The poll also shows that 55 percent of respondents favor a state law to allow same-sex couples to marry. The poll question closely mirrored the one proposed by advocates of gay marriage, including a phrase saying the law would exempt clergy members from performing same-sex marriages if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs.
The draft of the ballot question released by Summers last week does not mention the exemption, which supporters of same-sex marriage believe is significant to the proposal’s chances of passing in November.
Ugandan police on Monday raided a gay advocacy workshop in Kampala and questioned activists attending the gathering, rights campaigners said.
East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the organisation behind the workshop, said that police interrupted the meeting and began questioning participants at the event, including activists from Canada, Kenya and Rwanda.
The police forced their way into some of the activists’ hotel rooms, the group said in a statement.
Rural Minnesota is likely to be the deciding ground in November for the intense campaign over a proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
Advocates on both sides are aware that voters away from major population centers have played the crucial role in the outcomes of similar ballot initiatives in other states, and are deploying their resources to all points of Minnesota.
Minnesotans United For All Families, the group opposing the amendment, has deployed paid staffers across the state, with offices in Duluth, Rochester and soon Mankato.
Many of the U.S.’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods are in some of the country’s most expensive real estate markets. But there are also plenty of more affordable options for same-sex couples, according to real estate website Trulia.
Trulia identified zip codes with the heaviest concentrations of gay men and women by examining Census Bureau statistics. It then determined a neighborhood’s affordability by looking at the median price per square foot of homes listed in that particular zip code over the past year.
On Sunday, several thousand demonstrators participated in a silent march down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York Police Department’s 'Stop-and-Frisk' policy, which affects countless LGBT People of Color in the city. GLAAD spokesperson and community organizer Chris Bilal shares story with the Times about his experience of being targeted because of his identity.
Sister Jeannine Gramick is a Roman Catholic religious sister and a co-founder of the activist organization New Ways Ministry, a Catholic social justice center working for justice and reconciliation of lesbian and gay people with the institutional Catholic Church. After a review of her public activities on behalf of the Church that concluded in a finding of grave doctrinal error, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) declared in 1999 that she should no longer be engaged in pastoral work with lesbian and gay persons.
It happens so often that you’d imagine Neil Giuliano would be used to it by now.
It started in 1996. That’s when Giuliano, then mayor of Tempe, publicly disclosed that he was gay after a voter threatened to out him. Once he spoke openly about his sexuality, the letters started to come in. And these were actual handwritten letters, he likes to point out.
“E-mail was just getting started,” he says, smiling. “I received literally thousands of letters and notes and cards.”