Posted tagged ‘Homosexual’

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Stalls in Senate

December 9, 2010

Republicans have blocked a repeal of the ban on openly gays in the military, potentially ending any possibilty for overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy anytime soon.

From The New York Times:

In a blaze of unusual bipartisan fury, a military policy bill that would repeal the ban on gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly in the military stalled in the Senate on Thursday, severely diminishing the chances of ending the Clinton-era policy this year.

On a vote of 57 to 40, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, found himself 3 votes short of the 60 needed to clear a procedural hurdle that would have opened the way for passage of the measure.

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Monogamy Isn’t Human Nature…Is It?

July 29, 2010

An interesting piece on CNN today which discusses whether or not monogamy is good or bad for us.

Click the link below for the full story. So…what do you think?

From CNN:

In recent decades, the debate over human sexual evolution has entertained only two options: Humans evolved to be either monogamists or polygamists. This tired debate generally devolves into an antagonistic stalemate where women are said to have evolved to seek male-provisioned domesticity while every man secretly yearns for his own harem. The battle between the sexes, we’re told, is bred into our blood and bones.

Couples who turn to a therapist for guidance through the inevitable minefields of marriage are likely to receive the confusing message that long-term pair bonding comes naturally to our species, but marriage is still a lot of work.

Few mainstream therapists would contemplate trying to persuade a gay man or lesbian to “grow up, get real, and stop being gay.” But most insist that long-term sexual monogamy is “normal,” while the curiosity and novelty-seeking inherent in human sexuality are signs of pathology. Thus, couples are led to believe that waning sexual passion in enduring marriages or sexual interest in anyone but their partner portend a failed relationship, when in reality these things often signify nothing more than that we are Homo sapiens.

Ricky Martin Confirms Suspicions: He’s Gay

March 29, 2010

Most commonly known for his pop hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, Ricky Martin declared publicly this week what he avoided discussing for years: he’s gay.

Not a shock but I’m sure it took a huge burden off him.

From CNN:

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin wrote on his official Web site. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”

A decade ago, when ABC’s Barbara Walters pressed Martin to address rumors about his sexuality, he declined to confirm or deny them. “I just don’t feel like it,” Martin said.

Now, Martin wrote, “these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”

“Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage,” he wrote. “Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.”

African Men Jailed for Gay Sexual Acts

January 8, 2009

Nine men, including a prominent activist, have been convicted of homosexual acts and sentenced to eight years in prison.

From the Associated Press:

Diadji Diouf, who heads an organization that provides HIV prevention services to gay men in Senegal, and the others were arrested last month in a raid on Diouf’s apartment. The arrests came just weeks after Senegal hosted an international AIDS conference that included gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants.

Senegal, a primarily Muslim nation in West Africa, is one of 38 countries on the continent that criminalize homosexual acts, according to Joel Nana, Africa research and policy coordinator with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa prompted a continentwide controversy in 2006 when it became the first African country to legalize gay marriage.

The nine convicted men were sentenced for unnatural acts and criminal conspiracy, said Nana.

“This is the first case that we’ve heard of in Senegal where people actually got sentenced,” he said, calling the punishment long and harsh.

Attorney Issa Diop said his clients would appeal the sentences handed down late Tuesday.

“It is a deliberate will to penalize them,” Diop said, noting that the maximum punishment for such cases in Senegal is set at five years.

California Gay Marriage Ban Goes to Supreme Court

November 19, 2008

The California Supreme Court agreed today to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage in California, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a ruling. Today’s decision to review the lawsuits against Proposition 8 do not reveal how the court was leaning but both opponents and supporters of Proposition 8 expressed confidence that their arguments would prevail.

From the Associated Press:

California’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state’s new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court’s decision in May that legalized gay marriage.

All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.

As is its custom when it takes up cases, the court did not elaborate on its decision.

Along with the gay rights groups and local governments petitioning to overturn the ban, the measure’s sponsors and Attorney General Jerry Brown had urged the Supreme Court to consider whether Proposition 8 passes legal muster.

The court directed Brown and lawyers for the Yes on 8 campaign to submit their arguments for why the ballot initiative should not be nullified by Dec. 19. It said lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include same-sex couples who did not wed before the election, must respond before Jan. 5. Oral arguments could be scheduled as early as March, according to court spokeswoman Lynn Holton.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The state Supreme Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars today, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.

At the urging of both sponsors and opponents of Proposition 8, the justices voted 6-1 to grant review of lawsuits challenging the Nov. 4 initiative, with Justice Joyce Kennard dissenting.

However, the court refused, 6-1, to let same-sex marriages resume while it considers Prop. 8’s constitutionality. Justice Carlos Moreno cast the dissenting vote.

Approved by 52 percent of voters, Prop. 8 restored the definition of marriage – a union of a man and a woman – that the court had overturned May 15. Both Kennard and Moreno were in the majority of that 4-3 ruling.

In its order today, the court asked for arguments on whether Prop. 8, if constitutional, would nullify 18,000 same-sex marriages performed between when the ruling took effect in mid-June and Nov. 4. Attorney General Jerry Brown, who will defend Prop. 8 as the state’s chief lawyer, contends those marriages are legal, but sponsors of the initiative disagree.

The justices asked for written arguments to be submitted by Jan. 15. The court could hold a hearing as early as March, with a ruling due 90 days later.

If the court had dismissed the suits, they could have been refiled in a county Superior Court, where most cases begin. They could still have reached the state’s high court, but only after appeals that might have taken years.