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April 27, 1993
The exact number of marchers at Sunday's gay rights rally in Washington, D.C., is still in dispute, but there is no disagreement about the message: Gays and lesbians are Americans, too. Few issues touch such deep emotions in American life, and many supporters of gay rights had worried that the occasion would give extremists an opportunity to steal the national spotlight and hand conservative anti-gay groups a propaganda bonanza.Indeed the march did have its share of bizarre characters. But any honest view of the gathering must take into account the diversity of the group, a diversity that makes it impossible to condemn or stigmatize homosexuals.
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By Cal Thomas | May 17, 2014
Once, Social Security was the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team -- the St. Louis Rams picked him 249th in the last round -- is being treated by the media and those in the gay rights movement as the equivalent of an early American pioneer.
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By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville | September 1, 1994
Retired Maryland Episcopal Bishop A. Theodore Eastman is one of the signers of a statement presented at the Episcopalians' General Convention in Indianapolis which says that monogamous, committed relationships between homosexuals "are to be honored."Among the 52 other Episcopal bishops who signed the statement is Jane Holmes Dixon, suffragan -- or assistant -- bishop of the Washington diocese, which includes the four Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The Republican lobbyist who was seemingly grandstanding all week about introducing legislation to ban out players from the NFL has released the text of the proposed bill. "The American Decency Act of 2014" - which has, let's be clear, almost zero chance of becoming law - would make it illegal for "self-declared homosexual football players" to be employed by NFL teams. Unless teams provide "separate and distinct" facilities for gay athletes. So good news, closeted wide receivers and bisexual linemen: You can keep on, keeping on. Sorry, Michael Sam. Despite lobbyist Jack Burkman's insistence he means business , it's tough (though not impossible)
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By Los Angeles Times | January 31, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Although the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff fea widespread disruption if homosexuals are allowed to serve openly in the military, evidence of such disruption is scarce in other nations' militaries and in other segments of U.S. society in which gays have been openly integrated.Without question, the U.S. military is a unique organization, making direct comparison with other institutions or settings inevitably imprecise. Nonetheless, other elements of society in the United States and abroad have confronted similar concerns in recent years as homosexuals entered various occupations and settings where they were previously shunned.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 9, 2005
Tackling an issue that threatens to splinter many mainline Protestant churches in America, the chief legislative body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will decide this week on whether to ordain homosexuals in committed relationships and to continue allowing clergy to bless same-sex unions. Although embracing diversity has been a priority in the church in recent years, leaders say they will be more focused on preserving unity as they answer the question of whether homosexuality is a sin according to Scripture or a natural condition.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 19, 1991
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A Florida law prohibiting homosexuals from adopting children has been ruled unconstitutional by a Monroe County judge.Key West resident Ed Seebol sued the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services last year after he was barred from adopting a son because of the state law.Judge Ignatius Lester decided in Mr. Seebol's favor, ruling Friday that the statute violated Mr. Seebol's right to privacy and denied him equal protection under...
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By John A. Morris from Sun staff reports | February 17, 1995
A House panel was asked yesterday to extend to homosexuals the civil rights protections granted to many minority groups.Gays, lesbians and members of their families recalled for the Commerce and Government Matters Committee examples of discrimination in the workplace, in housing and in health care. They asked the committee to support House Bill 213, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation."Enacting this legislation does not mean you're condoning homosexuality," said Del. Sheila E. Hixson, D-Montgomery, the bill's chief sponsor.
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By Adam Pertman | March 20, 2002
NEWTON, Mass. -- The common thread among all the states that prohibit or impede adoption by gays and lesbians is their stated desire to provide the best possible homes for children. It is not homophobia, they assert, to enact laws and policies that acknowledge the benefits of parenting by a married heterosexual couple. They invariably add, during legislative or courtroom debates if not in statutory language, that preventing homosexuals from adopting protects children from being negatively influenced or even physically harmed by the adults who are supposed to protect them.
