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Rex Wockner
International News
MEXICANS OPPOSE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Sixty-one percent of Mexicans "oppose a constitutional amendment that would permit same-sex marriage," a new Parametría poll has found. Seventeen percent support the idea and 14 percent lack an opinion.

Forty-one percent "oppose a law that would allow same-sex partners to legally register and obtain some benefits and rights." Twenty-eight percent support a civil-union law and 28 percent have no opinion.

Pollsters questioned 1,200 adults. The margin of error was 2.8 percent.

The Mexico City Legislative Assembly passed a local civil-union law for same-sex couples Nov. 9. The vote was 43-17 with 5 abstentions. The statute, which will take effect by March, grants spousal rights in areas such as property, pensions, inheritance, medical decisions and co-parenting.

Heterosexual couples and nonsexual couples also can register under the law.

The state of Coahuila, which borders Texas, also is considering a civil-union bill. The legislation, introduced by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is supported by Gov. Humberto Moreira, who said "it would be discriminatory not to ... respect the rights of every person regardless of sexual affiliation."

Other Latin American localities with same-sex civil-union laws include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; and the Argentine province of Río Negro.

FRANCO'S GAY VICTIMS MAY BE COMPENSATED
Spanish Justice Minister Juan Fernando López Aguilar has proposed that Gays who were jailed, tortured or sent to mental hospitals during the 1939-1975 rule of dictator Francisco Franco be compensated with a one-time payment of $15,777 and a monthly pension of $1,052, Britain's The Independent reported Dec. 28.

Many Franco-era Gays receive only a small retirement pension because the regime branded them as criminals and prevented them from working, leaving them unable to pay into the system.

Incarcerated Gays were often "treated" with electric shocks and forced to watch straight pornography. Lower-class Gays without "connections" were particularly vulnerable to institutionalization. The abuse didn't stop until the late 1970s, and the men's criminal records were not purged until 2001.

Nowadays, Spain is one of the world's Gay-friendliest nations. Full same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005.

ANTIGAY AMERICAN EPISCOPALIANS GO NIGERIAN
Twenty-one Episcopal churches around the U.S. have disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church USA, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and linked up instead with the powerful, antiGay Anglican Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola.

The U.S. parishes, now members of Akinola's ultraconservative Convocation of Anglicans in North America, oppose the Episcopal Church's consecration of openly Gay New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson and its support for blessing same-sex relationships.

Akinola's growing power -- Nigeria has more Anglicans than any other nation except England -- is seen as a possible threat to the supremacy of the Anglican Communion's traditional

spiritual leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury in England. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Akinola asked: "Why didn't God make a lion to be a man's companion? Why didn't he make a tree to be a man's companion? Or better still, why didn't he make another man to be man's companion? So even from the creation story, you can see that the mind of God, God's intention, is for man and woman to be together."

He also said that the only time he knowingly shook hands with an openly Gay man, he was horrified and "jumped back" as soon as the man came out to him.

Akinola supports draconian antiGay legislation that is expected to pass Nigeria's National Assembly this year. The measure seemingly could outlaw such things as belonging to a Gay group, reading a Gay book, watching a Gay movie, visiting a Gay Internet site, and socializing by two or more Gay people. For good measure, the bill also bans same-sex marriage. Violating the proposed law would result in up to five years in prison.

The bill states, in part: "Publicity, procession and public show of same sex amorous relationship through the electronic or print media physically, directly, indirectly or otherwise are prohibited in Nigeria. ... Any person who is involved in the registration of Gay clubs, societies and organizations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 5 years imprisonment."

Gay sex already is illegal in Nigeria. It is punished with death in Muslim areas of the nation and with jail time in Christian sections.

Akinola denies he has violated Anglican rules prohibiting bishops from controlling parishes outside a bishop's territory. He says the convocation was formed to serve theologically conservative Nigerian Anglicans living in the U.S. and that it then began attracting conservative American Episcopalians.

The Anglican Communion is a confederation of national churches that have a total of 77 million members, more than 15 million of them in Nigeria.

