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Illinois: No Vote On Civil Unions

Despite the clever move of attaching civil unions to a “shell bill”, the Illinois House did not get around to voting on the issue before the close of the current session late last night, despite the bill passing in the state Senate earlier in the day. The bill will be resubmitted in the next session, which will give anti-gay forces …

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Domestic Partnerships For Nevada

One day after the Nevada Senate overrode Gov. Jim Gibbons’ veto of their domestic partners bill, the state Assembly did the same. The deadline to pass the legislation was today, Monday June 1st, and both chambers of the state legislature worked through the weekend to achieve this major win for LGBT Nevadans. In what supporters are calling a historic moment, …

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This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days… Minnesota: Rev. Donald Dean Budd convicted of two counts of felony sexual misconduct.Utah: Pastor William J. Blanscet charged with exposing himself over a webcam to who he thought was a 13 year-old girl.Pennsylvania: Pastor Guy Carlton Jones sentenced to three years in state prison for attempted sexual conduct with an 8 year-old girl. Bonus: Jones …

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Tonight: Manhattanhenge

Tonight is Manhattanhenge, the twice-a-year alignment of the setting sun with the street grid of Manhattan. On Sunday, May 31, the entire solar sphere will be visible just above the horizon at 8:17 p.m. EDT. The second opportunity comes later in the summer, with another half-sphere sunset on Sunday, July 12, at 8:25 p.m. EDT and a whole-sphere viewing on …

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Kansas Abortion Doctor George Tiller Shot To Death At His Church

Dr. George Tiller, the nation’s most famous abortionist and the subject of decades of protests and lawsuits, was shot to death today at his Wichita, Kansas church. Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the …

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Thousands Rally At Fresno’s Meet In The Middle For Equality Event

An estimated 3000 activists rallied in California’s heartland yesterday for the Meet In The Middle 4 Equality event, which was preceded by a 14-mile march from the symbolically chosen town of Selma. With lively chants and rainbow flags, several thousand people rallied in Fresno today, aiming to persuade California’s conservative heartland to support same-sex marriage rights. Just days after the …

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Susan Boyle Loses Britain’s Got Talent

Susan Boyle, the frumpy Scottish (possibly autistic) woman whose Britain’s Got Talent audition went on to became the most viewed video clip in the history of the world, lost in that show’s finals last night. The winner was hip-hop dance team Diversity.

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The Roar Of The Crowd

As a commenter on Vanishing New York puts it, “No one moved to the East Village/Lower East Side to hear birdsong in the mornings and crickets at night,” but the new Thompson LES Hotel’s rooftop pool bar, which is literally inches from the windows of the surrounding apartments, has got the entire neighborhood in an uproar. Here’s a 20-second clip …

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