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    Monday, December 2, 2002 Advocate for women Canterbury archbishop By Jeremy Lovell Boston Globe
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 2, 2002
      Monday, December 2, 2002
      Advocate for women Canterbury archbishop
      By Jeremy Lovell
      Boston Globe

      LONDON - Archbishop Rowan Williams, a defender of gays and promoter
      of woman bishops, officially becomes archbishop of Canterbury and
      head of the world's 70 million Anglicans today.


      Monday, December 2, 2002
      'Faithful' gay relationships OK: new church head

      The new spiritual head of the Church of England says "faithful"
      homosexual relationships do not conflict with the teachings of the

      "It seems to me rather sad, and rather revealing, that when it comes
      to sex we suddenly become much less intelligent about our reading of
      the Bible," Rowan Williams told BBC television the day before
      officially taking office as Archbishop of Canterbury. <MORE>


      Sunday, Dec. 01, 2002
      A Hate-Crime Drama Becomes a Stage for Discussion
      New York Times

      THE LARAMIE PROJECT," the play that the director Mois�s Kaufman and
      his Tectonic Theater Project created about the 1998 murder of Matthew

      Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming, had its world premiere in
      2000 at the Denver Center Theater Company. <SNIP>

      Clearly, "The Laramie Project" has entered the mainstream of American

      culture in a way few plays do. More than a docu-drama fleshing out a
      news story, it has become a catalyst for communities to discuss
      something of urgent importance: in this case, hate crimes, homophobia

      and the treatment of difference in American society. <MUCH MORE>


      Sunday, December 1, 2002
      What, and Who, Makes a Marriage? (Commentary)
      Salt Lake City Tribune

      Thirty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States
      ruled that laws forbidding interracial marriages were
      unconstitutional. Today, our 3rd District congressman, Chris Cannon,
      is sponsoring a similar law in the form of a constitutional amendment
      defining a "marriage" as existing only between a man and a woman.

      How long before his bill will be found to be in violation of the

      Constitution? And how much taxpayer money will be wasted in the
      attempt? <MORE>

      Michael Picardi lives in Salt Lake City and is the chairman of
      Stonewall Democrats, The Utah Democratic Gay and Lesbian Caucus.


      Sunday, December 1, 2002
      Gay pride priest sacked
      Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)

      A PRIEST who marched in a gay pride parade which was opposed by the
      Vatican has been removed as pastor of a small parish in southern

      The Reverend Vitaliano Della Sala said today he planned to appeal to
      the Vatican his removal by the local bishop.

      "It seems unfair," he said by telephone from the town of Sant'Angelo
      a Scala. "A priest must defend the rights of those who are trampled

      See also: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_719140.html


      Sunday, Dec. 01, 2002
      Pa. cities brace for antigay crusaders
      A Kansas church group will protest in the Lehigh Valley in support of
      a local preacher.
      By Oliver Prichard
      Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

      <SNIP> The Topeka-based group is targeting 10 churches and colleges
      in the Lehigh Valley with an antigay crusade next weekend. They were
      provoked by local criticism of a Bethlehem preacher who suggested
      that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a result of America's growing
      tolerance of same-sex unions.

      That preacher's remarks, delivered to 800 people at a 9/11
      anniversary ceremony, particularly offended members of a gay-oriented
      church in Bethlehem, who walked out of the service in protest.

      "I was basically in shock," said the Rev. Elizabeth Goudy, a lesbian
      and pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley.
      "It was a time when people were looking for comfort, not for blame
      directed at one particular group."

      Organizers of the ceremony and the Presbyterian church that hosted it
      apologized, and nerves appeared to be settling - until Westboro
      Baptist Church decided the "hellbound perverts" of the Lehigh Valley
      required its services. <MUCH MORE>


      Saturday, November 30, 2002
      Education: In Harvard Papers, a Dark Corner of the College's Past

      About six months ago Amit R. Paley, a writer for The Harvard Crimson,

      was researching an article he thought fairly mundane when, combing a
      list of the university archives' holdings, he was stunned to see an
      entry for "Secret Court Files, 1920."

