News Roundup: July 25, 2011

Headlines around the web – July 25, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    Historic gay marriage day in New York 'fabulous' despite a few naysayers (here via New York Daily News) - ” The Rev. Carmen Hernandez, the self-proclaimed "First Lesbian of the Bronx," and her partner were the first same-sex couple to marry in the borough. After waiting outside the Bronx County Courthouse, slamming gay marriage foe state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. in a speech and marrying partner Doris DeArmas, the Soundview resident hustled up the Grand Concourse to party at the Bronx Dominican Day Parade. Hernandez, 48, a youth pastor born in Puerto Rico, and DeArmas, 50, a dental assistant, rode triumphantly on top of a float in the parade.”

    Gay Marriage 'Devalues' Traditional Marriage, Says Pawlenty (here via The Christian Post) - ” Former Minnesota Governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty defended his views against gay marriage, saying traditional marriage is special for obvious reasons. ‘I don't think all domestic relationships are the same as traditional marriage,’ Pawlenty said on CNN. ‘Marriage between a man and a woman is something that should remain elevated socially, culturally, and practically, legally, morally in our society.’”

    Pioneering gay Pakistani Muslim poet dies at 64 (here via Associated Press) - ” fti Nasim was 64. His sister Ajaz Nasreen tells The Associated Press he died Friday following a heart attack. Nasim was a fixture in Chicago's South Asian community, known for his activism, flamboyant fashion and touching poetry that dealt with themes including homosexuality, politics and his native Pakistan. He immigrated more than three decades ago. Nasim was a founder of SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian lesbian, gay and transgender organization. His book "Narman" which was believed to be the first book of gay themed poetry to be published in Urdu. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.“

    Gay Marriage | To Hyphenate, or Not to Hyphenate? (here via New York Times) - ” The issue was names. Last names. Would they be adopting each other’s? The question had not come up during the 19 years that Declan Lyons, 49, and Paul Czerwonka, 57, had been together. The resulting mouthful, Lyons-Czerwonka or Czerwonka-Lyons, seemed a bit much. And when the city clerk here informed them that they would have to change Social Security cards, passports and driver’s licenses, they decided against it.”

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