LGBT News Roundup: 07.17.12


LGBT group demands apology from George Lopez, Arizona sheriff also angry about jokes (Video)

Lopez goes off on a two-minute tirade against Mitt Romney and Joe Arpaio, joking that Romney is Latino but won’t admit it. “If you want our vote, puto,” says Lopez, “come out of the closet!”

Louisiana Gay Dad Raises Child, But He’s Powerless as Partner Skips Town With Boy

After relationship falls apart and partner moves out of state, the man left behind has no recourse for action to claim their surrogate son as his own.

AG: Law permits change in gay marriage ballot title

Minnesota’s attorney general argued Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was acting within his power when he revised the title of a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

Gay activists end hunger strike after 20 days

The founder of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) has agreed to end his hunger strike against the new French Government after 20 days when doctors warned him and two other protestors they were risking permanent damage to their health. 

We don’t need no celeb-ration

While the debate continues over whether celebrity endorsement of gay rights helps, many LGBT group members admit that they would feel more empowered if celebs from within the community came out in the open and supported the cause. 

Third Supreme Court challenge to anti-gay DOMA filed

Edith “Edie” Windsor, an 83-year-old lesbian from New York who is challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case.

50 Cent Supports Frank Ocean, Gay Marriage

50 Cent has built a successful music career and business empire as one of hip hop’s most authentic and reliable tough guys, but when it comes to same sex marriage and the decision of an artist to publicly identify as homosexual, the G-Unit general is more empathetic advocate than belligerent bully.

Romney’s Potential Veeps: How Antigay Are They?

Rating the pro-gay (but mostly antigay records) of Mitt Romney’s V.P. short list.

Vatican in a Snit About Pro-LGBT Progress in Episcopal Church

The Vatican is very, very angry at the Episcopal Church for voting last week to add gender identity and expression to the church’s nondiscrimination laws — thus affirming trans people as full members of the church and allowing them to be ordained — and approving a rite of blessing for gay and lesbian unions.

CALIFORNIA: Second Attempt To Force Referendum On LGBT History Bill Fails

For the second time, hate groups have failed to raise the required number of petition signatures to force a referendum on California’s SB 48, which requires schools to mention the historical contributions of LGBT persons.

San Diego to declare ‘LGBT pride’ for month of July

The City Council Tuesday will declare July to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the city of San Diego.

Gay Marriage Causes Crime, Claims Gary Bauer

“American Values” spokesperson, president, and political personality Gary Bauer made an astounding comment this week that, at the most basic level, correlated crime in Chicago with the Democratic promotion of gay marriage rights.

Will D.C. gays contribute to Maryland same-sex marriage campaign?

Will D.C. gays support efforts to defend neighboring Maryland’s same-sex marriage law?


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