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Forbes Mistakenly Calls Irish President Gay, Issues Apology


An article that recently appeared on Forbes' website mistakenly labeled Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, "an acknowledged homosexual," The Irish Independent reports:

In an article about Samantha Power, the Irish woman being appointed as US Ambassador to the United Nations, [David] Monagan made a passing reference to President Higgins. He wrote: "The current president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, is a poet, acknowledged homosexual, and nearly as outspoken as his predecessors."

Forbes called the mistake "a serious error" that both they and author David Monagan "sincerely regret." According to The Daily Mail, Monagan attributes the mistake to deadline pressure, calling it "inexcusabe" and the worst mistake of his professional life.

Interestingly, the Mail notes that, "Forbes, which bills itself as a leading source for reliable business news and financial information, uses fact checkers to substantiate stories after individual freelancers submit work for publication."

File this one under, "Oops."

Irish Constitutional Convention Votes to Recommend Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland's Constitutional Convention wants marriage equality, RTE reports:

IrelandThe vote was 79 in favour and 18 against, with the rest expressing no opinion. The decision was taken by 29 members of the Oireachtas, three members of the Stormont Assembly and 65 citizens selected by a polling company to represent a cross-section of the Republic's electorate broken down by age, gender and region.

The Government has promised to decide on whether to accept the recommendation after an Oireachtas debate on the Convention's reports later this year.

The outcome represents a major boost for the campaign for equality for gay and lesbian couples and children in their households with the rest of the families in the State.

Gay Irish Couple Attacked by Grocery Store Security Guard: Report


A gay couple say they were attacked at a SPAR grocery store in Dublin Ireland by a security guard who called them "faggots" after spotting them kissing in the aisle.

Writes Lawlor on Facebook:

So last night myself and Emmett Daly went out for a few drinks together, during our nightly ritual of getting a roll in Spar on Georges street we kissed in the shop. The security gaurd then came over to us and told us to ''take it back into the George you faggots'. Emmett then asked if we were a straight couple who kissed would u asked us to leave and go back to Coppers? I then dragged Emmett towards the deli and the security gaurd followed and again told us to get out of the shop 'you faggots' .. Emmett then pushed him away in retaliation after which two lads pinned him to the ground and was practically strangling him, he now has cuts all over his face and is some amount of pain .. People today are losing their jobs .. its 2013 and the shop is three seconds from two of the biggest gay bars in Dublin, WHAT THEE F**K!?

SPAR Ireland released a statement:

SPAR Ireland notes the many concerned comments in relation to an alleged incident in a SPAR store on Dame Street which is independently owned and operated. SPAR Ireland prides itself on respect for all regardless of gender, nationality, colour, creed, or sexual orientation and abhors any action that contravenes that.

We are currently working with the independent store owner, the Gardai and the private security company to establish the facts of the alleged incident. In the meantime, it is important that we all respect the requirement for due process as the allegations are investigated.

News: Orionid, DADT's Legacy, Adele's Son, Ireland

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1NewsIcon Bureaucratic legacy: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will spend the next few years removing "dishonorable discharge" and other DADT labels that remain on the records of servicemembers kicked out for being gay.

1NewsIcon The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson are trying to stop a right-wing lawsuit that wants to overturn California's ban on "ex-gay therapy" for minors.

1NewsIcon More on late Sen. George McGovern's ahead-of-his-time politics, from Bruce Miroff: "Mr. McGovern’s 1972 campaign is indelibly associated with the mass movements of the late 1960s — the antiwar movement above all, but also feminism and the nascent movement for gay liberation. As a son of a Methodist minister, growing up in small prairie towns during the Depression, he was an unlikely spokesman for the political and cultural aspirations of an emerging 'counterculture.' ... His sense of fairness and tolerance made him open to new cultural forces alien to his upbringing, even when some of their issues — especially abortion — left him uncomfortable."

1NewsIcon In case you were wondering, Ted Haggard, the right-wing pastor caught with his pants down in 2008, has shifted gears and now believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

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1NewsIcon Irish Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore reiterated his support for marriage equality at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association conference: "As I have stated elsewhere, the right of same-sex couples to marry is not a gay rights issue, it is a civil rights issue, and one that I support."

1NewsIcon The CrossPoint Church in Hutchinson, Kansas, booted long-time congregant and band member Chad Graber because he's gay. "He switched from struggling with his sin to embracing it," said senior pastor Andy Addis.

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Dublin City Council Approves Marriage Equality 38-4

DublinPicAfter much campaigning, equality activists in Dublin got their wish yesterday as the Irish city's council voted 38-4 to allow same-sex civil marriage there.

From a celebratory press release via Joe.My.God:

Two motions in support of marriage equality were put forward - by councillors from Labour and Sinn Féin - and passed at last night's council meeting, having been considered jointly. Dublin City Council joins Cork City Council and Belfast City Council, who passed similar motions in June, as well as Omagh, Down, Moyle and Magherafelt District Councils who passed motions during the summer months.

"This is a wonderful step by Dublin City Council to raise awareness of this important issue at a local level. We'd like to thank the councillors from both Labour and Sinn Féin for their initiative, and our supporters in Dublin who spoke to their councillors over the last few months about raising the issue," said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith.

"Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it's a local one. It's about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are part of our communities and treating them as equal. That is why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important."

A lot of Irish lads and lasses are no doubt pretty pleased at the moment.

Out Irish Hurler Dónal Óg Cusack Gives Powerful Pride Speech: VIDEO


Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack, who made headlines when he came out in 2009, gave a powerful speech to the Foyle Pride Festival in County Derry last week, the Irish Times reports.

Said Cusack:

"When I did come out to them (his teammates) we had lots of deep conversations. And their loyalty to me then and since then has been one of the most moving and meaningful things in my life. It’s been a great positive. So have all the encounters with young people thinking about coming out. All the meetings with people who took a bit of encouragement in taking big steps in their own lives....When I came out a few years ago I wasn’t making any big statement about myself I was following up on a promise I made to myself when I was younger. I was at a gay club in Cork and somebody recognised me as a hurler. I pretended not to be who I was and I felt sick afterwards. I promised I’d never pretend to be something that I wasn’t."


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