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April 1, 1999
THE MATTER is one of fairness and justice: Everyone should be treated equally, regardless of race, age, gender -- or sexual orientation.Everyone should have the same right to apply for a job or to rent an apartment without fear of discrimination. Yet gays and lesbians do not have that right under Maryland law.A bill seeking to ban prejudicial treatment on the basis of sexual orientation is one of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's prime objectives in the legislative session.He has devoted more effort to passing this bill than any other.
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July 11, 2014
I'd feel better about Maryland's budget if the outgoing governor had not kept putting millions of dollars into aiding non-public schools over which we have little to no control and which serve mainly religious interests ("Warning signs for Md.'s budget," July 2). It would also be good if the incoming governor would pledge not to do the same in that regard. Why should we taxpayers be funding (directly or indirectly) religious schools that have a First Amendment freedom to practice discrimination in the selection of their students and staff and cannot be prohibited from teaching that their religion is the only legitimate one, that women should be restricted to a secondary role that mainly involves state-regulated child-bearing, and/or that gays and lesbians are undeserving of equal rights?
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2003
As midshipmen, they led double lives, quietly endured anti-gay slurs, and feared discovery and expulsion. But yesterday, 31 gay and lesbian graduates of the Naval Academy asked to be recognized, filing a formal application with the college's alumni organization to start a national chapter for homosexual graduates. The request, delivered pointedly on Veterans Day, appears to be a first for a U.S. military academy. Although a West Point graduate has run an unofficial group for gay and lesbian service academy alumni for 12 years, never before have homosexuals sought official recognition from an academy alumni association, experts said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Elliott A. Brager, an attorney who was an accomplished fundraiser for HIV treatment and research, died of heart failure Monday at his Mount Washington home. He was 72. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Park Heights area, he was the son of Philip Brager, a wholesale shoe inventory control specialist, and the former Hilda Levitz, an executive secretary who also worked in the shoe business. He attended Robert E. Lee School No. 49 and was a 1959 City College graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. As a young lawyer, he worked for attorney Abraham L. Adler in his office in downtown Baltimore.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | August 5, 2001
Sandra Suarez and her partner Aleksandra Wierzbicki had just a few requirements when selecting a destination for a romantic weekend getaway. They wanted a beach destination with great restaurants, a small town in which they could get to most places on foot, and they wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast -- preferably one "where they don't give you a hard time if you hold hands." And so, on a recent sunny weekend, the couple from Garfield, N.J., found themselves relaxing on the cozy porch of the Lord & Hamilton Seaside Inn in Rehoboth Beach, Del., sipping iced tea and looking out onto the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
On Oct. 2, two writers to The Sun published articles supporting their position against Question 6, the ballot measure dealing with same-sex marriage ("Catholic on marriage equality: Right sentiment, wrong conclusion" and "Opposing gay marriage: It's not about hate"). As someone who was educated for 16 years in Roman Catholic schools, I feel strongly that the very foundation of their arguments, the definition of traditional marriage, is a myth. First, traditionally marriage was not between one man and one woman.
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October 16, 2012
I read Jeff Kanyar's letter "For same-sex unions" (Oct. 14) which argues that since the Catholic Church acknowledges gays and lesbians exist, that this "thereby freed them from the burden of sin. " Where did the Church say that their sin is "freed" because they are acknowledged? Will he also acknowledge that murderers exist? And does this free them from their crimes? Thomas Bateman, Lutherville
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By Elizabeth Mehren and Elizabeth Mehren,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 11, 2004
Gays and lesbians have experienced a drastic rise in acceptance over the past two decades, according to a new Los Angeles Times poll. Almost seven in 10 Americans know someone who is gay or lesbian and say they would not be troubled if their elementary school-age child had a homosexual teacher. Six in 10 say they are sympathetic to the gay community, displaying an increasing inclination to view same-sex issues through a prism of societal accommodation rather than moral condemnation. On questions ranging from job discrimination to adoption to whether homosexuality is morally wrong, responses indicate that as gays and lesbians have become more open, heterosexuals in return have become more open toward them.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 29, 2001
One day after a decisive Senate vote, a House of Delegates committee swiftly approved yesterday a proposal to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians in Maryland. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 to send the measure to the full House, where it is expected to be easily approved. The committee amended the bill to exactly match the version that cleared the Senate 34-12 Tuesday. "The fact is, if there is one case of discrimination that can be prevented or one case of discrimination that needs to be adjudicated, then we need to have the law in place," said Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr., a Baltimore Democrat.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1998
As the Baltimore City Council moves to deter attacks on gays and lesbians through a local hate-crimes law, a state delegate who sponsored Maryland's hate-crimes statute wants to expand the law to include sexual orientation.State law covers racial and ethnically based hate crimes.Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, a Baltimore Democrat, said he is drafting a bill to be introduced in the General Assembly in January to amend the state law in the wake of Matthew Shepard's killing Oct. 12 in Laramie, Wyo. The university student, 21, was killed in part because he was gay.Since last week's incident, gays and lesbians across the country have been calling on local, state and federal lawmakers to draft measures to help deter attacks on people because of their sexual orientation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
