A new plan has been proposed to halt gay marriages in Massachusetts. It would define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The initiative must collect 66,000 signatures and be approved by two Constitutional Conventions before it can go to voters in 2008. Governor Mitt Romney has given his support to the plan as has former mayor of Boston Raymond Flynn.
A trial date has been set for David Parker, the Massachusetts man who had a dispute with a school principal over a book containing a depiction of a family with same-sex parents. Parker had refused to leave school property until the officials agreed to notify him if similar material would be shown to his son. He was then arrested. He is sending their son back to school next month: “I told him his daddy is in charge and he smiled. That is all I’m prepared to say right now.”
Openly gay candidate Drew Pritt joins Arkansas lieutenant governor race. If he wins, Pritt would be the first openly gay official elected to statewide office in that state.
It ain’t good to be gay in Nigeria. Nigeria’s archbishop says the Church of England should be punished for allowing gay clergy to marry, even though they are expected to practice celibacy and are not allowed to bless gay and lesbian couples. Meanwhile, a group of 22 House Democrats have sent a strongly worded letter to the President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo condemning the recent sentencing of a man to death by stoning for sodomy in that nation.