      That short reference eventually led Mr. Paley to 500 pages of
      documents describing an episode more than 80 years ago in which the
      Harvard administration methodically harassed a number of young men
      for being gay, on suspicion of being gay or simply for associating
      with gays. Nine of those victimized � one teacher and eight students
      � were ousted from the college and essentially run out of town.


      Wednesday, November 27, 2002
      Campus newspaper exposes Harvard's antigay past
      The Advocate

      What began as an inquiry into a student's suicide in 1920 ended in
      Harvard University convening a secret tribunal that labeled 14 men
      "guilty" of being gay and forcing the students among them to leave
      not only the school but the city of Cambridge, Mass.

      The hidden history of the tribunal, known as "the court," first
      reported by the Harvard Crimson newspaper on Thursday, describes
      Harvard's desperate efforts, which were kept secret for more than
      eight decades, to hide from public view a secret gay subculture on
      campus. <MORE>

      Tuesday, November 26, 2002
      Superintendent upholds decision to permit gay-straight group to meet
      at high school

      CANNONSBURG, Ky.- Boyd County school Superintendent Bill Capehart
      upheld a decision by a local high school to allow the Gay-Straight
      Alliance to meet on campus. <SNIP>

      Two ministers are pressing an appeal of the Oct. 28 decision by the
      school's teacher-parent council, which recognized the group and let
      it meet at school.

      The Rev. Tim York, pastor of Heritage Temple Free Will Baptist Church
      in Cannonsburg and president of the Boyd County Ministerial
      Association, and the Rev. Bill Bentley, pastor of First United
      Methodist Church in Catlettsburg, have asked for a meeting with King
      and principal Jerry Johnson.


      Tuesday, November 26, 2002
      Boyd ruling expected on gay-rights group
      Superintendent will decide on appeal
      By Mark Pitsch
      The Courier-Journal (Louisville)

      CANNONSBURG, Ky. -- The Boyd County school superintendent said he
      will rule today on an appeal challenging a decision that allows a
      gay-rights group to meet at Boyd County High School.

      Superintendent Bill Capehart also said he will recommend that
      supporters and opponents of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance meet
      face-toface to discuss their differences and ''to dispel myths in the
      community'' about the group.

      Capehart said the alliance is not recruiting students or discussing
      sexual practices at its meetings. Critics say the group is
      inappropriate for a school and will foster homosexuality among
      students. <MORE>


      Tuesday, November 26, 2002
      Soulforce grapples with Phelps visit

      FERNDALE, MI - Should Ferndale residents respond to the promised
      visit of the Kansas Pastor Fred Phelps or should they ignore his
      presence in their city? That was the question Soulforce board members
      discussed at their most recent meeting.

      Soulforce, a national interfaith organization committed to ending
      what it describes as "spiritual violence" created by negative
      religious policies and teachings aimed at lgbt people, is best known
      for its recent efforts to bring the comments of Ferndale Police
      Chaplain Tom Hansen to light. At a city council meeting this summer,
      Hansen made statements condemning the "the practice of the
      homosexual, lesbian and cross-gender lifestyle" as "immoral and
      contrary to the express word of God and the well-being of our city."

      Monday, November 25, 2002
      Critics Say Government Deleted Web Site Material to Push Abstinence
      New York Times

      Information on condom use, the relation between abortion and breast
      cancer and ways to reduce sex among teenagers has been removed from
      government Web sites, prompting critics to accuse the Department of
      Health and Human Services of censoring medical information in order
      to promote a philosophy of sexual abstinence.

      Over the last year, the department has quietly expunged information
      on how using condoms protects against AIDS, how abortion does not
      increase the risk of breast cancer and how to run programs proven to
      reduce teenage sexual activity. The posting that found no link
      between abortion and breast cancer was removed from the department's
      Web site last June, after Representative Christopher H. Smith, a New
      Jersey Republican who is co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus,
      wrote a letter of protest to Secretary Tommy Thompson calling the
      research cited by the National Cancer Institute "scientifically
      inaccurate and misleading to the public." <MORE>

      November 15, 2002
      Hate crime at Morehouse College?
      Gay students say homophobia to blame for attack in dorm shower

      An attack that began with a glance in a dorm shower at Morehouse
      College sent one student to the hospital, another to jail, and
      prompted charges of widespread homophobia at the historically black
      all-male private school in southwest Atlanta.

