Monday, January 17, 2005

Daily News Round Up (1/17/05)

Still Just A Dream
by Doreen Brandt Washington Bureau

(Washington) Gay African Americans will honor the memory of the country's most notable civil rights leader at events across the country today as the nation observes Martin Luther King Day, but for many Americans King's Dream remains elusive.

Of particular concern is the opposition by many black leaders to same-sex marriage. Last November, as Republicans energized the right by using gay marriage as an issue the black community was drawn into the battle.

Leaders who had lined up behind King a generation ago to push for civil rights denounced gays using King's memory to push for same-sex marriage. African American voters helped pass constitutional amendments in southern states to ban gay marriage.

Gay Straight Society Could Incite Violence Parents Claim

by Newscenter Staff

(Atlanta, Georgia) A parents group is demanding that the Gay Lesbian and Straight Society at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett change its name because the mere mention of the word gay could incite violence at the suburban Atlanta school.

"I submit to you the name itself is very sexually explicit, provocative and inflammatory," the group's spokesperson Faye Caldwell told the school board.

"People have very strong opinions about homosexuality. . . . There could be a confrontation. We must protect the well-being of the students."

Gays To Join Bush Inauguration Protests

by Beth Gorham, Canadian Press

(Washington) Not everyone is in a celebratory mood this week as President George W. Bush prepares to mark his second inauguration with a lavish bash.

Amid the flashy festivities - fancy balls, fireworks, a rock concert and a huge parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - protesters will be doing everything they can to disrupt the party.

Angry about the whopping price tag and Bush's policies, demonstrators from more than 40 states say they'll stage some 50 rallies and marches all over the city.

White House In Damage Control After Bush Gay Amendment Remark

by Paul Johnson Washington Bureau Chief

(Washington) Conservative groups that supported President Bush's reelection wasted no time in reacting to his suggestion Sunday that he would not push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in his second term.

Bush made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post.

"The point is, is that Senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen. I'd take that admonition seriously," Bush told the Post.

Ohio Gay Marriage Amendment Leaves Straight Unwed Abuse Victims Unprotected

by Newscenter Staff

(Cleveland, Ohio) The amendment to the Ohio Constitution to prevent gay marriage is being used to block the prosecution of people in unmarried heterosexual relationships who abuse their partners.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cuyahoga County public defender's office has moved to dismiss domestic-violence charges against unmarried defendants since the amendment was passed by voters last November.

Ohio was one of 11 states to pass amendments to block gays from marrying. The wording in the Ohio amendment, known as Issue 1, says the state "and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

Gay Teen's Killers Seek Juvenile Court

by Newscenter Staff

(Bay Minette, Alabama) Three teenagers charged in the killing of a gay teen last July have asked a judge to order their trial held in juvenile court so they could escape the death penalty.

The two males and a female were charged with capital murder shortly after their arrest. If they were convicted as juveniles the court would be limited to sentencing them to three years each in prison.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Judy Newcomb said he would fight the application to move the case from adult court.

Building A Gay Village One City At A Time

by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

(Spokane, Washington) Gay activists in this staid Eastern Washington city are planning to create a neighborhood of gay-oriented homes, businesses and nightlife, which religious conservatives complain will be at odds with Spokane's family-oriented culture.

A gay district would signal that Spokane is tolerant and progressive, proponents contend, the type of community that can attract the so-called "creative class" that will build the economy of tomorrow.

"We're talking about an actual physical part of town we would like to establish as a gay district," said Marvin Reguindin, owner of a Spokane graphic design firm, who envisions an area similar to the Castro district of San Francisco or Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Foes set push to ban gay unions

by: Washington Times

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Encouraged by the success of anti-homosexual "marriage" referendums in 13 states, same-sex union opponents say they plan to push for a state constitutional amendment banning homosexual "marriage."

Homosexual-rights supporters, meanwhile, are supporting legislation of their own. Both sides plan to rally Jan. 27 in Annapolis to try to sway lawmakers.

"National momentum can only go so far," said Carrie Gordon Earll, a spokeswoman for Focus on the Family, a traditional-values lobbying group. "Ultimately, it comes down to the people on the ground, in their counties, putting pressure on their legislators."

Gay Marriage Debate Comes To Navajo Nation
by: The Associated Press

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The debate over same-sex marriage is moving to the Navajo Nation.

Tribal Council delegate Larry Anderson Sr., of Fort Defiance, has proposed legislation that would restrict a recognized union to a relationship between a man and woman.

Critics of the proposed legislation said Anderson is attempting to rewrite cultural history to parallel conservative Christian views of gay marriage.


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