JMG reader Paul Hard has received the above letter from the Social Security Administration which advises him that since he and his late husband were not married “under the laws of Alabama,” he is not eligible for federal death benefits.
Last month Lambda Legal sued the federal government on behalf of a Texas widow that was told the same: SSA should not be telling widowed lesbians and gay men already grieving the loss of a spouse—‘you live in the wrong state so you don’t get Social Security spousal benefits’.
Thousands of same-sex spouses… have married, even though their home states refuse to recognize their relationships. Since Windsor, these aging lesbian and gay Americans believe that, at the very least, their marriages finally will be respected by the federal government. But, relying on discriminatory state marriage bans declared unconstitutional by an avalanche of courts around the country, SSA continues to deny same-sex spouses their benefits. Widows, widowers and retirees, wherever they live, need Social Security spousal benefits, earned through years of hard work, to support them as they age. They should not have to wait one more day to be treated with dignity by the federal government.
We’ve seen amazing, truly historic advances with the feds since Windsor, but we’re still not there. –JoeMyGod.com
By Darren Wee on gaystarnews.com
Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.
Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).
The game description reads, ‘Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!
‘Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.
‘Remember! When they catch you they will do with you whatever they want.’
GSN reader Michael Boudreau said he and several of his friends had already complained to Google about the free game.
‘In this day and age, it’s hard to see a game designed with the sole intent of quite literally targeting LGBT individuals,’ he said.
‘If Google is not aware of the content of this app, they should be!’
Toronto-based writer, Travis Myers, told GSN that he found the presence of Ass Hunter on the Google Play store ‘abhorrent.’
‘While it is just an app there is absolutely no ambiguity about the homophobic intent of this game — this is a game for people who fantasize about killing gay people,’ he said.
‘Google has affirmed its status as an LGBTQ ally many times in the past but I think the fact that this game was uploaded and available on their App Store means they can and should do better to support gay rights, especially in light of recent high profile cases of homophobic violence around the world.’
The game has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has an overwhelming number of five-star ratings on the Google Play store.
Google was forced to remove Bomb Gaza from its app store in August after a social media backlash over the game, which allowed players to pilot an Israeli air force jet to ‘drop bombs and avoid killing civilians.’
Unlike Apple, Google does not review apps before they are uploaded.
However, its app content policies ban ’depictions of gratuitous violence’ and ‘materials that threaten, harass or bully other users.’
There also a hate speech clause that forbids ’advocating against groups of people based on their… sexual orientation/gender identity.’
UPDATE: Subsequent to Gay Star News writing this story, Google has emailed us to say they have removed the game. However, they refuse to comment on individual apps.
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By Andrew Potts on gaystarnews.com
Photo by Hennepin County Police Department
A Minnesota man who shot at and wounded patrons of a Minneapolis gay bar with a gas powered BB gun has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and will be on probation for 5 years after he gets out.
Wayne Odegard became furious after seeing gay couples being affectionate outside of Minneapolis gay bar Saloon on 25 September and produced the gun and started shooting at patrons, yelling that they were ‘fucking faggots.’
A security guard intervened to take him down but not before he had been able to wound a gay couple, shooting both in the legs – though neither were critically wounded.
Odegard attempted to flee the scene but security guard Tyler Erickson tackled him before he could even run 30 feet and held him at the scene until police could arrive to take him into custody.
Erickson told Fox 9 KMSP-TV that Odegard repeatedly told him he was going to hell and quoted bible passages at him while he was being held down, and that he thought the incident could have ended up much worse if things had gone differently.
‘If the guy was shot with the same CO2 powered BB gun in the face it would’ve gone right through his cheek,’ he said.
The judge hearing the case increased Odegard’s probation period from 3 to 5 years to reflect that it was a crime based on prejudice and he will have to undergo chemical dependency and psychological evaluations and attend anger management classes on release.
If he violates any of the terms of his probation once released he will be sent back to prison for a year and one day.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/us-christian-who-shot-gay-couple-bb-gun-gets-6-months-prison221114#sthash.Z1mQXZ9l.dpuf