      Gregory Love, a junior at Morehouse, was beaten "approximately six to
      seven times, about the face, head, shoulders, back and arms" with a
      baseball bat on Nov. 3 in the bathroom of the Brazeal Hall dormitory,
      according to an incident report filed by the Morehouse College Police
      Department. <LOTS MORE>


      November 10, 2002
      A Sampler of Hell, as One Church Pictures It, Anyhow
      New York Times

      WHEN the Trinity Church of Cedar Hill, Tex., wants to scare
      the pants off you around Halloween, it doesn't do it with a
      typical haunted house featuring ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
      Instead, it erects a Hell House in which congregants act
      out Grand Guignolesque scenes warning of the dangers of
      sinful behavior.

      At Hell House - actually a series of house trailers - the
      church stages one scene in which a gay man dying of AIDS is
      mocked by a grinning demon who welcomes him into Hell.
      Another vignette warns you to watch out what drugs you
      consume, because you might overdose, and then that friend
      of the Evil One will drag you into purgatory. Abortions?
      Spousal abuse? Suicide? At Hotel Lucifer you can check in,
      but you can never leave. <MORE>

      Lewis Beale is a senior writer at Us Weekly.

      November 08, 2002 edition
      Tammy Faye's Thriving Gay Ministry
      Ex-PTL co-host doesn't call homosexuality sin while talking to groups
      Charisma News Service

      Former co-host of the controversial PTL Television Network, Tammy
      Bakker (now Messner) has been enjoying a burgeoning ministry to
      homosexuals. Once adored by viewers of the electronic church, Messner

      now appears at gay-pride events nationwide, such as a Tammy Faye
      look-alike contest held in Washington, D.C., recently where,
      according to National Public Radio, she was "surrounded by men in
      falsies and
      pancake makeup and...impossible to upstage." <SNIP>

      How can you not love people who have treated you so kindly at the
      lowest part in your life?" Messner says of her ministry, explaining
      how it was born out of the collapse of PTL, which saw her begin a
      church in Orlando, Fla., after her then-husband Jim Bakker was sent
      to prison.

      During this time, a self-confessed homosexual wrote to Messner and
      sent her $10,000 to use as she wished. Years earlier, the gay
      community had realized Messner's concern for homosexuals when she had
      interviewed a man who had AIDS. "I told the church that they were
      created to love people with AIDS, not shun them," she said. <MORE>

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      CALLED OUT May you have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year. ... A New Dimension in Snapshot of Gay Teenagers December 24, 2002 By DAVID TULLER New York
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 24, 2002
        CALLED OUT

        May you have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.


        A New Dimension in Snapshot of Gay Teenagers
        December 24, 2002
        New York Times
        <SNIP> Dr. Ritch C. Savin-Williams, a professor of developmental
        and clinical psychology at Cornell, says many of the
        studies are "horribly flawed" and significantly overstate
        the degree of self-destructive behavior. Moreover, he says,
        by focusing so much attention on those who are at risk
        rather than on the large majority of gay and lesbian
        teenagers who appear to be doing well, the research is
        "pathologizing" gay youth and handing conservative groups
        ammunition to argue that being gay is inherently unhealthy. <MORE>


        Thursday, December 19, 2002
        A peaceful community
        Ferndale prepares for the arrival a hate-monger
        By Kelly Peters
        Between the Lines

        FERNDALE - Led and organized by Dr. Dennis Paulson, pastor of First
        United Methodist Church, more than 150 friends and community members
        of Ferndale attended a rally that proclaimed Ferndale as a "hate-free

        Tuesday night, Dr. John Corvino held the audience with his lecture
        titled, "What' Morally Wrong with Homosexuality." He outlined the
        arguments used by the anti-gay community to explain why homosexuality
        is wrong. Corvino is also an assistant professor of philosophy at
        Wayne State University in Detroit. <MORE>


        Thursday, December 19, 2002
        Roseville man attacked at Denny's
        By Kelly Peters
        Between the Lines

        ROSEVILLE - A gay employee of Denny's restaurant chain, endured more
        than a year of harassment from a fellow co-worker and pleaded with
        managers to help him out. The situation came to a head on Nov. 9 when
        Harold Shank was stabbed by a coworker with a fork.

