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  Politics Extra: Gay rights group alleges 'network of deception'
Equality Cincinnati, the gay rights group born in the aftermath of last year's gay rights campaign, said today it will file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission over the failure of conservative activists to disclose who contributed $2.4 million to two campaigns opposing gay rights.
In what was the most expensive issue campaign in Cincinnati history, Citizens for Community Values spent $1.2 million last year in its attempt to keep Article XII in the city's charter.
The 1993 charter amendment barred City Council from passing gay rights ordinance until it was repealed last year.
frontier.cincinnati.com /blogs/gov/2005/10/gay-rights-group-alleges-network-of.asp   (1073 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.
Fifty-eight percent of voters in Switzerland voted in favor of extending rights for regsitered civil unions for same-sex couples.
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   (904 words)

 2004 in gay rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
The Supreme Court of Canada rules in its reference on same-sex marriage that altering the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples is within the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2004_in_gay_rights   (3286 words)

 Gay rights highly charged political issue
As the gay rights movement is gaining momentum in Washington's urban and suburban communities, ideological resistance from rural conservatives has so far been enough to brace the opposition and defeat legislation intended to expand legal rights and public benefits to gays and lesbians.
Although Murray and gay rights groups are still optimistic that civil rights bill will eventually pass, he said the wider issue of gay marriage will be a wedge issue in politics for years to come.
Gay rights advocates said his careerlong opposition to gay rights was hypocritical in light of his statement.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /local/223338_gaypolitics07.html   (847 words)

 2005 Review: Gay rights movements scored in 2005 but discrimination stillrampant
While 700 pairs of gay and lesbian couples married in the United Kingdom under the civil partnership law last week, Chinese police cracked down on a gay cultural festival in Beijing and the new Polish anti-gay president Lech Kaczynski vowed to 'purify' Poland.
While gay rights movements scored victories in Europe and North America in 2005, there was little or no improvement in the fate of homosexuals in other parts of the world.
I think this artical is rather biased, first it is impossible to have a gay rights movement when gays have the same rights as anyone else...they right to marry a member of the opposate sex.
news.monstersandcritics.com /uk/article_1071477.php/2005_Review_Gay_rights_movements_scored_in_2005_but_discrimination_stillrampant   (1037 words)

 Triablogue: Same-Sex Couples Win Parenting Rights
Gay rights advocates celebrated while conservative commentators fumed Monday as the California Supreme Court granted same-sex couples parenting rights equivalent to those of their heterosexual counterparts.
E.G., 05 C.D.O.S. filed for parental rights, claiming to be the biological mother of twins conceived when she donated her ovum to partner E.G. three years into their nine-year relationship.
Advocates for the birth mothers had argued that the cases were less about gay rights and more of an assault on the rights of moms to have authority over the kids they birth.
triablogue.blogspot.com /2005/08/same-sex-couples-win-parenting-rights.html   (1182 words)

 Gay rights supporters outspend opponents by 3 to 1 (December 22, 2005)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Maine Won't Discriminate, the group that successfully derailed an attempt to repeal the state's gay rights law, spent a total of $1.1 million for its campaign, according to filings with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.
Gay rights supporters far outspent opponents in the final days of the campaign, according to finance reports.
Gay rights advocates have dismissed any imminent plans to pursue such unions.
www.capecodonline.com /cctimes/update/megay22.htm   (306 words)

 Las Vegas SUN: Gay Rights Activists Target Ore. Lawmaker
Over the summer, the Republican enraged gay rights supporters when she refused to let the House vote on a civil unions bill that had been passed by the state Senate with the blessing of the Democratic governor.
A spokesman for a national gay rights group in Washington, D.C., said Oregon is one of several states where bills to provide more rights to gays have faltered and where activists will be working to defeat lawmakers who stood in the way.
The state's leading gay rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, argues that public opinion polls indicate growing support among Oregonians for civil unions and that Minnis thwarted the democratic process by not allowing the House to vote on the bill.
www.lasvegassun.com /sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2005/oct/25/102505907.html   (687 words)

 Maine passes gay rights law - Wikinews
With the stroke of a pen, Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed into law a gay rights bill that extended legal protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Already protected classes under the state's human rights act are gender, age, religion, race, and physical and mental disability.
Additional language was added to LD 1196 before it passed clarifying that it would not extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and exempts privately-funded religious groups from having to comply with its provisions.
en.wikinews.org /wiki/Maine_passes_gay_rights_law   (511 words)

