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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Church video stirs gay wed debate
By Marie Szaniszlo
Monday, March 29, 2004
On the eve of the Bay State's gay marriage showdown, a Catholic Church-supported lobbying group made a last-ditch plea for a ban by distributing a video that questions the future of civilization if gay unions are approved. The eight-minute video, ``Same-sex Unions: Truth and Consequences,'' claims gay marriage and civil unions would ``discriminate against the poor and needy'' by diverting money to homosexuals who are ``not economically disadvantaged.''


Candler accepts gay student stripped of scholarships
Student says he will not let financial issues keep him from attending Emory
By Jaclyn Barbarow
Asst. News Editor
March 30, 2004
A 24-year-old Baptist minister who was kicked out of Baylor University for being gay could be part of Candler School of Theology’s next incoming class.

Its beginning….

Anti-gay missives spark probe
FBI seeks source of threatening fliers distributed in Denver area
By John Ingold
Denver Post Staff Writer
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into dozens of anti-gay fliers mailed to members of the Denver- area gay community and gay-rights supporters over the past four years.
All the fliers are signed by someone calling himself "The Watcher," said Denise de Percin, executive director of the Colorado Anti-Violence Program.
The messages consist of a single sheet of paper with Bible verses front and back that purport to condemn homosexuality. Sometimes, de Percin said, the fliers have handwritten notes saying things such as, "I will enjoy watching you die."


Gay-vow backlash brewing in S.J.
By Robin Evans
Mercury News
Incensed by the city of San Jose's decision to recognize same-sex marriages, a group of evangelical Christians has hired a well-regarded Sacramento consultant to explore a recall effort or ballot initiative to overturn the action.
``The repercussions are going to be different here than in San Francisco,'' said Bill Buchholz, pastor of the Family Community Church, of the council's March 9 vote. ``People make jokes about San Francisco. We don't want them making jokes about San Jose.'' Sacramento-based Russo, Marsh + Rogers will begin by surveying Silicon Valley attitudes before recommending a course of action, said Larry Pegram, a city council member for two terms in the 1970s who attends one of the churches involved, South Valley Christian. The firm's successes include the recall of former Gov. Gray Davis and the campaign for Proposition 22, the state initiative defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The firm could not be reached for comment Monday.

School choir cancels performance at gay-lesbian service
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An elementary school choir that emphasizes diversity dropped out of a service celebrating the gay community because too few parents gave permission for their children to participate. The H.W. Smith Elementary School's Rainbow Kids international chorus was to perform Sunday at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church during the annual "Equality Begins At Home" event, organized by local churches and gay and lesbian groups.


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