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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Oregon Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in Gay Marriage

The Oregon State Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to intervene in the state's debate over same-sex marriage. The move comes in response to a lawsuit asking the court to stop same-sex marriages in Multnomah County. The suit was filed by Bruce Broussard, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. The court stated that Broussard did not have any legal standing to bring the suit.


Bush's Meandering Moral Compass


Same-Sex Benefits Debate Hits Durham YMCA
City Threatening To Pull Funding
DURHAM, N.C. -- A Durham YMCA branch has landed in the middle of a nationwide debate over the rights of same-sex couples. The city of Durham is threatening to pull $70,000 in funding from the YMCA unless it allows same-sex couples with children to receive the family rate. "Our membership definition for family is the same definition followed by the state as we understand it," David McMillan, the CEO of the Triangle YMCA, said in a City Council work session Thursday.

The state of North Carolina has a Defense of Marriage Act that defines a marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But, the city of Durham allows same-sex couples city benefits if they can prove they live together. "I can't for the life of me condone discrimination based on sexual orientation," City Councilman Howard Clements said. "(This concerns) the whole definition of family and it's not 'Ozzie & Harriet' ... anymore." Durham citizens had mixed responses to the City Council's threat. Some wondered why the YMCA should be forced to give gay couples with kids family discounts.


Las Vegas Mall Rejects Gay Club
"Neonopolis," an outdoor mall developed in Las Vegas in 2002, reportedly has rejected the lease of a businessman who planned to develop a gay and lesbian club in the property. Don Troxel, a businessman who owns a gay and lesbian club in Dayton, OH, planned to open a Las Vegas location of his club, Celebrity Show and Dance Club. His Dayton location features dancing and female impersonators.


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