 [ The Dook ]
The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, may I stress the word open, said Friday "I believe that the acceptance of gay and lesbian people into the life of the Church is something that is going to happen," Robinson said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Gay marriage should be decided by people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.
Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
www.thedook.com /index/C0_19_1   (2265 words)

 Independent Gay Forum: Crain, Chris. Keep Your Eyes on Our 'Allies.'
Gay rights groups praised a filibuster deal under which Democrats agreed to put an anti-gay judge permanently on the federal bench.
Senate Democrats once again sacrificed gay rights for the greater good of their own political expedience, and our lobbying organizations nodded meekly in understanding, not managing a peep of criticism.
In the meantime, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which used to be counted on as our most aggressive gay rights lobby, issued a navel-gazing statement mumbling something about a “deep foreboding” over the compromise.
www.indegayforum.org /authors/crain/crain7.html   (1139 words)

 NEPA News - NEPA News - 04/06/2005 - Philadelphia gay rights group plans celebration of march   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The director of Equality Forum, a Philadelphia-based gay civil rights group, claims it was the plucky band of Philadelphia protesters who ushered in the revolution.
The 1969 Stonewall riots _ a three-day clash between police and gays _ launched the gay rights movement, said DeCecco, 80, a retired San Francisco State University professor and editor of the Journal of Homosexuality.
Gay rights advocates everywhere were united in their outrage at official policies that labeled gays as mentally ill and a national security risk, he said.
www.zwire.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=14297585&BRD=2212&PAG=461&dept_id=465812&rfi=6   (649 words)

 2005 Review: Gay rights movements scored in 2005 but discrimination stillrampant
Taipei - Gay rights movements gained momentum in 2005, with several countries legalizing or preparing to legalize gay marriage, but persecution of homosexuals continued or intensified in many countries.
We hope next year global gay rights movements can link up so that groups in progressive countries can lend help to groups in backward countries,' she said.
I hope there will be more positive reports, but that requires gays to come out of the closet and most gays are afraid of coming out of the closet,' he said.
news.monstersandcritics.com /uk/printer_1071477.php   (729 words)

 Fancy Store-Bought Dirt: Gay Rights and the History Syllabus
Gay bars and meeting places would be shut down by raid, suspects (or random bystanders) frequently beaten.
Getting back to gays: The natural tie-in would be to supply historical context to current political issues, though I should point out that it's not at all clear that this historical context should sway anyone in any particular direction on current issues.
For gay marriage, for example -- you know already if you've read this weblog for a long time that I bristle at the comparisons of the fight for gay marriage to the civil rights struggle.
www.attemptedchemistry.com /matt979/archives/001858.html   (1259 words)

 MAINE DEMOCRATS » Equal Rights/Gay Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Right wing christian groups tend to be single-focus.
The battle for gay rights is preparing for a third loop around the rollercoaster.
So while other countries all around us are legalizing gay marriage, Maine remains firmly entrenched in the iron age in denying even civil protections and equal rights to the state’s gay and lesbian population, because it’s the slippery slope straight to an evangelical fl velvet abyss complete with poker-playing hounds of hell.
mainedemocrats.org /index.php?cat=35   (1183 words)

 Gay rights measure rejected by Senate
Gay rights advocates and Democratic leaders who have said the civil rights bill was among their top priorities wept openly and vowed to continue their fight after the bill failed.
Democrats thought bringing the gay rights bill up for a vote would force Finkbeiner to support it because, as a House Democrat in the early 1990s, Finkbeiner twice voted in support of the measure.
The Microsoft Corp., at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, came under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees this week after it withdrew its support for the bill.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /local/221211_civilrights22.html   (1444 words)

 Gay Rights: Balance is Sought on a Sensitive Topic
Although opposition to and promotion of gay rights both sometimes appear to have an internal logic, striking the right political chord has proven elusive.
Of all the issues along the front in the culture wars of the last two decades, gay rights is the "one where the frontier is moving most rapidly," he said.
Backers of gay rights have done "a good job of playing the victim," thereby blurring the distinction between opposition to "the homosexual lifestyle and opposition to homosexuals," Muffett said.
www.sodomylaws.org /usa/michigan/minews19.htm   (708 words)

