BALLOT INITIATIVE?

USA: Equality California, the state’s largest gay rights organisation, is considering whether to launch a ballot initiative in 2012 to restore marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state while appeals to a case overturning its banning drag on in the courts.

Same-sex marriage was originally banned in California through Proposition 8 in 2008, but opinion polls have found support for same-sex marriage has grown since then.

The group said it would “conduct a poll of likely 2012 voters, speak to political experts, consult with our coalition partners and engage with our members and the LGBT community” before making a decision.

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ANTI-GAY GROUP EJECTED

UGANDA: Police threw a group of anti-gay activists out of the Ugandan Parliament after they tried to hold a press conference in the building without permission.

The group had been meeting with the chairman of Uganda’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee which had been responsible for scrutinising a controversial bill that would have seen gays and lesbians executed for having sex.

The group called on the Parliament to pass the bill, however, the Government has indicated it will not proceed.

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GAY CEMETERY

USA: A cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia plans to introduce a special section for gay people and their families.

A spokesman for the Crest Lawn Memorial Park said that “being surrounded by family is important to many” when they die.

“With so many [gay] people having children, adopting children, this seemed like a natural progression,” he said.

“This is a way to honour our relationships in a simple but proud way. Being able to be next to your partner at end of life is important, comforting and a reassuring thing to know.”

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