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Rex Wockner
International News
CANADIAN SUPREMES HAND GAYS PARTIAL VICTORY IN PENSION CASE
Canada's Supreme Court ruled March 1 that the federal government violated the Constitution when it limited same-sex couples' eligibility for retroactive Canada Pension Plan benefits to people whose partners died after 1997.

The government established that cutoff in 2000 when Parliament granted same-sex couples full pension rights.

The Supreme Court, however, did not order payment of retroactive benefits all the way back to 1985, when equality rights took effect under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That would have cost the government around $100 million paid to some 1,500 claimants in the huge class-action suit.

Instead, the court ordered payment of one year's back pension as compensation to people whose partners died between 1985 and 1997. The individuals also will receive a pension of around $500 a month from now on.

"Achieving an appropriate balance between fairness to individual litigants and respecting the legislative role of Parliament may mean that Charter remedies will be directed more toward government action in the future and less toward the correction of past wrongs," the court explained.

POLISH DEPUTY PM: MUSLIMS UNDERSTAND THE GAY THREAT
If Europe doesn't ban abortion and limit Gay propaganda, Muslims will take over, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Roman Giertych said March 2.

"Abortion must be banned immediately," Giertych said. "Homosexual propaganda must also be limited so children will have the correct view of the family.

"The propaganda of homosexuality is reaching ever younger children," he explained. "In some countries it is even forbidden for children in hospital to talk or read about Mommy and Daddy, because this allegedly violates minority rights. Let's free ourselves of this unwise political correctness. If we will not use all our power to strengthen the family, then as a continent there is no future for us. We will be a continent settled by representatives of the Islamic world who care for the family."

Other officials in Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's ruling coalition also have denounced Gays -- and local officials routinely attempt to ban Gay-pride parades.

Kaczynski has called Gays "perverse" and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, shocked attendees at a National Forum On Europe meeting in Ireland on Feb. 20 when he warned that if homosexuality "were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear. Imagine what grand changes would occur in mores if the traditional links between men and women were set aside."

President Kaczynski banned the Gay pride parade in 2004 and 2005 when he was mayor of Warsaw, and said he'd do it again if he were mayor today.

"I don't think it's appropriate that they should promote their sexual orientation," he said at the Irish meeting.

TURKISH GAY EDITOR CLEARED IN OBSCENITY CASE
Umut Güner, editor of Turkey's only Gay magazine, KAOS GL, was acquitted Feb. 28 of obscenity charges stemming from the summer 2006 issue.

The issue looked at pornography from a mostly academic perspective via articles by several well-known writers.

A judge said that although the magazine should have been placed in an opaque package, no crime had taken place since the authorities confiscated all copies of the magazine before it was distributed.

Güner faced up to three years in prison if found guilty.

SPAIN OKs RECORDS CHANGES FOR PRE-OP TRANSSEXUALS
Spain's Parliament passed a law March 1 allowing Transsexuals to change the sex on their birth certificates and other documents even if they haven't had a sex-change operation.

Such individuals will be required to present medical proof of "gender dysphoria" and of at least two years' medical treatment to harmonize their physical characteristics with their gender identity, unless age or health prevents the treatment.

Reports said only about a third of Spain's estimated 8,000 Transsexuals have undergone full sex-reassignment surgery.

Those who have not reportedly experience discrimination and other problems when employers and others note the discrepancy between their appearance and the sex on their identity documents.

BROADCASTER CLEARED IN 'PILLOW BITER' CASE
Australian radio personality John Laws was exercising his right to free speech when he called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley a "pillow biter" and "pompous little pansy prig" during a 2004 broadcast, the New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal ruled March 1.

In a 2-1 decision, the tribunal dismissed a complaint filed by Gay activist Gary Burns.

The judges agreed that the remarks "constituted homosexual vilification" and "incited severe ridicule of homosexual men on the ground of their homosexuality" but two of the judges determined the statements "fell within an exception established by the [Anti-Discrimination] Act that is designed, within appropriate limits, to preserve freedom of expression."

LATIN POP STAR COMES OUT
Mexican pop-music star Christián Chávez of the group RBD came out on the band's Web site March 2 after photos of his 2005 same-sex marriage in Canada were published by the Web site latingossip.com.

"I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear," Chávez said. "[The photos] show a part of me, a part that I was not prepared to speak of in fear of rejection, of criticism, but especially for my family and its consequences."

"I think it's time to grow up, not only as a human being, but also as an artist," he wrote. "I believe love is the purest feeling that exists and in this career filled with loneliness, having the opportunity to share those moments with someone, that when you look into their eyes, you forget all the negative things, it's a gift of life, that I cherish more than fame."

"I don't think this is a defect, I won't deny it," Chávez said. "Although I'm scared and filled with uncertainty I know that I can rely on the support of my fans, their love is bigger than all of this. I ask them from the bottom of my heart, not to judge me for being honest and to feel proud of who they are and never make the same mistake I did."

RBD is popular throughout much of Latin America and among Latinos in the United States.
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way. As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of Gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior."
--Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace speaking in support of the military's anti-Gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, to the Chicago Tribune, March 12.

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word faggot, so I'm ... kind of at an impasse -- can't really talk about Edwards."
--Pundit Ann Coulter addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2.

"C'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult Gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
--Coulter in a March 3 e-mail to The New York Times.

"I do want to point out one thing that has been driving me crazy with the media -- how they keep describing Mitt Romney's position as being pro-Gays, and that's going to upset the right-wingers. Well, you know, screw you! I'm not anti-Gay. We're against Gay marriage. I don't want Gays to be discriminated against. I don't know why all Gays aren't Republican. I think we have the pro-Gay positions, which is anti-crime and for tax cuts. Gays make a lot of money and they're victims of crime. No, they are! They should be with us."
--Pundit Ann Coulter addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2.

