NATIONAL BRIEFS

Posted on 17 Dec 2005 at 12:45am
By Associated PRess

2 Anglican parishes get assets after breaking away from U.S. diocese
A judge ruled that two Anglican parishes that broke away from the Los Angeles diocese to join a more conservative one in Africa were the rightful owners of their church buildings and other property.
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles had argued that it held the property in trust for All Saints Church and St. David’s Church. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the worlwide Anglican Communion.
Those parishes, along with St. James Church, pulled out of the Los Angeles diocese and the 2.3 million member U.S. Episcopal Church in 2004 following the ordination of a gay bishop in the diocese of New Hampshire. The announced they were placing themselves under the jurisdicition of the Anglican Church in Uganda, which also opposed the gay bishop’s ordination.
Los Angeles dioceses officials said they plan to appeal.

Activist who helped save Maine’s gay rights law joins governor’s campaign
Jesse Connolly, the Democratic activist who managed John Kerry’s presidential campaign in Maine and helped engineer the defeat of the effort to repeal the state’s gay rights law, will now go to bat for Gov. John Baldacci.
Connolly, 27, of Portland, was tapped by Baldacci to manage his 2006 re-election campaign and will begin his new assignment Jan. 1.
“He has done a lot of good things in four years, and I believe he deserves a second term. We will communicate that to the people of Maine,” Connolly said.
Connolly led the campaign that ended last month when 55 percent of Mainers voted to keep the gay rights law. Baldacci was a staunch supporter of the anti-discrmination measure as it made its way through the legislative process.
Last year, Kerry carried maine with 54 percent of the vote.

Pennsylvania officials censor GLBT group support ad in school newspaper
Administrators stopped the distribution of a high school newspaper with an advertisement by a gay and lesbian support group, and distributed it two weeks later without the ad.
A Lampeter-Strasburg High School teacher said in an e-mail to a parent that 1,200 copies of the Nov. 18 edition of the The Limelight newspaper were recalled because of the advertisement by the group Common Roads.
Common Roads’ ad said it was an adult-supervised support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths that meets weekly.
The Limelight was eventually distributed to students Dec. 2 without the ad.
Student editor Evan Macy said he was never formally told of the reason for the decision, which he said constituted discrimination.
“Symbolically, it’s a gesture against the gay community, and that’s offensive,” Macy told the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. “I really think the reason they did it is they were uncomfortable and afraid of backlash.”
District solicitor Robert M. Frankhouser Jr. and superintendent Robert Frick did not immediately return telephone messages at their offices.
Macy is collecting signatures on a protest petition that he plans to present the school board.

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