Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Morning Sweep

A homophobic Brooklyn teen who murdered a gay man in Crown Heights in 2007 has been sentenced to 23 years to life.

A column in The New Yorkers encourages the LGBT community to stand up for its rights in the spirit of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall.

The militarty is investigating the murder of an openly gay sailor at California's Camp Pendleton as a possible hate crime.

West Virginia lawmakers are considering a state same-sex marriage ban.

The Gov. of Maryland stated in a radio interview that he is open to recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere, but that his preference is still for civil unions in his own state.

D.C.’s law to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, a subject of much contention over the past few months, has officially taken effect.

In the meantime, former D.C. mayor and current city council member Marion Barry, a self-professed “moral leader” vocally against marriage for same-sex couples, has been arrested for stalking a female acquaintance.

Blessing of marriages of same-sex couples and the lifting of an informal ban on the ordination of gay clergy are expected to be top issues discussed at the 10-day Episcopal General Convention, which begins tomorrow in CA.

A Forbes guest columnist writes on the huge impact that the Dehli High Court's decriminalization of homosexual sex will have on culture in India.

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