News Roundup: August 5, 2011

Headlines around the web – August 5, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    Seth's Law: Can a Bullied Boy Leave California a Legal Legacy? (here via TIME) - ” Wendy Walsh walked outside her house in Tehachapi, Calif., last year to find her son Seth hanging from a plum tree. The attempted suicide, which led to his death days later, occurred after the 13-year-old had urged his mother to pick him up from the park because other kids were bullying him. The harassment wasn't a onetime event; children at school had made fun of him for years because he was gay. "I know this will bring much pain, but I will hopefully be in a better place than this s--thole," said the suicide note that Wendy read in an interview with TIME. "And make sure to make the school feel like s--t for bringing you this sorrow."”

    Being gay in Charleston: Socially, legally and religiously, attitudes are changing, but homosexuality is still very much in the minority (here via The Post & Courier) - ” But acceptance isn't the rule for many gays and lesbians in Charleston and other parts of the state. As an indication, most of the lesbians and gays contacted for this story declined to go on the record for fear of exposing themselves or their partners to harassment. They said they were especially fearful of what might happen to them at work. South Carolina is home to more than 117,000 gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, almost 3 percent of the population, according to a 2008 estimate by the Williams Institute at UCLA — and that still might be low. Surveys over the years, administered by such groups as the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallup, the Family Research Report and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, have produced various estimates, ranging from 2 percent to 25 percent.”

    Potential jurors shouldn't be dismissed for being gay, court told (here via The Los Angeles Times) - ” Trial lawyers should be barred from dismissing potential jurors because of their sexual orientation, defense attorneys argued Thursday in a case that, if successful, could extend constitutional protection from discrimination to homosexuality along with race, creed and gender. The arguments made to a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena arose from a prosecutor's decision last year to strike a lesbian from the jury weighing assault charges brought against a gay Nigerian inmate at the federal lockup in Los Angeles.”

    Too Many Gay Characters! Conservatives Criticize GLAAD Survey (here via On Top Magazine) - “For families who seek to follow Christ and earnestly live out their faith, there is nothing happy in this report,” said Dwayne Hastings, a vice president at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “Those who push for so-called homosexual rights and lobby for same-sex interests … have a powerful ally with deep pockets in the entertainment industry who are more than willing to use their media to recast the homosexual lifestyle as normative.”

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