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Top Stories Today - 12.02.2008

National News:

Reuters: Vatican Attacked for Opposing Gay Decriminalization

International LGBT equality groups, human rights organizations and newspapers condemned the Vatican Tuesday for its announcement to a Catholic news agency that it would oppose a proposed U.N. resolution calling on worldwide governments to decriminalize being gay.

Los Angeles Times: COLUMN: An Ugly Attack on Mormons

National Review's Jonah Goldberg criticizes LGBT advocates protesting the Mormon church over Prop. 8, claiming, "Mormons are the most vulnerable of the culturally conservative religious denominations and therefore the easiest targets for an organized campaign against religious freedom of conscience."

Regional News:

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY): Advocates Urge Council to Pass Anti-Discrimination Law

At a city council meeting in Binghamton, N.Y., 11 people spoke in favor of a proposed local law that would protect transgender citizens from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Rocky Mountain News (CO): City Monitor Investigating Sex-Bias Case

A man filed a complaint with the Denver police that after he and his friends were targeted with anti-gay slurs at a Madonna concert, they were arrested and jailed on charges of trespassing because of their sexual orientation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): Day Without Gays Protests California's Gay Marriage Ban

A grassroots Internet movement is encouraging gay people to stay home from work and instead do volunteer work on Dec. 10 to show both the size and diversity of the LGBT community and its importance to society and the economy.

Palm Beach Post (FL): EDITORIAL: New Blow to Adoption Ban

The Palm Beach Post editorial board writes about various children's health and research organizations now concurring that children of gay parents are as well adjusted as those of straight parents, applauding a Miami judge's recent ruling that Fla.'s adoption ban is unconstitutional.

13abc.com [Toledo] (OH): The University of Toledo Is Being Sued

With the backing of the anti-gay Thomas More Law Center, a former high ranking University of Toledo employee filed a lawsuit yesterday against the university for firing her over an anti-gay editorial she wrote for the Toledo Free Press.

Springfield News-Leader (MO): OP-ED: Free Speech Doesn't Have To Be Polite

Gene Policinski compares college gossip Web site JuicyCampus.com with the Westboro Baptist Church's extreme anti-gay tactics, saying both "test the limits of free speech [...and] authorities are working at creative ways to try to muffle or prosecute them."

Des Moines Register (IA): No Book Ban, Ankeny School Superintendent Recommends

Arkeny, Iowa, school board superintendent Matthew Wendt recommended during the board's regular meeting Monday that members not vote on whether to remove a book on gay penguins from the elementary school library, instead suggesting that a new selection process for library materials be adopted.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (MI): Kalamazoo City Commission Unanimously Approves Gay-Rights Ordinance

The City Commission of Kalamazoo, Mich., voted 7-0 to adopt an expanded anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it a municipal civil infraction to discriminate against LGBT citizens in housing, public accommodations and employment.

International News:

Edmonton Sun (Canada): "Hate Mail"

The Edmonton police hate crimes unit is investigating flyers found in some city residents' mailboxes that graphically attack gay people and pro-choice advocates.

The Globe and Mail (Canada): Singing Carols in Street Gets Man Punched in Face

Police are investigating whether to charge a Vancouver man with a hate crime after he used anti-gay slurs against another man who was singing Christmas carols with friends and punched him several times in the face.

BBC News (United Kingdom): Q&A: World Aids Day

UK International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and AIDS expert Dr. Alvaro Bermejo from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance answer questions on AIDS prevention and statistics on World AIDS Day.

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