Woman kills perceived gay son, Florida's same-sex marriage ban, and Uganda news.
Prosecutors: Oregon Woman Kills Son Because She Believes He’s Gay
An Oregon woman on trial for the murder of her 4-year-old son believed the boy was gay and that was a motive behind the deadly beatings, a prosecutor said. Jessica Dutro's son Zachary died in August 2012, days after collapsing at the homeless shelter where his family was living southwest of Portland.
Washington County Judge Don Letourneau ruled Wednesday, after jurors were released for the day, that a Facebook message from Dutro to her boyfriend was admissible evidence, The Oregonian newspaper reported. In the message, Dutro told her boyfriend, Brian Canady, that Zachary was "facing the wall" because he had made her angry. Her son was going to be gay, she wrote, using a slur. "He walks and talks like it. Ugh."
Groups defend Florida’s same-sex marriage ban
A coalition of groups, made up of predominantly black and Hispanic pastors, are supporting Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn that ban.
The groups say the lawsuit, filed in January in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, threatens to violate the rights of the Florida voters who approved the ban by a wide margin in November 2008. The ban passed with 62 percent of the vote. The groups have started an online petition to keep the ban in place, www.DontTrashMyVote.com.
The lawsuit was by six gay couples who say the state ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Judges have struck down same-sex marriage bans in other states.
Uganda President: Gays deserve punishment
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality “is criminal and it is so cruel.” Museveni, Uganda’s 69-year-old strongman who has held power in the East African country since 1986, signed a bill last month enforcing criminal penalties against homosexuals, said on Monday that he is “now mobilizing to fight” Western gays he accuses of promoting homosexuality in Africa. Museveni spoke at a "thanksgiving service" organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials who said the president deserves credit for defying Western pressure.
Thousands of Ugandans attended the raucous event in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, many of them schoolchildren who sang and danced to anti-gay tunes that also railed against the West.