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Father Robert Carter, 'the Catholic Harvey Milk,' dies Co-founder of NGLTF and Dignity
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Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo chain selves to White House
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General Petraeus says DADT is unfair, outdated
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ENDA sit-ins target Speaker Pelosi
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Constance McMillen becomes unlikely Gay rights crusader
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Orcas hold annual swim meet
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Fair and Inclusive Housing Rights Act introduced
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State Dept. highlights LGBT rights issues
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Turkish Gay activists want anti-Gay official prosecuted
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Kenyan Gay activist targeted by U.S. Christian-right
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Jet City Hoops auction raises over $6,000
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Cyberbullying rampant among LGBT teens
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Gay marriages create wedding-related jobs
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Compass Housing Alliance auction to honor Teresa Butz
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General Gayety: Fighting for the right to party
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Rainbow City Band looking for a few good musicians
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BREAKING NEWS
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Boies and Olson
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Creep of the Week: Itawamba County School Board
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House Posts Health Care Bill, Leaves Out LGBT-Specific Provisions
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Video: NYC Times Square Protest in Support of Choi, Pietrangelo
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N.H. rejects attempt to overturn same-sex marriage
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Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal
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VIDEO - Gay Dutch soldiers responsible for Srebrenica massacre says US general
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Attorney: Miss. prom called off to settle 'explosive' issue
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Pink Army to sue US general over Srebrenica comments
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With Ban on H.I.V. Immigrants Now History, Relief and Revision
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to House passage of federal health care reform legislation
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Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli: Homosexual Acts are a Detriment to Our Culture
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Tea Partiers Drop N Bombs, Anti-gay Slur, and Spit on Democratic Lawmakers at Capitol Hill Protest
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Video: Teabaggers Heckle 'Faggot' Barney Frank at U.S. Capitol
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Opponents of gay marriage ban must release memos
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'This Is My Mission'
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Gays protest Romney appearance
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Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish
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Court Rules That Mississippi School Violated First Amendment Rights Of Student
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Creep of the Week: Itawamba County School Board
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Judge won't force US district to hold prom
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Judge won't force US district to hold prom
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Speaker Pelosi: It's time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
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Carter aide Midge Costanza dies at 77
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Gay-rights backers reach out to Bleckley senior
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Sin As The Closet, Grace As Coming Out: Rethinking Sin And Grace For LGBT People
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Father Robert Carter, 'the Catholic Harvey Milk,' dies Co-founder of NGLTF and Dignity
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Father Robert Carter, openly Gay Roman Catholic priest and co-founder of the NGLTF and DignityUSA, died on February 22 in New York at the age of 82.

His death was confirmed publicly on March 14 by Fr. Thomas Slon, spokesperson for the New York Province of the Jesuit religious order.

He was described by long
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Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo chain selves to White House
Pair arrested during 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' protest

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Army Lieutenant Dan Choi is fed up. He is tired of waiting for Congress and the Obama administration to follow the will of the American people by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), the U.S. Military's discriminatory ban o
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General Petraeus says DADT is unfair, outdated
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

General David Petraeus, the commanding officer of the U.S. Central Command, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan, made it clear on March 16 that he supports repealing the Gay military ban 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT).

DADT requires the Defense Department to separate from the arm
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ENDA sit-ins target Speaker Pelosi
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than three hours after Lt. Dan Choi, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, and GetEqual founder Robin McGehee were arrested in front of the White House, GetEqual co-founder Kip Williams announced a sit-in at the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in San Francisco.

A simultaneou more
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Constance McMillen becomes unlikely Gay rights crusader
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

A little over a week ago, Constance McMillen was a name only heard in the small town of Fulton, Mississippi. Her name has since become commonplace in households all across the country. The 18-year-old high school student, who identifies as Lesbian, was told by the Itawamba County School Distric
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Orcas hold annual swim meet
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On March 13, the Orca swim team held its annual swim meet at the Helene Madison pool in north Seattle. Almost 150 swimmers came out for the meet, which is rich in tradition, community, and the spirit of competition.

Participants ranged from 18 to approximately 70 years of age. "We
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Fair and Inclusive Housing Rights Act introduced
HUD asks for comments on housing discrimination

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, introduced the Fair and Inclusive Housing Act of 2010 on March 11.

Just hours later, his subco
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State Dept. highlights LGBT rights issues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the first time, the State Department's Annual Report on Human Rights includes information highlighting human rights challenges faced by LGBT people worldwide.

The report, issued on March 11, describes human rights practices country-by-country.

Most of the country
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Turkish Gay activists want anti-Gay official prosecuted
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Turkish Gay rights group Lambda demanded that a cabinet minister be put on trial for her anti-Gay remarks.

Family Affairs Minister Selam Aliye Kavaf told Hurriyet newspaper last weekend that homosexuality is a 'biological disorder, a disease.'

'I think it should
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Kenyan Gay activist targeted by U.S. Christian-right
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

David Kuria Mbote, director of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), has been threatened with murder in posters produced by ProjectSEE.com, a U.S.-based Christian-right organization.

Posters with Kuria's photo, e-mail address, and phone number have appeared in the Kenyan
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Jet City Hoops auction raises over $6,000
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Jet City Hoops Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction
March 11
Lobby Bar


On March 11, Jet City Hoops hosted their first Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction, which featured sexy bachelors and bachelorettes from Jet City Hoops' Co-ed Recreational League and Competitive Leagu
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Cyberbullying rampant among LGBT teens
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When I was a teen, the internet had not yet taken over the world. Social networking was done in person, not on a website, and bullying happened face-to-face on the playground. It's no secret: Times have changed, and so has bullying. New research has found that approximately one out of every tw
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Gay marriages create wedding-related jobs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A new study by the nonprofit Williams Institute predicts that legalizing same-sex marriage will create 700 jobs and contribute $52.2 million over the next three years to the Washington, D.C. economy.