There are 26 million Anglicans in England, 8 million in Uganda, 5 million in Sudan, 4 million in Australia, 2.5 million in Kenya, 2.4 million in the United States, 2 million in Tanzania, 800,000 in Canada, half a million in New Zealand, and smaller numbers in numerous other nations.

POLICE, COUNCIL PAY OFF HARASSED CHRISTIANS
The Wyre Borough Council in northwest England and the Lancashire Constabulary, the county police force, have paid $19,500 plus costs to settle a lawsuit filed by an antiGay Christian couple.

Joe and Helen Roberts had asked the council to display Christian pamphlets alongside its Gay-rights literature. After the council refused, Mrs. Roberts phoned bureaucrats and called homosexuality "morally wrong."

The council reported the call to the police who then went to the couple's home in Fleetwood and interrogated them for 80 minutes.

The Robertses filed suit, claiming their rights to religious belief and freedom of expression had been trampled.

The council and the police eventually agreed and, in late December, apologized for the incident and settled with the couple in advance of a High Court hearing.

Joe Roberts called the settlement "a great victory for Christianity, for civil liberties and for anyone who wants to express an opinion which may go against what the political-correctness brigade think."

GLORIA TREVI, RELEASED FROM JAIL, MAKES COMEBACK
"Mexico's Madonna," flamboyant Gay icon Gloria Trevi, has made a full comeback with her public, including hordes of Gay fans, since being released from prison in late 2004.

Her rebound single, Everybody's Watching Me, hit No. 1 in Mexico. It chronicles a Gay man's emergence from the closet. The album, How the Universe Was Born, went platinum in the United States.

In 2000, Trevi, her manager and a backup singer were arrested in Brazil on charges of sexually molesting young girls they allegedly enticed into their inner circle by dangling promises of stardom.

Following extradition to Mexico and nearly five years behind bars, Trevi, 38, was acquitted of rape, kidnapping and corrupting minors.
Quote / Unquote
"Vice President's Gay Daughter Pregnant"
--Headline that this column thinks proves we're not in Kansas anymore, Dec. 6. Mary Cheney and Heather Poe's baby is due in late spring.

"Dick Cheney's Sixth Grandchild Will Have Two Mommies"
--Headline on Mary Cheney's pregnancy, Dec. 6.

"The president congratulated them and said he is very happy for them."
--White House spokeswoman Dana Perino on Mary Cheney's pregnancy, Dec. 7.

"I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I'm happy for her. ... Mary Cheney is going to make a fine mom and she's going to love this child a lot."
--President George W. Bush to People magazine, Dec. 15.

"[Mary] Cheney's no crusader; she has little interest in becoming the poster mom for Gay parenthood. But whether she intends it or not, her pregnancy will, I think, turn out to be a watershed in public understanding and acceptance of the phenomenon. This is the Ellen DeGeneres moment of national politics."
--Columnist Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, Dec. 8.

"Perhaps [Mary] Cheney's high-profile pregnancy will help the Republican Party come to grips with [the Gay] facts of life. If not, though, she's going to have to explain to her child what mommy was doing trying to help a party that doesn't believe in fairness for families like theirs."
--Columnist Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, Dec. 8.

"As it happens, in order to move closer to the vice president, Mary Cheney and her family have landed in Virginia -- one of the states with the fewest legal protections for Gay families like hers. Will she become an activist there to better defend her child's rights? Will the vice president? It would reflect badly on both if they didn't. Unassailable, though, is the Cheneys' success at an arguably tougher achievement: maintaining a strong family. Whether you respect their politics, in their personal lives they seem to have achieved an American ideal: a family that manages to respect each other's autonomy while supporting each other's highest goals."
--Houston Chronicle editorial on Mary Cheney's pregnancy, Dec. 10.

"She has not only injured her child, she has destroyed the work her father has done. She has acted in a way that denies everything that the Bush administration has worked for. She's essentially saying: 'In your face.'"
--Concerned Women for America spokeswoman Janice Crouse on Mary Cheney's pregnancy, Dec. 6.