        "I'm okay, it was just a scratch but in order to defend myself, I hit
        him on the head with a cup," said Shank. The co-worker had to get
        three stitches in his head because of the injury and the Roseville
        police were called in to write up a police report. <MORE>


        Wednesday, December 18, 2002
        Pataki Signs Law Protecting Rights of Gays
        By SHAILA K. DEWAN

        ALBANY, Dec. 17 - Thirty-one years after the first gay
        rights bill was introduced in Albany, Gov. George E. Pataki
        today signed into law a bill extending civil rights
        protections to gays and lesbians in the state - hours after
        the Republican-led State Senate mustered the votes to
        approve it. <MORE>


        December 14, 2002
        World Briefing: Americas

        Aires granted legal status to gay and lesbian couples, allowing
        benefits like pensions and hospital visits, a move hailed as a first
        for the country. The law will cover insurance policies and health
        benefits covered by the municipal local government only. But it will
        not permit same-sex couples to adopt children nor marry. (Reuters)

        Two Features:

        December 4, 2002
        Long Road Home
        The Gully

        One Face of Gay Africa: Part 1. Cheikh Traor� is a 35 year-old AIDS
        educator working with African communities in London. He talks about
        his work, and what it was like growing up gay in West Africa.

        December 12, 2002
        Creating Community in Exile
        The Gully

        One Face of Gay Africa: Part 2. Cheikh Traor� talks about his life in
        London and his struggle to "invent this notion of being gay and


        D.C. Church Authorizes Same-Sex Unions
        By Caryle Murphy and Bill Broadway
        Washington Post Staff Writers
        Tuesday, December 10, 2002; Page B01

        National City Christian Church, a prominent mainline congregation in
        Northwest Washington, has decided to allow same-sex weddings in its

        The unanimous decision on Saturday by its board of elders places the
        159-year-old congregation, where U.S. presidents James A. Garfield
        and Lyndon B. Johnson once worshiped, among a small number of D.C.
        area churches that permit such services, often called "covenant
        ceremonies." <MORE>


        December 7, 2002
        International: Britain Announces Proposal for Same-Sex Partnerships
        By WARREN HOGE

        The partnerships would give homosexual couples property and
        inheritance rights and grant each person the status of next-of-kin to
        the other.


        Friday, 6 December, 2002, 16:21 GMT
        Gay couples 'to get equal rights'

        Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals would be granted many of the same
        rights as married couples under UK Government plans for
        legally-recognised civil partnerships. Barbara Roche, the Minister
        for Social Exclusion and Equalities, says there is a strong case for
        allowing same-sex couples to register their relationships. <MORE>


        Thursday, December 5, 2002
        Portland facing lawsuit over partner rule
        By MARK SHANAHAN, Portland Press Herald Writer

        Calling provisions of Portland's domestic-partner ordinance coercive
        and illegal, Catholic Charities Maine announced Wednesday it will
        challenge the law in court.

        John Kerry, chief executive officer, said the social-service agency
        will sue the city for withholding public funds because Catholic
        Charities does not, as required by the ordinance, offer
        domestic-partner benefits to its employees. <MORE>

        December 10, 2002

        BTL-Digest Breaking Community Press Release
        From: Arcus Foundation; 303 N. Rose St., Suite 300; Kalamazoo,
        MI 49007
        Contact: Linda May, Executive Director; 269/373-4373

        Arcus Foundation will donate $10 to gay advocacy group
        for every minute anti-gay hate group demonstrates in Ferndale

        Kalamazoo, Mich.-The Arcus Foundation has pledged to donate to a gay
        rights organization for every minute Fred Phelps and his hate group
        demonstrate during an anti-gay protest planned for Dec. 21-22 in

        Arcus will donate $10 per minute (up to $2,000) to the Detroit
        chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
        (PFLAG). The chapter plans to devote all donations toward its
        efforts to fight bigotry, violence and hate through education,
        support and advocacy programs on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual
        and transgender (GLBT) community.

