What was once a behavior that was kept in the “closet,” homosexuality has now taken center stage in its battle for acceptance. Below are links to news stories concerning homosexuality’s march toward being recognized as a legitimate lifestyle. This is just a small fraction of articles being carried in journals across the United States.

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Iowa Judge Issues Stay on Own Gay Marriage Ruling

Friday 31, 2007

Associated Press

DEMOINS, IOWA —  Judge Robert Hanson said he issued the stay about noon. Earlier, he had told the county attorney to instruct the Polk County recorder to stop accepting same-sex marriage applications. By the time Recorder Julie Haggerty stopped taking applications around 11 a.m., her office had accepted 21 applications. After applying, one couple obtained a judge's waiver of Iowa's three-day waiting period for marriage licenses.

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Gay Rights Bill Passes Oregon House

             

Wednesday April 18, 2007

Associated Press

             

SALEM, Ore. —  Same-sex couples would receive the same benefits as married couples, and gays and lesbians would be protected against discrimination under bills approved Tuesday by the Oregon House.

             

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Judge Upholds Illinois School's Ban on 'Be Happy, Not Gay' Shirt

                 

Wednesday April 18, 2007

Associated Press

           

CHICAGO —  Two Neuqua Valley High School students won't be able to wear T-shirts saying "Be Happy, Not Gay," to school on Thursday following a judge's ruling. U.S. District Judge William T. Hart ruled in favor of the high school Tuesday in a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the students to wear the shirts the day after Wednesday's National Day of Silence.

            

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Disney to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Have Fairy Tale Weddings

             

Thursday April 7, 2007

Reuters

LOS ANGELES —  The Walt Disney Co. has changed its policy to allow same-sex couples to participate in a popular Fairy Tale Wedding program it runs mainly at its two U.S. resorts and cruise line, a Disney spokesman said on Thursday.

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Judge tosses Lawsuit by Parents Opposed to Gay Marriage Lessons

           

Friday February 23, 2007

Associated Press

          

BOSTON —  A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by parents who wanted to keep their young children from learning about gay marriage in school. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said federal courts have decided in other cases that parents' rights to exercise their religious beliefs are not violated when their children are exposed to contrary ideas in school.

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Mary Cheney and Partner Are About to Be Moms

Wednesday December 6, 2006

Washington Post. com

Mary Cheney, the vice president's openly gay daughter, is pregnant. She and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, are "ecstatic" about the baby, due in late spring, said a source close to the couple.

            

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S. Africa Parliament OKs Gay Marriages
      

Tuesday November 14, 2006

Associated  Press

The South African parliament on Tuesday approved new legislation recognizing gay marriages _ a first for a continent where homosexuality is largely taboo.

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Landscapers Condemned for Refusing Business With Gay Couple

Thursday November 9, 2006

Associated Press

        

HOUSTON —  A few short weeks ago, Garden Guy was just a mom-and-pop landscaping business that promoted itself as "making Houston beautiful since 1991" and promised to treat its customers with respect and honesty. Since then, though, the business has been vilified around the world as a bunch of bigots because its Christian

   

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Gay rights books 'may be forced on schools'

Tuesday October 17, 2006

UK Telegraph

Primary school teachers may be required by new ''sexual orientation" laws to make gay rights books available in class, a Christian group claimed yesterday. Children would have to read books such as Hello Sailor, The Sissy Duckling and Daddy's New Roommate, which are on a Government-recommended reading list for challenging ''homophobia".

          

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California Assembly Sends 'Jill and Jill Up the Hill,'

        

Tuesday August 22, 2006

CNS News

         

The Democrat-controlled California Assembly on Monday passed what conservatives describe as a homosexual indoctrination bill. The bill, SB 1437, says California public schools may neither teach nor sponsor any activity that "reflects adversely" on anyone because of their sexual orientation.

     

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West Point Thesis Challenges Army Gay Policy, Wins Award

        

Monday, August 7, 2006

San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON — Alexander Raggio says he was 16 when he learned one of his relatives was gay — and watching that person's struggle gave him a grim introduction to discrimination against gays.

    

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Gay rights groups push to define status of domestic partners

Monday, August 7, 2006

San Francisco Chronicle

A new strategy to win legal recognition for same-sex couples is emerging in Colorado, a state that is a bulwark of the conservative Christian movement. At least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted here today for the statewide November ballot. But some gay rights organizations in the state are not fighting it.

       

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UK 'Gay Police Association' Investigated for 'Faith Crime'
   

Wednday July 26, 2006

CNS News

   

Britain's "Gay Police Association" (GPA) is under investigation by Scotland Yard for possibly committing a "faith crime" when it ran a newspaper advertisement claiming that Christianity was the cause of a jump in violence against homosexuals.
       

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War Forces Cancellation of WorldPride Parade

   

Monday July 24, 2006
By Julie Stahl, CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
   
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - An international celebration of homosexuality will take place as scheduled in Jerusalem next month, but organizers of the WorldPride event now say they've postponed a planned LGBT parade through the streets of Jerusalem.
         

