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Gay millionaire tax objector facing jail

N.C. native Charles Merrill’s IRS trial set for November

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Openly bisexual millionaire Charles Merrill (pictured) might be facing jail time for his decision to protest gay inequalities in the U.S. tax code. Merrill — who lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for a few years this decade and originally hails from Southern Pines, N.C. — decided in 2004 to withhold his income …

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North Carolina-based gay wedding publication plans California expos

Rainbow Wedding Network, Magazine plans for free, public events

ASHEVILLE – Rainbow Wedding Network, the publishers of Rainbow Wedding Magazine, are gearing up for a summer full of same-sex wedding and marriage expos in cities across California. To be held in July, the four back-to-back GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expos and the Same Love, Same Rights Mobile Marriage Summit, will make stops in San …

Calif. marriage brings economic windfall

National News Notes

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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Jim Neal selected as NLGJA panelist

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   One, two, three, four… CHARLOTTE — Lez Be Fit Boot Camp (LBFBC) has begun! A preliminary session was held on May 31 as a warm-up preview of what to expect in this kicking four-week series that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Workout lasts an hour. No equipment is needed. Participants …

Bishop rebukes vicar for wedding

Global News Notes

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 …

Gay Dems victorious, Hospital visits guaranteed

South Carolina News Notes

Gay Dems victorious STATEWIDE — On Tuesday, June 10, two openly gay candidates sailed to victory in their respective South Carolina primaries. Real estate agent James Akers, Jr. won his primary for a seat on the conservative Greenville County Council and Linda Ketner won in her bid to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Brown of …

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Irmo GSA stays put, with restrictions

IRMO, S.C. — The Gay/Straight Alliance at Irmo High School will be able to stay alive after the Lexington-Richland School District 5 board voted Monday to allow extra-curricular, student-initiated clubs. The clubs, including the GSA and such groups as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will be considered non-school sponsored and will have new restrictions, including …

Benefit cabaret slated for June 29

CHARLOTTE – The Hewitt Associates Pride Alliance employee group will present a cabaret show to benefit the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), an HIV/AIDS service organization, on June 29. To be held at Petra’s Piano Bar, the “A Stronger Voice” cabaret show will feature live music, give-aways, door prizes and more. Admission for Petra’s members …

Gay millionaire tax objector might face jail

N.C. native Charles Merrill's IRS trial set for November

Millionaire Charles Merrill could face years in prison for his civil protest of what he calls unequal, anti-gay U.S. tax law NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — An openly bisexual millionaire, related to the Merrill Lynch and Johnson & Johnson families, might be facing jail time for his decision to protest gay inequalities in the U.S. …

Triad church to host safe schools panel talk

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem Unitarian-Universalist congregation and its LGBT group Interweave will host a potluck and panel discussion on safe schools, LGBT youth and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System on Friday, June 20. The event will take place at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, 4055 Robinhood Rd. The potluck and social begins at 6:30 …