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You know I've not been well when I haven't read Daily Kos, Alternet, or Queer Day in over a week...


Religious Faithful Rally In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
Multi-Faith Coalition Issues a Joint Statement to Demonstrate Faith-Based Support for Civil Same-Sex Marriage
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"We believe that in an environment where religious beliefs are being used to fuel arguments for and against same-sex marriage, it is essential that politicians recognize the diversity of views that exist within faith communities," says a religious coalition that includes Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Sikhs and Unitarians.
GOP consultant Arthur Finkelstein marries gay partner
Yes, you read that correctly - GOP consultant Arthur Finkelstein. Yeah, I know.
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Arthur Finkelstein, the ultra conservative Republican consultant, married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his Massachusetts home. Finkelstein, 59, who has made a practice of defeating Democrats by trying to demonize them as liberal and supporting politicians who routinely vote against gay rights, said in a brief interview that he had married his partner of 40 years to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples. "I believe that visitation rights, health care benefits and other human relationship contracts that are taken for granted by all married people should be available to partners," he said. An ally of Jesse Helms, Finkelstein's associates said he didn't tell them about the wedding, not learning of it until they were asked about it by a reporter.
Bill Clinton calls Arthur Finkelstein self loathing and sad
I <3 you, Bill. Need a hummer? You deserve one for this and another for your $10M contribution to AIDS.
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Former President Bill Clinton made an attack on Arthur Finkelstein by suggesting that the man is "self-loathing" to work on behalf of the Republican Party. Finkelstein, who according to reports is in the midst of setting up a political action campaign to defeat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2006, is gay. The former president noted the weekend news reports that Finkelstein married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his home in Massachusetts, then he alluded to the Republican Party's use of the same-sex marriage issue to mobilize conservative voters. "I was sort of sad when I read it," Bill Clinton said. Sad indeed. On a good note, Clinton was speaking at a news conference at his office in Harlem where he announced that his foundation was donating $10 million to treat children with AIDS.
Gays should serve openly, conservative Ros-Lehtinen says
She still scares the bejeezus outta me with that head.
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Notoriously conservative U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has broken party ranks by calling for an end to a ban on openly gay members of the military. "We've tried the policy. I don't think it works. And we've spent a lot of money enforcing it," said the Miami Republican. Seventy democrats have three Republicans co-sponsoring their efforts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The other two are Christopher Shays of Connecticut and the formerly closeted Jim Kolbe of Arizona.
Topeka fights back against the hate of Fred Phelps and Westboro
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The "Reverend" Fred Phelps, leader of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, is planning a protest against the showing of "The Laramie Project" in Durham, North Carolina. Phelps says of the play focusing on a Wyoming town's reaction to the beating death of Matthew Shepard, "That boy lived in sin and died in sin and is in hell now. Fags use the play as a propaganda tool to recruit young Americans to emulate Matt Shepard." Home in Topeka, after 15 years of a barrage of Phelps' protests, name-calling and intimidation, folks are fighting back. An unlikely band of residents, gay and straight, liberal and conservative, religious and non-believer, are standing up to Phelps and his 100-member flock. Concerned Citizens for Topeka, garnering support from liberal and moderate clergy, mainstream businessmen and government officials, see Phelps' constant badgering as harmful to the city.
Outrage at Welsh Archbishop's views on gay teachers
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Wales: The Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Cardiff, sparked outrage saying gay teachers should be banned from Catholic schools in Wales. Smith believes homosexuals in relationships should be barred from classrooms because they set a bad example to pupils and staff.
Cardinal Law Leads Mass for the Pope, and Some Protest
Resonating proof ONCE AGAIN that the Catholic church doesn't give a flying shit about anyone it has ever destroyed.
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Less than two and a half years after he resigned as archbishop of Boston under pressure over his failure to remove pedophile priests from the ministry, Cardinal Bernard F. Law led thousands of worshipers in a memorial Mass for Pope John Paul II on Monday from the altar of the majestic St. Peter's Basilica.

The cardinal, who had been deeply reviled in his own diocese, read a homily praising John Paul, who had been greatly revered in his home diocese of Rome. "In these past few days, we experienced the touching love of the city of Rome for their pastor, a love that the pope returned," Cardinal Law said, in fluent Italian.

But the outrage that drove Cardinal Law from Boston followed him to Rome on Monday. Two representatives of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests held a news conference in St. Peter's Square to call attention to his record.

"He is the poster child of the sexual abuse scandal in America," said Barbara Blaine, a Chicago lawyer who helped found the Survivors Network. "We don't believe it's appropriate for him to be in any position of power or trust in the church."

The Vatican Still Doesn't Get It
Progressive Radio Commentary by Matthew Rothschild
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Democrats Seek to Block Bush Nominee as UN Envoy

Got Milk?
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Democrats sought to block President Bush's pick for U.N. ambassador at a confirmation hearing on Monday that focused on allegations the nominee tried to have intelligence analysts removed from their posts after disagreeing with him.

But John Bolton, a blunt detractor of the world body, appeared closer to confirmation as a Republican viewed as the key swing vote on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Bush's nominee has his vote unless major fresh information is revealed as the confirmation hearing continues on Tuesday.

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The Armageddon Man | Extreme Unilateralist or Strong Leader?

Sex, Drugs and Doctrine
When policymakers advocate rigid, abstinence-only drug and sex education programs, they put our young people in real jeopardy.
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Dobson Smears The Supreme Court As Klan Members
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Hear it for yourself: MP3 [780KB]
Also, scroll down, the thread is interesting.

Mo' Dobson: Evangelical Leader Threatens to Use His Political Muscle Against Some Democrats

From Arianna Huffington's blog - good stuff.
Schiavo Case Proves Dems Are Starving For Leadership
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Bushes In The Hood: W Fights Gangs With Budget Cuts And Photo Ops
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