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A straight Mormon couple in Utah faced the state supreme court to evaluate the validity of their marriage.

and Ina Johnson had filed for divorce after a 35-year relationship in
which they shared insurance policies and joint tax filings, according
to the Deseret News.

September 04 2009 11:25 AM

An Italian Catholic editor known for his attacks against the “immoral” lifestyle of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned on Wednesday after sustaining allegations from Berlusconi associates that he is gay.

Dino Boffo (pictured), editor of Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference, said that the smears, published by a newspaper owned by the Berlusconi family, had thrown his professional and personal lives into tumult.

September 04 2009 11:20 AM

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell (pictured)
finds his campaign rocked by the emergence of a graduate thesis from
1989 in which he wrote that the government must “restrain,
punish, and deter” homosexuality.

September 04 2009 10:30 AM

Minnesota teacher accused of harassment speaks out: Diane Cleveland, who with another teacher was disciplined
for making antigay remarks toward a student because of his perceived
sexual orientation, said that she does not acknowledge harassing anyone.

September 04 2009 10:15 AM

Some 40 people are expected to participate in the first gay pride
march to be held in Keetmanshoop, a city in southern Namibia, on
Saturday. The historic event, which has generated some criticism, is
being sponsored by People in Need (PiN), a Czech Republic–based NGO.

PiN plans to launch a new project focusing on LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS during the celebration. The project is called Ada Ma/Hao, or “Let’s Stand Together,” according to

September 04 2009 9:50 AM

South Carolina state senator Jake Knotts on Thursday accused Gov. Mark Sanford of orchestrating a campaign to paint Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (pictured), a potential successor of the embattled Sanford, as gay.

Knotts, a Republican, made the accusation in a letter to state legislators, in which he also called for the swift removal of Sanford. The governor admitted in June to an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, which has led to troubling scrutiny of his travel records, although earlier this week he vowed to hold onto his office.

September 04 2009 8:45 AM

The California legislature passed a bill on Thursday to honor Harvey Milk, the gay rights leader who was assassinated in 1978, with a day of recognition as opponents of the symbolic measure appealed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the legislation for the second year in a row.

The contentious bill, authored by openly gay state senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, also passed the legislature last year, but the governor rejected it with the claim that Milk held only local significance.

September 04 2009 4:45 AM