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Hillary Clinton joins 'Americans for Marriage Equality' campaign

Written by WiG Monday, 18 March 2013 08:39

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 18 joined the Human Rights Campaign’s "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, a public engagement effort featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.

In the video message, Clinton referred to her landmark United Nations speech on gay rights and conversations with world leaders on LGBT equality.

U.S. reps urge marriage equality in Illinois

Written by WiG Friday, 15 March 2013 11:20

Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation called on state legislators to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act has passed the state Senate and a House committee but has not been voted on in the House, where 60 members need to say “yes.”

Three-day conservative tea party begins in D.C.

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:13

The three-day right-wing tea party known as CPAC began today in Washington, D.C.

The schedule of speakers includes: Kelly Ayotte, John Barrasso, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor, Al Cardenas, Ben Carson, Francesca Chambers, Steven Crowder, Ted Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli, Artur Davis, Carly Fiorina, Tom Fitton, Jeff Frazee, Newt Gingrich, Louie Gohmert, Kristan Hawkins, Chelsi Henry, Bobby Jindal, Ron Johnson, Sonnie Johnson, David Keene, Katie Kieffer, Wayne LaPierre, Mike Lee, Art Linares, Dana Loesch, Jenny Beth Martin, Alexander McCobin, Mitch McConnell, Kate Obenshain, Sarah Palin, rand Paul, Katie Pavlich, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Wayne Allyn Root, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Tim Scott, T.W. Shannon, Pat Toomey, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Allen West and Crystal Wright.

Progressive leaders respond to election of new pope

Written by WiG Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:04

The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church ended their conclave earlier today and announced that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new pope. The leader of the 1.2 billion church has taken the name of Francis.

Francis, according to various reports, is a humble man who cares about the poor.

Mich. tribal leader conducts wedding for two men

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 16 March 2013 07:37

The vice chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe officiated at the wedding of two men Friday after signing a bill authorizing same-sex marriage.

The tribal council of the 4,600-member Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians approved the measure March 3 on a 5-4 vote.

Jailed Aryan Brotherhood member sentenced for anti-gay assault

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:42

An Aryan Brotherhood member in federal prison in Texas has been sentenced to 71 months after pleading guilty to committing an anti-gay hate crime against another inmate.

John Hall, 27, was prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

ACLU defends student quest for gay-straight club in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:53

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening legal action against a central Pennsylvania school board that denied students' request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club at their high school.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania contends the Chambersburg Area School Board's vote is a violation of the federal Equal Access Act. Congress originally passed the law in 1984 to address what lawmakers had called
"perceived widespread discrimination" against religious speech in public schools but has since been applied to organizations including Gay-Straight Alliance clubs.

Boy Scouts of America surveying adult members on gay ban

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 13 March 2013 06:34

The Boy Scouts of America, with a May decision expected on their policy banning gay scouts and leaders, is surveying its adult membership on the issue.

A questionnaire sent to 1.1 million adult Scouts uses fictional situations to discern where Scouting's membership falls on questions of homosexuality, gays camping with children and gays in church leadership. It allows adult Scouts to indicate a range of feelings, from strong support to strong opposition to the ban on gays.

Illinois House Speaker: Gay marriage 12 votes short

Written by AP Saturday, 16 March 2013 06:49

A proposal to make Illinois the 10th state to allow gay marriage will face a "very difficult" reception in the Illinois House, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said as advocates vowed to continue pushing for the legislation.

The state Senate passed a bill last month – on Valentine's Day – allowing same-sex couples marriage rights. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would approve gay marriage if it comes to his desk.

The former pastor of a northwest Indiana megachurch is scheduled for sentencing today for persuading a 16-year-old girl to engage in a sexual affair with him by telling her that Jesus desired it.

Jack Schaap, 55, who became leader of the 15,000-member First Baptist Church of Hammond, Ind., in 2001, pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Yesterday, federal prosecutors filed letters Schaap sent the girl in U.S. District Court as part of the government’s sentencing memorandum, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Pro-gay Argentine president wishes pope well despite clashes

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 March 2013 04:02

President Cristina Fernandez will travel to the Vatican to attend her fellow Argentine Jorge Bergoglio's first Mass as Pope Francis on March 19, and she sent him a warm congratulations letter despite their profound differences over politics.

Bergoglio and Fernandez clashed so often that his official biographer, Sergio Rubin, compared them to "oil and water."

New Zealand close to approving same-sex marriage

Written by The AP Wednesday, 13 March 2013 05:30

New Zealand lawmakers for a second time have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage, virtually assuring its passage into law in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers supported the bill 77 to 44 on March 13 in the second of three votes that must be taken before a bill can become law.

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