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Audit finds faults with Wisconsin’s job-creation agency

Written by AP Wednesday, 19 December 2012 05:25

Poor record keeping, a lack of basic accounting controls and high staff turnover all contributed to problems in the first year of Wisconsin’s premiere job-creation agency, according to an independent audit released this week.

The semi-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. was created in July 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans to help boost the state’s job creation efforts. Walker promised during his 2010 campaign to create 250,000 new jobs, and the WEDC – with an $81 million annual budget – was the entity charged with spurring economic development.

Sen. Inouye, longtime LGBT rights advocate, dies at 88

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:37

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a war hero, a Hawaiian hero, a civil rights hero, died on Dec. 17. His last word, according to his office, was “Aloha.”

A senator since January 1963, Inouye was currently the longest serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line of presidential succession. AP said his office said he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.

Judge orders Iowa to issue accurate death certificate to lesbian moms

Written by WiG Monday, 17 December 2012 16:31

An Iowa court on Dec. 17 ordered the state health department to issue lesbian moms Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer an accurate death certificate for their son, who was stillborn in October 2011.

The case was brought to the courts by Lambda Legal, an LGBT civil liberties group.

Domino’s founder sues feds over contraception coverage

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 08:09

The right-wing founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Tom Monaghan, a Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

House Republicans urged to stop spending for DOMA defense

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:03

LGBT leaders are urging the House Republican leadership to stop spending tax money to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.

Congressional Republicans decided to defend DOMA, enacted in 1996 after the U.S. Justice Department said that it could not defend in court an unconstitutional law.

Cameroon court upholds prison sentence for gay text message

Written by AP Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:14

An appeals court in Cameroon on Dec. 17 upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of "homosexual conduct" for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you."

Activists said the court's ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples.

Liberal icon Barney Frank eyes high-profile retirement

AP writer
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:36

Even in retirement, Barney Frank promises to antagonize the right wing.

The 72-year-old Massachusetts representative ends a storied congressional career in less than three weeks. In a tenure that spanned more than three decades, Frank has helped lead the civil rights debate as one of the first openly gay elected officials, crafted a financial reform bill designed to prevent another global crisis and become a liberal hero for his willingness to clash with conservative critics.

Legalizing pot: What’s happening in the states?

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 07:56

The votes in Washington and Colorado last month legalizing marijuana were just the latest developments in the debate over marijuana use in the United States.

Lawmakers and activists in some other states are contemplating their next moves in regards to marijuana:

Popularity of Caribbean island soars after gay wedding

Written by AP Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:59

A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians.

Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week.

Montana court rules against domestic partner appeal

Written by WiG Monday, 17 December 2012 16:54

The Montana Supreme Court on Dec. 17 ruled against the ACLU’s request for immediate full domestic partnership protection for same-sex couples, but said the case could move forward challenging same-sex couples’ lack of protection in individual statutes.

The ACLU and six same-sex couples who were plaintiffs in the case plan to pursue legal options.

Tens of thousands march for gay marriage in Paris

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 11:45

Tens of thousands of people supporting the Socialist government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage and adoptions in France have marched in a Paris demonstration.

President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his "marriage for everyone" plan within a year of taking office last May.

Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

AP writer
Monday, 17 December 2012 05:18

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there’s not a Republican in sight among the bunch.

“There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year,” said Stevenson, 31. “They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It’s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I’ve never heard my friends lament their taxes.”