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News: World

Wed 10 Aug, 2011
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Gay Soldiers shouldnt command troops say's Brazillian General.

A Brazilian general’s comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops sparked fierce criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers’ organisation that champions human rights


SJP – SATC2 = LGBT

Sarah Jessica Parker has given away her tickets to the Sex and the City 2 premier in a bid to raise money for equal LGBT rights.


Five arrested in Kenya over gay wedding

Kenya police on Friday arrested five suspected homosexuals in a coastal resort town after hundreds of residents protested over a planned gay wedding, a local official said.


Prop 8 to be made into a film

Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”


Defendant's brother testifies in gay killing trial

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The brother of a teenager on trial in the shooting death of his gay classmate at a Southern California junior high school testified Tuesday that books about Nazi youth found in the defendant's bedroom belonged to him.

Brian McInerney told jurors he owned the books, along with a video called "Shooting in Realistic Environments," because he was involved in re-enacting World War II battles before enlisting in the U.S. Marines, the Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/psoh9m) reported.

Prosecutors alleged the younger brother, Brandon McInerney, 17, was driven by white supremacist, anti-gay beliefs when he shot 15-year-old Larry King in 2008 in the computer classroom at E.O.

Green School in Oxnard. Brandon McInerney is being tried as an adult on first-degree murder and hate crime charges.

The defense argues the troubled, violent home that Brandon grew up in was part of the reason for the shooting.

Brian McInerney said many of the men in the McInerney family were interested in history and some of the drawings found in Brandon's room seemed to incorporate historical symbols of swastikas and eagles.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox showed Brian one drawing that had the swastika with the words "white pride worldwide" on it.
Brian McInerney also testified that his father Billy, who died in 2009, and Brandon had often taken the .22-caliber revolver that was used in the King shooting for target practice.

Earlier Tuesday, Brandon's childhood friend testified that he was in gym class with King and King was staring at him while he was changing clothes. He also said Brandon had told him that King was bothering him before the shooting.

The boy also told jurors he didn't remember a statement to police when he said that Brandon was talking about white supremacy before the shooting.

The defense will cross-examine Simi Valley Police Department Detective Dan Swanson, who previously testified on the history of white supremacy for the prosecution, when testimony resumes Wednesday.

Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

Source: AP

 

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