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imageU.K. clinic only serves same-sex couples, parents of Rutgers suicide seek roommate’s prosecution, Colorado Senate to vote on civil unions, activist want speedier DADT repeal, clerk defends Prop 8, lesbian deportation stayed, and more LGBT headlines.

Morman Church fires gay man for refusing to give up gay friends. Drew Call (top photo) lost his decade-long job as a supervisor in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints printing department when his vow of chastity and the company he keeps came into question.

Tyler Clementi’s parents want roommate prosecuted for privacy invasion. The gay Rutgers freshman committed suicide after his roommate used a webcam to secretly tape Clementi’s cybersex. Clementi’s parents called for charges of privacy invasion rather than simple punishment by the school.

image Lesbians open gay-only fertility clinic in UK. The Birmingham facility opened by Natalie Drew and partner Ashling Phillip (second photo, l-r, with their children) exclusively serves same-sex couples seeking to be parents, which is causing a roil among critics who say the policy is discrimination.

Fort Worth City Council to vote on gay bar raid settlement. The city is expected to pay some $400,000 to a bar patron injured during the raid who claims excessive force. Two liquor board agents and a supervisor were fired and two police officers were suspended after the raid.

Colorado gay unions bill reaches state Senate floor. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the measure that would legalize gay civil unions with a 6-4 party-line vote. The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote, where it is expected to pass. The measure faces a tougher battle in the state House.

image New York couple spared deportation. Government attorneys have agreed to suspend deportation proceedings in the case of Monica Alcota and Cristina Ojeda (third photo, l-r) a binational lesbian couple in New York, pending their marriage-based immigration case.

California county clerk defends Prop 8. With anti-gay marriage groups in questionable standing to defend the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex unions, and the state government refusing the case, Imperial County Clerk Chuck Storey has requested that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allow him to be the primary defendant.

Activists urge Pentagon to accelerate DADT repeal. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network says the final hurdle to allowing openly gay military personnel can be cleared by April 30, not sometime this summer as the Pentagon has said. “This is not rocket science,” a spokesperson for SLDN said.

image Catholic college settles with gay priest. The teaching contract of Rev. James St. George (bottom photo), an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, was not renewed when the school uncovered public comments about his longterm relationship with a man. In an undisclosed settlement, St. George will not return to his duties.

Retired Scottish lecturer stabbed to death in own home. The body of Roger Gray was found after neighbors smelled gas, the result of an effort to cover up the crime with an explosion, police say. Gray is the third gay man in as many weeks to be killed in Edinburgh. Police have no suspects.


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