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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Fear Stalks Chicago Gay Community 
by Steph Smith Newscenter
(Chicago, Illinois)  Four unsolved gay murders in Chicago's North Side gay neighborhood have the community nervous and angry at police. The most recent killing, was two weeks ago, the others go back several years, but community activists say all the murders have chilling similarities.


Rosie's Gay Brother Sues To Marry 
by Doug Windsor Newscenter
(New York City) 11 same-sex couples including New York State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and his partner John Banta will ask a court in Albany Wednesday to strike down a state law preventing gays from marrying. O'Donnell is the brother of Rosie O'Donnell.


Singapore denies rights to gay group
The Singapore government has denied freedom of association to a gay rights group and warned it to halt all activities, group officials said Tuesday. The organization, People Like Us, has demanded that the government explain why it considers a support and advocacy group for gay people "unlawful, prejudicial to the public peace," and "contrary to the national interest," cofounder Alex Au said. "The world can rightly perceive Singapore to be an intolerant place that's refusing to move with the times," Au said.


Big issues will go down to deadline in General Assembly
by Steven T. Dennis, Catherine Dolinski and Thomas Dennison
ANNAPOLIS -- A legislative logjam has nearly every major bill in the General Assembly awaiting final approval with just days left before the legislative session is scheduled to conclude Monday at midnight. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has yet to get a single piece of his legislative agenda passed, though several major pieces, including his transportation package and his flush fee, are moving forward.
Health care reform, school construction, a "living wage" proposal for state contractors, tuition caps, gay rights and medical malpractice reform all remain in the mix.
Gay rights -
The House has passed Hurson's bill setting up a domestic partner registry for unmarried couples. The registry would give unmarried couples medical visitation and decision-making rights similar to those married couples have.

Proposals to explicitly prohibit Maryland from recognizing gay marriages performed in other states have been defeated; state law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Gay rights advocates also hope to pass a bill that would add attacks against homosexuals to the state's hate crimes law.


Gay marriage would make their families official, kids say


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