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"NewsWrap": A second U.S. federal appeals court declares the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a violation of the Constitution's equal protection provisions, and also becomes the first federal court to declare that laws that discriminate against same-gender couples should be judged with "heightened scrutiny", while the GOP-controlled House of Representatives approaches the $1.5 million spending cap members authorized to defend the 1996 statute after the Obama administration decided to stop doing so; growing opposition to the French government's promise to introduce a civil marriage equality bill in Parliament on October 31st may have contributed to this week's announcement that debate would not begin until at least November 7th; a Belfast judge declares that Northern Ireland's adoption laws discriminate against unmarried heterosexual and same-gender couples, while an appeals court in Sweden rules that accusations of rape can be lodged against a suspect regardless of the gender identity of the victim; a report issued this week reveals alarming levels of discrimination against American Indian and Alaskan Native transgender and gender-nonconforming people; members of the Trade Union of Russian Citizens sue pop diva Madonna for violating St. Petersburg's "no promo homo" law during her August 9th concert, while a member of the Russian Orthodox Church-affiliated People's Council wants authorities to investigate rainbow-themed milk cartons for violating the same law (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by NATALIE PEOPLES & JOHNNIE TORRES) .
In addition to its infamous reputation for LGBT youth suicides, ANOKA is best known for its annual Hallowe'en Festival and Parade. Correspondent DIXIE TREICHEL ["Fresh Fruit" on KFAI-FM/Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota] speaks with JEFFERSON FIETECK of the youth group JUSTIN'S GIFT to find out how those two facts have collided to create the region's latest controversy
Is it simple anti-bullying activity, or a dastardly plot to turn school kids queer? For the last 11 years the SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER's "Teaching Tolerance" project has successfully encouraged students to try hanging out one day with someone outside their usual social sphere. But this year -- the same year that the U.S. civil rights watchdog branded the conservative evangelical AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION a hate group -- MIX IT UP AT LUNCH DAY has suddenly become a national threat. More than 2,500 schools had planned to hold the event the day before Hallowe'en, but the AFA has frightened a few into canceling it. Its Issues Analysis Director BRYAN FISCHER discussed the group's concerns with "CNN" anchor CAROL COSTELLO
In a speech that's gone viral, REVEREND PHIL SNIDER of the Brentwood Christian Church gave the SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI City Council an earful during a debate over adding LGBT people to their discrimination protections. But his remarks took a somewhat unexpected turn from where they began.