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NEWS: China Cracks Down, Republicans Crack Up, Literature Gets Fun


Towleroad-roadicon China cracks down on media as CP drama mounts:

Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say.

The web posts were picked up last week by media outlets around the world, amid uncertainty caused by the ouster of top political leader Bo Xilai ...

Two popular microblogs have temporarily stopped users from posting comments ...

China's top leaders are grappling with the biggest political crisis they have faced for years, the BBC's Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.

The country will begin a once-in-a-decade leadership change later this year. But one of the main contenders for promotion - Bo Xilai - has just been sacked, suggesting a fierce fight behind the scenes for control of the ruling Communist Party.

Towleroad-roadicon Good to remember: Many people of faith support marriage equality in NC.

Towleroad-roadicon The White Plains police didn't need to kill Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

Towleroad-roadicon Rahm Emanuel wants to keep LGBT Chicagoans healthy.

Towleroad-roadicon The modern family: Two women mother a brood of quadruplets who were born two weeks apart.

Towleroad-roadicon He was an illegal immigrant. He was kicked out of the United States after running a red light. Now, that criminal record prevents him from re-entering the country to go to his son's funeral:

“Fidel” Merlos-Lopez is trying to attend the funeral services for his 10-year-old son Damien Lopez on Monday after the boy, along with his cousin, aunt and 7-month-old half-brother, died in a fire last week in the town of Shenandoah.

But U.S. Customs and Border Protection have denied Fidel Lopez entrance into the country after he was asked by immigration authorities to leave the country voluntarily in 2007 after running a red light.

Towleroad-roadicon Republicans, under the impression that kids in school "can't talk about God," rally against make-believe war on religious freedom:

Tumblr_llak0ehEAF1qbl75h“This type of faith and values politicking has very, very little broad support amongst Americans,” said Jacques Berlinerblau, a Georgetown University professor and author of the upcoming book “How to be Secular: a Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.”

“The problem is a core constituency of the Republican party will only engage as Republicans if that product is sold and this is where they’re stuck.”

Towleroad-roadicon At the Large Hadron Collider, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish evidence from error.

Towleroad-roadicon Another case of teachers abusing disabled kids.

Towleroad-roadicon The screams recorded on that telephone call were probably not George Zimmerman's.

Towleroad-roadicon Are we all excited about The Sugar Frosted Nutsack?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: I'll 'Push' for Marriage Equality

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to push for marriage equality in Illinois yesterday, the Sun-Times reports.

EmanuelSaid Emanuel:

“Before I was a mayor, I worked hard on the civil union legislation. I made phone calls. And when it passed, I was at Millennium Park, when we had the first [ceremony]. In fact, I presided over a series of ceremonies in my office...When you have two loving adults, that should be held up as a positive — whether it’s male-female, or, in this case, female-female or male-male. That’s proper. We shouldn’t as a state discriminate...Recognizing the love between two adults also has a series of rippling effects through a series of policies — public and private — that we all take as a given and is not true for gays and lesbian couples. So I’ll push for it because it’s consistent with the values base that I think is right as a city, as a state and as a country. ... I support both the civil union and ultimately gay marriage because I think discrimination that’s embedded deeper than just recognizing a marriage or recognizing a civil union is wrong."

Emanuel told CNN's Wolf blitzer last June that he hoped Illinois would move in the direction of marriage equality.

Illinois lawmakers introduced a marriage equality bill last week.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Says He Hopes Illinois Will Move in the Direction of Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview yesterday if Obama's refusal to endorse same-sex marriage was a big deal or little deal.

Emanuel refused to comment on what kind of deal Obama's position is on the issue, but stressed the progress that has been made for LGBT rights in his administration, and discussed civil unions in Illinois, noting that he hopes the Land of Lincoln would go further, perhaps the way of New York.

"It is a significant issue. I would hope that the state would move in that direction...Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement and I think that's very important."


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Same-Sex Couples Have 33 Civil Unions in Mass Chicago Event

(Tracy Baim-Windy City Times)

A mass civil union of 33 couples was held in Millenium Park in Chicago yesterday, the Sun-Times reports:

Rahm Several Cook County Circuit Court judges — and one minister — volunteered to preside over the individual ceremonies Thursday at the northwest corner of the park along Michigan Avenue. Wednesday was the first day the couples could get civil union licenses from the Cook County clerk’s office, but the law required a 24-hour wait before a service could take place.

Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the ceremony. Emanuel noted that he had presided over a civil union earlier in the day.

Watch some excellent clips from the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's a fantastic gallery from Tracy Baim at the Windy City Times.

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Rahm Emanuel's Inclusion of Anti-Gay Minister in Transition Team Troubles LGBT Advocates


Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has selected his transition team and it includes no gay people, which LGBT rights groups noted but said did not trouble them. What did trouble them, however, was the inclusion of Rev. Byron Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God.

The Windy City Times reports:

Bernard Cherkasov, chief executive director of Equality Illinois, indicated the lack of LGBT representation in Emanuel's transition team should not be a cause for alarm for the community. His organization's PAC joined a large coalition of LGBT community leaders in endorsing Emanuel's mayoral campaign last month.

"We look forward to working with the team of co-chairs to help identify the priorities for the city of Chicago, including the priorities of the LGBT community, and figure out a path to addressing them as soon as the mayor is in office," Cherkasov said.

Brazier's presence on the transition team is an eyebrow-raising choice, however. Brazier's father and the previous pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, the late Bishop Arthur, supported the Federal Marriage Amendment. Additionally, the church is affiliated with the Pentecostal movement, which generally condemns homosexuality as sinful. At press time, Brazier had not return Windy City Times' request for an interview.

Rev. Irene Monroe, coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, said Emanuel's selection of Brazier while not including any LGBT co-chairs was an intentional, and troubling, choice.

"It is a great concern," Monroe said. "Why that particular church when there are so many progressive churches he can choose from?

Monroe added that the inclusion of Brazier reminded her of Obama's inclusion of anti-gay leaders in his team: "I think what bothers me most about that is that progressives like Rahm and Obama don't mind taking LGBT money for their campaigns and don't mind our vote, but when it comes to full-throated advocacy, they invariably either let us down or leave us waiting like this time is never the right time for them to hit these particular issues."

Rahm Emanuel Declares Victory in Chicago Mayoral Race

Rahm Emanuel has declared victory in the Chicago mayoral race

EmanuelEmanuel's declaration came after runner-up Gery Chico called him tonight to concede defeat.

"We've elected a mayor tonight," Chico told supporters. "I want with all of my heart for Rahm Emanuel to be successful as mayor. We need that, ladies and gentlemen."

Emanuel needed to be above the 50 percent benchmark to avoid a runoff election and six more weeks of campaigning, and he got what he needed. With 92 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.4 percent for Chico.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent.

Chicago Pride reports:

Emanuel, who was the front-runner in the Chicago mayoral race, was a favorite in Chicago's gay community.

"I think our city is an accomplished city, the LGBT community is a central part of our city," Emanuel said during a January press conference at the Center on Halsted where he announced the support of over 200 LGBT community leaders and advocates, including openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago).

Emanuel also picked up the endorsements of Equality Illinois PAC and the national LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

Watch Emanuel's victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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