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Monday, March 22, 2004

Ministers Not Guilty Plea
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Two ministers facing charges for officiating at same-sex weddings pleaded innocent at their arraignment Monday. Unitarian Universalist ministers Kay Greenleaf and Dawn Sangrey were charged with criminal offenses for marrying 13 gay couples earlier this month during a public ceremony in this Hudson Valley village. After their lawyer entered a not guilty plea for them, they were greeted outside the courthouse by about 100 supporters singing hymns. The ministers told the cheering crowd that what they did was legal and moral. Greenleaf said the issue is particularly poignant for people like her who are in long-term same-sex relationships. "For me to risk spending a year in jail and paying a $500 fine is nothing - nothing - compared to the length of time that those of us who are gay and lesbians have been waiting to get our civil rights," Greenleaf said.


Ventura speaks in favor of gay marriage
Monday March 22, 2004
BOSTON (AP) Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura threw his feather boa into the gay marriage ring Monday, calling it a ``cop out'' for Massachusetts lawmakers to send a constitutional ban to voters. ``We have a representative-style government. Represent your people and vote and stand by what you believe in,'' said Ventura, who as a professional wrestler was known for his flamboyant costumes. ``Civil rights issues should not be put on the ballot.''


would you please vote these fools out of office... this is a gimmick, do not buy into it.. it is a lie, and they are fascist...

Federal Anti-Gay Amendment Rewritten
by Paul Johnson Newscenter
Washington Bureau Chief
Posted: March 22, 2004 5:06 pm. ET
(Washington, D.C.)  A new version of the proposed amendment to the US Constitution to ban same-sex marriage was filed today in the House but with vague wording that supporters claim would allow for gay couples to receive some legal benefits of marriage, but which opponents say is still discriminatory. The draft amendment proposed by Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) now reads "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.''


Arkansas foster parents fight antigay adoption ban
Lawyers for four Arkansas residents who want to serve as foster parents are due in court this week to fight a five-year-old rule that bars them from raising wards of the state because someone in their house is gay. The Child Welfare Agency Review Board imposed the rule in March 1999 and was sued a month later. A judge has set aside Tuesday through Friday to hear the case without a jury.


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