Gay USA: March 13-19, 2012

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK: Ohio's Republican Attorney General blocks a pro-same-sex marriage ballot measure. The Catholic priest in Maryland who refused communion to a lesbian at her mother's funeral has been placed on leave for other reasons. More details on the brutal killings of gay men in Iraq by the Mujahideen. NOTE: A protest vigil is planned today by Gays without Borders in San Francisco at 4 PM at Castro and 18th Streets.

St. Petersburg, Russia governor signs the bill forbidding "the promotion of homosexuality."

Suspects revealed in the killing of a gay man in Chelsea in Manhattan.

President Obama promised in 2008 to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression—but he has yet to follow through.

HRC calls on Mitt Romney to fire his anti-gay National Finance Chair.

Omaha passes a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Congressman Donald Payne, an ally of the LGBT movement from NJ, dies at 77.

Anglican and Catholic Church leaders gang up to stop same-sex marriage in Britain as the Conservative government unveils its bill to legalize it this week.

Denmark's prime minister promises a bill this year opening marriage to same-sex couples in the first country to offer civil partnerships.

A new approach to attacking hidden HIV is unveiled at the Conference on Retrovirals and Opportunistic Infections.

The Department of Health and Human Services explores a new system to allow men who've had sex with men to donate blood.

LOGO TV gets less gay.

We'll talk about two TV shows on Sarah Palin and reveal one clever gay reference in one.

The anti-gay St. Patrick's Day Parade in NY will be protested by Irish Queers for the 21st time. Gather at Fifth Avenue and 57th St. at 11 AM on Saturday, March 17.

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