 This Month
Some who object to gay rights see homosexuality as a choice, but science has demonstrated conclusively that sexual disposition is inherent in some, not an option or alternative they’ve selected.
The essential difference between the Black civil rights struggle and the gay rights struggle is that Black people are discriminated against on the basis of something we can not change, our race, gays are discriminated against on the basis of their behavior, something that can be changed.
That is why I have been a defender of gay rights and their access to the five essentials for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
www.nwhealth.edu /diversity/resources/june05.aspx   (1727 words)

 Print - The Cincinnati Post - Gay rights opponent loses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The registry, which recognizes gay and unmarried heterosexual couples but gives no legal status or marriage rights, had been approved by voters in 2003 and ruled constitutional by a Cuyahoga County judge.
Hicks said Wednesday his battle "was political suicide." The ouster of Hicks, a fl council member who quit the Democratic Party over gay rights issues, leaves only one fl council member representing a city that is 42 percent fl.
Patrick Shepherd of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, a political action group backing gay candidates, said Hicks' characterization of the registry as a feel-good issue is bigoted.
news.cincypost.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051110/NEWS01/511100361&template=printpicart   (292 words)

 Gay rights bill would build on past effort   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The upcoming fight over gay rights will mark the third time in eight years that the Legislature has grappled with the issue.
Voters rejected gay rights again in 2000, when the Legislature placed a measure on the ballot.
Betsy Smith of Equality Maine, an advocacy group, said prohibiting educational discrimination is new in the fight for gay rights in Maine.
business.mainetoday.com /news/050304gayrights.shtml   (714 words)

 Gay-rights bill headed in right direction
It would ensure, for example, that a person could not be denied employment or thrown out of an apartment because he or she is gay.
Gay men told of being fired or ridiculed at work -- only to have supervisors make no effort to protect them or stop the taunting.
One woman said she had to take out a $17,000 loan to enroll her daughter in a private school because other kids thought she was gay.
morningsentinel.mainetoday.com /view/columns/1494239.shtml   (631 words)

 CBC News Indepth: SAME-SEX Rights
The draft legislation would also recognize the rights of religious groups to "sanctify marriage as they see fit." The decision meant the federal government would not appeal lower court rulings that same-sex couples had the same right to marry as opposite-sex couples.
The fight may not be over – Alberta's justice minister responded to the Supreme Court decision by saying the province's marriage law, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, won't be changed.
On May 5, 2005, the government's same-sex marriage bill passed a second reading, moving it closer to becoming law.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/samesexrights   (608 words)

 ms.musings: Gay Rights Groups Oppose Roberts, and Feinstein Has a "Feeling"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Jay on Gay Rights Groups Oppose Roberts, and Feinstein Has a "Feeling": Feinstein is a Neocon in Democratic...
Starting with Supreme Court news this morning: "Leading gay rights groups yesterday dismissed as inconsequential Judge John G. Roberts Jr.'s pro bono work on a gay rights case in the 1990s and came out in strong opposition to his nomination to the Supreme Court," writes Jim VandeHei in today's Washington Post.
But the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays issued a statement saying his involvement was minor.
www.msmusings.net /archives/2005/08/gay_rights_grou.html   (981 words)

 Championable | Fatherhood, Parenting, Liberal Politics: Gay rights and Gay marriage. A recap.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
And, as I've said previously, this new movement to ban gays from adopting children is, literally, child abuse.
I have to agree that there shouldnt really be any discussion on gay rights etc. There are so many children in this world that need a loving home so I agree with you there as well.
A gay couple not being afforded the same rights and protection as a married heterosexual couple...
championable.com /2005/05/gay-rights-and-gay-marriage-recap.html   (366 words)

 The Times Herald - News - 02/14/2005 - Council considers gay rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Gays or any other form of minority have aright to voice their opinins but they do not have the roght to cause me to take notice or contribute to their abnormal life styles.
The last I noticed, we live in a country where the majority rules.....The so calle gay Lib movemnets are working overtime to have their minority opinions become the madate for majority.
I do not hate teh Gays nor do I propse any harm....I only ask that they find a way to live within the bounderies of laws as we now have and accept teh fcat that the herotsexual community owes them nothing.
www.timesherald.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=13951929&BRD=1672&PAG=461&dept_id=33380&rfi=6   (667 words)

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