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Beyond the Carolinas – Page 41 – QNotes

HIV travel ban repealed, GSA wins in court

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HIV travel ban law repealed WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 30, President Bush signed into law the Tom Lantos & Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, a presidential initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The measure included a provision ending the government’s 21-year ban on …

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Malaysia: Reform leader arrested again

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Reform leader arrested again KUALA LAMPUR, Malaysia — This Southeast Asian nation is experiencing heightened political divisions and tensions resulting from a gain in power by opposition forces seeking to wrest control from the ruling parties. This past Spring, Anwar Ibrahim led the opposition People’s Justice Party to a stunning electoral victory, breaking the National …

GLSEN: Schools settle bullying cases

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Schools settle bullying cases NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network said two recent settlements reaffirm the potential liability for schools that ignore anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. In California, the Upper Lake Union School District agreed earlier this month to implement comprehensive steps to protect students from anti-LGBT bullying and bias …

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City moves parade after threats

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City moves parade after threats SOFIA, Bulgaria — A recent Pride event was relocated to a different section of the city after organizers and city officials were made aware of threats. The Bulgarian National Alliance (BNA), a right-wing extremist anti-gay hate group, had declared it would be present at the local Pride parade scheduled to …

Equality for gay clergy advances

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Equality for gay clergy advances SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Presbyterian Church (USA) capped its 218th biennial General Assembly, held here the last week in June, with a historic decision moving the church toward full acceptance of lesbian and gay clergy. By a margin of 54 to 46 percent, the General Assembly passed an ordination …

Calif. marriage brings economic windfall

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Marriage brings economic windfall LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has released a new study analyzing the economic gains that same-sex couples’ weddings will bring to California. According to the report, the state’s wedding industry will receive a substantial $683.8 million boost in direct spending by same-sex couples over …

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Bishop rebukes vicar for wedding

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Bishop rebukes vicar for wedding LONDON, England — Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, has strongly renounced the validity of the same-sex wedding between two priests conducted by the vicar of Saint-Bartholomew-the-Great, Rev. Martin Dudley (pictured). The Bishop has declared that the ceremony carried out by Dudley is illegal under current codes within …

British victim decries gay bashing

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British victim decries gay bashing LONDON, England — Police are investigating the anti-gay beating of a man who was attacked by three teenagers as he was walking home alone at night. The attackers, thought to be minors in their late teens, repeatedly kicked and punched Stephen Scott while shouting insults. Scott received treatment at a …

Out-of-state marriages OK’d in NY

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Out-of-state marriages OK’d NEW YORK, N.Y. — New York Gov. David Paterson (pictured) issued a directive May 29 instructing state agencies to change their policies and recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples performed in other jurisdictions, such as Massachusetts, California, Spain and Canada. Paterson first announced his intention to grant the directive in a …

Sen. Kennedy battling brain tumor

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BOSTON, Mass. — On May 20, physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital announced that U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA, pictured) had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy, 76, was hospitalized the preceding weekend after suffering a seizure at his family’s compound in Hyannisport, Mass. Kennedy has served in the U.S. Senate since 1962 and …