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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

England & Whales Set to Legalize Gay Marriage

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) - Gay marriage is to become legal in England and Wales after the lower house of the British parliament approved the final changes on Tuesday to a law that had Prime Minister David Cameron's backing but split his ruling Conservative party.

The law had the support of both Labor and the Liberal Democrats, Britain's two other main political parties, but damaged Cameron's standing within his own party with many of his own lawmakers criticizing him for being too liberal.

His own MPs had previously twice voted against it.

After a two-hour debate, the House of Commons passed the bill, meaning it now only needs to be approved by Queen Elizabeth, a formality.

"The title of this bill might be 'Marriage', but its fabric is about freedom and respect," said Culture Secretary Maria Miller, adding that traditionalists should not feel their concept of marriage had been undermined.

"Freedom to marry regardless of sexuality or gender, but also freedom to believe that marriage should be of one man and one woman, and not be marginalized," she said.

The prime minister personally endorsed the bill to try to show his party was progressive, but that upset some Conservatives who said their Christian beliefs led them to oppose marriage other than between a man and a woman.

Gay couples may already obtain "civil partnerships", conferring the same legal rights as marriage, but campaigners say the distinction gives the impression that society considers gay relationships inferior. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn and Robin Pomeroy)

Monday, July 1, 2013

BUTCH Voices Seeking Street Team Volunteers in San Francisco Bay Area

Opportunities available with BUTCH Voices: 2013 Street Teams!

Oakland, CA: BUTCH Voices, the organization which will host its third national conference August 15-18, 2013, in Oakland, California, has opportunities for volunteers to distribute flyers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in July.

Volunteers for BUTCH Voices can volunteer in exchange for comped days at the conference and Street Team members can rack up volunteer time before the conference even starts. For four hours of volunteer time, they will give you a one-day ticket to the conference; for eight hours, two days.

It’s a great way to give support and a helping hand to the organization and for anyone who may need a little financial assistance to attend the conference.

BUTCH Voices Street Teams are being formed in Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Oakland.

People interested in participating in Street Teams should contact the Volunteer Coordinators at Postcard-sized flyers will be provided to you by mail and you must have them distributed by the beginning of August.
BUTCH Voices expects more than 300 attendees for the conference. More information can be found at Further inquiries can be sent to Sinclair Sexsmith, Media Board Chair, at

Contact: Sinclair Sexsmith
Media representative, BUTCH Voices
+1 (917) 475-6316


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