Pelosi, 80 Democrats want protection for binational gay couples
Much ado was made when President Barack Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage. This, in concert with his announcement last year that immigration officials would use discretion in deportation of “low-priority” cases, offered hope to binational gay couples. However, a year later there is still little explanation of this order or how it would affect gay couples. To speed up the process of outlining a procedure, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and 80 other Democrats are pressuring Obama to establish a working policy. Currently, the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act prevents gay couples, even married couples, from utilizing citizenship benefits.
Vietnam considers gay marriage
The communist government of Vietnam is often criticized for a dismal human-rights record, but over the past five years, it has been changing for its gay citizens. Homosexuality was listed as a threat to society and officially discouraged by the government. But recently, state-run media that is unable to criticize the government has started to explore gay issues and has produced dozens of positive portrayals of gay people. And public opinion is changing. Support for gay marriage has improved and while there’s no guarantee gay couples will be legally recognized, even the discussion is hailed as a success by gay-rights advocates.
Missouri hate crime
A Missouri woman is recovering from an attack by teenage neighbors who have been harassing her and her partner for months. Jeana Terry was pulled out of her home by three siblings who forced her to the ground and beat her. She sustained facial injuries, including a black eye, as well as bruises all over her body.
Police raid gay theater in Lebanon
Dozens of men were arrested in Beirut after police raided a theater known for showing gay cinema. According to reports, police performed anal probes on the men and threatened to out them if they were not paid off. The probe was allegedly to determine which men were gay. No details about the very unscientific approach were given.
Baptist priest investigated for affair with teen
One of the largest mega-churches in the nation, Indiana’s First Baptist Church, fired head Pastor Jack Schaap for an adulterous affair with a young girl. While he has not yet been arrested, police are investigating possible sodomy and statutory rape charges.