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Monday, October 11, 2004

AFL-CIO Tells Union Members To Oppose Gay Marriage Amendment

(Detroit, Michigan) Opponents of a proposed amendment to the Michigan state constitution to ban same-sex marriage have gotten some powerful support from the AFL-CIO.

The biggest umbrella organization of labor unions in the country is urging its 600,000 members to oppose the amendment.

AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney said that the organization views the amendment as a cynical and divisive political ploy.

The proposed amendment would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and bar recognition of domestic partnerships.


Inquiry into Dutch schools' refusal of gay magazine

Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven and Deputy Health Minister Clémence Ross-Van Dorp are holding an inquiry into the refusal by numerous schools to allow a magazine for young homosexuals. The Education Minister will today be contacting the editors of the magazine ExpresZo and the schools which refuse to help distribute it.


Wynonna Under Fire For Gay Cruise 
by Newscenter Staff

(Nashville, Tennessee)  Country superstar Wynonna Judd is being slammed by a conservative Christian group for agreeing to perform on a cruise for lesbians.

The Caribbean cruise will set sail January 29.  The Traditional Values Coalition calls it "disgraceful".

"Wynonna Judd has been misled by the mainstream media on the origins of same-sex attractions and the self-destructive results of such attractions,"  the organization says in a statement released Monday.


Gay Americans Marry In Belgium
by Rex Wockner Editor-At-Large

Two American men who work in Belgium have become the first U.S. same-sex couple to be married in that country.

The wedding took pace Oct. 9, in the city of Enghien.

Phillip Sorensen, 46, and Christopher Staker, 49, both of whom work for NATO in Brussels, tied the knot in the City Hall civil-weddings room before local friends and 37 other friends and family members from around the world, including 25 who came from the U.S. for the event.

An Oct. 1 law change made it possible for any foreign same-sex couple to marry in Belgium if at least one of the spouses has lived there for at least three months. Previously, foreign same-sex couples could marry in Belgium only if their home country or countries also allowed same-sex marriage.


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