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posted Friday, July 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 28
Section One - ALL STORIES
Hawaii governor vetoes civil union bill
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a civil-union bill July 6 that would have granted same-sex couples all the rights, benefits, responsibilities, and obligations of marriage under a different name.

"I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-gender marriage and find that House Bill 444 is essentially
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Federal judge strikes down DOMA
Massachusetts judge finds key section based on 'irrational prejudice' by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In two stunning decisions on July 8, Federal Judge Joseph Tauro of the District of Massachusetts ruled that a key section of the federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional.

In Gill v. Office of
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Emerald City Classic softball tourney announces champions
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Over the July 4 weekend, the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) hosted the 2010 Emerald City Classic - a Gay softball tournament consisting of 44 teams (18 from out of state) and over 600 players.

According to the tournament's officials, ECSA Open Division commissioner Jeff
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Snapshot Seattle focuses on LGBT community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle LGBT Commission has launched a new website and online survey at www.snapshotseattle.com to assess the needs of the LGBT community in Seattle.

The Seattle Snapshot affords survey participants the opportunity to give the City of Seattle their opinions about how best the
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General Gayety: Change tackles the world of rugby
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Things do change.

Consider the case of Gareth Thomas, an international rugby star. The Welshman is 6'3 and a muscular 225 pounds. He's busted his nose five times, fractured both shoulders and a hip and an arm, lost eight teeth, and been concussed an average of three time
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'Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned!'
Happy birthday, Sylvia Rivera!

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

July 2 was the birthday of Queer revolutionary Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002).

A participant in the Stonewall riots in 1969, Rivera became a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With her friend Marsh P
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Barry & Louis - SGN staff - dateline Africa
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

An Introduction
As webmaster of the SGN since February 18, 2005, I have had the wonderful opportunity to post almost every story online that has been in the print edition. Often the SGN would 'go online' from locations other than Seattle, often Vancouver, Canada, someti
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Indiana man wins suit against doctors who disclosed his HIV status
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Indiana man identified in court documents only as M.O. won a $1.25 million judgment against doctors who disclosed his HIV status in public documents.

M.O. claimed that Internal Medicine Associates included the fact that he is HIV-positive in collection claims they filed in 200
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Gay marriage OK by me, says London mayor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

London Mayor Boris Johnson, the second best-known Conservative party leader after Prime Minister David Cameron, said July 3 that he favored ending Britain's ban on same-sex marriage.

Johnson was attending London's Pride Parade when he was confronted by Gay activist Peter Tatchell.
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Google 'grosses up' domestic partner benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Google announced June 30 that it would cover the extra tax cost that its LGBT employees must pay when their domestic partners get company health benefits.

Called 'grossing up,' the extra pay to LGBT employees with domestic partners is designed to achieve parity with married straigh
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State Supreme Court will hear Seattle's challenge to McKenna healthcare suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Supreme Court Commissioner Steven Goff has cleared the way for a showdown between Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Goff announced July 2 that the full court would hear a complaint by Holmes, on behalf of the City of Seattle, against
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Brits OK asylum for Gay refugees
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Britain's Supreme Court ruled on July 7 that Gays and Lesbians seeking asylum have a right not to be deported if they would be in danger in their home countries.

The unanimous ruling came in cases involving Gay men from Cameroon and Iran.

Both men had previously
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Ask Michael: The meaning of Pride
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

This is the season when Pride is celebrated in the GLBTQ community in Seattle and throughout the nation. This is when we honor who we are, reflect upon what it means to be GLBTQ, and, for many, it is a period of personal and community growth. It is a time when leaders and members of
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Capitol Hill Alano Club needs your help
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC), an organization dedicated to providing a safe place for Seattle's LGBT recovery community, knows a thing or two about helping people. For years, CHAC has held weekly meetings to help members of our community deal with addiction through recovery. Now the CHA
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Pentagon questions soldiers on Gay military ban
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On July 7, the Department of Defense sent surveys to 200,000 active duty and 200,000 guard and reserve servicemembers asking for their personal assessments of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT), the military's discriminatory policy that bans Gays and Lesbians from openly serving in the U.S. mili
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Raiding the child rapists in Belgium
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

There was certainly no waffling in Belgium when law enforcement officials raided a Catholic Bishop's meeting to pursue tawdry allegations of sexual abuse by pedophile priests. When Pope Benedict XVI heard about the operation, he put down his incense and announced he was incensed that p
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Support the Fair Treatment of Civil Society at the UN
Dear Friends & Colleagues:

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission needs your support. Three years ago we applied to the UN for consultative status so that we can bring the voices and issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the UN. We finally have a chance on during this session of ECOS
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Advance in Quest for HIV Vaccine
By MARK SCHOOFS
Wall Street Journal

HIV research is undergoing a renaissance that could lead to new ways to develop vaccines against the AIDS virus and other viral diseases.

In the latest development, U.S. government scientists say they have discovered three powerful antibodies, the strongest of which neut
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Obama can't shake gay-rights fights
By JOSH GERSTEIN
POLITICO

When President Barack Obama agreed to back legislation in May that could eventually repeal the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, the resolution seemed to offer twin benefits for the White House:

Quell the anger of gay activists who accused Obama of foot-dragging on the issue
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Basis of Ruling on Gay Unions Stirs Debate
more By KIRK JOHNSON
New York Times

A judge's decision on Thursday declaring that a state law allowing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts should take precedence over a federal definition of marriage has exposed the fractures and fault lines among groups working to bolster states' rights.



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Gays Can't Wed in New York, So a Politician Won't Either
Hiroko Masuike
The New York Times

Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, buys his bagels at H&H, his groceries at Fairway and his coffee at Lenny's (Starbucks is, after all, a Seattle company). He roots for the Jets, exercises in Riverside Park and pops into the Museum of Natural History.

The id
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GOP group challenges policy on gays in military
By JULIE WATSON and GREG RISLING Associated Press Writers SAN DIEGO - A Republican gay rights group frustrated with the Obama administration's failure to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' law is challenging the policy's constitutionality in federal court. If the Log Cabin Republicans win their case, their lawyer says he will ask a federal more
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Obama HIV/AIDS plan calls for reducing infections
By JULIE PACE
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing a new national strategy for combatting HIV and AIDS aimed at helping reduce the number of infections and providing those living with the virus high-quality care free from stigma or discrimination.

The strategy calls for
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UN: HIV among young people going down in Africa
By MARIA CHENG
AP Medical Writer

LONDON - The number of young people infected with HIV in Africa is falling in 16 of the 25 countries hardest hit by the virus, according to a new report by a U.N. agency.

The number of young people infected with HIV dropped by at least 25 percent in a dozen countries, the U
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Charges against Choi and Pietrangelo dropped
Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)
Gay America Blog

As I noted via updates in the post below, prosecutors dropped the charges against Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo this morning. I just got off the phone with Paul Yandura who is with Dan and Jim at the DC Superior Court.

Paul asked Prosecutor Christina Chang
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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage
by Rex Wockner

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage July 15.

The vote in the Senate at 4:05 a.m. was 33-27 with 3 abstentions.

The lower house already passed the bill and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner strongly supports it.

'Gay marriage is law in Argentina,' the Senate pres
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force reiterates call for passage of Uniting American Families Act and comprehensive immigration reform
WASHINGTON, July 15 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform, joined others in standing with members of Congress at a press conference today on Capitol Hill urging for passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would end discri more
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