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Monday, October 18, 2004

The Fight Has Just Begun    
By Josh Aterovis  

The Log Cabin Republicans are fed up. The conservative gay rights group that supported George W. Bush's bid for the White House in 2000 will most likely not be endorsing him in 2004. If you're not a Log Cabin Conservative you may be surprised that they were even considering an endorsement in what has been one of the most partisan and antigay legislative sessions in history. The events leading up to the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment in the Senate were the deciding factor. Antigay rhetoric spewed forth in shocking quantities on the Senate floor, sometimes reaching bizarre new heights.

Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas compared gay marriage to marrying a box turtle. "It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle,” he told an audience. “But that does not mean it is right.... Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife."


Challenge to gay marriage vote goes to state's top court
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A poll shows huge support in Georgia for a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot banning gay marriage. But to get to a vote, the measure must clear at least one more legal challenge

Just two weeks ahead of the election, the Georgia Supreme Court was scheduled Tuesday to hear arguments in an appeal seeking to prevent the votes from being counte


Royal Bank cancels sticker component of controversial 'Safe Space' campaign

TORONTO (CP) - The Royal Bank has abandoned a voluntary effort to encourage some of its clerks to display rainbow stickers at their desks and cubicles to promote a safe work environment for gays, lesbians and bisexu


Gays to celebrate at Independence Hall

Philadelphia, PA,(UPI) -- Gay rights groups said Monday they would mark the 40th anniversary of the U.S. gay rights movement May 1, 2004, at Philadelphia's Independence Hall.


Gay in India
Activists brace for a long battle.
By Mike McPhate

NEW DELHI, OCT. 18, 2004. When Raju Sharma's father discovered his son was gay he got a rope and hung Sharma, 23, by the ankles from the first floor balcony of their New Delhi flat, and threatened to kill any neighbor that tried to rescue him.

Sharma says he dangled for an hour before his dad pulled him up, stripped him naked and tossed him into the street. He stood there sobbing, covering his genitals with his hands, as onlookers mocked him for lacking the courage to fight.

That was two months ago. "My father is quiet now," says Sharma, a slight man with a lisp and plucked eyebrows. "But the shame is still there."


Elizabeth Edwards Slam's GOP For Playing 'The Gay Card'
by: Steven K. Paulson The Associated Press

(Denver, Colorado) The wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday that Republican criticism of Sen. John Kerry for mentioning Mary Cheney's sexual orientation was a distraction from more pressing issues.

Campaigning in Denver, Elizabeth Edwards also argued that President Bush has tried to politicize the issue of gay rights in pressing for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

"I believe the president has tried to use the constitutional amendment as a wedge issue, instead of addressing things like health care or real reform and attention to our veterans' issues," Edwards said.


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