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National RoundUp
2008-08-13

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The 14-year-old boy charged as an adult for the February murder of classmate Lawrence King, 15, has pleaded not guilty. The California teen, Brandon mcInerney, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and a hate crime in court on Aug. 7. According to The Advocate,

McInerney's attorneys want lesser charges for the teen. King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school, and was openly gay.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack obama has expanded its his LGBT leadership team, according to a press release from Obama for America. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has joined a contingent that includes, among others, law professor Tobias Wolff, activist Jesse Garcia and former GLAAD Executive Director Joan Garry.

Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, dmass., announced his proposal to legalize marijuana. His bill, HR 5843, would end federal penalties for pot smokers carrying less than 100 grams. Basically, Frank wants casual and responsible use of the drug decriminalized so those who use recreationally or have the drug prescribed to them for medical reasons won't be subject to arrest. Frank said that responsible pot use is 'none of the government's business' during a press conference.

The LGBT-welcoming Tennessee church that was the site of a recent shooting said that the violence would not impact its welcoming and liberal views. The suspect, Jim Adkisson, went on a shooting rampage during a children's musical performance at the church, which is home to Tennessee's largest gay and lesbian congregation. Two were killed and six others were wounded. According to police, a note was found in the suspect's car after the shooting. The note revealed that Adkisson targeted the church because of its liberal views. The shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.


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