Montreal Declares “Queer Of The Year” Contest WinnerSean Horlor

Montreal, Quebec (August 17, 2010)

The votes have been counted and Montreal has announced a winner in the“Queer of the Year” contest. Sean Horlor of Vancouver, British Columbia won the ultimate title after a week of fierce competition amongst four other competitors.

Throughout Montreal’s Pride festivities last week, the contestants showed the world how they can heat it up in the kitchen, behind the camera, on stage and through the streets of Montreal (keeping it clean, of course, during a fund-raiser carwash).

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Same Sex Marriage Put On Hold Again

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

On Monday, August 16, the other shoe dropped. In a widely expected order, the United States Court of Appeals For the 9th Circuit put the same sex marriage court decision of Judge Vaughn Walker on hold until the appeals court decides whether or not Judge Walker’s decision is correct.

It now appears that we cannot expect a decision from the appeals court until early next year, although the order did say that the court would handle the case in an “expedited” manner.

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Former Russian Billionaire Says to “Kill Gays, Lesbians” German Sterligov

MOSCOW, August 16, 2010 (GayRussia)

Russia’s first legal billionaire of modern times has called for the killing of all gays and lesbians.

Former super-rich oligarch German Sterligov, who is said to have amassed a fortune in the commodities exchanges when aged 24 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, confirmed that he wanted all gay men and women killed when he was interviewed on the popular Moscow radio station Echo Moskvi.

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Judge Vaughn Walker Lifts Stay – Same-Sex Couples Disappointed About DelayDiana Luiz & Nicola Simmersbach

It was a tough day for same-sex couples who were all set to attain their marriage license and participate in a wedding ceremony. While they were elated that Judge Walker lifted the stay, the additional stipulation of waiting a week before allowing the issuing of marriage licenses puts a damper on their plans and their emotions.

Judge Walker now says his decision, prohibiting the state of California from refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, is now permanent. He said that, starting August 18, the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples that request them. So same sex couples should be able to start marrying again on that date.

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Trial Set For California Minister Who Officiated At The Legal Marriages Of Same-Gender CouplesRev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr

On August 24, 2010, the Redwoods Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will put Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr on trial for officiating at the marriages of same-gender couples during the period in which the state of California legally recognized these marriages, June 17, 2008 through November 3, 2008.

The constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mandates inclusion within the life of the church and has no express prohibition against same-gender marriage.

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