Thursday, September 15, 2005

Queer Notes

  • The Congress has passed an amendment to the Children’s Safety Act that would expand hate crimes to include sexual orientation and gender. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and passed 223-199. This is the first time adding gay-bashing to the federal statutes has gotten past the watchdogs of the Religious Reich. Maybe that’s because they were down at happy hour at the Velvet Spike and missed the vote.
  • The Massachusetts legislature has voted down a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have eliminated same-sex marriage.

    Instead, the vote leaves same-sex marriage as the status quo in Massachusetts, and it now seems likely to remain so until at least 2008.

    […]

    Politicians here credit the weddings themselves with shifting the political momentum, saying their growing ordinariness has defused some of the opposition.

    “The difference is that we have marriage,” said state Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios (D) after the vote, while other supporters screamed and cheered nearby in a rally under a mural of the Boston Tea Party. “We’ve got a world that hasn’t changed.”

    Not that the two are connected, but if God really didn’t want queers to get married in Massachusetts, don’t you think he would have showed his displeasure by having the Red Sox lose the World Series?

  • The Vatican is on the hunt for gays.

    Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for “evidence of homosexuality” and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.

    […]

    Experts in human sexuality have cautioned that homosexuality and attraction to children are different, and that a disproportionate percentage of boys may have been abused because priests were more likely to have access to male targets – like altar boys or junior seminarians – than to girls.

    But some church officials in the United States and in Rome, including some bishops and many conservatives, attributed the abuse to gay priests and called for an overhaul of the seminaries. Expectation for such a move rose this year with the election of Pope Benedict XVI, who has spoken of the need to “purify” the church.

    It is unknown how many Catholic priests are gay. Estimates range widely, from 10 percent to 60 percent.

    What are they going to do, burn them at the stake? (Talk about your flaming faggots…)

    If he really wants to find them, the Pope should just fork over the dough for a Premium subscription to Gay.com or Manhunt.net. “Get on and get off…”