Top Stories Today - 12.09.2008

National News:

Associated Press: Calling in 'Gay' to Work Is Latest Form of Protest

Organizers of the national protest event "Day Without a Gay" are urging gay and lesbian Americans to stay home from work, perform volunteer work and refrain from spending money on Dec. 10 to illustrate how much the country relies on gay people.

 Los Angeles Times: EDITORIAL: A New California Constitution?

The Los Angeles Times editorial board discusses the risks and merits of Calif. possibly holding a constitutional convention, noting that a convention could produce a constitution that overturns Prop. 8 and other ballot measures.

Associated Press: 'Milk' Earns Stanley Kramer Prize From Producers

Milk will be presented with the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award - which honors films that tackle "provocative social issues" - at the guild's awards show Jan. 24.

Associated Press: NYPD: Anti-Gay, Anti-Hispanic Beating Investigated

NYC police say two Ecuadorian brothers who were beaten and verbally attacked with anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs while walking arm-in-arm in Brooklyn may have been targeted because the perpetrators thought they were gay.

Associated Press: Brazil: Possible Serial Killings Target Gays

Brazilian police are investigating whether a possible serial killer is behind the murders of 13 gay men who were killed in a San Paulo park between February 2007 and August 2008.

Associated Press: Gay Group Organizes 'Pink Christmas' in Amsterdam

Dutch gay group ProGay has organized a 10-day "Pink Christmas" festival in Amsterdam aimed at the city's gay and lesbian community. The event will include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious service.

Regional News:

Ventura County Star (CA): Judge Approves Teen's Trial for Oxnard School Shooting

Brandon McInerney, the Oxnard, Calif., teenager accused in the anti-gay shooting death of classmate Lawrence King, was found competent to stand trial as an adult in Ventura County Superior Court.

Iowa City Press-Citizen (IA): Experts Expect Court to Side with Plaintiffs

Though a decision is not expected in the Iowa Supreme Court marriage equality case for six months to two years, some legal analysts believe that the justices will vote in favor of lifting the marriage ban based on strong arguments in favor of marriage for gay couples and legal precedent in the state.

Des Moines Register (IA): EDITORIAL: Iowa Supreme Court Throws Window Open

The Des Moines Register editorial board writes that in the Iowa Supreme Court case that could result in the state's marriage ban being lifted, the court "is going to extraordinary lengths to make sure all who are interested can learn about the case and observe the oral argument."

Associated Press (DC): Va. Must Enforce Gay Visitation Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold a ruling that the state of Virginia must enforce a Vermont court order awarding a lesbian's former partner visitation with their child.

The Plain Dealer (OH): Cleveland Council Votes to Enact Domestic Partner Registry for Gay, Straight Couples

The Cleveland City Council voted Monday to establish a domestic partner registry for both gay and straight couples. The registry will take effect 120 days after the city's mayor signs it into law, and couples will not need to reside in Cleveland to register.

The New York Times (NY): New York City Growing More Diverse, Census Finds

New census figures for New York City found that the city is becoming increasingly diverse, including the share of households made up of unmarried gay couples in a portion of Manhattan's West Side increasing to 3.6 percent from 2.5 percent in 2000.

San Diego Union-Tribune (CA): New Council Pledges Change

Four San Diego City Council members sworn into office yesterday morning vowed to represent change in government, including Todd Gloria, who is openly gay and, according to reports, gave one of the evening's most poignant speeches.

Daily Breeze (CA): Suspect in Gay Attack to be Tried

A judge in Torrance, Calif., ruled that there was enough evidence to hold a trial for the man accused of felony hate crime assault and a misdemeanor charge for allegedly beating an openly gay man with a "Yes on 8" sign.

International News:

MWCNews.net (Canada): U.S. Refuses U.N. Gay Rights Declaration

The U.S. government has yet to announce support for a United Nations Declaration calling for the global decriminalization of being gay, set to be put before the U.N. General Assembly Dec. 10 (which is Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

TamilEelamNews.com (India): Hundreds Belongs [sic] to Transgender Associations in TN Held Famine Protest

Hundreds of members of transgender associations across Tamil Nadu, India, held a famine protest against the genocidal killings of their state's citizens by the Sri Lankan military.

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