Monday, September 29, 2008

Morning Sweep

The Alliance Defense Fund, the anti-gay group behind many efforts to ban same-sex marriage, organized 33 pastors in 22 states to give sermons this past Sunday urging their congregations to vote for McCain-Palin. Pastors who did so could face investigation by the IRS, as church organizations are not legally allowed to make political endorsements.

In California Prop. 8 news:

The New York Times editorial board stands once again on the side of justice and writes that Californians should vote against Prop. 8 to ban same-sex marriage, as well as the similar ballot measures in Florida and Arizona.

Supporters of Prop. 8 have released their first TV ad, using footage of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom saying about same-sex marriage: "This door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not." The commercial claims this means the door’s wide open to judicial activism, churches losing their tax-exempt status, and gay marriage being taught in schools.

Another reason why you shouldn’t mind that Google is taking over the world: the company’s official blog has a statement against Prop. 8.

New Hampshire
lawmakers will face two new bills dealing with gay rights when they return to session in January: one to legalize same-sex marriage and one to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages as fully valid in NH.

A new Constitution approved in Ecuador will allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

A massive gay rights march took place in Taiwan over the weekend in what’s being called the largest demonstration of its kind to take place in Asia.

The New York Times writes that Hollywood is more out than ever, but gay actors are still marginalized when it comes to starring roles.

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