News Brief: Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime in Fatal Beating of a Gay Man

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News Brief Idaho Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime Gay Murder

News Brief:  Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime in Fatal Beating of a Gay Man

An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location then beat him to death.  Kelly Schneider, 23, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, but the case was kept under seal until he was taken into federal custody, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement.  Schneider is to be arraigned on January 24th.

Schneider has already pleaded not guilty in a first-degree murder charge in Idaho state court in connection with the April 2016 death of Steven Nelson, 49.  State prosecutors say Schneider posed as an escort on the website Backpage in order to rob those who responded to his ad.  Three others have been charged in state court in connection with the case.  Schneider and Nelson are both from Nampa in southwestern Idaho.

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News Brief: Same-Sex Couples Could be Able to Marry in Guernsey by Summer

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News Brief Same-Sex Couples Marry Guernsey Summer

News Brief:  Same-Sex Couples Could be Able to Marry in Guernsey by Summer

It has been announced recently that same-sex couples could begin to marry in Guernsey as soon as the summer!

The Employment and Social Security Committee Vice President, Shane Langlois, said the UK Privy Council has announced that Royal Assent had been given to the law first introduced back in 2015.  This measure will now go to the States for final approval before it will come into effect.

Back in 2015, the Jersey States overwhelmingly accepted proposals that would begin to bring Jersey into line with the rest of the United Kingdom, by permitting same-sex couples to wed.  The Guernsey States later voted to introduce same-sex marriage, thus culminating a years-long process.  Until the measure was approved, Guernsey was one of few places in Western Europe – and the only in the United Kingdom – that had not yet allowed neither civil partnerships nor same-sex marriage.

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News Brief: “Experts” are Speaking in Indonesian Court in an Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

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News Brief “Experts” Indonesian Court Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

News Brief “Experts” Indonesian Court Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

News Brief:  “Experts” are Speaking in Indonesian Court in an Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

Petitioners are arguing in the Constitutional Court that sexual activities outside of marriage may turn Indonesia into an “uncivilized nation.”

The judicial review has been branded controversial as it seeks to criminalize consensual extramarital sex and homosexual sex acts.  The government, however, is not backing the case, and has demanded that the petition should be rejected.

The three “experts” providing statements all support the Association of Muslim Housewives, which supports the Family Love Alliance.  Elly Risman, who has been labeled an expert on psychology and parenting, warned that without new provisions children might be negatively affected by information about sex online.  The Jakarta Post reported that she said in the hearing, “Extramarital sex has turned into a lifestyle.  How can we save the nation if we don’t have the tools?”  Another “expert,” Syamsu Yusuf, said that the number of people engaging in extramarital sex acts had become a “moral disaster.”

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News Brief: Japanese City Becomes the Largest to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

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News Brief Sapporo Becomes the Largest Japanese City to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

News Brief Sapporo Becomes the Largest Japanese City to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

News Brief:  Japanese City Becomes the Largest to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

The Japanese city of Sapporo has become the latest to recognize same-sex relationships.  With a population of nearly two million, it will become the largest in the country to issue formal recognition to same-sex couples.

Earlier this year, the city of Iga began the process of issuing certificates to same-sex couples as did the Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo.

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News Brief: Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

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News Brief Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

News Brief Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

News Brief:  Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

Adult star Alexander Gustavo was found dead Saturday, December 17 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to his head.

According to a report from Str8UpGayPorn.com, fellow performer Jaxton Wheeler discovered Gustavo’s body in the Las Vegas apartment they once shared.  Wheeler had just returned from a shoot in San Francisco, when he found his friend’s body.

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