"I was kissing her because that's what you do, you kiss your loved one when you win an Oscar, that's what I grew up believing."
--Singer Melissa Etheridge backstage at the Oscars Feb. 25 after she kissed wife Tammy Lynn Michaels before accepting the best-original-song trophy for "I Need to Wake Up" from Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

"This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom."
--Singer Melissa Etheridge holding her trophy backstage at the Oscars Feb. 25. She won the best-original-song statuette for "I Need to Wake Up" from Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

"Even today, when I write books that are not centrally involved with Gay life, these books are put into the Gay shelves of the bookstore. I don't like labels. I don't like being called a Gay writer. I'm Gay -- proudly so -- and I'm a writer, a writer who's amassed quite a body of work."
--Author John Rechy to the Palm Springs Gay magazine The Bottom Line, Feb. 16.

"That term sex addict really makes me laugh. Did I have abundant sex, oh yes ... my God yes, undeniably so. But being Gay allows us to experience an abundance of sexuality. ... I find that we should celebrate that difference in our lives from that of heterosexuals, I think we are different people -- that's a very good thing. I don't like what I call heterosexual imitation, because our lives are very, very rich and I don't want to see that gone. As far as sexual addiction, I would just call it bountiful sex."
--Author John Rechy to the Palm Springs Gay magazine The Bottom Line, Feb. 16.

"I'll try anything once and if I like it I'll go back! Even at my age, I still consider myself sexual, but I don't consider myself Bisexual or homosexual or heterosexual. I think that those are trapping words. They paint sex as some sort of philosophical thing. We spend more time going to the john than having sex -- I would hate to be identified by how I go to the john!"
--Poet Rod McKuen to the Palm Springs Gay magazine The Bottom Line, Feb. 16.

"It definitely is the Gayest show on TV: We have a kid who's into musical theater; Marc, who is totally Gay; and Daniel's brother who is a transsexual."
--Ugly Betty actor Michael Urie, who plays Wilhelmina Slater's assistant, Marc, to the Dallas Voice, Feb. 23.

"We don't know how many citizens ... have this unusual sexual orientation, but the Gay clubs are free to carry out their sexual activity. What we say is that we are against propagating, we are against promoting. Like any other society, we want to protect ourselves from the promotion of alcohol and tobacco. When we promote smoking, it's bad, it's wrong. [T]hrough the Gay parade you promote some uncertain people and it becomes an invitation to acquire this quality of the sexual minorities. [It is saying that] this is OK, that's normal, this is useful. Our view is that it is wrong and unusual. Let the Gay people do what they do, but they shouldn't involve other citizens of our country. ... I am not going to allow the Gay parade."
--Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov during a press conference in London with the pro-Gay mayor of London and the openly Gay mayors of Berlin and Paris, Feb. 28. The four had just finished their annual summit, which also was attended this year by the mayor of Beijing.

"Yuri! You do not become homosexual, there is no risk of propaganda. This is not a disease you catch at some point. It is somehow part of our identity. Some of us have brown skin, some of us have fair skin, some of us have brown eyes, some of us have blue eyes. We are born heterosexual or homosexual. And that's it."
--Openly Gay Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë to Mayor Luzhkov at the same press conference.

"Abortion must be banned immediately. Homosexual propaganda must also be limited so children will have the correct view of the family. ... The propaganda of homosexuality is reaching ever younger children. In some countries it is even forbidden for children in hospital to talk or read about Mommy and Daddy, because this allegedly violates minority rights. Let's free ourselves of this unwise political correctness. If we will not use all our power to strengthen the family, then as a continent there is no future for us. We will be a continent settled by representatives of the Islamic world who care for the family."
--Polish Deputy Prime Minister Roman Giertych, March 2.

"I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear. [The photos of my Canadian same-sex marriage published by a gossip Web site] show a part of me, a part that I was not prepared to speak of in fear of rejection, of criticism, but especially for my family and its consequences. ... I believe love is the purest feeling that exists and in this career filled with loneliness, having the opportunity to share those moments with someone, that when you look into their eyes, you forget all the negative things, it's a gift of life, that I cherish more than fame. ... I don't think this is a defect, I won't deny it. Although I'm scared and filled with uncertainty I know that I can rely on the support of my fans, their love is bigger than all of this. I ask them from the bottom of my heart, not to judge me for being honest and to feel proud of who they are and never make the same mistake I did."
--Mexican pop star Christián Chávez of the group RBD, writing on the group's Web site, March 2. RBD is popular throughout much of Latin America and among Latinos in the U.S.

"I came out when I was 27 and I couldn't stop talking about it actually. My friends thought it was a career death wish. But I have always been really grateful that I wasn't in the closet, and I didn't have to spend so much energy concealing, because it really does change the integrity of your work. And when you see somebody perform and then they come out, you just see a freedom, you know, like Rosie. There's a certain freedom and power in regaining your authentic self."
--Comedian Kate Clinton to the Palm Springs Gay magazine The Bottom Line, March 2.

"[It's] a corporation designed to milk the Gay market for money to hire more fundraisers and marketers to milk more Gay pockets. It's a racket with a plush new multi-million dollar headquarters and salaries that would make corporate America blush. Have they actually done anything for Gay rights? After a couple of decades observing them, my own view is: nada. ... They get tens of millions of dollars a year from well-intentioned Gay men and Lesbians. They've been doing it for years. And what have we got? Nothing. Wake up, guys. Give your money to people who actually fight for Gay equality."
--Writer Andrew Sullivan on the Human Rights Campaign, on his blog, March 7.

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