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Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë takes first steps in journey that could lead him to the presidency: “In the introduction to a book of interviews, outlining a market-oriented and even Blairist future for Socialism in France, M. Delanoë hinted strongly that he would run for the leadership of the Parti Socialiste in November and probably seek the party’s presidential nomination in four years’ time. He was ready, he said, to “invest my convictions and energy in my country” if ‘democracy and the Socialist Party call on me… to act’.”

Gay Adoption

Florida is the only state in the country that *specifically* bans adoptions based on sexual orientation. At the capitol Wednesday, child welfare advocates were on hand to support a bill to allow gay couples to adopted.

Democratic Senator Nan Rich of Miami says allowing gay couples to adopt would help offer some relieve to the state’s foster care system.

“We have over 3,000 children that are waiting for loving, stable homes. Permanent homes. So this is another pool exactly of parents of people that we believe should have the same rights as anybody else.”

The Florida Office of Analysis and Accountability says children left in foster care grow up more dependent upon public assistance.

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California Counties to Offer Same-Sex Marriages June 14

Same-sex couples in some counties will be able to marry as soon as Saturday, June 14, the president of the California’s county clerks association said Monday.

Stephen Weir, who heads the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials, said he was told by the Office of Vital Records that clerks would be authorized to hand out marriage licenses as soon as that date — exactly 30 days after the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage should be legal.

The court’s decisions typically take effect after 30 days, barring further legal action.
“They are shooting for the 14th,” said Weir, adding that the state planned to give California’s 58 counties advice early this week for implementing the historic change so local officials can start planning.

An effort, however, is under way to stay the Supreme Court’s decision until voters can decide the issue with an initiative planned for the November ballot. The measure would overrule the justices’ decision and amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

Justices have until the ruling’s effective date to weigh the request, but could give themselves longer to consider it, attorneys have said. Another complicating factor is that the Supreme Court also directed a midlevel appeals court that upheld the state’s one man-one woman marriage laws a year ago to issue a new order legalizing same-sex marriage, and it’s not clear when the appeals court would comply.

Suanne Buggy, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health, which oversees the vital records office, would not confirm Monday that state officials have settled the matter of when counties can or must start extending marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“We will be getting guidance out to the counties soon,” Buggy said.

According to Weir, it would be up to each county clerk to decide whether to open their offices to gay and lesbian couples on June 14 or to wait until the following Monday.

Some clerks have said they would aim to accommodate on the earliest possible date, depending on their staffing and anticipated demand, he said. If the court’s decision does take effect on June 14, couples could, in theory, plan to obtain their licenses and take their vows at 12:01 a.m. that day, he said.

As it happens, Weir’s office in Martinez already holds open hours on the second Saturday of each month, so serving couples who want to get hitched as soon as possible won’t be a problem, he said. He and his partner of 18 years hope to be the first ones to tie the knot.

“Just because we have been so close to it, and so far, I would really like to be first,” Weir said.

County clerks spoke with state officials last week about how to amend marriage license and related forms to eliminate references to “bride” and “groom,” according to Weir. Because each county must use the same forms, the vital records is expected to notify them this week of which gender-neutral wording to use, he said.

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Barack Obama Draws Massive Crowd in Portland, Oregon

Two days before tomorrow’s Oregon primary, Barack Obama drew 75,000 people to a rally that the New York Daily News called his “wow” moment.

Although Tuesday’s primary could give Obama a majority of pledged delegates, the campaign reportedly won’t be declaring a victory in the nomination that night.

The Clinton campaign was also in Oregon over the weekend, the NY Times reports: “Bill and Chelsea Clinton also were in Oregon on Sunday, campaigning on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton in Salem. ‘Don’t you let anyone tell you she can’t win,’ Mr. Clinton said. ‘You can still make your voices heard.’ … ‘In wrapping up the case for his wife, Bill Clinton did not criticize Obama, who is heavily favored to win in Oregon on Tuesday,. writes The Oregonian. ‘Instead, he directed his sharpest comments at the news media, citing what he said were recent studies that concluded that the Democratic primary campaign had been the subject of ‘the most biased, one-sided media coverage in the history of American politics.’'”

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Gambia gay death threat condemned

President Jammeh last year claimed to have found a cure for Aids
Gay rights activists have condemned Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s threat to behead homosexuals.

Last week he told a political rally that gay people had 24 hours to leave the country.

He promised “stricter laws than Iran” on homosexuality and said he would “cut off the head” of any gay person found in The Gambia.

Carey Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Council said the comments were “disgraceful”.

“What president Jammeh fails to realise is that there are a significant population of Gambians who are gay, and he has no right to ask them to leave,” Mr Johnson said.

The Gambia is a country of believers… sinful and immoral practices [such] as homosexuality will not be tolerated in this country

Yahya Jammeh
President of The Gambia

The speech was “doubly disgraceful” because The Gambia is the host country for the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, he said.

Mr Johnson said the speech, part of President Jammeh’s 13-day tour of the country, was an attempt to scapegoat gay people and blame them for the country’s ills.

“He’s fighting to maintain his control over the country, he finds the weakest group and lays all the problems at their door,” Mr Johnson said.

‘History of homophobia’

“The Gambia is a country of believers… sinful and immoral practices [such] as homosexuality will not be tolerated in this country,” the president told a crowd at a political rally on May 15.

“Jammeh has a long history of homophobia,” said British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

“If he tries to carry out these threats, international aid donors are likely to withdraw their support, and foreign tourists will stay away in droves, thereby damaging the Gambian economy,” he added.

Correspondents say a number of homosexual men have fled to The Gambia from neighbouring Senegal after a crackdown there following arrests at a “gay wedding” in February.

Both countries are predominantly Muslim and President Jammeh cultivates an image of being a devout Muslim.

In February last year, he was condemned by campaigners when he claimed to have cured people of HIV and Aids.

His “cure” was a mixture of herbs that patients ate and spread on their bodies.

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