Swedes Throw Rocks
at Artist's Jesus Depiction
Dumps Partner's Bill
By Rex Wockner
International News Report
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"While the military takes into account the relationships of heterosexual service personnel who are periodically re-located great distances from their former posting, it doesn't give a damn about homosexual service personnel in similar circumstances," said ACLGR's Rodney Croome.
"This is unfair on the soldiers involved because they may have to choose between their relationship and their career. It is also bad for the military because it has an adverse effect on both morale and the retention of highly trained personnel."
Swedes Throw Rocks at Artist's Jesus Depiction
"I went out to document [with my camera] what was going on," Ohlson said. "It was when they discovered it was me that the tumult began. I didn't think they would recognize me."
Ohlson fled back inside. Local reports did not mention any injuries.
Most of the protesters reportedly were from a Syrian Orthodox church.
The exhibit has provoked protests in several cities where it has been displayed.
Jon Voss, editor of the Stockholm gay newspaper QX, explained: "Two pictures have caused most protests from the religious right: The Last Supper scene, where [Jesus] is sitting in high heels with 12 drag queens and transvestites.
"And one scene where he is baptized nude, showing his dick. This has caused uproar and a lot of laughs because the model in the picture has a big dick. The bishop of Uppsala ... said the dick was erect, which the model, who works here at QX, denies."
French Senate Dumps Partner's Bill
The French Senate March 18 rejected a measure passed by the National Assembly in December that granted unmarried couples -- gay and straight, romantic or not -- many of the rights and benefits of matrimony.
The vote was 216 to 99.
The Senators approved an alternate proposal by a vote of 192 to 117 that recognizes only male-female cohabiting couples.
The measure that passed the Assembly 316-249 on Dec. 9 would have granted gay couples rights in such areas as inheritance, housing, taxation, workplace benefits, social security and social-welfare programs.