Top Stories Today - 11.17.2008

National News: Los Angeles Times: Mormon Church Feels the Heat Over Proposition 8
The Mormon church, "which for years has striven to be seen as part of the American mainstream," has come under political scrutiny for its extensive support of the Prop. 8 campaign.
Los Angeles Times: OP-ED: A Federal Bailout for Prop. 8
Brian E. Gray contemplates the possible results of lawsuits over Prop. 8's passage, citing a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision that an amendment repealing laws in Colo. that prohibited discrimination against gay people was constitutionally flawed.
Los Angeles Times: EDITORIAL: Pope's New Edict on the Priesthood
The Los Angeles Times editorial board says the Vatican's "statement re-emphasizing that even chaste gay men are to be barred from the priesthood" is "not just cruel; it's unprofessional."
Associated Press: Mormon Church Blames Powder Hoax on Gay Activists
In a statement released Friday, the Mormon church blamed Prop. 8 opponents for sending hoax mailings containing white powder to temples, despite no publicly cited evidence that the mailings were linked to the Mormon church's support of the anti-gay measure.
Associated Press: Comedian Wanda Sykes Says She's 'Proud To Be Gay'
Wanda Sykes publicly announced that she is gay, saying the passage of Prop. 8 in Calif. has led her to be more open about her orientation.
The New York Times: Diocese in Texas Leaves Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth amended its constitution to break with the national Episcopal Church and shift allegiance to the Anglican Communion, in part over the consecration of an openly gay bishop.
The New York Times: Across U.S., Big Rallies for Same-Sex Marriage
Tens of thousand of marriage equality advocates in cities across the country turned out for a national day of protest Saturday against Calif.'s Prop. 8.
Los Angeles Times: California Supreme Court Ponders Challenges to Gay-Marriage Ban
Six of seven members of the California Supreme Court gathered in Berkeley on Friday for a conference on the role of the court and, among other topics, the lawsuits challenging Prop. 8. The court may act on the challenges as early as next week.
The New York Times: Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage
Less than two weeks before the election, Prop. 8 consultant Frank Schubert issued an urgent appeal that more money had to be raised to pass Prop. 8. The Mormon church rallied its followers and played "an extraordinary role" in helping the ban pass.
The Washington Post: For Gays in India, Fear Rules
The lives of India's LGBT citizens are often difficult and stressful because being gay is illegal in the country. Several human rights groups are mounting a historic challenge to the Indian law that criminalizes being gay.
Los Angeles Times: COLUMN: Both Sides In the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy Need to Cool Down
Tim Rutten writes about the battle over Prop. 8's passage, saying that "if cooler heads on both sides of the question don't exert themselves, things may soon get even nastier."
Time Magazine: What Happens If You're on the Gay "Enemies List"
Amid nationwide protests and legal challenges to Prop. 8's passage, a group called Californians Against Hate compiled and published a list of people and companies who contributed more than $5,000 to the campaign supporting the ban. Transgender Couples: Changing the Face of Family
While Thomas Beatie is the first transgender man "to go public with his pregnancy on such a widespread level," it is uncertain how many other transgender men have been pregnant.
Associated Press: Minority Groups Ask to Annul Gay Marriage Ban
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, Asian Pacific American Legal Center and two other groups petitioned the California Supreme Court to issue a stay preventing Prop. 8 from taking effect.
  Regional News: Sacramento Bee (CA): Gay Leaders Wary of Boycotting Prop. 8's Supporters
Leaders in Sacramento's gay community are urging their allies not to boycott businesses that funded the Prop. 8 campaign, instead advocating spending money with businesses that support LGBT equality.
Detroit Free Press (MI): COLUMN: GOP Needs to Court Gay Votes
Deb Price says that in order for the Republican party to appeal to the younger generation, Republicans "will have to embrace gay people - even if, in the short term, that costs some social conservative votes."
San Diego Union-Tribune (CA): S.D. March Backing Gay Marriage Draws at Least 20,000
San Diego, Calif., appears to have hosted the nation's largest rally against Prop. 8 this past weekend. Police estimated the downtown San Diego at 20,000, while organizers put the number at 25,000.
Memphis Commercial Appeal (TN): Transgendered Murder Victim Mourned at Vigil
About 75 people marched in mourning Sunday through the Memphis neighborhood where transgender woman Duanna Johnson was murdered: "In Duanna's memory, we must pursue justice...We cannot let this go unresolved."
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Wealthy Gay Men Backed Anti-Prop. 8 Effort
Some of the nation's wealthiest gay men donated a combined total of more than $4.5 million to the No on 8 campaign. More than half of the $38 million raised to defeat Prop. 8 was contributed by LGBT people.
Hartford Courant (CT): OP-ED: Why Marriage Matters
Ralph Hexter discusses the election and says that "although the country has taken a clear step forward in one area" by electing Obama, "in at least four states discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens has been aggressively reasserted."
Hartford Courant (CT): OP-ED: There's Nothing Democratic About Judges - Not Society - Upending Definition Of Marriage
Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut claims that marriage for gay couples arrived in Conn. by judges "bypassing the democratic process."
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Trends Beyond Black Vote in Play on Prop. 8
Though the fact that a majority of black voters supported Prop. 8 has received much attention, demographers say the most powerful predictors affecting views on marriage equality are religion, age and ideology.
The State Journal-Register (IL): Gay Marriage Foes to Try Again in Illinois
Protect Marriage Illinois fell short of collecting enough signatures for a Nov. 2008 ballot initiative to ban marriage for gay couples, but say they will try again in 2010.
Los Angeles Times (CA): Protests To Be a Key Test for Proposition 8 Opponents
The national day of protest against the passage of Prop. 8 Saturday tested the effectiveness of marriage equality supporters' grassroots Internet organizing.
The Washington Post (DC): Hate Language Written On 100 Vehicles; Police Charge Four Suspects
Racial, ethnic and anti-gay slurs were written on more than 100 vehicles in a Manassas, Va., neighborhood. Four people have each been charged with seven counts of destruction of property and one count of unlawful entry with intent to commit a hate crime.
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): OP-ED: Now Is the Time for Equality for All Americans
AIDS Memorial Quilt creator Cleve Jones and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black call on marriage equality advocates to "sustain and intensify the nationwide campaign of mass protests and nonviolent civil disobedience, for seven weeks" starting Nov. 27 and ending Jan. 20.
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