LGBT News from around the world

April 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Posted in LGBT | Leave a comment

Former Top Judge Pooh-Poohs Polygamist’s Gay Argument:

Claire L’Heureux-Dube, a former Supreme Court judge, has predicted that the courts will toss out any arguments linking same-sex marriage to a polygamist sect in Canada.

women currently facing charges related to a religious cult in Bountiful, British Columbia have already indicated that they will invoke gay marriage as an argument defending their dozens of wives.

Australia: Catholic Church To Test Potential Priests For Evidence Of Gayness:

If they’re abstaining from having sex, why does it matter who they’re attracted to (Moose naively asks)?

Zurich Gets Lesbian Mayor:

“Zurich joins Paris and Berlin as a major world city with an openly gay mayor. LGBT activists are especially thrilled as Zurich is the host to this year’s EuroPride.”

Moscow Pride To Coincide With Eurovision:

“LGBT activists in Moscow have shrewdly rescheduled this year’s pride events to coincide to that city’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, guaranteeing them a global stage should the Russian government follow through on its promise to once again ban their celebration.”

AB to amend provincial legislation to explicitly protect gays:

Culture Minister, Lindsay Blackett, who just last month said that updating the province’s human rights legislation to include gays would be a “knee-jerk response,” has apparently jerked his knee, giving him ample recovery time to draft up the much-needed legislation.

Alberta was the only province in Canada to not include gays in their human rights laws, despite a decade-old Supreme Court ruling requiring it.

Boycott Jamaica Site Launched:

“Activists/bloggers Wayne Besen, Jim Burroway, and Michael Petrelis have jointly launched a site calling for the boycott of Jamaica, ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’.”

Iraq To Begin Executing Gays:

Looks like there’s some competition for “most homophobic place on Earth”.

Why I Called Justice Scalia A Homophobe:

On March 22nd, Kick-ass Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a “homophobe”. Clickity Click the heading to read why his explanation of why he did so.

in his view sex discrimination is not only permitted by the Constitution but is very much in society’s interest because homosexuality deserves to be treated with not only disapproval, but legal disability.

This comes out most clearly in his very vigorous abjection to the court’s decision to block a criminal prosecution against two men who had consensual sex in the privacy of their bedroom. And it is made very vivid in the passage in which he affirms society’s right to treat homosexuals unequally by citing other categories which deserves such treatment — beginning with murder.

No Change On “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

WASHINGTON — Don’t expect any change soon to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about gays in the military.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says both he and President Barack Obama have “a lot on our plates right now.” As Gates puts it, “let’s push that one down the road a little bit.”

I think Dan Savage has the best response:

A day may come when President Barack Obama won’t have anything on his plate that’s more important than trifling gay rights issues and then we can ask the president to make good on some of the promises he made to gay and lesbian voters during the election.

Of course since gay rights issues are trifling and unimportant it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a day when this president—or any future president—isn’t facing issues and crises that are more important than gay rights issues, so…

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