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Illinois Senate expected to pass gay marriage bill today

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Thursday, 14 February 2013 05:04

With a 10-seat majority in the Senate, Democrats say they have enough votes to move Illinois toward legalizing gay marriage with a floor vote Thursday (Feb. 14).

Canada reviews aid for anti-gay evangelical group in Uganda

Written by AP Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:02

The Canadian government is reconsidering humanitarian funding for an evangelical group that works in Uganda and has described homosexuality as perverted and sinful.

Crossroads Christian Communications, a group that produces television programs, received $544,813 in federal money to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.

A Catholic school assistant principal was fired today over comments he made on his blog in support of marriage equality.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski from Purcell Marian High School, telling him in a termination letter that he had shown “poor judgment” and violated the teachings of the Catholic Church, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Feb. 11 announced the extension of benefits to same-sex partners of gay and lesbian servicemembers.

The announcement comes 17 months after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Obama nominates gay man for appeals court

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:44

President Barack Obama today nominated Todd M. Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If confirmed, Hughes would become the first openly gay judge at that level.

The president alson nominated Raymond T. Chen to the appeals court.

French assembly passes gay marriage bill

Written by AP Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:09

France's lower house of parliament on Feb. 12 approved a bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, handing a major legislative victory to President Francois Hollande's Socialists on a divisive social issue.

The measure, approved in the National Assembly in a 329-to-229 vote, puts France on track to join about a dozen mostly European nations that allow gay marriage and comes despite a string of recent demonstrations by opponents of the so-called "marriage for all" bill.

Gay catholics: Opportunity in pope's resignation

Written by WiG Monday, 11 February 2013 15:31

The nation's largest LGBT Catholic group on Feb. 11 encouraged cardinals who will elect the next pope to consider "all of God's people." The request followed news that Pope Benedict XVI is retiring this month due to health concerns.

DignityUSA, in a statement, said, "Like all Catholics, we appreciate that Pope Benedict put the needs of the Church first in determining he is no longer able to meet the demands of his position. We wish him a peaceful retirement."

Pope Benedict to resign on Feb. 28

Written by WiG Monday, 11 February 2013 05:14

Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN on Monday (Feb. 11).

In a statement, the 85-year-old pope said he had noticed his strength deteriorating and "for this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter."

Florida community unites to repair gay teen's vandalized home

Written by WiG Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:06

Volunteers from the Pensacola, Fla., area will unite Feb. 16 to help repair a teenager’s home vandalized in an anti-gay attack.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and other civil rights groups are working with Christian organizations such as the Pensacola World Changers.

Hours after pope's resignation, lightning strikes St. Peter's Basilica

Written by WiG reports Tuesday, 12 February 2013 07:55

Hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his historic resignation as head of the Roman Catholic Church, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Basilica is one of Catholicism’s holiest sites.

Photos of the freak bolt of lightning striking the famous building have lit up the Web. The BBC broadcast video footage of the weather event in slow motion.

Oregonians unite for 2014 marriage equality ballot push

Written by WiG Monday, 11 February 2013 15:30

Oregon activists have established a campaign – Oregon United for Marriage – to drive a marriage equality ballot initiative in November 2014.

The campaign, announced over the weekend by Basic Rights Oregon, will first organize a petition drive seeking the ballot initiative to legalize civil marriage in the state.

Ohio mayor resigns after calling police officer 'queer'

Written by AP Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:51

The mayor of a southeastern Ohio town has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer “queer” in front of his colleagues and created a hostile work environment.

Jackie Welker, council president in the Village of Pomeroy, tells The Associated Press that 78-year-old Mayor Mary McAngus submitted a letter of resignation Saturday.