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  Lagging Behind In The Fight For Gay Rights (Gotham Gazette. June, 2004)
Civil Rights refers to the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, and to the laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, and many other criteria.
The modern movement for gay rights was born in the streets of New York's Greenwich Village in June 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, fought back against a police raid and three nights of riots ensued.
The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project reported last month that reports of violent attacks against people perceived to be gay, lesbian, or transgendered were up 43 percent here in the second half of 2003 versus the same period the year before.
www.gothamgazette.com /article/civilrights/20040608/3/1001   (1415 words)

 2005 in gay rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Four gay couples in New Brunswick ask their Court of Appeal to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions.
A same-sex couple from the Northwest Territories sue the government over the right to be married.
A group of gay veterans rallied in Austin, Texas to protest Gov. Rick Perry's comments that LGBT military veterans should leave Texas.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2005_in_gay_rights   (1099 words)

 CNN.com - Gay marriage debate takes on form of civil rights movement - Jan. 15, 2004
A 21st century battle for gay rights is being fought with rhetoric from the civil rights movement of the 1960s -- ideals that have echoed through Massachusetts' gay marriage campaign from its outset.
In a fortuitous twist for gay rights advocates, the timeline established by the court could lead to the nation's first state-sanctioned gay weddings on May 17 -- the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down school segregation.
References to the civil rights fight against the ban on interracial marriages were numerous in both the plaintiffs arguments to the Supreme Judicial Court and, subsequently, in the majority opinion issued November 18.
www.cnn.com /2004/LAW/01/15/gay.marriage.ap   (628 words)

 SpeakOut.com - Gay Rights
Gays and lesbians may join in "civil unions," which are no expected to be recognized by other states and will not entitle the partners to federal benefits.
The Vermont Supreme Court had ruled in December that gay and lesbian couples denied the right to marry were suffering from unconstitutional discrimination.
Under the existing rules, gays can be discharged from the military for homosexual contact and for stating their sexual orientation, but the military is not allowed to ask them their orientation.
www.speakout.com /activism/gayrights   (657 words)

 Election 2004: Gay Rights in the Election
The reality is, however, that no comprehensive legislation on gay marriage will be passed in the next four years, and the real progress will be made in 2008 when the candidates will reflect the national movement toward the middle on the issue.
My belief that the future of the Republican gay rights platform is one promoting civil unions is reinforced by the material in an episode of "This American Life" that discusses the mission of a gay republican at the National Republican Convention.
The impression is that the majority of Republicans do not believe in gay marriage, but believe that gay people should not have their rights infringed upon, and the compromise of these two beliefs would be civil unions on a state level of constitutionality.
www.duke.edu /~mjm24/2004/10/gay-rights-in-election.html   (284 words)

 Gay rights: Is marriage really the final frontier?
Knowing this, the dogmatic opponents of equal rights seek a federal constitutional amendment, to lock in the views of the modest majority presently opposed to same-sex marriage rights, so that when majority sentiment has swung the other way it will be exceedingly difficult to again change the Constitution to permit equality.
The movement for equal marriage rights should continue in every possible local and political forum, through same-sex couples demanding the issuance of marriage licenses from towns and cities across the state, or marrying out of state and demanding recognition of their marriages here.
Equal marriage rights are truly the last great frontier of the civil rights movement that began in the Village 35 years ago.
www.thevillager.com /villager_50/gayrights.html   (1267 words)

 Online NewsHour | Vote 2004 | Issues | Gay Marriage
Kerry told The Boston Globe in February 2004, "If the Massachusetts Legislature crafts an appropriate amendment that provides for partnership and civil unions, then I would support it, and it would advance the goal of equal protection." The senator stressed that he was only referring to the state, and not the federal, constitution.
Although some gay rights activists were pushing for the right to marry in the early 1990s, the prospect of marriages for same-sex couples did not seem promising until a landmark 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision stating that prohibiting same-sex marriages might violate the state's constitution.
In 1997, gay rights advocates launched another attempt to gain the right to marry and this time they targeted Vermont, a state known for its progressive politics.
www.pbs.org /newshour/vote2004/issues/issue_gaymarriage.html   (1734 words)

 Gay Rights: Topics in the News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
For example, a gay couple now has a very difficult time, one, visiting the other when they're in the hospital, or, for example, if, heaven forbid, one of them were to pass away, they have trouble even arranging the funeral.
Although Edwards has expressed strong support for gay civil rights issues, his latest comments could be seen as a coded message, distancing himself from gay rights as the campaign approaches the Southern primaries.
Some gay Republicans objected to what one called the HRC’s “scare tactics.” A spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP organization, said Bush is supportive of gay rights.
www.issues2000.org /News_Gay_Rights.htm   (3572 words)

 Civil Rights Lightning (washingtonpost.com)
Gay marriage was such a novel idea that the cover image of a wedding cake with two little grooms on top wasn't even a deadening cliché.
Gay marriage is on the verge of joining abortion rights on the very short list of litmus tests that any Democratic candidate for national office must support.
Not gay rights, but gay marriage, or at least "civil union," which is an unstable half-step that is bound to turn into the real thing.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A56433-2004Dec10.html   (928 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / The gay marriage deception
Using unthinking shorthand that carries out the hidden agendas of the people who want gays banished to the fringes of society, the press has over and over again referred to these measures as banning gay marriage.
For political reasons, it was central to the hidden agendas of the groups pushing these restrictions (the target is homosexuality, not relationships between homosexuals) that they not become the focus of the debate.
Therefore marriage was used as the cover for the far more consequential effort to strip contractual rights from gay couples who have formed hundreds of thousands of families in recent years across the United States.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/11/07/the_gay_marriage_deception   (778 words)