        "We're pleased to join this creative and positive response to Fred
        Phelps' hateful message," says Arcus Foundation president and founder
        Jon Stryker. "Every minute of his group's offensive rhetoric will be
        translated into a financial vote for love, compassion and support
        toward the people they seek to condemn."

        A group of gay, religious and city leaders in Ferndale has promoted
        the per-minute pledges as a peaceful protest to Phelps'

        Phelps, 73, is the Kansas preacher who travels the nation with his
        family to proclaim hate for homosexuals. According to the Detroit
        Free Press, his group will target Ferndale churches, city council
        members and others he says are "befriending Satan" by tolerating gays
        and lesbians.

        The Arcus Foundation of Kalamazoo, Mich., seeks to contribute to a
        pluralistic society that celebrates diversity and dignity, invests in
        youth and justice and promotes tolerance and compassion. Arcus has
        awarded grants to several state and national organizations that work
        to improve the quality of life of the GLBT community.

        For more information:



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        CALLED OUT ... Thursday, March 27, 2003 Presbyterian minister takes stand on gay issue John Nolan Associated Press
        Message 3 of 5 , Mar 27, 2003
          CALLED OUT

          Thursday, March 27, 2003
          Presbyterian minister takes stand on gay issue
          John Nolan
          Associated Press

          Cincinnati- A Presbyterian minister awaiting the denomination's first
          trial for marrying homosexual couples says he hopes his defiant stand
          will help bring about change and greater acceptance.

          The Rev. Stephen Van Kuiken readily acknowledges that policies he and
          his Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church congregation have endorsed
          violate the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He says,
          however, the issues are fairness to gays and whether the church will
          welcome them along with heterosexuals. <MORE>

          Thursday, March 27, 2003
          Presbyterian leader understands conflict
          By Mark Pinsky

          The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel knows quite a bit about intractable

          As a Palestinian Christian, raised in Israel and fluent in Hebrew, he
          is impassioned about the plight of Arabs living under Jewish
          occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, and the need for peace in the
          Middle East.

          As the elected head of the 2.5 million-member Presbyterian Church,
          USA, he leads a denomination that is internally divided over
          sexuality and steadily losing members. <MORE>


          Thursday, March 27, 2003
          Excerpts From Arguments Before the Supreme Court
          New York Times

          WASHINGTON, March 26 � Following are excerpts from arguments before
          the Supreme Court today in Lawrence v. Texas, as recorded by the
          Alderson Reporting Company. Arguing against the law was Paul M.
          Smith; defending it was Charles A. Rosenthal Jr., the district
          attorney for Harris County, Tex. The Times has supplied the
          identities of the justices. <MORE>

          Thursday, March 27, 2003
          Supreme Court Seems Set to Reverse a Sodomy Law
          New York Times

          WASHINGTON, March 26 � A majority of the Supreme Court appeared ready
          today to overturn a Texas "homosexual conduct" law that criminalizes
          sexual practices between same-sex couples that are lawful in the
          state when performed by a man and a woman.

          Texas is one of four states to make such a distinction, and one of 13
          with criminal sodomy laws still on their books. It appeared from the
          argument today, on behalf of two Houston men who were prosecuted
          after the police found them having sex in a private apartment, that
          the court would follow a path of least resistance and invoke the
          constitutional guarantee of equal protection to strike down the Texas
          law. <MORE>

          Thursday, March 27, 2003
          The Rights of Gay Americans
          New York Times Editorial

          Thomas McLaughlin, who is 14, says he has been harassed because he is
          gay � by his own school. He and his family report that when officials
          at Jacksonville Junior High School in Arkansas learned that he was a
          homosexual, a counselor called his mother to inform her. And a
          teacher wrote a letter telling him he would go to hell. The Supreme
          Court should think of Mr. McLaughlin as it considers the gay rights
          case that it heard arguments in yesterday. More than 84 percent of
          gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, primarily in high
          school, are exposed to antigay comments from students or faculty over
          the course of a year, according to a national survey. More than
          one-third reported being physically harassed. <MORE>

          Wednesday, March 26, 2003
          Court should rule for personal privacy in sex case
          Detroit Free Press Editorial

          The sexual activity of consenting, responsible adults in the privacy
          of their homes is none of the government's business. The U.S. Supreme
          Court has an opportunity to say so in a landmark case being argued
          today over a Texas law against homosexual sodomy.

