poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Thursday, April 22, 2004

now this is Apartheid.... this shows just how racist, bigoted, and hateful this country is ... trans folkz, and queers are routinely denied medical assistance... now it could be a law... .. this is a out rage.. ..... shame on amerika....

Doctors Could Refuse To Treat Gays
(Lansing, Michigan)  Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.

The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans.

The Conscientious Objector Policy Act would allow health care providers to assert their objection within 24 hours of when they receive notice of a patient or procedure with which they don't agree. However, it would prohibit emergency treatment to be refused.


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Britain moves toward endorsing civil unions

By Ashley Moore
NBC News
LONDON - With the issue of gay marriage still roiling the American political landscape, close ally Britain is quietly setting course for formal recognition for civil unions, following a path carved out by several other European Union countries.

A civil partnership bill was introduced in the House of Parliament earlier this month and the House of Lords was set to consider the legislation on Thursday. According to a government spokeswoman, the bill could become law by November, allowing same-sex couples to legalize their partnership a year later.

“(The bill is) important in terms of respect and dignity and justice because it says we as a country and a government value committed relationships,” Jacqui Smith, the Deputy Minister for Women and Equality, said after the legislation was drafted.


Pol: Nix law impeding non-Mass. gay weds
By Elisabeth J. Beardsley
A pro-gay marriage lawmaker is moving to repeal an arcane 1913 law that Gov. Mitt Romney has vowed to use to prevent same-sex couples from other states from coming to Massachusetts to get married.

     Rep. Robert Spellane said he will file legislation today to strike the 1913 law that requires out-of-state couples to sign an affidavit swearing their union would be legal in their home state.

     Romney and Attorney General Thomas Reilly have vowed to use that law to ward off an influx of out-of-state gay couples on May 17, when same-sex marriages are legalized in Massachusetts.


Students quietly take stand against harassment of gays
Tim Evans
Mark Come heard the taunts and saw how his high school classmates in Shelbyville reacted to a fellow student who came out about his sexual orientation.

"He got death threats, and his tires were slashed," said Come, 23, now a junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The actions of those other students -- including many Come considered friends -- hit too close to home for the young man struggling with his own secret.

"I'm gay," he said, "but I didn't come out until I went to college because I knew what would happen. I was afraid to say anything."


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