Supreme Court To Decide 2nd Gay Case

In its second surprise move in a week, the United States Supreme Court on Friday, January 15, announced it would review another narrow dispute involving anti-gay activists' alleged fear of harassment over their public opposition to legal recognition for same-sex relationships.

The court's actions – because they are unusual involvements in two cases regarding same-sex relationships – have gay legal activists worried.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, and their daughter Meghan have posed for photos endorsing pro-gay marriage forces in California.

Mrs. McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8"written on one cheek in a photo posted Wednesday to the Web site of NOH8, a gay rights group opposed to Proposition 8. The ballot mea- sure passed by California voters in 2008 bans same-sex marriage.

A Stanford professor who said homosexuals lack political power and a gay man who said conversion therapy made him suicidal took the stand at a same-sex marriage trial in San Francisco today.

Stanford political science professor Gary Segura and Denver resident Ryan Kendall testified on behalf of two same-sex couples on the seventh day of the trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.

The couples claim in a civil rights lawsuit that California's ban on same-sex marriage, enacted by voters as Proposition 8 in 2008, violates their federal constitutional rights to due process and equal protection.

The case, which will be decided by Walker without a jury, is the nation's first federal trial on a U.S. constitutional challenge to restrictions on gay marriage.

Segura, an expert on the political power or lack of power of minority groups, told Walker that in the United States, "Gays and lesbians do not possess a meaningful degree of political power.

"They are not able to protect their basic interests and effectuate them into law. They simply don't have the numbers and resources to play a part in the political arena," Segura said.

Kendall, 26, testified that sexual orientation conversion therapy his parents forced him to undergo as a teenager made him "a 16-year-old kid who had lost everything" and caused him to feel suicidal, but didn't change his homosexuality.

"I knew I was gay. I knew I could not be changed," he said.

Both witnesses' testimony bears on the plaintiffs' claim that gay rights deserve the highest level of legal protection because homosexuals lack political power and have suffered discrimination on the basis of a characteristic--their sexual orientation - that most of them cannot change.

Complete Story at SF Appeal.

Lips Super Bowl Benefit

One-night 70’s-80’s show to benefit ArtsUnited as part of ArtExplosion 2010

Not a big football fan and not planning to watch the Super Bowl? Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, will be the place to be as it presents “Retro Rewind,” a special 70’s-80’s celebration hosted by Diva on Sun., Feb. 7, 2010 at 7 pm to benefit ArtsUnited as part of its Art Explosion International LGBT Arts Festival.

The ladies of Lips will bring to life a collection of favorite 70’s and 80’s songs from pop artists such as Cher, Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Tina Turner and others. The special ticket price for this event is $30* per person, which includes the exclusive show, plus a delicious three-course meal with a salad, choice of select entrée, chef’s dessert and a complimentary world famous Lips’ frozen cosmo. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ArtsUnited.

Last week, the GLCC/Pride Center announced their 2010 Stars of the Rainbow honorees, to be showcased at the annual Stars of the Rainbow fundraiser, to be held March 21st at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. 2010 marks the Center’s 17th anniversary of providing valued services and programs to the community.

Guests attending this spectacular poolside event will be given the chance to make a difference in our community while gazing at the sunset over South Florida. This year’s theme is “Black & White” and guests are encouraged to wear cocktail-chic black or white attire. In addition to the always emotional Stars of the Rainbow ceremony, guests will be greeted by the sounds of the Delray String Quartet and be delighted by an elegant display of cuisine, fashion and entertainment.

The honorees represent individuals, businesses and organizations that exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and/or activism. Honorees have represented the GLBT community in a positive light, and have supported the efforts of the GLCC/Pride Center. This year’s honorees include:

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