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Tuesday, August 24, 2004


A Chillicothe man says he was discriminated against by a Chillicothe employer and he wants the City to do something about it.

Homer Hill says when he applied for a job, he was denied the position because the employer thought he was a homosexual. Hill says it's not right that anyone should be denied employment because of sexual orientation.


Big Apple Walk for Gay Rights
By Dan Webber, Community Newswire

A charity dedicated to supporting homosexual and bisexual people in the UK is today urging supporters to raise funds and join this year’s New York Equality Walk.

The ten-mile event will start at the iconic Empire State Building before following a route down 5th Avenue, Central Park and along Broadway before finishing in Greenwich Village at the world-famous Stonewall Bar, the birthplace of gay liberation.


Dissent Must Come Alive in New York
Protesters need not Fear that they will be Playing into the Hands of Bush's Campaign Strategy
by Tom Hayden
Protest, even more than property, is a sacred resource of American society. It begins with radical minorities at the margins, eventually marching into the mainstream, where their views become the majority sentiment. Prophetic minorities instigated the American Revolution, ended slavery, achieved the vote for women, made trade unions possible, and saved our rivers from becoming sewers.

Protest by its nature challenges authority. It cannot be managed or commodified without losing its essence.

The first American revolutionaries were "rude and insolent rabble" to John Adams, who nevertheless became president in their wake. Abigail Adams warned her husband in 1776 to remember that "if particular care and attention are not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion." The former slave Frederick Douglass advised the timid liberals of his time that "those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground."


Man Charged In Gay Couple Beating
24-Year-Old To Face Charges In New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. -- A Methuen, Mass., man was charged with beating up a Hudson, N.H., man and robbing him and his companion because they are gay.

John Guimond, 23, is accused of attacking a 24-year-old Hudson man in May. Police said that Guimond grabbed the man in a headlock, punched him and made derogatory comments toward him and his companion, a 17-year-old Nashua boy.


ACLU Plans Lawsuit To Keep Same-sex Marriage Question Off Ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Attorneys working with the ACLU are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a state question to put a ban on same-sex marriage in the Oklahoma Constitution.

American Civil Liberties Union officials in Oklahoma say they are planning to file the lawsuit by Friday.

Gay rights organizations want the question removed from the November 2nd general election ballot.
If approved, State Question 711 would define marriage in the state Constitution as only the union of one man and one woman.


Appeals court rules against suit seeking to prevent gay marriage vote
The Associated Press  

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One state appeals court ruled that voters will cast ballots next month on an amendment that would ban gay marriage in Louisiana. Another court is still weighing the issue.

Monday's ruling from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge said a lawsuit seeking to strip the amendment off the Sept. 18 ballot was "premature" because state law only allows an election challenge after the election occurs. The ruling came the same day the appellate court judges heard arguments in the case.

Another appeals court, in New Orleans, heard arguments in a similar lawsuit. That court, the 4th Circuit, did not immediately rule.

Lawyers on both sides said the appellate court rulings will be appealed to the state Supreme Court, which would then decide whether the vote can take place. The process of printing the ballots was underway on Monday, a state lawyer said.


Gay marriage rights appeal argued in the Supreme Court

Bloemfontein: Homosexuals should be given their full rights in terms of marriage, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein heard yesterday.

"Marriage is a mechanism through which heterosexuals automatically get certain rights and privileges," senior council Pieter Oosthuizen said.

He was appearing on behalf of Marie Fourie and Cecelia Bonthuys who were challenging a decision by the Pretoria High Court which dismissed their application to have their marriage legally recognised.

Oosthuizen said the essence of any marriage was that it was a contract between two people that would change their status and "give them access to certain rights and privileges which they would normally not have".


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