A Morinville man faces murder charges after the death of an aboriginal and gay activist in Whitecourt Saturday, although RCMP say the killing was not a hate crime. “Shocked, distraught. I didn’t think it would happen,” said Earl Sunshine, who was cousins with the victim, Dolan Badger, 49.
Former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell defended Chuck Hagel on Sunday over anti-gay remarks the former senator made in 1998, saying the defense secretary nominee would ensure “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is fully implemented upon confirmation.
The new Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island has shared his support for marriage equality, as that state is considering such legislation. According to the Rhode Island Future, Bishop Nicholas Knisely supports marriage equality, and will change a diocesan policy to allow priests to bless same-gender couples.
That decades have passed since Giglio delivered the sermon in question made little impression on critics, who believed his selection was out of step with the times. Ross Murray, director of the program on religion at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said he didn’t want to set up a “false frame” that a person has to be “Christian or pro-gay,” but felt without a disavowal from Giglio, an inaugural prayer would send a subtle message to gays and lesbians: “God bless America, except for them.”
Kenneth Furr, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer accused of shooting his service weapon while off-duty at a car of five people, including two transgender women, was sentenced today in D.C. Superior Court to three years' probation.
Remember Steve Cookson, the Missouri legislator who raised a ruckus last session with his “don’t say gay,” bill? That’s the one that would have banned discussion of sexual orientation in the state’s public schools.