          Most states have repealed their laws against sodomy, which is
          variously defined as copulation that cannot or is not intended to
          result in procreation. Texas is among four states that expressly
          outlaw sodomy between people of the same gender. Michigan still has a
          more general anti-sodomy law, but it has not been enforced since a
          1990 Wayne County Circuit Court ruling that it was unconstitutional.


          Wednesday, March 26, 2003
          High Court Hears Arguments in Test of Texas Sodomy Law
          By Allie Martin and Jody Brown
          American Family Association (anti-gay)

          (AgapePress) - The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a
          case which many believe could legalize homosexual sex in America.

          Attorneys with the American Family Association Center for Law &
          Policy were at the Supreme Court building on Wednesday as justices
          reviewed the Texas law which criminalizes sodomy. The case (Lawrence
          v. Texas) arises from the 1998 arrest of two homosexual Houston men
          arrested by police for committing sodomy. Law enforcement had been
          summoned to the apartment of one of the men by what was later
          discovered to be a false claim that there was an armed intruder in
          the apartment. <MORE>

          Wednesday, March 26, 2003
          Waging politically correct war: the inoffensive offensive?
          Brendan O'Neill

          (LONDON)US commanders say the war in Iraq is "historic," because
          never before has a military bombardment been so fierce yet so
          precise. But could the war be historic in another sense - by being
          the first politically correct invasion?

          Behind the "shock and awe" bombing of Baghdad and the bloody clashes
          in the south, some in the American and British camps seem keen to
          ensure that the Iraqi offensive doesn't cause offense. They talk of
          their deep respect for the Iraqi people and encourage troops to honor
          Iraq's "cultural heritage." <SNIP>

          And in keeping with the PC war, the US Navy is apparently keeping a
          close eye on the messages written on bombs before they are launched.
          During the Afghan campaign, sailors on the USS Enterprise wrote a
          homophobic message on a bomb destined for Afghanistan, leading to
          complaints from gay rights groups. Rear Adm. Stephen Pietropaoli
          warned his men to more closely edit such "spontaneous acts of
          penmanship," and suggested that the Navy should "keep the messages

          But already, someone in the US Air Force has caused offense by
          writing a vulgar slur about the French on a bomb (aimed at Iraq, that
          is, not France).<MORE>

          Tuesday, March 25, 2003
          Arkansas School Is Accused of Harassing a Gay Student
          By TAMAR LEWIN
          New York Times

          As Thomas McLaughlin tells it, the trouble began when his
          eighth-grade science teacher overheard him refusing to deny
          to another boy that he was gay. It got worse that afternoon, when his
          guidance counselor called his mother at work to tell her he was

          "The assistant principal called me out of seventh period,
          asked if my parents knew I was gay, and when I said no, she
          said I had till 3:40 to tell them or the school would,"
          said Thomas, a 14-year old student at Jacksonville Junior
          High School in Arkansas.<SNIP>

          "I remember she said he was having feelings for other
          males," Ms. McLaughlin said. "Those were the words she
          used. I was upset in the first place that I'm finding out
          my son's gay, but that it was a school administrator who
          told me, that was beyond my reasoning. Thomas didn't tell
          me about the Bible preaching until recently. That's what
          made me call the A.C.L.U. We're Christians, but this isn't
          the school's business. It's something for us, the parents,
          to talk about." <MORE>
          Tuesday, March 25, 2003
          2 Affluent Areas of Queens Adjust to a New Ethnic Mix
          By JOSEPH BERGER
          New York Times

          In the prosperous Queens neighborhoods of Douglaston and Little Neck,
          where the number of Asian immigrants has more than doubled in 12
          years, there are many tales of how the American mill of assimilation
          works its special grace.

