Across the nation.
Satirical statements appearing in the state Voters' Pamphlet in September angered supporters of a proposed gay marriage ban. One statement said Oregon should not only bar gays from marrying but infertile people and men with vasectomies as well.
Oak Park, Ill.
Dozens of pro-gay protesters rallied outside the Calvary Memorial Church on September 26 to protest an appearance by "ex-gay" activist Stephen Bennett, who spoke about his former life as a gay man before he got married and had two children.
Pro-gay Democratic representative Salvatore DiMasi replaced the retiring Thomas Finneran as speaker of the state house on September 29. The transition was widely considered to be a boon to the fight against a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
During a televised debate on October 3, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint answered a question about out gays teaching in public schools, saying, "I don't think they should. We need the folks that are teaching in schools to represent our values."
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|Title Annotation:||The Nation|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 9, 2004|
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