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TX GOP platform: Re-criminalize sodomy, make gay marriage a felony

Texas Republicans are a conservative lot. Still, it’s difficult to imagine mainstream GOP voters demanding their neighbors be jailed for engaging in a little hanky-panky behind closed doors. Nevertheless, the state’s Republican party has voted on a platform [PDF link] by which their candidates will stand, and it includes the…

Pope begs forgiveness for church sex scandal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday begged for forgiveness for the paedophile priest scandals rocking the Roman Catholic in his clearest apology yet for the scourge. At a mass with some 15,000 priests marking the end of the Roman Catholic Church’s Year for Priests, the pontiff pledged to…

Blasting ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal, American Family Association claims ‘gay sex = domestic terrorism’

There’s a rumor going around that the Afghani Taliban is embedding dirty syringes and razors in improvised explosive devices, making hypothetical “HIV bombs,” or some variant of the term. This has yet to be confirmed, but was claimed by Patrick Mercer, a British member of parliament and former soldier. UK…

Church sued victim of convicted sex abuser: report

AP: Pope refused to defrock convicted priest A Catholic diocese in Canada sued the victim of a convicted pedophile priest, driving the victim to attempt suicide several times, according to a newspaper report published Sunday. The church’s move would prove to be a successful tactic to force the victim to…

UNAIDS ‘concerned’ by jailing of Malawi gay couple

BLANTYRE (AFP) – Two of the world’s leading AIDS campaigners voiced concern on Wednesday that the jailing of a gay couple in Malawi could hurt the fight against the disease by forcing gay men underground. Last week a court sentenced Steven Monjeza, 26, and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga to…

Crazy: Some in CIA wanted to create fake Saddam Hussein sex video, report asserts

A little-noticed blog post by a veteran intelligence reporter averred Tuesday that the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group weighed a plan prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion that sought to discredit Saddam Hussein by portraying him as gay. According to Jeff Stein, a longtime intelligence reporter who first revealed that FBI…

High court: ‘Sexually dangerous’ can be kept in prison indefinitely

Clarence Thomas dissents The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete. The high court reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered “sexually dangerous.” “The statute is a…

No HIV care for 90% of gay men in Asia Pacific: UN

HONG KONG — More than 90 percent of gay men in the Asia Pacific region don’t have access to HIV prevention and care services, as levels of the disease soar to “alarming levels”, a UN report said Monday. The study, conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said discriminatory…

US wants to serve me on a platter says Polanski

PARIS (AFP) – Roman Polanski insisted the US child sex case against him was based on a lie as he broke cover in his campaign to stop his extradition with an open letter published Monday. In a 900-word statement run by newspapers in France and Switzerland, the Oscar-winning director said…

Boy Scouts ordered to pay $18.5 million in sexual abuse case

A jury in Portland, Oregon on Friday ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay 18.5 million dollars in punitive damages to a man who was abused by a Scout leader in the 1980s, local media reported.…

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