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Monday, April 05, 2004

Anti-Gay Group Accused Of Cheating Own Lawyers 
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(Virginia Beach, Virginia) A law firm has asked a Virginia judge to seize the assets of the Christian Coalition to collect more than $75,000 in unpaid legal costs.


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Church Leaders Denounce Mass Gay Marriage Amendment
by Margo Williams
365Gay.com Newscenter
(Boston, Massachusetts) In an open letter to coincide with the beginning of Easter Week and Passover 600 church leaders have called on Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to distance himself from attacks on same-sex marriage. "We reflect the truth that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people of faith strongly support the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courts Goodridge decision,'' the letter says.
"To deny gays and lesbians the right to marry in the future would be tantamount to establishing a particular sectarian viewpoint in our civil law. All of our religions will be in great danger if the state begins to define religious sanctity rather than civil law."


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US Protests 'Torture' Of Gay Murder Suspects 
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(Mexico City) The US government has delivered a formal protest to Mexico over the  "apparent torture" of an American gay couple accused of murder. Mario Medina, 23, and his partner Hiram Oliveros, 28, both of Laredo, Texas, have been held by Tamaulipas state authorities since March 26 as suspects in the slaying of a newspaper editor. The body of Roberto Mora, editor of El Mañana,  was found March 19.  Police say he had been stabbed 26 times.


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Politician Announces He's Transgendered
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(Rapid City, South Dakota) South Dakota's only out politician announced Monday that he is preparing to undergo sex reassignment to become a woman. Tom Murphy said that he had "pretended long enough."
The 48 year old Rapid City alderman said he will begin immediately living as a woman, but did not indicate what his new name will be. Right now, he said, people can refer to him in the masculine. Murphy said that for the next year he will begin hormone therapy and dress as a woman, a prerequisite for reassignment surgery. But, he said that he will not wear women's clothing in the council chamber. He said he will not seek reelection in 2005. 


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Chicago community forum on gay mental health, April 7
A community forum on suicide and mental health issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered adults will be held April 7 in Chicago. The forum includes a presentation by Peter M. Gutierrez, assistant chairman of Northern Illinois University's department of psychology, and a panel discussion. Following a question and answer session there will be time for strategic planning to address the concerns raised. The forum is free and open to the public. It will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd. Seating is limited. To reserve seating, send e-mail to stand@afspmidwest.org.
The event is sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Midwest chapter, Horizons Community Services Center on Halsted, the Howard Brown Health Center, and the Chicago chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.


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The case for gay marriage
By Jonathan Rauch

In an excerpt from his new book, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, a gay journalist makes his case for the importance of marriage both for society and for gays and lesbians.



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University considers providing domestic partner benefits
By AMBER BROZEK -
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Academic Senate President John Wunder has proposed bringing informal domestic partner benefits to university faculty and staff.



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Student Senate passes gay marriage resolution
By Melanie Asmar - Staff Writer
When it comes to gay marriages in the state of New Hampshire, the UNH Student Senate voted in favor of the state's motto, live free or die, on Sunday night. The Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution asking that New Hampshire State Representatives show support for same-sex marriages and civil unions in the Granite State.



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This relationship isn't working
Let's seize this once-in-decade opportunity to open up the UK's nuclear dependency with the US to serious public scrutiny
Dan Plesch
The Guardian
Britain must loosen its military ties with the United States. Whatever their value in the past, today the relationship is dragging Britain into operations that are against its interests - while providing Americans with a false sense that they are speaking for what is called the international community. But this year presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity to open up the linchpin of that relationship to public scrutiny. This is the year that parliament and the United States Congress have to renew the treaty governing their cooperation on nuclear weapons.

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