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By |2009-03-26T09:00:00-04:00March 26th, 2009|Opinions|

compiled by Howard Israel

“Swimming is definitely one of the sports that is more accepting of gay athletes. It might be because of the close relationship we all have. I mean, we’re all running around in small bathing suits, so we’re all very close, there’s a very intimate level between us. So when our friends or teammates comes out, you don’t look at the sexuality factor.”
– Andrew Langenfeld, 22, openly gay senior and champion swimmer at Purdue University, recently set a Big Ten conference-record time in the 50-freestyle, in an interview about his win, http://www.OutSports.com, Feb. 27.

“As each day seems to bring more glum news about home foreclosures, job losses and recession, our findings suggest that LGBT people might be particularly vulnerable in this economic downturn. Policy initiatives designed to help struggling homeowners, enhance unemployment and public assistance benefits and create new jobs should all be understood as an important part of the gay political agenda. Broadening engagement on these issues may be very important for the short-term needs of the LGBT community.”
– Dr. Gary J. Gates, in a guest blog titled “The End of ‘Gay Affluence,'” one of the authors of a study titled “Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community,” that shows large numbers of American LGB men and women are living in poverty, http://www.Bilerico.com, March 20.

“We’ve got a lot of trouble in this country. We’ve got a lot of trouble in the world. Why the state should be interested in proscribing the word marriage from two people who love each other, who are responsible, tax-paying, productive people, who have created a family … why the state would have an interest in proscribing that kind of conduct, I don’t understand. I understand the anger about poverty. I understand the anger about AIG. I understand the problem about Afghanistan and the Taliban. But I don’t understand the preoccupation with gays being permitted to marry.”
– Judge Judy, television personality and presiding judge on the reality-based court show, in an interview by Larry King, on his TV show; responding to a question about California’s Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage, http://www.CNN.com, March 17.

“The aim is to advance the prevention of this epidemic, which affects 33 million people all over the world, two-thirds of them in Africa.”
– A statement from Spain’s Health Ministry, in an announcement that it will send one million condoms to Africa to fight AIDS, International Herald Tribune, March 19.

“The Defense of Marriage Act, signed into federal law in 1996, defines marriage as between one man and one woman, prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex couples. And since only married couples can file joint federal tax returns, all gay and lesbian couples must file federal taxes as individuals.”
– Ramon Johnson, in his blog titled “Tax Tips for Gays, Lesbians and Same-Sex Couples,” responding to the question whether gay and lesbian couples can file joint federal taxes, Ramon’s Gay Life Blog http://www.gaylife.about.com, March.

“It is one step closer to equality between homosexuals and heterosexuals – and it is a crucial step. The U.S. must now commit itself to actively support the text, encouraging all their allies to sign it as well. If this commitment is given, we can gather more support and, in the medium term, it will lead to a resolution in the UN. The UN Statement on Homosexuality is ‘non-binding’. But it remains highly symbolic. That’s why we try to reach a legally enforceable resolution.”
– Louis-Georges Tin, French gay activist and the founder and president of International Day Against Homophobia, commenting on the support of President Barack Obama for the UN “Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” which calls for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, http://UKGayNews.org.uk, March 19.

“A presentation in math class today was over the top. The kids were given step by step instructions on how to become gay and transsexual. They were given a list of Web sites to visit, some of which were so disgusting that they should be labeled porn sites. I find out that the influence of the gay agenda at CVHS is much worse than I had been led to believe. I already knew that most of my child’s teachers were gay.”
– A portion of an anonymous e-mail sent to thousands of parents of Castro Valley High School students, in response to a “Days of Diversity” program at the school, http://www.CastroValleyForum.com, March 17.

“It’s one thing for Pope Benedict XVI to have a religious and moral position against condoms. But it’s a whole other thing to assert, as he did, that the distribution of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa ‘increases the problem.’ The Pope is preaching the message of sexual abstinence as the responsible and moral approach for fighting the disease. But, unfortunately, the ‘abstinence only’ approach isn’t working. And countless people are dying. Condom distribution is not only critical, but highly responsible and moral. About 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV. That’s two-thirds of all people living with HIV and it’s where three-quarters of all AIDS deaths occur, according to UNAIDS.org. In the face of a ravaging AIDS epidemic, this kind of moral pontification by some of the most influential religious leaders, is indeed morally bankrupt.”
– Terry Keleher, director of Applied Research Center’s Racial Justice Leadership Action and Network Program, in his blog titled “The Pope’s Condom Condemnation,” http://www.RaceWire.org, March 18.

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