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Dominican Cardinal calls U.S. Ambassador nominee anti-gay slur

When President Barack Obama nominated a gay man as the new ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 21, he touched off a firestorm of debate in the Caribbean nation — which has devolved even to derogatory name-calling.

Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez referred to Brewster as a “maricón” — which is usually translated as “faggot” — during a press conference. At his side, Monseñor Pablo Cedano promised the nominee such an unpleasant stay in the country that he will have to return home.

Buzzfeed
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July 3, 2013

Op-ed: The religious people ARE with us

I get asked a lot by progressive friends, who know my long involvement in the fight for marriage equality, “How are we going to beat the church folk?”

Here’s the thing: The “church folk” are with us. In fact, we couldn’t have gotten this far without them. And we aren’t going to win full equality nationwide unless we meet them where they are and bring them with us.

The Advocate
|
July 2, 2013

Take part in the first annual gay blood drive

Since 
1977, the 
U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has 
banned gay
 and 
bisexual 
men 
from
 donating 
blood.
 On
 Friday, July
12th, 2013, the
 first‐ever 
National Gay Blood Drive
 
will
 take 
place 
to 
bring 
attention 
to 
the 
ban
 and 
increase 
pressure 
on 
the 
FDA to
 lift 
it.

Op-ed: DOMA, the First Battle in the Immigration War

Equality Federation's executive director writes, "We are still fighting for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, including at least 267,000 LGBT immigrants. These are LGBT asylum-seekers, single LGBT immigrants with families that can’t sponsor them, and LGBT couples where both are undocumented."

The Advocate
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July 2, 2013
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