          A champion ballroom dancer from Seoul is giving tango and rumba
          lessons to the neighborhood's longtime residents. A Fujianese
          immigrant has opened a Chinese restaurant that is not only vegetarian
          but also kosher, availing himself of the help of Jewish neighbors in
          getting a rabbinical certificate. And on Sunday afternoons, the
          area's leading Episcopal church rents its sanctuary to a small Korean
          congregation. <SNIP>

          Two years ago, Yihung Li, 45, an immigrant from China's Fujian
          province, decided to open a vegetarian Chinese restaurant near his
          Little Neck home, and because northeastern Queens has many Jewish
          residents, he decided to make it kosher. The Jewish neighbors he had
          befriended helped him find a rabbi to certify the restaurant. So
          entangled has he become in the American ethnic blender that last
          summer he was host of a naming party for a Chinese baby girl adopted
          by two gay Jewish men.<MORE>


          Monday, March 24, 2003
          Episcopals Decline Gay Marriage Statement

          LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- A panel of Episcopal bishops has advised the
          church against the blessing of same-sex unions because the church
          members are so deeply divided on gay issues, the Los Angeles Times

          After 18 months of deliberation, debate and study a group of six
          bishops and seven theologians urged "the greatest caution" as the
          church considers whether to sanction gay unions and gay ordination.


          Sunday, March 23, 2003
          Bush sends taxpayer dollars to restrictive religious groups
          By ROBYN E. BLUMNER
          St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

          To get a job as a residential counselor/houseparent at the United
          Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, Ga., you have to be at least 21
          years old, a high school graduate and "a professing Christian." The
          job announcement goes on to explain that while non-Christians "have
          done much good in our world," (Gee, thanks) the Children's Home is
          "an agency of a Christian Church" and in order to preserve that
          identity, only Christians will be hired. <SNIP>

          The Children's Home wants to be free to hire Christians only and it
          wants taxpayers to pay for its programs -- a formula that has so
          enamored President Bush that he is trying to repeat it across the
          country. <SNIP>

          [Alan Yorker who is Jewish] filed suit in July 2002 in state court
          alleging job discrimination. He was joined by another former employee
          of the Children's Home who was fired for being a lesbian, and a group
          of Georgia taxpayers who say their money shouldn't be going to
          support religious discrimination or the religious indoctrination of
          children in the foster care system. No trial date has been scheduled
          but the discovery portion of the trial -- when each side may request
          information from the other -- is set to end in September. <MORE>


          Wednesday, March 19, 2003
          Libertarians Join Liberals in Opposing Sodomy Law
          New York Times

          WASHINGTON, March 17 - The constitutional challenge to the
          Texas "homosexual conduct" law that the Supreme Court will
          take up next week has galvanized not only traditional gay
          rights and civil rights organizations, but also libertarian
          groups that see the case as a chance to deliver their own
          message to the justices.

          The message is one of freedom from government control over
          private choices, economic as well as sexual. "Libertarians
          argue that the government has no business in the bedroom or
          in the boardroom," Roger Pilon, vice president for legal
          affairs at the Cato Institute, said today, describing the
          motivation for the institute, a leading libertarian
          research organization here, to file a brief on behalf of
          two gay men who are challenging the Texas law. <MORE>


          Tuesday, March 18, 2003
          Gay rights landmark
          Andr�s Gaudin
          New laws endorse same-sex relationships.

          Gay couples in the Buenos Aires city area and R�o Negro province will
          make history at the beginning of April when civil unions between
          people of the same sex are legally recognized in both regions,
          marking a first for Latin America. The new laws grant gay couples
          rights that were previously exclusive to married couples.

          The laws whipped up a storm in this predominantly Catholic country
          when they were approved last December, inciting intense public debate
          amongst conservative sectors, the gay community and progressive
          groups. <MORE>


          Tuesday, March 18, 2003
          Court told of church row over gays

          A Tongan congregation has gone to court seeking ownership of a south
          Auckland church following an acrimonious row with the Methodist
          hierarchy over a decision to appoint practising homosexuals as

          At the High Court in Auckland yesterday, Justice O'Regan was told the
          Otahuhu Tongan Methodist Church flock was strongly opposed to a
          gay-friendly policy introduced by the Methodists in 1997. <MORE>


          Tuesday March 18, 2003
          New Zealand churchgoers seek takeover in gay ordination protest
          Gay.com UK

          A congregation in New Zealand are attempting to take back ownership
          of the church they raised money to build, in protest at the Methodist
          Church's policy of permitting homosexual ministers.

