Daily Gay World News Link Roundup: June 30, 2011

A quick rundown of the day’s hottest topics in the gay and lesbian community.

Gay Softball World Series Hit By Heterosexual Cheating Controversy – The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) is now facing a lawsuit following a decision from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series to strip the second-place team of their title because the team was apparently composed of not enough homosexual players.

Woman Charged for Preacher Kiss at Gay Pride Event – A Bible-waving preacher protesting at a gay pride event in North Carolina turned the other cheek – and got kissed on it by a 74-year-old female gay rights supporter who is now charged with simple assault.

Obama: New York’s gay marriage vote ‘a good thing’ – While President Obama won’t say either way whether he supports gay marriage, he does think it’s a good thing for the state of New York.

Southwest Pilot James Taylor Apologizes For Anti-Gay Rant – The Southwest Airlines pilot who accidentally broadcast a four-minute anti-gay rant has apologized.

Andrew Cuomo hit by liberal backlash – After hearing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo anoint himself as the torch-carrier of the Empire State’s progressive legacy for ushering through the legalization of gay marriage, progressives are now saying: Not so fast.

Gay marriage drive revived in Maine – Supporters of same-sex marriage officially kicked off their efforts to get the issue on the 2012 ballot Thursday with a morning news conference outside Lewiston City Hall.  Organizers from Equality Maine and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders spoke, as did Lewiston Mayor Laurent Gilbert Sr. and Pastor Michael Gray of the United Methodist Church in Old Orchard Beach.

Group tries again to shield names in gay rights fight – A conservative group trying to shield the names of more than 100,000 people who signed petitions trying to block a new law expanding gay rights in Washington state is again trying to keep the information from becoming public.  Protect Marriage Washington, which lost year lost its argument on broad First Amendment claims before the United States Supreme Court, on this week asked a federal court to prevent Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed from publishing the names and addresses of the 138,000 people who signed petitions in 2009 to put Referendum 71 on the ballot.


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