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Monday, June 07, 2004

Coalition: 'Shrek' wrecks family values

Some people see "Shrek 2" as harmless family entertainment, a film that kids from 8 to 80 can enjoy.

Others, though, see it as part of an effort that, one day, will lead not only to gay marriage, but marriage between people of the same sex who were once the opposite sex, or something like that.

And, if that's not bad enough, Larry King is involved, sort of.

Something called the Traditional Values Coalition has issued a parental advisory about "Shrek 2," claiming the movie furthers what it calls "the transgender agenda," an "effort to deconstruct the biological reality of male and female."

And here you thought it was just a nice, little cartoon.

The coalition's advisory says, "Parents who are thinking about taking their children to see 'Shrek 2,' may wish to consider the following: The movie features a male-to-female transgender (in transition) as an evil bartender. The character has five o'clock shadow, wears a dress and has female breasts. It is clear that he is a she-male. His voice is that of talk show host Larry King."


Greens launch European gay rights pledge

The Green Party's Euro-election LGBT pledge includes five key commitments:

* Ensure all EU member states comply with the EU directive outlawing discrimination against lesbians and gay men in the workplace.

* Ban homophobic and transphobic discrimination in access to goods and services, such as insurance and mortgages.

* Legalise same-sex marriages and registered partnerships across the EU.

* Extend the EU definition of "family" to include LGBT partnerships.

* Adopt non-homophobic, gay-friendly policing policies throughout the EU.


Senate approves budget, purchases vans for Tipsy Taxi

The senate passed the resolution after agreeing to change the wording so that the ASUCD Senate specifically would be taking a stance on the issue, and not just ASUCD in general.

George Andrews, a third-year student and member of Davis College Republicans, was present at the meeting and said that it is "totally inappropriate" for student government to pass the resolution.

"You're supposed to be doing stuff at the student level," he said.
However, Sen. Caliph Assagai said that universal marriage freedom is a human rights issue.

"It's not just [a lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex] issue," he said. "This is just another example of heterosexual privileges. [The senate] is not standing up for same-sex marriage per se. We're standing up for equal rights."

Gender and Sexuality Commission Chair Angelina Malfitano noted that the city of Davis also passed a similar resolution, and said that anyone who did not want to take a stance on the issue was supporting "heterosexual privilege.

Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission Chair Pamela Palpallatoc said that 10 percent of any population is LGBTI, and it is better to make marriages among the LGBTI community legal because many are going to "have marriages anyway."

"Part of the push for diversity is LGBTI equality," she said.


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