LGBT News Roundup: 09.10.12

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Culture

Kirk Cameron Blames Anti-Gay Controversy On Liberal Press

Once again expressing solidarity with Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, Kirk Cameron has blamed the media firestorm over his controversial remarks on homosexuality earlier this year on the “liberal press.”

6 Bogus Anti-Gay Marriage Arguments Debunked

Four Catholic bishops from Washington released a letter on Tuesday attempting to coerce their combined 800,000 flock into voting down marriage equality at the Referendum 74 November ballot.

Drew Barrymore supports LGBT rights; buys gay hot spot

According to news on Sunday, Drew Barrymore has reportedly bought a gay club in West Hollywood. 

Brad Pitt: Why my mother is wrong about Barack Obama and gay marriage

Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane, threw her support behind Mitt Romney earlier this year, criticising Barack Obama for his liberal views on same-sex marriage. However, the Hollywood star tells Mandrake that the American president retains his vote.

Politics

‘Grindr For Equality’ Is Gay Dating App’s Effort To Mobilize Users For 2012 Election

Though it’s best known as the dating application of choice for legions of gay men, Grindr is wading into the political foray with a brand-new project just in time for the 2012 presidential election.

Why Opposition to Gay Marriage Isn’t Swinging Minnesota Romney’s Way

Why has Mitt Romney written off Minnesota? While Democratic candidates have gone nine-for-nine in the presidential races here since 1976, this year had seemed to present an opportunity for a GOP surge: a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution.

STUDY: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Had No Impact On Military Readiness

The LGBT community will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” taking effect this month, and a new study shows that the change has had no negative impact on military readiness, morale, or unit cohesion.

Charlotte catch-up: ‘Gay is good’

Author Lou Pizzitola was worried. “I have a sneaky suspicion that they will be downplaying the gay at the convention,” the author wrote in an e-mail to me on Facebook, “. . . and no one (gays included) seems to care.” That was the day before the speeches began at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. By Thursday night it was crystal clear that Pizzitola’s concern was unfounded.

Lesbian couple with children battling Michigan’s adoption laws, now also first to challenge state’s 2004 marriage amendment

Suburban Detroit lesbian moms, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse,announced their challenge in federal court to Michigan’s constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, according to the Detroit Metropolitan News, with their three children present at a news conference. 

Quiet battle over gay marriage under way in RI

While jobs and Rhode Island’s battered economy continue to dominate this year’s legislative races, a quiet battle over gay marriage could determine whether Rhode Island joins six other states in recognizing same-sex marriages.

Barney Frank describes gay Republicans as ‘Uncle Toms’

The openly gay 72-year-old Frank first made the assertion during an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Michelangelo Signorile Show and he repeated the claim Thursday as he participated in a panel program of the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Vermont Joins Fight to Overturn Federal Anti-Gay Marriage Law

State’s attorney general says defining marriage exclusively as being between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

International

Homosexuality: How Much Difference Lies Between US Anti-Gay Groups And Iran?

The anti-gay positions and hate speech of America’s religious right extremists — including anti-gay groups like NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, and the so-called “pro-family,” anti-gay hate groups, like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council – are sounding eerily similar to all but the most-extreme public policy positions on homosexuality of the Islamic Republic of Iran, designated by the U.S. Department of State as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

Israeli Gay Couple Seeking Divorce from Rabbinical Court

The first Jewish Israeli male couple to marry has filed for divorce in a Tel Aviv rabbinical court that never recognized the marriage.

Chile criticizes army chief who said gays, poor people, Jehovah’s Witnesses are morally unfit

Chile’s government is criticizing one of its top generals for discriminating against gays and religious groups in his orders to military recruiters.

Turnbull urges MPs to back gay civil unions

Parliament should legislate for civil unions because there is not yet enough parliamentary support for same-sex marriage, Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull says.

Uganda: Producer of Nation’s First Gay Play Could Be Jailed

The British producer of the first-ever theatrical play about homosexuality in Uganda is facing legal consequences. 

Churches refuse to marry gay couples

Religious gay couples wishing to wed in Taranaki will struggle to find a church aisle to walk down, even if the Marriage Amendment Bill becomes law.

Business

Higher Democrat Perception for LGBT Brands

The Red/Blue series: Each month YouGov BrandIndex investigates how consumer political affiliation relates to brand perception. In the September edition, we look at opinion of brands which have publicly supported LGBT equality across the party political divide.

Las Vegas tourism officials embracing value of LGBT dollars

Gay tourism is on the rise in the city, propelled by word of mouth, new programming and targeted efforts by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

 

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