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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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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Rev. Dr. L. Carroll Yingling Jr., a retired United Methodist Church minister and former superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District, died of cancer Aug. 23 at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 87. "He had a lot of strengths, and he loved the people wherever he served and they returned that love," said the Rev. Lon B. Chesnutt, a longtime friend who retired in 1999 from Hiss Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkville, where he had been pastor for many years.
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March 12, 2010
- The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing to force a school district to host a prom it canceled after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen. The Itawamba County School District said it wouldn't host the April 2 prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School after the ACLU demanded McMillen be allowed to escort her girlfriend. District officials said they hoped private citizens would sponsor a prom instead.
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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.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
More than 30 years of scientific research have shown that children do best when raised by two loving, committed parents, regardless of gender. This is the conclusion reached by a comprehensive review of virtually every study on the subject conducted by sociologists Judith Stacey and Tim Biblarz in 2010. Moreover, the so-called "studies" that claim that children of gay and lesbian parents fare worse than children of heterosexual couples have been exposed as deeply flawed by the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Baltimore Sun, among others.
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By Michelle Boorstein and The Washington Post | March 15, 2012
A Gaithersburg priest who was put on administrative leave from his parish after a controversial funeral Mass at which he denied Communion to a lesbian said in a statement Wednesday that he "did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do" and suggested that archdiocesan leaders and the woman were lying. The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo had declined to comment publicly since the Feb. 25 Mass at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where Barbara Johnson was mourning her mother. Having learned just before the Mass that Johnson, a 51-year-old D.C. artist, was a lesbian living with her partner, Guarnizo refused to let her receive Communion.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1994
OVETT, Miss. -- Redbud trees are abloom in the Mississippi hills, their sprightly lavender flowers enticing spring from the pine-dark forest. But another lavender hue in the woods outside this country town has become a harbinger of a different sort.Here, where men hunt raccoons at night with prized hounds and women fold backyard pecans into sweet pies, tree trunks along a stretch of rural road are girdled in lavender paint. They lead to the lavender gate of Camp Sister Spirit, the home of a lesbian couple whose plan to open a feminist education and cultural retreat center on their land has brought preachers from pulpits, grandmothers from kitchens and a menacing presence from the placid hills.
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By Mike Littwin | September 2, 1996
THERE'S A new book being written by the Virginia judiciary. It's sort of like "Heather Has Two Mommies," except with a twist.This one could be called: "Troy Has Two Mommies But He Can't See Them Because They're Lesbos."Actually, according to a recent ruling by a Virginia circuit court judge, little Troy Doustou, 5 years old, can see his actual mommy -- every other weekend, and for one whole week in the summer. Troy can't see his mommy's lover, ever.He can't talk to her, even on the phone.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | April 12, 2010
Tristan Rhodes spent less than three years studying piano and conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University during the late 1960s, but the experience left such a positive mark on him that he has prepared a $2 million bequest to the conservatory. Other life experiences influenced the way the New York-born Rhodes has directed the money to be used. The bequest, among the largest future commitments made to Peabody, will create the Tristan W. Rhodes Scholarship Fund "for the benefit of students who are gay or lesbian and have been disenfranchised by their families and therefore have lost support for education expenses," the agreement reads.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | December 4, 2005
Colette Roberts likes to tell people that having four teenagers in the house at one time gave her plenty of reasons to get upset, but her daughter being a lesbian was not one of them. It is a story - and a pragmatic attitude - that comes in handy as Roberts tries to offer comfort and perspective to parents and family members who seek help from the Howard County chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, which she co-founded. For 10 years, Roberts has been the one at the other end of the phone when people call PFLAG: parents who are conflicted over a child coming out, family members who want to support a loved one, adults and youth who need guidance on how to tell people that they are homosexual.
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January 23, 2014
I recently read The Sun article, "Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement" (Jan. 15), regarding the omission of Sarah Rupert-Sullivan's wedding announcement. I would like to offer my assistance in helping Notre Dame Preparatory School edit its publication policy so it may be aligned with Catholic doctrine. Although same-sex marriage is a very charged topic, we are fortunate that our Catholic beliefs provide us with a path that can guide us to a course of action that is right and just.
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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.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
A lot of people are talking about the 2014 race for governor today -- nothing like a few big announcements to stir the pot -- so I figured I'd take the opportunity to bring up the big LGBT storyline in the race. That is to say, Del. Heather Mizeur's expected candidacy. The out lesbian from Montgomery County is expected to run for Gov. Martin O'Malley's seat and has said she plans to make an announcement about her future in politics this summer. She stands with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler in the Democratic lineup of presumed hopefuls who people are talking about, and her campaign has framed her candidacy in very clear terms.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
A new poll released today shows the largest measured gap between Americans who believe individuals are born gay and those who believe sexual orientation is caused by external factors. According to Gallup , 47 percent of Americans chose "nature" over "nurture" when asked about same-sex orientation, while 33 percent say they believe being gay is a product of an individual's upbringing and environment. As recently as 2011, public opinion on the causes of sexual orientation were about equally split.
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April 11, 2006
Talk `Star Trek' star at Hopkins event At 7:30 tonight, George Takei, also known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, brings his "Equality Trek" speaking tour to the Johns Hopkins University's Home wood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Takei will discuss his life as a gay Japanese-Ameri can. His talk is part of Hopkins' Lesbian , Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Days 2006. All events are free. Call 410-516-4088.
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By Larry Carson | November 15, 2009
Colette Roberts, the Columbia resident who co-founded and led the Howard County chapter of PFLAG, or Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, for the past 15 years, is stepping down Jan. 1, she said. "It just felt right for me to move on. I had real mixed emotions," she said about leaving the 300-member group that includes members from around the metropolitan area. She said she felt that it was time for a new leader and that the group's members are very active, giving her confidence.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Weddings are changing and wedding photography education needs to change, too. This is the principle behind “Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography” by Kathryn Hamm, president of GayWeddings.com, and Thea Dodds, a veteran wedding photographer. Together, the two are on a mission to enlighten photographers on how to pose and capture same-sex weddings through their visual guide. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the authors appeared together in Baltimore at an editorial meeting for Two Bright Lights, an online publicity platform, to discuss and promote their book.
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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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