Petition to repeal nondiscrimination ordinance fails
A coalition of conservative and religious groups failed in their effort to repeal an anti-bias law passed by the Omaha City Council. The effort to repeal the ordinance and launch a referendum needed 11,400 resident signatures but failed to report any petitions. The Omaha Liberty Project, the sponsor of the petition effort, blames the failure on getting a late start, not on public opinion.
Obama proposes gay-inclusive immigration policies
A new immigration policy proposal from President Barack Obama includes provisions to protect binational gay families. In addition to tightening borders and going after companies that hire undocumented workers, Obama’s plan streamlines the process for foreigners to live and work in the country. The proposal treats same-sex couples as families by granting U.S. citizens and permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner. There is also broader discretion for agents to waive requirements in cases of hardship.
‘Gomer Pyle’ actor marries partner
Actor Jim Nabors married his boyfriend of 40 years, Stan Cadwallader. Nabors began his career on The Andy Griffith Show and then his own show, Gomer Pyle. The actor revealed the couple married in Washington.
“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”
Alabama teacher accused of making anti-gay, racist remarks
An Alabama teacher is under investigation for anti-gay slurs and condoning racist remarks.
A student allegedly recorded Bob Grisham the Rogersville High School football coach, who also teaches psychology, spewing anti-gay slurs and condoning racist attacks on Michelle Obama in his classroom. The investigation includes a recording of Grisham asking students if they know who is behind a push to make school lunches healthier.
“Fat butt Michelle Obama,” he said. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” Male voices interject referring to Michelle Obama as a “fat gorilla.”
Grisham also said he believes the country is going in the “wrong direction” and tells students, “get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in queers. I don’t like queers, I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God.”
Grisham later tried to backtrack and said he harbors no hatred toward any group.
The Lauderdale County School Board voted to suspended Grisham without pay for 10 days and attend sensitivity training for four days. Grisham was also removed from his position teaching psychology.
Oregon teen takes own life after bullying
A 15-year-old gay Oregon student was taken off life support after hanging himself in a school playground. Jadin Bell, 15, took his own life after he faced intense bullying from other students. He was a member of his high school cheerleading team and volunteered at an assisted-living facility. Other students say his sexuality made him an easy target for bullies at the school and online.
“He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones,” said family friend Bud Hill.
Former NFL player accused of assaulting ex-boyfriend
A former NFL player was charged with assaulting his ex-boyfriend at a California restaurant. Kwame Harris, who played tackle for the 49ers and the Raiders in five professional seasons, is accused of punching his former boyfriend, Dimitri Geier. Harris allegedly accused Geier of stealing his underwear and attempted to pull down his pants in the restaurant. After holding Geier against the wall and punching him, according to police, the victim required surgery to recover from his injuries.