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International

Guam Recognizes Gay Marriage

Guam, an island in the Northern Pacific Ocean, is accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples. The island is a U.S. territory and because of its location in relation to Hawaii, Japan and The Philippines, a valuable strategic asset to allied overseas interests. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood struck down the territory’s ban on same-sex marriage, telling a packed court room that it violated gay couple’s constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, who previously had opposed the weddings, said he would respect the judge’s decision and solemnly “uphold the law.” More than 80 percent of the population in Guam (161,000 CIA estimate) identifies as Roman Catholic. In a statement, Archbishop Anthony Apuron said the ruling is “not a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for our island and the whole of humanity.” The ruling went into effect June 9.

National

Park Service Looking For LGBTQ Grant Proposals

The National Park Service has allocated funding for projects that preserve and protect LGBTQ communities. The agency is currently seeking grant proposals for consideration to add to the National Register and National Historic Landmarks. The NPS considers the LGBT community to be underrepresented on the National Register and among National Historic Landmarks. Thousands of dollars in funding is awarded to state historic preservation offices (SHPOs) via the grant process. The LGBTQ Heritage Initiative was launched last year by Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who visited the Stonewall Inn in New York City to announce plans of identifying sites in need of preservation and protection. The current grant proposal application cycle ends June 15. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/preservation-grants/community-grants.html

Local/State

Gay Man Launches Campaign For Leon County Commission

Ryan Terrell, a Broward County native, is campaigning for the Leon County Commission. Terrell spoke to SFGN last week via telephone and verified his intentions to seek the District 2 commission seat which includes half of Florida State University and western sections of Leon County. Terrell attended high school in Weston and organized Broward County’s Gay-Straight Alliance during that time span. Presently the Southeast Director of the Young Democrats of America, Terrell said he is an “environmentalist” who is seeking to improve the quality of life in his district. “The misconception is we have all these government jobs (in Leon County),” Terrell said. “Government jobs in Florida are not stable.”


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