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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 1 of 5 , Dec 24, 2002
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      May you have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.

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      A New Dimension in Snapshot of Gay Teenagers
      December 24, 2002
      By DAVID TULLER
      New York Times
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/24/science/24GAY.html
      <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>

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      Thursday, December 19, 2002
      A peaceful community
      Ferndale prepares for the arrival a hate-monger
      By Kelly Peters
      Between the Lines
      http://www.pridesource.com/cgi-bin/article?article=3842844&frames=no

      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
      zone."

      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>

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      Thursday, December 19, 2002
      Roseville man attacked at Denny's
      By Kelly Peters
      Between the Lines
      http://www.pridesource.com/cgi-bin/article?article=3842845&frames=no

      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>

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      Wednesday, December 18, 2002
      Pataki Signs Law Protecting Rights of Gays
      By SHAILA K. DEWAN
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/18/nyregion/18BILL.html

      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>

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      December 14, 2002
      World Briefing: Americas
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/14/international/americas/14BRIE1.html

      ARGENTINA: LEGAL STATUS FOR HOMOSEXUAL COUPLES Lawmakers in Buenos
      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)

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      Two Features:

      December 4, 2002
      Long Road Home
      The Gully
      http://www.thegully.com/essays/africa/021204_traore_gay_afr_AIDS.html

      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.
      (12-4-02)

      December 12, 2002
      Creating Community in Exile
      The Gully
      http://www.thegully.com/essays/africa/021212_traore_gay_af_AIDS2.html

      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
      African."

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      D.C. Church Authorizes Same-Sex Unions
      By Caryle Murphy and Bill Broadway
      Washington Post Staff Writers
      Tuesday, December 10, 2002; Page B01
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32662-2002Dec9.html

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

      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>

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      December 7, 2002
      International: Britain Announces Proposal for Same-Sex Partnerships
      By WARREN HOGE
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/07/international/europe/07BRIT.html

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

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      Friday, 6 December, 2002, 16:21 GMT
      Gay couples 'to get equal rights'
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/1/hi/uk_politics/2548321.stm

      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>

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      Thursday, December 5, 2002
      Portland facing lawsuit over partner rule
      By MARK SHANAHAN, Portland Press Herald Writer
      http://www.pressherald.com/news/local/021205domestic.shtml

      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>

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      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
      Ferndale.

      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'
      demonstration.

      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:

      www.pflagdetroit.org

      www.arcusfoundation.org











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      CALLED OUT ... Thursday, March 27, 2003 Presbyterian minister takes stand on gay issue John Nolan Associated Press
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 27, 2003
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        Thursday, March 27, 2003
        Presbyterian minister takes stand on gay issue
        John Nolan
        Associated Press
        http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1048761423157890.xml
        http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=13&ID=91503&r=0

        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>

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        Thursday, March 27, 2003
        Presbyterian leader understands conflict
        By Mark Pinsky
        ORLANDO SENTINEL
        http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/5493536.htm

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

        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>

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        Thursday, March 27, 2003
        Excerpts From Arguments Before the Supreme Court
        New York Times
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/27/national/27TTEX.html

        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>

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        Thursday, March 27, 2003
        Supreme Court Seems Set to Reverse a Sodomy Law
        By LINDA GREENHOUSE
        New York Times
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/27/national/27TEXA.html

        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>

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        Thursday, March 27, 2003
        The Rights of Gay Americans
        New York Times Editorial
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/27/opinion/27THU3.html

        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>

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        Wednesday, March 26, 2003
        Court should rule for personal privacy in sex case
        Detroit Free Press Editorial
        http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/esod26_20030326.htm

        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.
        <MORE>

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        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)
        http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/3/262003c.asp

        (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>
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        Wednesday, March 26, 2003
        Waging politically correct war: the inoffensive offensive?
        Brendan O'Neill
        http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0326/p11s02-coop.html

        (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
        positive."

        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>
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        Tuesday, March 25, 2003
        Arkansas School Is Accused of Harassing a Gay Student
        By TAMAR LEWIN
        New York Times
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/25/education/25GAY.html

        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
        homosexual.

        "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>
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        Tuesday, March 25, 2003
        2 Affluent Areas of Queens Adjust to a New Ethnic Mix
        By JOSEPH BERGER
        New York Times
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/25/nyregion/25DOUG.html

        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>

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        Monday, March 24, 2003
        Episcopals Decline Gay Marriage Statement
        http://www.datalounge.com/datalounge/news/record.html?record=20623

        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
        reports.

        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.
        <MORE>

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        Sunday, March 23, 2003
        Bush sends taxpayer dollars to restrictive religious groups
        By ROBYN E. BLUMNER
        St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
        http://www.sptimes.com/2003/03/23/Columns/Bush_sends_taxpayer_d.shtml

        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>

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        Wednesday, March 19, 2003
        Libertarians Join Liberals in Opposing Sodomy Law
        By LINDA GREENHOUSE
        New York Times
        http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/19/politics/19SCOT.html

        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>

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        Tuesday, March 18, 2003
        Gay rights landmark
        Andr�s Gaudin
        New laws endorse same-sex relationships.
        http://www.lapress.org/Article.asp?IssCode=&lanCode=1&artCode=3276

        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>

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        Tuesday, March 18, 2003
        Court told of church row over gays
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2337438a11,00.html

        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
        ministers.

        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>

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        Tuesday March 18, 2003
        New Zealand churchgoers seek takeover in gay ordination protest
        Gay.com UK
        http://uk.gay.com/headlines/3976

        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>


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        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)
        http://www.dailytexanonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/03/17/3e75d471b08cf

        <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>
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        Sunday, March 16, 2003
        Rev. Howard B. Warren Jr.: 1934-2003
        Minister who fought for gays in clergy dies
        By John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star
        http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/9/029318-4029-009.html

        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>
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        Thursday, March 13, 2003
        'God's will' v. humanity
        National transsexual legal expert compares past with present
        By Kelly Peters
        http://www.pridesource.com/cgi-bin/article?article=3843327&frames=no

        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
        Monday.

        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>
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        Thursday, March 13, 2003
        U.S. Census likely missed 100,000 same-sex couples
        http://www.pridesource.com/cgi-bin/article?article=3843330&frames=no

        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
        Americans.

        "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>

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        Wednesday, March 12, 2003
        Equal-protection bill returns to debate
        More than 70 faith leaders send letter supporting gays
        By PATRICK JACKSON
        Dover Bureau reporter
        The News Journal (Delaware)
        http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/03/12equalprotection.html

        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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