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Three-year-olds to be taught about gay relationships

                          

Fri, July 21, 2006

The Daily Mail

          

Children as young as three should be taught about same-sex relationships in a bid to stamp out homophobia in schools, it was claimed yesterday. The National Union of Teachers, the country's largest teaching union, sparked outrage by demanding that nursery staff help to educate children about gay families. It claims it is too late to wait until youngsters arrive at primary school to learn about the subject because some three-year-olds are already using homophobic language.

          

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Spain to Teach Children From Age 10 to Accept Homosexuality

         

Monday July 17

Life Site

         

MADRID, Spain, July 17, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Spanish children as young as 10 will be taught pro-homosexual material as part of a new school curriculum, the Telegraph reported Friday.

        

The socialist government revealed plans last week to include teaching about the homosexual lifestyle in the schools, emphasizing the normalcy of homosexual relationships. The general secretary for education, Alejandro Tiana, said the move was necessary because “children need to learn there are various types of families.”

                  

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U.S. Episcopalian Leaders Reject Temporary Ban on Gay Bishops

Tuesday June 20, 2006

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio Episcopal clergy and lay delegates Tuesday rejected a demand from fellow Anglicans that they temporarily stop electing gay bishops, leaving little chance the proposal could be revived at a national church meeting.

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Church 'could be forced to bless gay weddings'
           

Saturday June 10, 2006

The Telegraph UK

       

New Government proposals on equality could require clergy to bless homosexual "weddings" or face prosecution, the Church of England said yesterday.

        

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Oral Arguments Today in Same-Sex Marriage Case
          

Wednesday May 31, 2006

CNS News

The highest court in New York heard a challenge to the state's marriage laws on Wednesday. Curtis Woolbright, who along with his partner Daniel Reyes is suing to marry in New York, compared the ban on same-sex marriage to the ban on interracial marriage during the civil rights era.
  

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California's 'Gay History' Bill Advances

Friday May 5, 2006

CNS News

A California Senate committee has approved a bill requiring "gay history" to be included in public school textbooks. The bill now moves to the full Senate, where a vote may come next week. Not requiring textbooks to include homosexuals' and transgenders' contributions to California history amounts to "enforced invisibility," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl, the Democrat lesbian who introduced the bill.
   

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Appeals Court Sidesteps Gay Marriage Constitutional Question

Friday May 5, 2006

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO  — A federal appeals court on Friday sidestepped whether it was unconstitutional under federal and state law to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry, leaving the issue to state courts to decide.

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Gay marriage battles loom across US

Friday March 31, 2006

Reuters News

BOSTON (Reuters) - Citing polling that suggests opposition to same-sex marriages is receding, gay rights advocates expressed confidence on Friday that such weddings would spread, despite a ruling by Massachusetts' highest court that bars homosexuals from other states from marrying there.

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Gay Couples Challenge Conn. Marriage Laws

Tuesday March 21, 2006

Associated Press

A lawyer for eight gay couples argued in court Tuesday that Connecticut's marriage laws illegally create a separate class of people based on sexual orientation.

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Minister defends performing gay marriages

Thursday March 2, 2006

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The church trial of Presbyterian minister Jane Adams Spahr opened in Santa Rosa this morning with the evangelist defending her decision to perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples.

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Gay rights activists hold rally

Thursday February 23, 2006

Montgomery Advertiser

About 75 gay rights activists braved the cold Sunday afternoon and stood on the steps of the state Capitol listening to speeches and singing songs of equality. The event marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Billy Jack Gaither, who was beaten and stabbed to death because he was gay. A failed bill in the House of Representatives that would have added sexual orientation to the state's hate crimes law was on the minds of several of the speakers and attendees.

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DePaul University Offers Degree Program in Queer Studies

Monday February 20, 2006

Chiago Tribune

College student Eric Oliver sits in the classroom's front row, ready to learn about Italian poet Dante and Catholic theologian St. Thomas Aquinas and their views on morality and sin. But this isn't a religion, philosophy or literature class. It's an introductory course in queer studies, and for the next 90 minutes, Oliver and his classmates study the history of same-sex desire, the biology of gender identity and government reactions to homosexual behavior. It is no longer remarkable that the subjects are taught, but on this day, it is notable where the discussion is taking place.

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Gay-rights activist dies after winning legal fight

Sunday February 19, 2006

Associated Press

POINT PLEASANT -- A cancer-stricken law-enforcement officer who sought to have her pension benefits extended to her longtime domestic partner died early Saturday.

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Online game addresses gay-rights uproar

Sunday February 19, 2006

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A gay-rights uproar in the popular World of Warcraft online game has spurred the game's maker to review its treatment of gay players.

