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Some items I came across today…

* Look at the list of the “usual suspects” on this one…AFL-CIO Urged to Halt Support of ‘Proud Union Queers’. Leaders of more than three dozen family-oriented organizations have sent a letter to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, urging him and his federation to rescind its support of same-sex marriage and stop using members’ dues to advance the agendas of homosexual and transgender activists, including one group that calls its members “proud union queers.”

Among the letter’s signatories were such conservative leaders as Don Wildmon of the American Family Association, Larry Cirignano of Catholic Citizenship, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Rev. William Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, Rev. Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority Coalition and Beverly LaHaye of Concerned Women for America. Also signing the letter was former union negotiator Phil Burress [of the porn-free], who serves as president of Citizens for Community Values in Cincinnati and chaired a successful campaign to pass a constitutional amendment supporting traditional marriage in the battleground state of Ohio during the 2004 election.

* Sanity. Military has first gay wedding in Nova Scotia. The Canadian military is marking its first gay wedding. Two men, who do not want to be identified, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood in western Nova Scotia. …The two men, one a sergeant, the other a warrant officer, were married last month by a United Church minister because the base chaplain is Anglican and couldn’t officiate. But, Lt-Cmdr. David Greenwood helped arrange the service and preached at it. He says it might encourage other gays and lesbians in the military to come forward and make their vows official.

* Spain: Conservative gays threaten to ‘out’ party members. Gay members of the PP who continue to oppose gay marriage run the risk of being “outed” — or forced out the closet — by the party’s Gay Platform, the platform’s president told state radio on Tuesday. “We are willing to say, you, so-and-so, are a hypocrite … because you are voting to impede a law that we believe is just and will mean more democracy, more equality, more tolerance and more greatness for the Kingdom of Spain,” Carlos Biendicho said.

* NJ Constitution does not recognize gay marriage. Gay marriage is not protected by New Jersey’s Constitution and will not be recognized in the Garden State unless legislators change the law, a state appeals panel ruled Tuesday. The issue will now go to the state Supreme Court because gay marriage proponents plan to appeal the 2-1 decision, and the high court must accept cases from split appellate panels. The ruling, rejecting the efforts of seven same-sex couples to marry, said legislators will have to act before such couples can marry in New Jersey.

* WTF? Catholic School Bans Gay Parents From Functions. A Catholic school that angered some parents by allowing a gay couple to enroll their two boys has drafted a policy that would forbid the men to appear as a couple at school functions, it was reported Tuesday. In January, officials at Costa Mesa’s St. John the Baptist School adopted new admission guidelines requiring from parents “appropriate conduct, in order to support the school’s mission and provide positive role models to our students.” A May 6 memo distributed to teachers adds: “Practically speaking this means: The children adopted by a same-sex couple” may enroll “on the condition that the same-sex couple agree not to present themselves as a couple at school functions.” The memo was obtained by the Los Angeles Times from a parent at the school, according to the newspaper.

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