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Calif. AG Will Try to Block Act Legalizing Gays' Murder

Kamala Harris seeking court order to avoid title and summary

(Newser) - California's AG is doing her best to ensure a proposed ballot measure that would legalize the murder of gay people never makes it off her desk. Kamala Harris yesterday declared she's seeking a court order that would allow her to stop the Sodomite Suppression Act , proposed by lawyer... More »

'Intolerant Jackass' Act Counters 'Shoot Gays' Act

Advocating murder would be punished with sensitivity training

(Newser) - Activist Charlotte Laws says she is "fighting fire with fire"—and fighting an intolerant jackass with the Intolerant Jackass Act. With California Attorney General Kamala Harris unable to halt the progress of lawyer Matt McLaughlin's Sodomite Suppression Act ballot initiative, which calls for homosexuality to be punished... More »

Measure to Legalize Gays' Murder May Move Forward

Proposed California initiative seems destined for signature-gathering phase

(Newser) - At some point this spring, it appears that Californians will be asked to sign a petition legalizing the murder of gay people. And it will be perfectly legit. As the Sacramento Bee reports, a lawyer named Matt McLaughlin has filed the proper paperwork, along with his $200 fee, to propose... More »

Barney Frank Recalls Decision to Come Out in 1987

In memoir, he writes he was tired of trying to hide it

(Newser) - Barney Frank is out with a memoir this month in which he writes about his decision to come out as the first openly gay member of Congress in 1987. The impetus? "I was ashamed of myself for hiding my membership in a universally despised group,” he writes in... More »

Ben Carson: Sorry About My Comments on Gays

But he says it's still not clear whether homosexuality is a choice

(Newser) - Ben Carson is once again apologizing for remarks about gay people. This time, he's walking back a comment in which he argued that prison proved homosexuality was a choice, reports CNN . (He argued that people went in straight and came out gay.) “I do not pretend to... More »

Critics Question Gay Romance's 'R' Rating

There's no sex or violence in Love Is Strange

(Newser) - You won't see any sex or violence in the new R-rated film Love Is Strange. What you will see is a love story between two men—which has critics wondering whether homophobia might explain the MPAA's rating decision. The movie is about a couple who must live apart... More »

Grammar Blogger Fired Over 'Homo' in 'Homophones'

Boss thought confused students would think of gay sex

(Newser) - You've heard of homophobia. Now comes homophonia. The Salt Lake Tribune has the strange story of a social-media specialist who got fired after writing a blog post about homophones—the grammatical term referring to words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like too and two. It seems... More »

Ex-Kicker Chris Kluwe Suing Vikings

Says team deliberately hiding its homophobia investigation from public

(Newser) - Chris Kluwe— disgruntled former Vikings kicker and outspoken gay rights champion —is unsurprisingly suing his old team, alleging that the team refused to make public its investigation into homophobic comments he says a special teams coach made, reports NBC . "It’s outrageous to me that the Vikings would... More »

Straight People Need to See More Gay Kisses

Mark Joseph Stern on the reaction to Michael Sam's smooch

(Newser) - There was a distinct outpouring of disgust when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after being drafted on Saturday night. Some of it was just outright bigotry, but Mark Joseph Stern at Slate was interested to see many people saying they supported Sam in theory, but were nonetheless uncomfortable with the... More »

Dolphins Fine Player for Tweet-Bashing Michael Sam

Don Jones suspended from play after draft comments

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins have fined cornerback Don Jones after a pair of homophobic tweets. Jones tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL , reacting by kissing his boyfriend on-air, NBC Sports reports. Jones will undergo "educational training for... More »

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Alec Baldwin produced new documentary on ex-lawmaker

(Newser) - Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Son She Thought Was Gay

Jessica Dutro trial begins

(Newser) - An Oregon mom is on trial for allegedly beating her son to death, which she did, prosecutors told the court this week, because she believed the 4-year-old was gay. On Wednesday the judge in the case ruled that prosecutors could introduce as evidence a Facebook message in which Jessica Dutro,... More »

Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man'

(Newser) - The NFL might seem to have other , seemingly more pressing problems , but a Republican lobbyist has decided to first tackle gay men in the league. Jack Burkman's proposed bill, which he says was inspired by openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam , would ban gay players from the NFL, the... More »

Arizona's Brewer Faces Decision on Gay Rights

Bill would give businesses right to refuse service to homosexuals

(Newser) - Arizona is once again at the center of a hot-button national issue, but this time it's gay rights instead of immigration. The state Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs and refuse service to gay people, reports AP . Now Gov.... More »

Homophobic? You'll Die Sooner

Study finds link between anti-gay bias, shorter life expectancy

(Newser) - If you're homophobic, here's one reason to rethink that: It might send you to an earlier grave. A new study looked at social attitudes in America over two recent decades, compared them with death rates, and found that subjects with high levels of anti-gay prejudice had a life... More »

Tycoon Axes $128M Reward for Marrying Gay Daughter

Chao grudgingly accepts her sexuality

(Newser) - Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao has had a sudden change of heart after offering a $128 million reward to any male suitor who could marry his lesbian daughter. The tycoon—who recently doubled his original offer of $64 million —appears to have been moved by an open letter from... More »

Putin: Gays Are Fine—If They Steer Clear of Kids

Russian president seeks to reassure, as best he can

(Newser) - He was apparently trying to be magnanimous toward gay people, but it didn't quite come out that way. Asked today about Russia's views toward homosexuals, Putin said those in his country should "feel calm and at ease," reports the Washington Post . And then he added, "... More »

NFL Punter: Homophobic 'Bigot' Coach Fired Me

Former Viking Chris Kluwe speaks out

(Newser) - Chris Kluwe made a name for himself not only as an NFL punter but as a (very) outspoken advocate for gay marriage. Now Kluwe has taken to Deadspin to allege that he got cut from the Minnesota Vikings after eight years by special teams coach Mike Priefer, "a bigot... More »

Baldwin Defuses Anti-Gay Uproar ... by Pretending to Be Gay

Yes, make a gay joke, Alec, that'll certainly do the trick

(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of ill-advised ideas: Alec Baldwin, currently the subject of controversy over his recent use of at least one anti-gay slur , tried to defuse the situation yesterday ... by jokingly pretending to be gay. At a tech conference in San Francisco, Baldwin expressed remorse over his... More »

Stop Asking Gay People How They Came Out

For some, it's a topic they don't want to revisit: Mark Joseph Stern

(Newser) - It's National Coming Out Day, and Mark Joseph Stern marks it with a message for straight people: Please, don't ask your gay friends to tell you their coming out stories. "On television, coming out is usually greeted with celebratory affection at best, distressed confusion at worst,"... More »

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