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Casey, speaking at gay rights event, vows to fight discrimination

Sunday February 19, 2006

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - State treasurer Bob Casey, Sen. Rick Santorum's leading Democratic challenger, told an audience at an event sponsored by a gay rights organization that if elected he would fight discrimination "wherever I find it."

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Washington Governor Signs Gay Rights Bill

 

Tuesday January 31, 2006

Associated Press

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a gay civil rights bill into law Tuesday, though the law may be held in limbo if opponents are successful in forcing a referendum. The measure adds "sexual orientation" to the state law that bans discrimination in housing, employment, insurance and credit.

 

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Washington State Passes Gay Civil Rights Measure

 

Saturday January 28, 2006

Associated Press

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Before he died of AIDS, the state's first openly gay lawmaker asked a friend for a promise: that he would keep working on gay civil rights legislation. 

 

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Gay Group Plans Big Turnout for White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Friday January 20, 2006

Associated Press

 

NEW YORK — Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.  

 

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Md. Judge Rules Ban on Gay Marriage 'Discriminatory'

 

Friday January 20, 2006

Associated Press

 

BALTIMORE — A judge on Friday struck down a 33-year-old Maryland law against same sex marriage, agreeing with 19 gay men and women that it violates the state constitution's guarantee of equal rights.

 

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First Female and Gay Speaker Elected to New York City Council

 

Wednesday January 4, 2006

Fox News

   

NEW YORK — New York's City Council on Wednesday elected its first woman and first openly gay leader, a position widely regarded as the second-most powerful seat in city government.

 

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Frank: 'Angry' Fight Ahead on Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

 

Friday December 30, 2005

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Barney Frank sees an "angry, divisive" fight ahead for Massachusetts if a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage reaches the 2008 state ballot.

 

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Suspected Lesbian Students Sue Christian School for Expulsion

 

Thursday December 29, 2005

Associated Press

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Two 16-year-olds who were expelled from a Lutheran high school because they were suspected of being lesbians have sued the school for invasion of privacy and discrimination.  

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Gay Couples Register for Unions in Britain

 

Monday December 5, 2005

Associated Press 

 

LONDON — Gay couples in Britain began registering for civil partnerships Monday as a law took effect giving them many of the same legal rights as married heterosexuals. Scores showed up at town halls across the country, eager to claim the benefits and official recognition — although not the official title "marriage" — for which some have waited decades.

 

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Alaskan Judge Protects Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

 

Saturday October 29, 2005

Associated Press

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday it is unconstitutional to deny benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, a victory for gay rights advocates in one of the first states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

 

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Conn. to Recognize Out-Of-State Civil Unions

 

Tuesday September 20, 2005

Associated Press

 

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut will recognize civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships from other states and foreign countries when a new law allowing civil unions takes effect here Oct. 1.

 

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California Legislature Approves Gay Marriage

 

Tuesday September 20, 2005

Associated Press

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Gay rights supporters cheered loudly from the gallery as California lawmakers became the first in the country to approve a bill allowing same-sex marriages. But their celebration may be short-lived.

 

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Calif. Court Upholds Gay Parents' Rights

          

Tuesday August 23, 2005

Associated Press

 

SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest ruling to recognize rights of same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court has said gay and lesbian couples who raise children are lawful parents and must provide for their children if they break up.

 

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Kanye West Calls for End to Gay Bashing

 

Thursday August 18, 2005

Associated Press

 

NEW YORK — Kanye West says "gay" has become an antonym to hip-hop — and that it needs to be stopped.  During an interview for an MTV special, the 27-year-old rapper launched into a discussion about hip-hop and homosexuality while talking about "Hey Mama," a song on his upcoming album, "Late Registration."

 

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Woman Wins Right to Have 'Gay' Vanity Plates

 

Thursday July 28, 2005

Associated Press

 

SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah can't block a woman from using her license plate to tell the world "GAYSROK," a judge has ruled.

 

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TV Network for Gays, Lesbians to Debut

 

Monday June 27, 2005

Associated Press

 

NEW YORK — The man who's molding Logo, the new network for gays and lesbians, grew up in rural Illinois, attended Oral Roberts University and counted that cheesy keyboard solo on "Freeze Frame" as his big moment during gigs with his college band the Ozones. At first glance, Brian Graden hardly seems too hip for the room.  

 

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ACLU Sues School Over Gay Pride Shirt Ban

 

Wednesday November 24, 2004

Associated Press

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued a southwest Missouri school district for prohibiting a high school student from wearing gay pride-themed T-shirts.

 

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Pentagon Agrees Not to Sponsor Boy Scouts

 

Tuesday November 16, 2004

Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide not to directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has engaged in religious discrimination by supporting a group that requires members to believe in God.

 

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Teen Promotes Own Homosexuality in School Election

 

Tuesday April 27, 2004

Associated Press

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — An openly gay student is fighting to campaign in his high school election with posters that read: "Gay Guys Know Everything!" and "Queer Guy for Hunt High."

 

 

 

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