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Section One - ALL STORIES
Alaskan lawmakers defy state Supreme Court over domestic partner benefits - Governor Murkowski to leave decision about court order to Gov.-elect
by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Alaskan lawmakers thumbed their nose at the Alaska State Supreme Court on Monday, ending their seven day special session without taking steps to obey a court imposed deadline that mandates the state provide benefits to same-sex partners of state employees. Instead, they took steps to derail the process.

In addition to passing
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N.J. Catholic diocese attempts to silence Seattle Gay activist - Unitarian congregation to lose lease over invitation to Marc Adams
"We find what Father Lavin and the Diocese of Camden have done to be completely unacceptable," HeartStrong Executive Director Marc Adams says. "We refuse to allow them to imply that my message and the message of HeartStrong is wrong, sinful or unacceptable. They may be able to attempt to try to intimidate or silence those who subscribe to their more
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Human Rights Campaign releases buying for Equality 2007
New guide gives consumers tool for buying products from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender friendly companies during the holiday shopping season

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the official beginning of the holiday shopping season is set to start, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT
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Task Force Executive Director delivers annual 'State of the Movement' speech
"Let's remember this moment of hope and optimism as the time that, with incredible pride in all we've accomplished, we lifted our heads up and re-embraced a vision and an agenda where equality is the floor and a transformed America is the ceiling."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman presented his ag
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Anti-Gay Senator becomes next RNC Chair
WASHINGTON - Below is a statement from Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization on the announcement that Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) will head the Republican National Committee (RNC).

"Senator Martinez was elected in 2004 by taking page on
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Commuting HIV's death sentence - The good news is that people are living longer with HIV. The bad news is the virus still a killer.
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

When I came out in the early '90s, a diagnosis of HIV didn't just feel like a death sentence - it was one. In those very dark years before the drug "cocktail," the Gay papers were chock full of sometimes dozens of obituaries each week - men in their 30s and 40s, struck down in their prime by A
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Adoption, surrogacy agreements help Gay couples
by Elaine G. DuCharme - Special to the SGN

"Today the law and society fully recognize (as well they should) the value of children who join the human family by means of in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, egg donation or surrogacy or who join a new family by way of adoption."

Many states have allowed Gay adoptions. Onl
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Reproductive freedom advocate, attorneys in landmark case, student editors receive ACLU awards
Reproductive freedom advocate Marcy Bloom, attorneys Don Scaramastra and David Taylor, and student editors Claire Lueneburg and Sara Eccleston are to receive awards from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

The awards were presented at the ACLU's Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner on Saturday, Nov.18 at the Red Lion Hotel
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Bush Global AIDS gag is harmful to public health, groups tell Appeals Court
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union and 26 public health experts, human rights and HIV/AIDS organizations are urging a federal appeals court to reject a government policy that restricts the ability of U.S. groups to end the spread of HIV/AIDS in other countries.

The policy, part of the "AIDS Leadership Act," requires orga
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IN LOVING MEMORY - William G. (Bill) Lawffer
IN LOVING MEMORY William G. (Bill) Lawffer Bill Lawffer died peacefully at Swedish Hospital, Friday, November 17th, after a very long and courageous battle with AIDS.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, December 2, at the Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (1216 Pine Street, Suite 300, Seattle).
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Debt Again: Outgames, $5 million deficit; Gay Games, $35,000
by Jim Provenzano - SGN Contributing Writer

They claimed they would outdo the Gay Games in many ways. They said they would, according to their slogan, "play for real."

Montreal's Outgames did outdo the Gay Games in at least one way, by ending with the highest deficit for a multi-sport LGBT event in history.

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Pentagon re-classifies homosexuality as a defect
SANTA BARBARA, CA, November 17, 2006 - Congressman Marty Meehan and the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association sent letters to the Defense Department this week protesting a recently-revised military instruction which now suggests that homosexuality is a defect. Meehan (D-MA) is a member of the House Armed Services more
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ACLU of Florida sues to enforce Equal Access for Gay-Straight Alliance at Okeechobee High School
OKEECHOBEE, FL - The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Okeechobee County after school district administrators unlawfully prevented students who formed the Gay-Straight Alliance of Okeechobee High School (GSA) to meet on high school grounds. School officials denied official recognition to the more
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Lesbian & Gay military veterans appeal District Court ruling on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Boston, MA - Twelve Lesbian and Gay veterans of the war on terror yesterday filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual service personnel. The case, Cook v. Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Serviceme more
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Seattle second only to San Francisco in population of gays, lesbians
by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle has the second largest population of people identifying as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual among the 50 largest U.S. cities, according to a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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The Saga Continues - Part II: The Summer of Pride Divide!
by Nevin Jefferson - SGN Contributing Writer

This was a "Hurray for us, screw you Gay Pride Parade" complete with it being "We Want It Our Way". This was a summer of Pride Divide with an ours and theirs Gay Pride Parade. In an era of political correctness, the G Word was dropped with Queer Fest and Seattle Pride being marched
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Lawsuit settled over censorship of story about sexual orientation
LOS ANGELES, CA - A Kern County judge is expected to issue a court order today that will ensure that Bakersfield high school students are not wrongly censored and that student free speech rights in the Kern School District are preserved.

The final step comes a year and a half after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern Californi
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The AIDS Quilt Showing in Seattle

Two blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display December 1-10 at Woodland