitment on campus
                              Seth Stern Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

                              Some of America's top law schools are heading to court themselves.
                              Their target: a Pentagon policy requiring them to allow military
                              recruiters on campus. At issue is the military's "don't ask, don't
                              tell" policy towards gays and whether the government should be able
                              to force schools to disseminate a message they dislike. <MORE>

                              Phil Wogaman on Ethics: "Golf Ball Theology and Ethics"
                              Zion's Herald, July/August 2003

                              A case that was argued this spring in the high court of New Zealand
                              has important implications for Christians, and especially for
                              Methodists, everywhere. While the legal effects of the court's yet-to-
                              be announced judgment may not be terribly important in other
                              countries with different laws and traditions, the theological and
                              ethical ramifications could be important.

                              The background: In 1997 the New Zealand Methodist Conference (not a
                              part of The United Methodist Church, but an active member of the
                              World Methodist Council) received an ordained homosexual minister
                              into membership. In 2000 a dissenting congregation, objecting to that
                              action, sought to leave the denomination and take the church property
                              with it. <MORE>
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                              The following form is available on Affirmation s website: General Conference Volunteer Opportunities for Progressive United Methodists (PDF format)
                              Message 14 of 16 , Dec 20 3:51 PM
                                The following form is available on Affirmation's website: "General
                                Conference Volunteer Opportunities for Progressive United Methodists"
                                (PDF format)

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                                Sunday, December 21, 2003
                                Strong Support Is Found for Ban on Gay Marriage
                                By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JANET ELDER
                                New York Times

                                The latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found widespread support
                                for an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban gay
                                marriage. It also found unease about homosexual relations in general,
                                making the issue a potentially divisive one for the Democrats and an
                                opportunity for the Republicans in the 2004 election.

                                Support for a constitutional amendment extends across a wide swath of
                                the public and includes a majority of people traditionally viewed as
                                supportive of gay rights, including Democrats, women and people who
                                live on the East Coast. <MORE>

                                Saturday, December 20, 2003
                                More Than Mere Partners
                                By ANDREW JACOBS
                                New York Times

                                BUTLER, N.J., Dec. 19 — From the above-ground pool and plastic
                                crèche on the front lawn to the Norman Rockwell figurines in the
                                beige-on-brown living room, there is nothing flamboyant about the
                                Kilian-Meneghin household. The couple — a soft-spoken parish
                                secretary and a nerdy Web administrator inseparable since high
                                school — have a pair of exceedingly polite children, an elderly
                                cat named Spot and two well-maintained Saturns in the driveway. By
                                most standards, the family is as all-American and unremarkable as
                                they come. <MORE>

                                Friday, December 19, 2003
                                Journeys: Mining the Gold in Gay Nuptials
                                By SARAH ROBERTSON
                                New York Times

                                The provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, where same-sex
                                marriage has been legal since the summer, have been doing brisk
                                business, attracting gays and lesbians from the United States who
                                want to tie the knot. <SNIP>

                                The popularity of the gay wedding business has not been lost on the
                                Massachusetts tourist industry. Travel experts say the state's gay-
                                related tourism business could receive a huge lift in the wake of the
                                state Supreme Judicial Court's ruling on Nov. 18, which stated that
                                the State Legislature had 180 days to rewrite Massachusetts marriage
                                laws to include same-sex couples. <MORE>

                                Friday, December 19, 2003
                                Pro-Family Groups Question Bush's Commitment to Defense of Marriage
                                By Bill Fancher and Jenni Parker

                                (AgapePress) - Some pro-family activists are questioning just how
                                serious President George W. Bush is when it comes to defending
                                traditional marriage. Concerns were raised after the president
                                addressed the issue this week in an interview with ABC News. <MORE>

                                Salvation Army still target of holiday protests
                                Voucher campaign highlights charity's stands on gay issues
                                By RYAN LEE
                                Southern Voice

                                Gay rights groups continue to target the Salvation Army's red
                                kettles, hoping to persuade the Christian charity organization to end
                                its anti-gay policies.

                                For the third consecutive holiday season, gay rights supporters can
                                drop a note of protest into the red kettles in lieu of spare change
                                traditionally intended for the buckets. <MORE>

                                Wednesday, December 17, 2003
                                Dissident Episcopal Bishops Form New Group
                                By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
                                New York Times

                                Thirteen Episcopal bishops opposed to their church's
                                approval of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire announced
                                today that they were forming a rival network of dioceses
                                and parishes. <MORE>

                                Wednesday, December 17, 2003
                                US steps closer to same-sex unions

                                US President George Bush has opened the door to same-sex unions that
                                stop short of marriage.