"I'd love to marry Portia [de Rossi]. I pray that Portia and I are together the rest of our lives, and I believe we will [be] -- but I'd love to have a legalized commitment, obviously."
--Ellen DeGeneres to the British Lesbian glossy Diva, January issue.

"I still do things to keep my life as regular as I possibly can. I still go places; I don't have bodyguards with me all the time. I don't have to worry about that yet. I pump gas, I go to grocery stores, I go shopping -- I try to do things and live my life."
--Ellen DeGeneres to the British Lesbian glossy Diva, January issue.

"I grew up going to church, but I was raised by my uncle who passed away with AIDS a couple of years ago. He was my mother's best friend. And my mother's cousin. He brought me to school every day. He helped me buy my prom dress. He made my clothes with my mother. He was like my nanny. He was my favorite person in the world. And you know, I never really mixed Christianity with how I felt [about him]. I am about faith and spirituality more so than religion. Doing right by others and not judging."
--Singer Beyoncé on Gays to Instinct magazine, December issue.

"I try to stay away from churches who don't accept Gays. I mean, I can't be a part of phony. It's not God's way. You embrace all people. I think that's what God wants, for all of us to love all of us, no matter who we are, what we do or whatever. And it's not a sin to be Gay. So that's all I got to say. I have my feelings and I speak my mind."
--Singer Patti LaBelle, currently on a gospel tour of megachurches, to the Michigan Gay newspaper Between The Lines, Nov. 30.

"Paris Hilton ... doesn't really have a vocation. She is basically a celebutante. She changed fame by mining high-fashion poses learned from drag queens."
--Lesbian writer Camille Paglia to Us Weekly magazine, Dec. 7.

"Ah, abstinence education. Could there be a more dizzy, glaring example of a first-rate BushCo failure? Could there be a more insulting, demeaning program the sole intention of which appears to be to deceive humanity and undermine every succulent human impulse and shove sexuality back into the 1850s and induce 10 million teens to resent and mistrust adults even more than they already do? Verily I say unto thee, there is not."
--San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford, Nov. 29.

"In the long-term, Lesbian and Gay identity is doomed. And a good thing too. Like every other expression of human culture, homosexual and heterosexual identities are historically transient. They haven't always existed, and they won't last forever. Indeed, the weakening, blurring and eventual dissolution of the labels queer and straight will be final proof of the demise of homophobia."
--Key British Gay activist Peter Tatchell writing in The Guardian, Nov. 27.

"[They] wanted me to play this role and my agents and managers turned it down and said, 'I don't think he wants to wear a dress.' So they called back and they said, 'Would he play the Nazi?' And they called me and they said, 'Guess what, we got the role of the Nazi.' And I said, 'I don't want the Nazi, I want the guy in the dress.' And they said, 'Really?' And I said, 'Yes.' And my agent's Gay. I said to my agent, 'C'mon, man.' ... He said, 'I thought it would bother you.' I said: 'No, that's the gag. The gag is people would never expect me to come out in this and I can have a blast with this role. ... [It's] a natural progression: cars, women, Gay man."
--Actor David Hasselhoff (of Knight Rider and Baywatch fame) on his new role as the Gay cross-dressing director in a sit-down version of "The Producers" at Paris Las Vegas, to TheStripPodcast.com, Dec. 7.

"gettin a boner is good ... you have a nice dick ... so you like me ... are you as hard as i an [sic] now ... hard as a brick ... i would drive a few miles for a hot stud like you ... i always use lotion and the hand ... i have aa [sic] totally stiff wood now ... love to slip them off of you and gram [sic] the one eyed snake ... i just sprung wood ... rather large too ... are you bonered too ... we will make oyu [sic] successful as long as you dont [sic] mind me grabbing your dick once in a while ... i am sooo smitten with you ... so oyu [sic] do have a boner now ... wow what a sight wish i was under your desk ... i would at least pul [sic] it out and say hello to the big boy and the [sic] give it some happiness ... youd [sic] like me to blow you ... and wuld [sic] you let me drink all of your cum"
--From 100 pages of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's online instant messages with teenage boys and young men, newly posted at http://www.house.gov/ethics/Page_PDFs/Exhibit%2013.pdf.

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