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By Boston Globe | October 28, 1992
The Canadian military has announced that homosexuals will no longer be prohibited from serving in the armed forces, raising speculation that the U.S. military will come under increasing pressure to drop its ban against gay men and lesbians.Yesterday's decision by Canada's Department of National Defense was prompted by a federal court ruling that its restriction against gays in the military violated Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, part of the nation's constitution.Although U.S. courts have largely upheld the U.S. Defense Department's ban on homosexuals, many gay and lesbian activists said they are encouraged by Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton's promise that, as president, he would rescind the prohibition by executive order.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
While you were making your Yuletide gay in the last seven days, Nigeria and Uganda passed legislation to strengthen already-on-the-books laws criminalizing homosexuality. Ugandan lawmakers last Friday passed legislation that would imprison for life people convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" and make it illegal for those aware of gay activities to not report them. The bill in question has been kicking around the country in some form since 2009. In its initial form, it threatened to make "aggravated homosexuality" (yes, I'm repeating this phrase because of how absurd it sounds)
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2013
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they "might be a redneck. " (Some clues: if your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos;" if you've ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn't left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.)
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Pope Francis did not this week change church doctrine toward gays and lesbians. He did not condone same-sex marriage. Nor did he suggest he approves of homosexuality. But in one short sentence, the leader of the Catholic Church fundamentally shifted the tone of the conversation about gays and the world's largest Christian denomination. In remarks made to reporters Monday on a return flight from Brazil, the pontiff said he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
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May 22, 2013
I have to disagree with Diane Brown ("Only closed minds stifle opposing viewpoints, May 16) on both her key points about Ben Carson's remarks on marriage equality and the opposition to him giving the commencement speech at Johns Hopkins University this year. At best, Ben Carson's remarks showed a breathtaking lack of understanding, and at worst, bigotry. When opponents of gay marriage mention pedophilia and bestiality in the same sentence as homosexuality, they know exactly what they are doing: they are illegitimizing and belittling homosexual love as being as perverted and deviant as the other practices.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Amid the unfolding jail scandal in Baltimore right now, there are two things relevant to the gay community that I want to bring up. I'm not sure if there are any connections between the two, or if one affects the other. But viewed together, they do present some interesting questions. First: Non-heterosexual inmates in jails and prisons across the country reported a far greater degree of sexual victimization in the last two years than their straight counterparts, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Justice last week.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
I found Dan Rodricks ' column on Dr. Ben Carson jaded and biased ("Ben Carson's biblically based conservatism," March 31). Mr. Rodricks accused Dr. Carson of making homophobic remarks, but it was just his opinion that the remarks were homophobic in nature. Mr. Rodricks should write a column every week denouncing those who oppose gay marriage for their anti-gay bigotry. I believe that homosexuals should have the same rights as any other citizen. However, if they need to legalize their actions they should do so and call it something other than marriage.
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By Richard H. P. Sia and Richard H. P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 10, 1991
WASHINGTON -- An internal Defense Department study has found that homosexuals do not pose a greater risk to national security than heterosexuals, a finding researchers say should call into question personnel policies that treat gays and lesbians as "a morally suspect class."The study, prepared by the Defense Personnel Security Research and Education Center, did not address the Pentagon's controversial policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the military, even though gay-rights advocates said the work would be valuable in their campaign to repeal the ban."
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By Los Angeles Times | November 16, 1992
Congressional leaders are expressing apprehension about President-elect Bill Clinton's plans to lift the military's ban on homosexuals, urging him to move slowly or risk creating an uproar in Congress and the armed services."
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By Patrick Boyle | February 4, 2013
Over the past 103 years, America's churches have built the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into the nation's most successful youth group - which makes it remarkable that the BSA stands ready to let gays join Scouting, thus publicly renouncing the wishes of some of its oldest and dearest friends. A proposal to let the local organizations that run Scout units decide whether to accept homosexual boys and leaders - to be voted on by the BSA board of directors this week - is monumental not only for Scouting but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America.
NEWS
October 28, 2012
Dan Rodricks ("Same sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25) ventured all over the map in trying to discredit the Christian view about homosexuality. First, he tried to imply that the Christian view is that homosexuals should be put to death. I don't know of any Christians who think homosexuals should be put to death. Although Dan was all over the map concerning Christianity, lets just stick to the subject, homosexuality and same-sex unions. I don't know of a single major religion that condones sexual relations between two men or two women.
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