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FOR 2004 - APRIL to JUNE

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In the following, "SSM" refers to "same-sex marriage."

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News of 2004-APR:

bullet 2004-APR-15: Zanzibar; homosexual behavior: Their parliament recently passed a law outlawing homosexual behavior. If, as expected, the president signs the bill into law, couples in same-sex relationships will face penalties of up to 25 years in prison. Zanzibar is located in East Africa whose citizens are mainly Muslim. 15
bullet 2004-APR-20: California; Same-sex marriage: Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who is gay, introduced Bill AB 1967 to the California Assembly's Judiciary Committee. It is titled "The Gender-Neutral Marriage Act." It would require the state to issue marriage licenses and register the marriages of all qualifying couples, both those of the same-sex and opposite sex. Same-sex couples, and their children, would then be able to marry, have their marriages registered by the state, and receive the full state benefits previously restricted to opposite-sex married couples. Although the vote was expected to be close, the bill was passed by the Committee by a vote of 8 to 3 on 2004-APR-20. More details.
bullet 2004-APR-28: Canada: Hate speech: At 3:30 PM ET, the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-250. This will add sexual orientation to the list of categories covered by an existing hate speech law. It will prohibit most expression of hatred against heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. Religious hate speech directed at persons on the basis of their specific sexual orientation is allowed by the bill. The bill will become law when signed by the Governor General, a formality. More details.
bullet 2004-MAY-11: UK: Opposition to dean's consecration: Jeffrey John is a priest in the Church of England, has a homosexual orientation, and is involved in  a celibate relationship with another priest. Although he is not sexually active, he was forced to refuse an appointment in 2003 as Bishop of Reading. Now, opposition is mounting against his appointment as Dean of St. Albans. Philip Giddings, a lay preacher at Greyfriars Church in Reading and convenor of a lobby group Anglican Mainstrem, has initiated a campaign to warn the Queen, Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury that John's appointment could split the church. 2
bullet 2004-JUN-17: Probable election of far-right party in Canada could reverse decades of equality gains: The new Conservative Party of Canada is expected to win the JUN-28 federal election in Canada. They promise to use the not-withstanding clause to overrule the courts' decisions which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada. There are indicators that they will attempt to remove sexual orientation from the hate propaganda law in Canada's criminal code.

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  1. "Law Outlawing Homosexuality Passed in Zanzibar," Feminist Daily News Wire, 2004-APR-22, at:
  2. "Gay canon: leader in plea to Queen. LAY PREACHER: Giddings is now against John’s new appointment," Reading Evening Post, 2004-MAY-11, at:

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Originally written: 2004-APR-24
Latest update: 2018-JAN-02
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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