                                Speaking on an ABC News interview on Tuesday, the president said
                                people should be able to make all "arrangements" they want as long as
                                a state recognizes them. <MORE>

                                Tuesday, December 16, 2003
                                After 6 Quiet Decades as 'Friends' and Partners, Gus and Elmer Eloped
                                By ANDREA ELLIOTT
                                New York Times

                                In the language of their generation, Gus and Elmer were friends. They
                                worked together, took cruises together and sang in the same church
                                choir. They lived together for nearly six decades but never held
                                hands in public. Then, last month, Gustavo Archilla, 88, and Elmer
                                Lokkins, 84, crossed the Canadian border near Niagara Falls and were

                                "We eloped," Mr. Lokkins said in his Manhattan apartment one recent
                                afternoon, before breaking into song. "To Niagara in a sleeper,
                                there's no honeymoon that's cheaper." <MORE>

                                Saturday, December 13, 2003
                                Annals of Homosexuality: From Greek to Grim to Gay
                                By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
                                New York Times

                                . . . in Louis Crompton's sober, searching and somber new
                                history, "Homosexuality and Civilization," homosexuality is
                                associated with the inner workings of civilization itself.

                                <SNIP> As filtered through the severity of the writings of the
                                Apostle Paul, though, that condemnation became central to
                                Christianity, strictly distinguishing it from Roman and pagan
                                cultures. In Mr. Crompton's view, it also ended up influencing the
                                later criminal codes of France, Spain, England, the Holy Roman
                                Empire, the Italian states and Scandinavia. <MORE>

                                Friday, December 12, 2003
                                Black Churches targeted as gay marriage battleground
                                By Brent Dorian Carpenter

                                DETROIT - Town hall meetings and various other forums to debate the
                                merits of same-sex marriage are springing up around metro Detroit
                                like mushrooms, a sure sign that the inflammatory subject will be a
                                major political wedge issue in the upcoming 2004 elections.

                                Anti-gay activist Gary Glenn, president of the American Family
                                Association (AFA)-Michigan chapter, orchestrated such a meeting at
                                Greater Emmanuel, a Black church located on Schaefer on Detroit's
                                northwest side, in an effort to stir homophobia and cultivate a
                                wealth of votes on an upcoming initiative by Michigan's legislature
                                to amend the state constitution. The proposed amendment would go much
                                further than merely limiting marriage to "one man, one woman" unions,
                                but would also ban government recognition of anything resembling same-
                                sex marriages, such as civil unions, and would strip away existing
                                domestic partnership benefits established by local city ordinances
                                and corporations around the state. <MORE>

                                Thursday, December 11, 2003
                                Readers Watch Out for 'Dykes' Comic Strip
                                Note: Complete story available only to subscribers at

                                Which syndicated comic just celebrated its 20th birthday, just got
                                collected in its 10th book, and just isn't known to many readers of
                                daily newspapers? "Dykes to Watch Out For."

                                Alison Bechdel's feature has 60 clients -- including many lesbian,
                                gay, and feminist publications, some alternative weeklies, but no
                                mainstream dailies. While comics sections reflect America's diversity
                                more than before -- and include gay characters in strips such
                                as "Doonesbury" and "For Better or For Worse" -- these sections have
                                yet to welcome lesbians or gays in starring roles. United Media does
                                offer "Jane's World" by Paige Braddock on Comics.com.

                                Wednesday, December 10, 2003
                                Campaign seeks black support for gay marriage
                                The Advocate

                                A nationwide campaign to generate black support for same-sex marriage
                                and to fight against the recently proposed Federal Marriage Amendment
                                was announced on Monday by the National Black Justice Coalition, a
                                group of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered African-
                                American community leaders. During a news conference in Washington,
                                D.C., leaders of the group vowed to engage all major national black
                                political leaders and civil rights leaders as well as many of the
                                nation's black religious leaders to support their campaign. The group
                                also called on all black civil rights organizations and political
                                leaders to take a strong position against the Federal Marriage
                                Amendment, which would ban gay marriage nationwide. <MORE>

                                Wednesday, December 10, 2003
                                Out of the margins, into the mainstream
                                Mary Wiltenburg
                                The Christian Science Monitor

                                Fran Fifis and Mary Cardaras, who are raising Fifis's sons, are among
                                a growing number of gay couples to head US households.

