[OutVoice] The crystal anniversary for queer Massachusetts marrieds + global news

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Mon May 21 06:27:24 EDT 2007

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                             THIS WAY OUT
             the international gay & lesbian radio magazine
                 Program #999, distributed 05/21/07
         (hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
  Celebrating the crystal anniversary of queer Massachusetts marrieds;
   LGBT activists around the world observe their "own public IDAHO"s,
young Brits protest Poland's proposed "propaganda" prohibition, African
  equality advocates target institutionalized hatred, European mayors
    manifest support for Pride, Iranian police beat and bust 80 gay
          birthday party celebrants, and more global GLBT news

* In "NewsWrap": Actions in some 50 countries around the world observing the 
third annual International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th include 
Human Rights Watch releasing its annual homophobia "Hall of Shame" and a 
demonstration outside the Polish embassy in London protesting the homophobic 
statements and policies of that country's leaders... a pre-IDAHO ILGA-sponsored con
ference in Johannesburg addressed homophobia in several African countries, 
while the first signatures by European mayors on a petition urging that Pride 
events be allowed in countries on the continent where they've been banned are 
announced... some 80 gay men are reportedly beaten and arrested during a police 
raid of a birthday party in Iran... U.S. activists mourn the death of staunch 
LGBT equality supporter Yolanda King and comment on the passing of religious 
right leader Rev. Jerry Falwell... and more LGBT news from around the world  
(written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by DON LUPO and RICK WATTS).

* Marriage equality advocates planned actions across the U.S. this week to 
commemorate the third anniversary of the legalization of same-gender weddings in 
Massachusetts.  In honor of all the happy couples -- and the couples still 
hopeful that their day will come -- we take out "This Way Out’s" Massachusetts 
weddings album to review our coverage of the big day: "It really happened on 
May 17, 2004 for more than a thousand queer couples who got their marriage 
licenses on the first day it became legal to do so in the Commonwealth of 
MASSACHUSETTS.  CAMBRIDGE jumped to be the first municipality to issue licenses to gay 
& lesbian couples at the stroke of midnight.  Later that day BOSTON’s Mayor 
welcomed three of the original seven plaintiff couples who successfully sued for 
marriage equality when they arrived at City Hall to get their licenses, and 
the lawsuit's namesake couple, Julie & Hillary Goodridge, were legally wed that 
afternoon at a Unitarian Universalist church (with comments by same gender 
couples in CAMBRIDGE and BOSTON and a supportive opposite gender couple, and by 
BOSTON MAYOR THOMAS MENINO; three of the original 7 "Goodridge" plaintiff 
ED BALMELLI - and attorney MARY BONAUTO of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and 
Defenders, the legal group behind the successful November 2003 Supreme Judicial 
Court ruling;  and excerpts from the Goodridge wedding)."
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