Book on LGBT steelworkers prompts union changes

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of books are published every year in the United States.

Most get overlooked, remaindered, pulped, or consigned to the farthest outer reaches of Amazon.com, never to be read again.

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Hawaii governor blames primary loss because he supports same-sex marriage

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.

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Seattle cyclist killed was attorney who fought DADT policy

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SEATTLE (AP) – The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle was identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office identified the bicyclist as Sher Kung, 31, who had been working for the firm Perkins Coie.

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Crist challenges Gov. Scott to stop defending Florida’s gay marriage ban

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Charlie Crist, Democratic candidate for Florida Governor, has sent current Florida Governor Rick Scott a letter asking him not to challenge judicial decisions declaring Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Read the letter after the jump: 

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Rams cut Michael Sam, doesn’t make practice squad

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Coach Jeff Fisher repeated over and over that it was purely a football decision. It was also announced Sept. 2 that Sam also did not make the cut for the Rams’ practice squad.

“I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike,” Fisher said at news conference on Aug. 30. “I really was, and I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.”

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Watermark readers respond hot and cold to Teresa Jacobs’ statement on marriage equality

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Our latest interview with Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs – where she finally confirmed that she is in support of marriage equality – sparked some polarized readers comments. For some of you, the interview was a great step forward for equality, while others thought it was too little, too late.

Read the comments round-up after the jump:

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Readers respond to Watermark’s story remembering Paul Wegman

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It was ten years ago that Central Florida lost an entertainer who was both a force and a friend – Paul Wegman. In Issue 21.10, we published an article that was a tribute to Wegman’s life and legacy.

Several readers took to the comments section to post their own memories of Miss P. Read what they had to say after the jump: 

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Screened Out – As Above/So Below

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Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman

The shaky horror flick depicts a trip to Hell via the Paris catacombs. For the audience, Hell is dumb characters, cheap sets, outdated film gimmicks, and an overall lack of creativity.

Notice how the actors don’t sound familiar? That’s on purpose. Director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) is stealing from The Blair Witch Project 15 years ago, filming a documentary of unknown performers portraying stupid people. These boneheads want to traverse the old Paris stone mines, which are now filled with over 6 million human remains. They all have digital cameras strapped on – making for vomit-inducing cinematography – as they act like morons.

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Oklahoma couple asks Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Lawyers for a same-sex Tulsa couple seeking the right to marry in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to take up their case.

The couple, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith for failing to issue them a marriage license shortly after voters in Oklahoma approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

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Chilean sailor makes history, publicly announces he is gay

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A sailor with Chile’s navy on Aug. 27 announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for gays, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

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SYDNEY (AP) — World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Aug. 29 for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the “inclusion policy” ensures “every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”

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Georgia city moves ahead on benefits for same-sex couples

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.

The City Council is now scheduled to consider the change, which would give employees in same-sex relationships the chance to receive retirement benefits now given to men and women who are married.

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