The word “homosexual” was rarely uttered in public when Louise Pardee was growing up, but now the 81-year-old is dialing up fellow Minnesota senior citizens trying to convince them gay relationships are nothing to fear.
“Often I find myself saying, ‘I know this isn’t an easy thing to talk about,’” Pardee said, between calls at a phone bank in suburban St. Paul set up to fight a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.
A Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police officer has been convicted in a shooting after an altercation with a transgender woman and her acquaintances.
Forty-eight-year-old Kenneth Furr was convicted recently of assault with a dangerous weapon and solicitation of prostitution. He was acquitted of several charges, including assault with intent to kill while armed.
UPDATED: The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group today is condemning steps Republican Mitt Romney took when governor of Massachusetts to investigate same-sex couples with children.
The Human Rights Campaign’s reaction was to a report in the Boston Globe that Romney rejected a request from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms to apply to same-sex parents.
The federal hate crimes trial of two men in Kentucky accused of beating another man because he was gay quickly grew murky, with tales of substance abuse, drug deals gone bad and same-sex trysts.
The result was an acquittal – an embarrassing blow for prosecutors trying their first case under a hate crimes law expanded in 2009 to apply to crimes motivated by, among other things, a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation. The two men, 20-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins and his cousin, 37-year-old David Jason Jenkins, were convicted in federal court in London, Ky., of conspiracy and kidnapping, however.
A Christian religious leader lost no time in proclaiming Hurricane Sandy to be proof that “God is systematically destroying America” as judgment for the “homosexual agenda.”
John McTernan drew the same conclusion about Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012), both of which hit during New Orleans’ gay Southern Decadence event, he pointed out.
UPDATE: Storm forces cancelation of Freedom to Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality.
New York City’s Beacon Theatre was to host the first Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality on Oct. 30 but Hurricane Sandy forced a cancelation.
Because of a printing error, somewhere around 27,000 absentee ballots already cast by voters are being painstakingly copied by hand in Palm Beach County to make sure they can be read by a scanning machine. Otherwise, thousands of people could be disenfranchised in the Florida county that was ground zero in the 2000 presidential recount.
Printing errors have caused problems on thousands of absentee ballots around the country, from Cleveland to Daytona Beach, Fla., to Kalamazoo, Mich. While in most cases corrected ballots are simply mailed as replacements, in some places it was too late to catch mistaken ballots before voters returned them.
Green Bay Bishop David Ricken recently sent parishioners a letter warning that voting for candidates who support what he called “intrinsically evil” positions could “put your own soul in jeopardy.”
He was specifically targeting political candidates who support marriage equality and reproductive choice, which the Roman Catholic Church believes are the two most important issues facing the world.
A white supremacist solicited violence against a juror by posting the man’s address, phone number and other personal details on his extremist website, a U.S. appellate court has ruled in Illinois.
The court overturned a lower court’s decision to toss the neo-Nazi’s conviction on the grounds that his posts were protected by the First Amendment.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to review the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on Nov. 20.
That case, along with other gay marriage cases, will be considered during the justices’ private conference scheduled for Nov. 20, according to a news release from the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Five things to watch for in the final week of the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney:
1. SANDY: The Superstorm barreling up the East Coast is threatening several important battleground states - Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire. Already it's caused both candidates and their running mates to shuffle campaign travel schedules. Widespread power outages are likely, meaning weary voters in the storm's path may get a reprieve from the TV ads and automated calls flooding their homes. Beyond that, it's unclear just how much impact the storm will have on the race.
A transgender woman is dead in Brazil after being stoned by attackers on Oct. 19.
The Advocate reports that the victim, known as Madona, was attacked in Aracuju, Sergipe, by a group that pelted her with cobblestones.