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The Oakland, Calif., City Council unanimously approved a resolution that bans discrimination based

on gender identity or expression, reports the Oakland Tribune. The resolution expands the city's previous

nondiscrimination policy banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Some activists want the council

to re-establish a Human Rights Council to enforce the ordinance.

The woman arrested, along with her

husband, in a San Francisco dog-mauling death, was released on parole last week, reports KCRA TV. Marjorie

Knoller left the Central California Women's Facility after serving just over half of her four-year sentence. She

and her husband were convicted of involuntary manslaughter after their dogs murdered their lesbian neighbor.

As conditions of her parole, Knoller may not own a dog and may not live with her husband for three years.

Fred 'God hates fags' Phelps and his clan may be picketing on a highway in Lafayette, La., according to the

Advertiser. The anti-gay Baptist minister from Kansas announced plans to picket outside several churches in

Acadiana and outside a school in Youngsville that allegedly reprimanded a student for using the word 'gay.'

The Mayor of Youngsville said there are no sidewalks near the school and the school owns all of the property

nearby. He said Phelps would have to picket on the highway to avoid trespassing.

Health activists in Native

American communities are calling for more education about HIV/AIDS, reports the Arizona Republic. Rates of

new HIV infections in Native Americans have now surpassed the rates of Caucasians. Native Americans are

infected at a rate of about 1.5 times that of Caucasians and more than twice that of Asian Americans. A

housewife and author of children's books says her career may be damaged because she included a reference

to gay dads in her latest book, reports the LA Times. Martha Freeman wrote the successful book The Trouble

with Cats. Her sequel, The Trouble with Babies, received positive reviews but did not sell as well. And

Freeman's publisher says it's because of a passage that discusses two gay dads. Libraries that purchased

the first book have reportedly avoided the new book because of the gay dads.

The Iowa judge who granted

a divorce to a lesbian couple a few weeks ago revised his ruling, according to the Des Moines Register.

District Judge Jeffrey Neary wrote in a revised ruling that he did not have the authority to dissolve a gay

marriage not recognized in the state. He said his decision should be considered a dissolution of the

contractual civil union the couple entered into in Vermont.

Police arrested a man accused of murdering a

Catholic priest 12 years ago, reports the Times Record News. Father Gerald Curley, an air force chaplain in

Wichita Falls, Texas, was found dead in 1991. Police gathered fingerprints and blood shortly after the murder

but found no match. Family members of Ifren Escobedo allegedly turned in the man who reportedly knew

Curley from Odds, a gay bar.

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., says he'll lead the fight against the

proposed anti-gay marriage Constitutional Amendment, reports WBAY. Feingold is the ranking Democrat on

the Constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Embezzlement charges were dropped

against Dwight Bassett, the former executive director of OutCharlotte, reports the Herald Tribune. Bassett was

charged with taking $2,500 when he left the organization. He reportedly disagreed with board members over

how much he was owed upon his resignation.

A rebuilt bridge at North Carolina's Duke University may or

may not have gay pride messages after the North Carolina Department of Transportation finishes the

reconstruction, reports the Durham Herald Sun. Known as 'graffiti bridge' by many on campus, the bridge

connecting two parts of campus had a controversial cleaning in 1997. The campus LGBT group painted the

under side of the bridge pink and wrote phrases like 'have a gay day' to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

University maintenance staff removed the phrases. A university archivist said the gay messages were the only

ones he knew of that were removed in at least 40 years.

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