President Barack Obama's 'Hello, Berlin!' speech. Transcript

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:08

In his June 19 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, President Barack Obama called for reducing nuclear arsenals, action against climate change and a continued effort to battle injustice and promote peace.

He said, "I'd suggest that peace with justice begins with the example we set here at home, for we know from our own histories that intolerance breeds injustice.  Whether it's based on race, or religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are stronger when all our people -- no matter who they are or what they look like -- are granted opportunity, and when our wives and our daughters have the same opportunities as our husbands and our sons."

HUD finds bias against gay couples in rental market

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:42

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on June 18 released the first-ever national study on housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the private rental market.

The study looked at how rental agents treated same-sex couples who inquired about apartments advertised online.

Thousands march for LGBT equality in Croatia

Written by The AP Monday, 17 June 2013 11:08

Several thousand people held an LGBT Pride march over the weekend in Croatia. Neighboring Slovenia's president led a similar march in his country's capital.

There were no incidents as the crowds carrying flags and banners and guarded by police gathered and then marched through the center of Croatia's capital, Zagreb.

LGBT protesters arrested at Boehner's D.C. office

Written by WiG Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:57

Protesters with GetEqual were arrested today (June 13) outside the congressional office of House Speaker John Boehner, according to a statement from the LGBT activist group.

The demonstrators were calling on the Republican leader to support the proposed U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Some version of the civil rights law has been re-introduced in Congress for four decades.

Republican Sen. Murkowski backs marriage equality

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:35

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Republican in the U.S. Senate to announce support for marriage equality.

Earlier this year, U.S. Sens. Rob Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois, both Republicans, endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples.

U.S. Rep. Pocan condemns anti-abortion bill

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:31

The U.S. House later today (June 18) is expected to vote on a bill that would place a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The measure is not expected to advance in the U.S. Senate but, if it did, would face a veto at the White House.

Walker declares June 14 ‘Charlie Sykes Day’ in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Friday, 14 June 2013 14:05

Gov. Scott Walker has declared today, June 14, “Charlie Sykes Day” in Wisconsin.

On the federal holiday calendar, June 14 is Flag Day.

Southern Baptists adopt resolution against Boy Scouts’ gay policy

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:08

The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution on June 12 opposing the Boy Scouts of America’s new policy allowing gay boys.

But the resolution doesn’t explicitly call for churches to cut ties to the youth group. The Associated Press reports the resolution takes a softer tone than many expected.

Racial profiling in Arizona? There’s an app to report that

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 June 2013 07:46

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has released a smartphone app for reporting abuse under the state’s racial profiling law.

The app is part of the ACLU’s campaign against the anti-immigrant SB1070, more widely known as the “Show Me Your Papers” provision.

New judge sought in lesbian teen sex case in Florida

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:50

The attorney for an 18-year-old Floridian charged with a felony for having sexual contact with her 14-year-old girlfriend wants a new judge to hear the case.

Attorney Julia Graves has raised concerns that Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg is biased against the defendant, Kaitlyn Hunt, because she is a lesbian.

Rubio: 'I'm off it' if immigration bill includes gay couples

Written by WiG Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:53

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says if the massive immigration reform bill under debate in the U.S. Senate is amended to include protections for gay U.S. citizens and their foreign spouses he's done working for passage.

Rubio is a co-author of the legislation crafted by the so-called Gang of Eight. He's maintained throughout the process that he opposes including protections for LGBT families in the legislation.

Anti-gay extremists plan to protest at Tour de France

Written by WiG Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:55

Ultra-right extremists plan to demonstrate at their country’s most famous sporting event – the Tour de France – to protest marriage equality.

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in France following a spring of legislative victories for equality advocates and a season of right-wing protest that escalated into violence.