                                <SNIP> Over the past three decades, America's attitude toward its gay
                                children has evolved . . . gradually, sometimes painfully, one family
                                at a time. But change it has, at a pace that has quickened
                                perceptibly every decade. Surveys show public acceptance of gays
                                underwent nearly a generation of change between 1990 and 1995 alone,
                                and US court rulings have more or less kept pace. [This is a very
                                long article, giving history, including "Milestones along the way"]
                                <LOTS MORE>

                                Tuesday, December 09, 2003
                                Couples fight to secure vows
                                By Jordan Caswell
                                Staff Writer, The Daily Tar Heel

                                A lawless marriage, they called it, but in a pledge of love and
                                commitment in front of their friends, their family, their God and
                                each other, Chantelle and Marcie Fisher-Borne were married last
                                spring. Lawless since four days after returning from their honeymoon,
                                Marcie fell ill and was admitted to the hospital. Without the rights
                                and protections guaranteed by a legally recognized marriage,
                                Chantelle was not permitted to see Marcie while she was in the
                                <SNIP> . . .Jimmy Creech, defrocked in 1999 after performing a same-
                                sex marriage ceremony, said marriage was not a religious institution
                                historically but a transfer of property -- namely, a woman -- from
                                her family to her husband. <MORE>

                                December 5, 2003
                                Allowing gays to form civil unions a matter of granting fundamental
                                Asheville Citizen-Times, Voice of the Mountains

                                A strong body of evidence suggests that homosexuality is a natural
                                variation of human sexuality, that it is an intrinsic part of a
                                person's nature caused by genetic or environmental circumstances
                                beyond the individual's control. <MORE>
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                                God Is Still Speaking, About Marriage http://www.ucc.org/justice/marriage.htm New resources on marriage from the United Church of Christ. Explores faith in
                                Message 15 of 16 , Mar 27, 2004
                                  God Is Still Speaking, About Marriage

                                  New resources on marriage from the United Church of Christ. Explores
                                  faith in relation to: the meaning of Christian marriage, the blessing
                                  of unions among same-sex couples, the honoring of diverse expressions
                                  of loving and caring human relationships. <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 27, 2004
                                  Marriage Equality Celebrated
                                  By THERESA HOGUE
                                  Gazette-Times reporter

                                  Members of the gay community from Corvallis and beyond gathered with
                                  friends, family members and supporters Friday night at First United
                                  Methodist Church to celebrate marriage equality. <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 27, 2004
                                  Same-sex couples seek marriage licenses in Cleveland

                                  CLEVELAND (AP) -- Fifty-eight gay couples handed over $40 each for
                                  marriage license applications yesterday. They walked away without the
                                  licenses, but did it to point out they should receive the same
                                  benefits as heterosexual couples.

                                  A line stretched from the license office at Cuyahoga County Probate
                                  Court where workers politely informed the applicants the state does
                                  not allow them to be granted marriage licenses. <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 27, 2004
                                  National Briefing: South
                                  New York Times

                                  TENNESSEE: REVERSAL IN GAY-PARENT CASE A state appeals court
                                  overturned a lower court order that barred a man from exposing his
                                  son to his "gay lifestyle." <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 27, 2004
                                  Gay? No Marriage License Here. Straight? Ditto.
                                  By KATE ZERNIKE
                                  New York Times

                                  The commissioners of Benton County, Ore., will not give marriage
                                  licenses to anybody, gay or straight, until the state courts settle
                                  the issue. <SNIP>

                                  Oregon gay rights activists see powerful — and somewhat delicious
                                  — symbolism. Elizabeth Oettinger, senior minister at the First
                                  Congregational United Church of Christ, said: "It's not altogether
                                  bad for a heterosexual couple that has always thought of marriage as
                                  an inalienable right to be told no. It might make them think about
                                  how same-sex couples get told no all the time." <MORE>

                                  Friday, March 26, 2004
                                  Gay Couples Seek to Wed in Fredericksburg
                                  Court Clerk Rejects Efforts by 4 Pairs
                                  By Michelle Boorstein
                                  Washington Post; Page B03

                                  "They marched on Washington," organizer Kim Bickert said. "Why can't
                                  they march on Fredericksburg?"

