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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Shooting at gay wedding in Guyana injures one
Police said Monday they were looking for a man who opened fired on a gay wedding reception in Georgetown, Guyana, over the weekend, hitting a participant in the chest. Gay weddings are illegal in the South American country of 770,000, and police said they planned to revoke the marriage license of whoever performed the ceremony. The couple began to attract attention on Sunday afternoon when they went to the botanical gardens in Georgetown to take pictures. The couple had likely just been married in a private ceremony, police said. When people at the gardens realized the bride was a man in a dress, dozens began to crowd around them. Some cheered while others cursed. The couple then left quickly in a car to a private house where a reception was planned. An hour later a man arrived at the reception and opened fire, injuring one man before everyone dispersed and the attacker fled. Police said the injured man was in stable condition at a local hospital.

Danish lawmakers propose church weddings for gay couples
Denmark's opposition Socialist People's Party presented a bill to parliament on Tuesday that would open the way for allowing gays and lesbians to marry in church, parliamentarian sources told Agence France-Presse. "The current law bars all religious communities from wedding homosexual couples. Our proposal aims to change this legislation and to stop the political interference in religious matters by giving all churches the freedom to make their own decision on whether or not to wed homosexuals," the author of the proposal, Kamal Qreishi, told AFP. The bill will be debated in parliament over coming months, he said.


Gay marriage amendment revived in House
The Associated Press - ATLANTA
A stalled constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will return to the Georgia House, legislators decided Tuesday.
The amendment narrowly failed in the House last month, but ruling Democrats are expected to bring back the amendment for another vote. A committee in charge of scheduling votes is expected to send on the amendment to the full House Wednesday.

New group plans anti-gay marriage initiative
Associated Press
HELENA - The Montana Family Foundation said Tuesday it plans to launch an initiative to amend the Montana Constitution this year to prohibit gay marriages.


Pro-Gay Marriage Ads Hit Rhode Island Airwaves
March 30, 2004
Michael Christopher Bryan
Local radio stations in Rhode Island, top-40 stations and afternoon talk shows are airing ads supporting civil marriage for same-sex couples.
The 30- and 60-second commercials, entitled "Civil Marriage is a Civil Right" represent the first time pro-gay rights advertising has been pushed so strongly in the state of Rhode Island, reports the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal.


Mass. Attorney General Refuses Governor's Request to Halt High Court's Ruling
Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly last night rejected the governor's request that his office seek a stay of the ruling by the state's highest court that allows same-sex couples to marry beginning May 17.


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