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HEADLINES: NH Senate Votes, Thai Monks, Gay Trainspotting


NEW HAMPSHIRE After the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended defeating trans-inclusive anti-discrimination legislation and passing on legalizing same-sex marriage, the full New Hampshire Senate will vote on the matter. “Thirteen of the state’s 24 senators are needed to kill the bill. If the senate splits at 12-12 or if a majority wants to keep it alive, a motion to pass could be entertained. The bill, which would redefine marriage to include same-sex couples and make New Hampshire the fifth state in the country where gay marriage is legal, could also end up tabled, where it could remain in political limbo. If it passes, a likely veto by the governor could derail any Granite State gay marriage law. Though Governor John Lynch has not said whether he would veto the bill, he has expressed opposition to gay marriage in favor of the rights that civil unions provide to gay couples.” [Reuters]

WESTBORO Nope, they didn’t kill themselves. Instead the Westboro Baptist Church busies itself with protesting Walt Whitman High School because it’s named after a gay poet. [WaPo]

STAR WARS Star Wars video game maker BioWare bans players from discussing anything gay in its forums, because it’s simply not material to the game. Of course, BioWare’s Star Wars games have included storylines involving heterosexual romances. [Bit Tech]

NEW YORK Advocates rally in Albany to push legislators to pass legislation ranging from gay marriage and trans rights to anti-bullying measures. [AP]


THAILAND Monks may face new guidelines specifically aimed at curbing the flamboyance of gay and transgender robe-wearers, “who can often be seen wearing revealingly tight robes, carrying pink purses and having effeminately-shaped eyebrows.” [BBC]

GAYSPOTTING Like Jason Statham’s Transporter character, Robert Carlyle insists his Trainspotting character Francis Begbie — who kills just about everything in sight — was a big ‘mo. “He picks up the transsexual in the nightclub and there’s the scene in the car where he puts his hands between the trousers and finds out it’s the real deal. Now why doesn’t he just kill this person? He kills everybody else, why doesn’t he do that? He gets frightened of it and backs away.” [California Chronicle]