As the first same-sex couples married in the nation's capitol, local officials s
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Compass Housing Alliance auction to honor Teresa Butz
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

'There's No Place Like Home' Compass Housing Alliance Fundraiser
March 20
Seattle Waterfront Marriott Hotel


Compass Housing Alliance, a merger of Compass Center and LATCH, will hold its first fundraising event as a combined agency at the Seattle Waterfr
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General Gayety: Fighting for the right to party
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

The month of March has come to mean one thing to me: prom struggles.

Last year, at exactly this same time, I wrote about a Lesbian in Indiana who sued her school district for the right to wear a tuxedo to her prom.

She was represented by the ACLU and Men
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Rainbow City Band looking for a few good musicians
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Rainbow City Band
summer rehearsal
March 30 at 7 PM
Wedgwood
Community Church


The Rainbow City Band (RCB) is entering its 13th summer marching season and is looking for musical talent from Seattle's LGBT community. The band's first summer rehe
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Swimmers strip for Orcas Swim Team auction
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On March 4, Seattle's Orcas Swim Team held their first-ever auction & with a twist. The members of Orcas auctioned off the clothes they were wearing to raise money for the Emerald City Swim Meet the team is hosting on March 13.

"Auctioning the Shirts Off Our Backs&" took place at
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Sean Hayes comes out
Actor Sean Hayes, who played flamboyant and narcissistic Jack on the long-running TV series Will & Grace, officially came out as Gay in the April edition of the Advocate.

And he claimed he's always been out.

"I never have h
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BREAKING NEWS!

Boies and Olson
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Last week, I sat in a room in the presence of history.

At least that's what it felt like.

Ted Olson and David Boies, the two lawyers who are arguing for equal marriage in the California Proposition 8 case, were in New York to talk about their experience.
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Creep of the Week: Itawamba County School Board
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

When I was in high school, I did not take my girlfriend to prom. It didn't even seem remotely possible. Instead I took a boy, who turned out to be Gay. And my girlfriend took a boy, who turned out to be Gay. And my twin sister who also had a girlfriend at the time took a boy, who also
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House Posts Health Care Bill, Leaves Out LGBT-Specific Provisions
Brian Moulton

Today, the House Rules Committee released the reconciliation bill through which it will vote on the measure that passed the Senate in December. We are deeply disappointed that, after months of lobbying for their inclusion, important measures specifically addressing the needs of LGBT people and people with HIV
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Video: NYC Times Square Protest in Support of Choi, Pietrangelo
Timessquare

A Times Square protest is currently underway in support of jailed activists Lt. Dan Choi and Cpt. Jim Pietrangelo.

Protesters are reportedly chanting: "Release the DC 2! Now!" "We are out, let us in!" I recognize some members of Queer Rising and that's Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker on the right. more
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N.H. rejects attempt to overturn same-sex marriage
GLAD Cheers Wins for Equality in New Hampshire Legislators, citizens reject campaign to overturn marriage equality

BOSTON - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded New Hampshire legislators and citizens for overwhelmingly rejecting a months-long campaign to overturn marriage equality in the state.
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Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal
By RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL
New York Times

VATICAN CITY - Confronting a sex abuse scandal spreading across Europe, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday apologized directly to victims and their families in Ireland, expressing 'shame and remorse' and saying 'your trust had been betrayed and your dignity has been violated.'
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VIDEO - Gay Dutch soldiers responsible for Srebrenica massacre says US general
A former American general blamed 'open homosexuality' in the Dutch army for the failure to prevent the Srebrenica massacre in 1995.

by Our Foreign Staff
The Daily Telegraph

The Dutch government condemned the comments by Gen John Sheehan, a former Nato commander and senior marine officer, as outrageous.<
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Attorney: Miss. prom called off to settle 'explosive' issue
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Pink Army to sue US general over Srebrenica comments
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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With Ban on H.I.V. Immigrants Now History, Relief and Revision
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to House passage of federal health care reform legislation
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli: Homosexual Acts are a Detriment to Our Culture
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Tea Partiers Drop N Bombs, Anti-gay Slur, and Spit on Democratic Lawmakers at Capitol Hill Protest
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Video: Teabaggers Heckle 'Faggot' Barney Frank at U.S. Capitol
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Opponents of gay marriage ban must release memos
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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'This Is My Mission'
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Gays protest Romney appearance
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Court Rules That Mississippi School Violated First Amendment Rights Of Student
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Midge Costanza has died in San Diego
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Judge won't force US district to hold prom
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Judge won't force US district to hold prom
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Speaker Pelosi: It's time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Carter aide Midge Costanza dies at 77
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Gay-rights backers reach out to Bleckley senior
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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Sin As The Closet, Grace As Coming Out: Rethinking Sin And Grace For LGBT People
By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY

An attorney for the Itawamba County School District said in a U.S. District Court filing late Friday that the school board decided to call off the high school prom to settle the "very explosive and disruptive issue" of the district's ban on same-sex dates.

The filing by school board
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"At least two California newspapers and the openly Gay mayor of West Sacramento knew anti-Gay [California] state Sen. Roy Ashburn was Gay and yet they said nothing. On Wednesday, Ashburn was arrested for DUI while leaving a Sacramento Gay bar. ... Christopher Cabaldon, the openly Gay mayor
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