poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

if you do not think this is a fascist state read the next couple entries... this government needs to be replaced...

Kentucky Gov. Demands Ads Opposed To Gay Marriage Amendment Be Removed
by Newscenter Staff

(Frankfort, Kentucky)  Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) is demanding that television stations across the state remove an ad calling for rejection of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Fletcher said that a quote attributed to him in the ad is misleading and quotes him out of context.

The ad was released Monday by No on the Amendment, a group that opposes the measure. Fletcher is quoted in the ad as saying, "We did not have a legal evaluation ... for all the ramifications" of the amendment.

The 30-second spot shows a man putting a magnifying glass over the proposal's language and urges viewers: "Take a closer look at the constitutional amendment" as dissonant chords play in the background.


Ordered Deported Gay Mexican Fears For Life  
by Newscenter Staff

(San Francisco, California) A a federal appeals court was urged Tuesday to grant asylum to a man who faced severe antigay persecution in his native Mexico but was rejected for asylum by an immigration judge who said he didn't seem gay and could hide his sexuality to avoid persecution.

Lambda Legal represents Jorge Soto Vega, a 35-year-old man from Tuxpan, Mexico, who faced severe harassment and violence from the community and his family from an early age.  He was detained and beaten severely by police who threatened to kill him if they saw him again because they wanted to get rid of gay people.  

Last year, a Southern California immigration judge ruled that there was credible evidence that Soto Vega was persecuted in Mexico because of his sexual orientation, but rejected his application for asylum in the U.S., saying Soto Vega didn't appear gay to him and could keep his sexual orientation hidden if he chose to.

Lambda Legal, which supported Soto Vega's unsuccessful effort to reverse that ruling at the Board of Immigration Appeals last year, is now representing Soto Vega in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.  The 56-page brief Lambda Legal filed today asks the federal appeals court to reverse the immigration judge's ruling and order federal officials to process Soto Vega's asylum application.


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