                                  Bickert, a junior at the University of Mary Washington, and more than
                                  100 other people congregated yesterday in Fredericksburg's Hurkamp
                                  Park to escort four same-sex couples down the street to the Circuit
                                  Court building, where they applied for marriage licenses. <MORE>

                                  Thursday, March 25, 2004
                                  Oregonians Look to One Suit to Settle Gay Marriage Issue
                                  By MATTHEW PREUSCH
                                  New York Times

                                  The suit, brought on behalf of nine same-sex couples and a gay rights
                                  group, contends that an Oregon law limiting marriage to a man and
                                  woman violates the State Constitution. <MORE>

                                  Thursday, March 25, 2004
                                  Working from within
                                  BY MIKE THOMAS Staff Reporter
                                  Chicago Sun Times

                                  Last July, Edgewater resident Martin Grochala and his partner of 13
                                  years, Fred Reuland, professed their love for each other during a
                                  union ceremony at Broadway United Methodist Church in Lake View.

                                  The meticulously planned occasion included music of Handel and
                                  Beethoven. Good pal Bruce Koff presided, and self-written vows were
                                  exchanged. <MORE>

                                  Wednesday, March 24, 2004
                                  Gay Official Denounces Amendment
                                  By CARL HULSE
                                  New York Times

                                  A gay member of Congress declared that backers of a constitutional
                                  amendment to ban gay marriage were trying to restrict emotional and
                                  legal bonds that were not their concern. <MORE>

                                  Tuesday, March 23, 2004
                                  Zanzibar to get tough on gay men
                                  BBC News

                                  <SNIP> [Deputy attorney general Omar Makungu] said they have ...
                                  proposed a maximum life imprisonment sentence for anyone found guilty
                                  of sodomy.

                                  Known lesbians in Zanzibar now risk being jailed for seven years,
                                  according to the draft proposals. <MORE>

                                  Tuesday, March 23, 2004
                                  Ministers Who Officiated at Same-Sex Marriages Go to Court
                                  BY THOMAS CRAMPTON
                                  New York Times

                                  A solemn crowd of more than 150 Unitarian congregants and gay rights
                                  advocates gathered on the steps of the New Paltz courthouse afternoon
                                  to support two ministers facing charges for officiating at same-sex
                                  marriages. <MORE>

                                  Tuesday, March 23, 2004
                                  Gay pastors to get married in Canada
                                  Associated Press

                                  AUGUSTA — While same-sex marriages are being performed in various
                                  places in the United States, two Maine pastors will be going to
                                  Canada to get married next month. The Rev. William Gordon said he and
                                  the Rev. Richard Rossiter will marry April 24 in Toronto, Ontario,
                                  one of three provinces where same-sex marriages are legal. <SNIP>

                                  Both men were United Methodist ministers before they announced that
                                  they were gay. <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 20, 2004
                                  Op-Ed Contributor: Hiding Behind the Constitution
                                  By WILLIAM B. RUBENSTEIN
                                  New York Times

                                  Instead of asking what kind of society we want, our politicians argue
                                  about what our structure of government can permit. <MORE>

                                  Saturday, March 20, 2004
                                  Couples' rights bill advances in House
                                  By PAUL CARRIER,
                                  Portland Press

                                  AUGUSTA — The House of Representatives gave preliminary approval
                                  Friday to a bill that would give unmarried couples, including same-
                                  sex couples, the inheritance rights that married couples have when a
                                  partner dies without leaving a will. The bill faces another vote in
                                  the House next week before it goes to the Senate, but lobbyists on
                                  both sides of the issue say it is likely to be enacted by the full
                                  Legislature. Gov. John Baldacci has said he will sign the bill into
                                  law if the Legislature sends it to him. <MORE>

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                                  Faith & Values: He's HIV, and positive
                                  Martha Sawyer Allen
                                  Star Tribune

                                  In the midst of the smoke, conversation and Cyndi Lauper on the
                                  jukebox, the Rev. Tim Tennant-Jayne orders a cup of coffee from the
                                  bartender and gets to work. <SNIP>

                                  Tennant-Jayne was ordained in 1982 in the United Methodist
                                  denomination and served several congregations in Iowa before
                                  realizing that he was gay. He moved to the Twin Cities, where he
                                  began his street ministry to the gay community. He is
                                  on "administrative location" for the Iowa Conference. That means
                                  that he can perform all the sacred rituals of his ordination, but
                                  he's a member of an Iowa congregation, Trinity United Methodist
                                  Church in Des Moines and is supposed to work with the pastor of that
                                  church -- much like a student pastor. He sends an annual report to
                                  the Iowa congregation and visits once a year. "I think of it as a
                                  kind of suspended animation," he said. The Rev. Darline Balm-Demmel,
                                  assistant to the bishop of the Iowa Conference, said
                                  that "administrative location" is no longer granted in the church,
                                  but will continue to apply to Tennant-Jayne. <MORE>
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