 JURIST - Paper Chase: Gay rights groups to move cautiously against state bans on gay marriage
Chris Buell at 9:53 AM ET [JURIST] Gay rights groups have adopted a cautious legal approach to challenging 11 state constitutional bans on gay marriage adopted by referendum in the Nov. 2 elections.
Instead, groups such as the ACLU's lesbian and gay rights project and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said they will challenge procedural issues involving the bans and target laws restricting civil unions and benefits for same-sex partners.
Gay rights groups said they will likely challenge these actions in states that require consideration of only a single issue on referendums.
jurist.law.pitt.edu /paperchase/2004/11/gay-rights-groups-to-move-cautiously.php   (309 words)

Gay rights lawyers celebrated on Wednesday after the California Supreme Court granted review in three cases that could have significant impact on the rights of thousands of same-sex parents statewide.
All three involve lesbian break-ups -- one in which the birth mother was granted sole parental rights, another in which a woman was granted rights as a "presumed father," and the third involving whether one parent could be forced to pay child support.
Help from the state Supreme Court was very welcome, and gay rights lawyers said the resolution is just as important to the children as to the parents.
www.law.com /jsp/printerfriendly.jsp?c=LawArticle&t=PrinterFriendlyArticle&cid=1094073195833   (723 words)

 AlterNet: Election 2004: This Isn't a Free Ride
The HRC's Jacques, who is scheduled to speak at the DNC, says that she intends to broach the issue of same-sex marriage in her prepared remarks to convention delegates – despite the fact that the Democratic ticket officially rejects the notion.
Rights and Liberties: The decline in marriage has gripped the headlines of late, but the reports don't mention that marriage is holding its own among Americans who were born abroad.
Rights and Liberties: Gay couples are almost twice as likely as married, heterosexual couples to be uninsured.
www.alternet.org /election04/19362   (1221 words)

 U-WIRE.com/Gay rights could define 2004 presidential election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Although Hall said she was gratified to hear the younger generation is more open to the idea of gay marriage than older people are, she was disappointed to hear the low number of openly-gay elected officials currently in the United States.
He said there was not very much representation of gays and lesbians in politics in the 1960s, but in 2004 there are over 300, including two congressmen and one congresswoman.
As the mother of a gay son and a PFLAG member for more than 10 years, she also doesn't support discrimination, which is what she sees the endorsed amendment to ban gay marriage as doing.
www.uwire.com /content/topnews042204002.html   (740 words)

 Express Gay News Online
Due to the calls of gay activists, Beenie Man has been dropped by RJ Reynolds from the ‘Stir the Senses’ tour.’ Beenie Man is just one of numerous ‘dancehall’ artists who routinely preach violence against gays and lesbians.
Gay rights activists around the country are working to cancel upcoming scheduled appearances by Beenie Man, a Jamaican dancehall artist whose lyrics activists say incite violence against gays.
Members of the Jamaican gay rights group, J-Flag, have said they believe that such lyrics have contributed to attacks and murders of gay men and lesbians in the country.
www.expressgaynews.com /2004/8-20/news/national/bennie.cfm   (671 words)

 2004 in gay rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Missing the 2004 deadline for new bill introduction because of legal maneuvering by Democrat leadership, Indiana House of Representatives Republican lawmakers fail to introduce legislation for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
UNAIDS and Human Rights Watch call on the government of Nepal to release the 39 members of the Blue Diamond Society imprisoned August 9.
A judge in Saskatchewan rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry in that province.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2004_in_gay_rights   (3292 words)

 Whiskey Before Breakfast... the Blog: Gay Rights Groups Baffled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Dick Cheney Loves Gay People, and apparently wants them to be happy, secure, and, well, gay.
The man who is a heartbeat away from the presidency (and a heartbeat away from another bypass operation) has enormous love and pride for at least one lesbian, his daughter Mary.
Gay Rights groups are confused by this, believing that Cheney's personal feelings, and his expression of them, must be a result of the Bush campaign cracking under pressure.
www.whiskeyb4breakfast.org /2004/08/gay-rights-groups-baffled   (295 words)

 Gay Rights Group Tries New Ways To Get Message Heard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A gay rights group is starting a new effort to lobby lawmakers and advocate for candidates, saying the easy passage of a same-sex marriage ban in 2004 showed gay people had to improve how they promote their opinions.
Ohio is one of several states where gays and lesbians are taking a more politically active role, due in part to the passage of gay marriage bans, said Patrick Guerriero, national president of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay advocacy group.
Passage of the gay marriage ban was heavily promoted by conservative Christian groups and Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, the Republican nominee for governor in the November election.
www.wcpo.com /news/2006/local/05/17/oh_gayrights.html   (776 words)

 Minn. Gay Marriage Ban Could Prompt Exodus - CBS News
The argument, advanced in some other states, is that there is a "creative class" of talented workers, straight and gay, who are a driving force in the economy and seek out vibrant communities that are tolerant of differences.
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group, said former Gov. Angus King of Maine made the creative-class argument for years before his state passed an anti-discrimination law last year.
In Oklahoma in 2004, a gay rights group took out a large ad in the business section of USA Today in an unsuccessful fight against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2006/04/27/ap/national/mainD8H8GDBOD.shtml   (855 words)

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