In the midst of sorting a mound of yellowed newspapers in the hot attic of a century-old building in Mount Vernon, Arnie VandeBrake would occasionally pause, caught up by letters from the volatile early days of the gay rights movement. "The correspondence would be so poignant, it would feel like a disservice just to put it down and not understand what it meant," said VandeBrake, 30. As the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore prepares to relocate this fall after more than 30 years at its West Chase Street headquarters, a small group of volunteers is working to compile, catalog and preserve records they say highlight the history of the center and the trajectory of the nation through a time of rapid changes.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Those suggesting a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to the country's recent passage of draconian anti-gay laws should reconsider. It's clear from the decades-long gay rights movement here in the United States that gays and lesbians have always changed hearts and minds and forced public policy changes by being counted, not by sitting it out. The gay community here has won key rights, including marriage in more than a dozen states like Maryland , not by refusing to participate in the political and legal systems that have discriminated against them, but by getting smart and using those systems to their own advantage.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
In the latest move by an Internet company to crack down on the inevitable proliferation of porn, blogging site Tumblr has banned its Apple iOS app users from searching the tags "gay," "lesbian" and "bisexual. " The reason the company gives, according to a post written by CEO David Karp on the site's staff blog, is that those tags "are still frequently returning adult content which our entire app was close to being banned for. " That's a clear finger-point to Apple, which made it clear in 2010 that "apps containing pornographic material" or "user generated content that is frequently pornographic" will get booted from their digital marketplace. As far as Tumblr is concerned, keeping users from freely browsing the #gay, #lesbian and #bisexual tags will bring them in line with Apple's rules.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
NBA center Jason Collins says he has gotten "incredible" support since revealing in Sports Illustrated that he is gay and thus becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the major team sports in this country. As that support includes congratulations from a current and former president and some of the biggest stars in his sport, perhaps that's even an understatement. What Mr. Collins has done is significant, of course, and he deserves all the good will and public support he can get. Pro basketball, baseball, football and hockey seem to be the last bastions of the "don't ask, don't tell" approach to the sexuality of their employees, if not outright hostility toward gays.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
When Maryland merchants talk about the recent legalization of same-sex marriage, they sometimes talk of broad, lofty themes: Equality. Justice. Civil rights. But there's another practical concept at work: Dollar signs. The financial motivation was on display Sunday at the second annual Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo at the Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue in downtown Baltimore, where dozens of vendors competed for the attention of dozens of couples whose weddings now carry the official blessing of the state of Maryland.
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By Julie Scharper and Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Amid the cheers of President Barack Obama's victory rally in Chicago, Keesha Patterson reached into her bag for a tiny box, dropped to one knee, turned to her girlfriend of 11 years and told her, in front of everyone, how much she loved her and wanted to marry her. Word that Maryland's Question 6 had passed had just flashed on the screen, and Patterson, who grew up in Baltimore's McCulloh Homes and now lives in Prince George's County, knew the moment...
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By Staff report | September 25, 1991
Western Maryland College will recognize sexual diversity during National Coming Out Week early next month by sponsoring several events toraise public awareness of issues concerning human sexuality, specifically the civil rights of gays and lesbians.All proceeds from theevents will benefit the Gay and Lesbian Resource Center of Carroll County.National Coming Out Day, which commemorates the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights as well as the inaugural visit of the Names Project (the AIDS Quilt)
NEWS
September 9, 1991
Baltimore County's Human Relations Commission made a compelling statement last week in recommending that the County Council amend a local anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation as a protected category. Currently, the commission has the power to investigate claims of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, creed, handicap or national origin. A change in the law to allow it to investigate discrimination complaints by gays and lesbians shouldn't require any great infusion of time or energy.
NEWS
November 6, 2012
As one who has been following the pros and cons of the gay marriage debate, one fact has gone unmentioned. There is no way to convince a person to be or not be homosexual; it is not a choice but the way one is born. For religious people, this means that gays and lesbians have been created by God to be who and what they are. Medical research has shown that gay people's brains are actually "wired" differently than those of heterosexuals. Why would anyone "chose" to be homosexual knowing that it would mean being shunned by a large segment of the population out of ignorance or hate?
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Marriage, as it has existed for hundreds of years, goes far beyond the commitment of two individuals to each other. It is more about the formation of new families. The parents of marrying spouses eagerly look forward to the arrival of grandchildren after the marriage. The natural family unit has been, is, and will always be, a father (male), a mother (female) and a child. By themselves, gay and lesbian couples are by nature unable to create new human life. For this reason, gay and lesbian couples are not equal to heterosexual couples and their commitment should be recognized in a different legal institution.
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