James Blake is now the top-ranked male American tennis player.
· For the first time ever, the anti-gay Focus on the Family has promoted an event for Major League Baseball. On July 27, the conservative Christian ministry co-sponsored "Faith Days" at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, the team lost 6-1 to the Florida Marlins.
· Northern Ireland plans to end all discrimination against gays. Meanwhile, two young Albanian men are beaten in Belfast's most popular gay bar—one has a broken jaw, the other has 16 stitches. Friends say the attack was racially motivated.
· Labor unions become the latest to fight the proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in Wisconsin. Unions are concerned the amendment would strip their ability to bargain for benefits like health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees. Gay activists are trying to make Wisconsin the first state to defeat a referendum banning gay marriage. So far, 19 states have approved such amendments and five others will vote on them this year.