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Time: Will Gay Marriage Pit Church Against Church?

Time Magazine US edition
26 April 2009

Will Gay Marriage Pit Church Against Church?
By Michael A. Lindenberger

The fight over gay marriage may be far from over, but already some conservative Christian leaders are looking beyond the courtroom dramas and the legislative infighting. The trouble they see is not just an America where general support for gay marriage will have driven a wedge between churches and the world, but between churches themselves. Continue reading ‘Time: Will Gay Marriage Pit Church Against Church?’

New York to introduce same-sex marriage bill

16 April 2009
Christian Science Monitor

New York to introduce same-sex marriage bill

After Iowa and Vermont legalized gay marriage, and with bills also pending in Maine and New Hampshire, are gay rights gaining momentum?
By Aelxandra Marks | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

from the April 16, 2009 edition


New York – In a relatively short time, the number of states giving gay couples the right to marry doubled from two to four. On Thursday, New York put in a bid to become the fifth.

Gov. David Paterson announced his determination to shepherd a “marriage equality” bill through the state legislature this year, in order to build on the momentum generated earlier this month by the legalization of gay marriage in Iowa and Vermont. Continue reading ‘New York to introduce same-sex marriage bill’

DSM controversy could overshadow opportunities

Source: Edge Boston
2 June 2008

DSM controversy could overshadow opportunities

by Zak Szymanski

When Julia Serano first heard of psychologist Kenneth Zucker’s appointment to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) revisions group, she saw it as an opportunity to strategize.

Zucker’s work at Toronto’s Clarke Institute for Psychiatry (now the Centre for Addiction and Recovery) has been hailed by ex-gay groups for his claims that too-tolerant parents enable gender disorders in children and that gender-conforming therapies – forbidding boys from playing with dolls, for instance – are effective treatments for young people. Continue reading ‘DSM controversy could overshadow opportunities’

Should identity of HIV patient be revealed?

Source: Today
2 June 2008

Should identity of HIV patient be revealed?
Zul Othman

SINCE 1992, the identities of persons living with HIV have been protected under the Infectious Diseases Act, although they can be named if they are charged in court.

Over the years, there have been a few reports. But, what about putting their photos in the media?

It is a big grey area, going by what professionals in the legal, medical and media industry told Today. Continue reading ‘Should identity of HIV patient be revealed?’

A Grotian moment? by Andy Ho

Source: The Straits Times
30 May 2008

A Grotian moment?

By Andy Ho, Senior Writer

IN MEDIAEVAL times, things – actions, entities, situations – were ‘right’ when they conformed with the law of nature. It was Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) who changed that conception to our modern notion of rights as something that individuals owned because of some quality or power they possessed. Thus I have the right to freedom of thought because I have the power to think as I please.

Because individuals owned these rights, they could also give them away to the state in return for security. If states respected human rights and if they bound themselves to form an international society based on such norms, there would be world peace, Grotius argued. Continue reading ‘A Grotian moment? by Andy Ho’

Young man kills himself

Editor’s note: Ven. Dhammika (picture at right) is currently the spiritual advisor of Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society at Balestier (

Source: Ven Shravasti Dhammika’s blog
25 May 2008

A gay tragedy

Occasionally someone, usually a young man but sometimes a young women or an older man or women, will approach me and after a few minuets of hesitation or beating around the bush, ask me what the Buddhist position on homosexuality is. When they do I tell then that intentional actions (kamma) modify consciousness and that our kamma conditions our future. Positive intentional acts have positive effects (vipaka) and negative intentional acts have a negative effect. Sexual acts motivated by the usual intentions, feelings and emotions which exist between two people who love each other, would have a positive effect and would not infringe the third Precept, whether they be homosexual or heterosexual. Continue reading ‘Young man kills himself’

Slate opinion: Magisterial conviction

Source: Slate webzine
15 May 2008

Magisterial Conviction
Why the California Supreme Court did more than legalize gay marriage.

By Kenji Yoshino

On Thursday, by a 4-3 vote of the state Supreme Court, California followed Massachusetts and became the second state in which same-sex couples can tie the knot as tightly as straight couples can. The Massachusetts opinion of 2003 will always have the fame of a first mover. In it, the state high court found that the exclusion of gays from marriage deprived them of both liberty and equality rights protected under the state constitution. The California Supreme Court came to the same conclusion, but in terms that have more legal bite and greater political consequence. Continue reading ‘Slate opinion: Magisterial conviction’

Slate opinion: Who you calling Activist?

Source: Slate webzine
15 May 2008

Who You Calling Activist?
California’s gay-marriage decision reflects the difference between judicial activism and, um, judging.

By Dahlia Lithwick

When it comes to gay marriage, California is a hotbed of activism. Their activist Legislature has twice passed bills that would legalize gay marriage, and their activist governor has twice vetoed those bills. That same activist Legislature also enacted a ban on same-sex marriage in 1977, and its activist citizenry passed a statewide ballot initiative in 2000 doing the same thing. While polls show that Californians are increasingly supportive of gay marriage, other activist citizens have been collecting what now amounts to 1.1 million signatures to amend their constitution in November to say that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” But then today the state’s activist Supreme Court got in on the activist action, finding in a 4-3 decision that the California ban on same-sex marriage violates the “fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship.” That makes everybody an activist in California, just by virtue of the fact that they are acting. (Let it be noted that it’s particularly activist of the state Legislature and its citizens to be banning and legalizing gay marriage all at the same time.) Continue reading ‘Slate opinion: Who you calling Activist?’

Do we really need more people?

Marina Bay


Comment by editor: The main thrust of Richard Hartung’s argument in his op-ed (Today newspaper, 3 May 2008 ) is that Singapore should examine the wisdom of wanting so many immigrants without fixing other essentials that make an innovative city. He refers to the three T’s that Richard Florida outlined a few years ago – talent, technology and tolerance. “Singapore may need to re-examine whether it has the right environment to attract talent, and how its environment is presented. A bourgeoning arts scene, allowing in same-sex partners and pouring money into research centres may help pave the road to success,” he writes. “Yet, it is anecdotes such as censors banning movies and limited media freedom that attract attention. The image of the environment for one T – tolerance – could need improvement.”

Continue reading ‘Do we really need more people?’

ST: Some US gay couples have trouble getting divorced

Some US gay couples have trouble getting divorced

PROVIDENCE, (Rhode Island) – GAY couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions in certain states. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too, thanks to America’s patchwork of state-by-state laws.

In Rhode Island, for example, the state’s top court ruled in December that gays married in neighbouring Massachusetts – the only state to allow the practice – cannot get divorced because state lawmakers have never defined marriage as anything but a union between a man and woman.

In Missouri, a judge is deciding whether a lesbian married in Massachusetts can get an annulment.

‘We all know people who have gone through divorces. At the end of that long and unhappy period, they have been able to breathe a sigh of relief,’ said Ms Cassandra Ormiston of Rhode Island, who is splitting from her wife, Ms Margaret Chambers. But ‘I do not see that on my horizon, that sigh of relief that it’s over’. Continue reading ‘ST: Some US gay couples have trouble getting divorced’