          Now the congregation of Otahuhu Tongan Methodist Church are taking
          the Methodist Church of New Zealand (MCNZ) to claim ownership of the
          church they raised NZ$900,000 (c. �320,000) to build.<MORE>


          Monday, March 17, 2003
          Rally fights proposed House bills
          Legislators look at bills that would ban gay marriage, adoption
          By Elliott Blackburn (Daily Texan Staff)

          <SNIP> Organizers estimate 2,000 activists turned out to hear from
          speakers and demonstrate against House Bill 38, the Defense of
          Marriage Act and House Bill 194, the Defense of Family Act before the
          Texas Legislature this session. The Texas Department of Public Safety
          could not offer a crowd estimate. <SNIP>

          Sid Hall, senior minister of Trinity United Methodist of Hyde Park,
          said he and 25 other members of the church attended the rally.

          "From a personal standpoint, I'm here to support families,
          particularly gay and lesbian parents or potential parents who want
          children," Hall said. "We already have a crisis of not having enough
          places for children, and to me it's just ludicrous to block
          legislatively the possibility of providing good homes." <MORE>

          Sunday, March 16, 2003
          Rev. Howard B. Warren Jr.: 1934-2003
          Minister who fought for gays in clergy dies
          By John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star

          The Rev. Howard B. Warren Jr., a tireless and colorful advocate for
          homosexuals in the clergy, died Friday after a long bout with the
          AIDS virus. He was 68. An ordained Presbyterian minister since 1965,
          Warren served in churches in Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan
          before moving to Indianapolis.

          It was his discovery that he was carrying the virus in 1987 that
          prompted Warren to reveal to church officials he was a homosexual.
          He then devoted himself to fighting a rule in the Presbyterian
          Church that prohibited homosexuals from being ordained ministers,
          delivering sermons across the country and ministering to patients
          with HIV and AIDS. <MORE>

          Thursday, March 13, 2003
          'God's will' v. humanity
          National transsexual legal expert compares past with present
          By Kelly Peters

          ANN ARBOR - The trans element in the lgbt struggle for marriage
          rights may be remembered as one of the most complex civil rights
          issues of our time, a national legal expert told U-M law students

          Speaking to a group of about 50, Shannon Minter from the National
          Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco said, "The struggle to win
          full and equal marriage rights is one of the most fascinating and
          highly contested civil rights issue of our time."

          He also said that, in his opinion, "the tide has turned" in court
          decisions regarding lgbt marriage rights, and that legal victory on
          this front is only "a matter of time."<MORE>

          Thursday, March 13, 2003
          U.S. Census likely missed 100,000 same-sex couples

          AMHERST, Mass.- The U.S. Census Bureau will release a report this
          week describing 594,691 same-sex couples in the 50 states and the
          District of Columbia.

          Unfortunately, according to a national research institute, that
          official count likely missed at least 200,000 gay and lesbian

          "Left Out of the Count: Missing Same-sex Couples in Census 2000" was
          released Sunday by the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic
          Studies (IGLSS). It included two surveys of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
          and transgender people, and shows an undercount of 16-19 percent
          among same-sex couples.<MORE>


          Wednesday, March 12, 2003
          Equal-protection bill returns to debate
          More than 70 faith leaders send letter supporting gays
          Dover Bureau reporter
          The News Journal (Delaware)

          More than 70 religious leaders from across the state are asking
          lawmakers to pass a bill that would extend Delaware's
          anti-discrimination protection to include gays, lesbians and
          bisexuals. <SNIP>

          The Rev. Jack Abel of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth
          Beach said his congregation talked about H.B. 99 and opted to support
          the bill, though not unanimously.

          "This is not about special treatment for gays, lesbians and
          bisexuals," Abel said. "This is about affirming that they have the
          same protection as anyone else under the law." <MORE>

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