UPDATED: Delaware becomes 11th marriage equality state

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 15:10

UPDATED: The “First State” has become the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Delaware Senate on May 7 voted 12-9 to allow same-sex couples to enter civil marriages in the state. The measure already passed the House of Representatives with a 23-18 vote.

Vikings release Chris Kluwe from team

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 May 2013 04:17

The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on May 6, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-year stay in Minnesota.

Kluwe announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman, a move that had been expected ever since the team spent a fifth-round draft pick on punter Jeff Locke at the end of last month.

Gay lawmaker denies rape allegations in UK

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 06 May 2013 06:43

A senior British Conservative Party politician arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault said on May 5 the allegations against him are "completely false."

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, 55, was arrested on May 4. He was questioned about sex offenses that allegedly took place between July 2009 and March 2013 and was later released on bail.

Mississippi school principal sued for come to Jesus programs

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 03 May 2013 12:25

A Mississippi high school forced students to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life, according to an atheist group that has sued.

The district has denied that assemblies were mandatory and says they were legal.

Minnesota House to vote on marriage equality bill

Written by WiG Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:04

The Minnesota House of Representatives has announced that HF1054, which would extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, will get a floor vote on May 9.

House leaders have repeatedly said that the bill would not be brought to the floor without the 68 votes needed for passage.

Iowa clerk guilty of falsifying papers for gay couple's marriage license

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 07 May 2013 04:07

A former rural Iowa court official pleaded guilty on May 6 to forgery for filing false documents to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple from central Florida, in the first case of its kind in Iowa.

Former Grundy County deputy clerk Brigitte Van Nice, 42, received a fine and a suspended sentence after entering the guilty pleas to perjury and forgery charges at the courthouse in Grundy Center, where she used to work.

Liza Minnelli joins NOH8 campaign

Written by WiG Saturday, 04 May 2013 08:25

Liza Minnelli is the latest celebrity to support the acclaimed NOH8 campaign. Her NOH8 portrait was unveiled May 4 by the organization whose mission is to promote equality through visual protest.

The campaign is a photographic silent protest created in direct response to the passage of California's Proposition 8 which amended the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Iowa Supreme Court rules for lesbian parents

Written by WiG Friday, 03 May 2013 10:02

The Iowa Supreme Court, Varnum v. Brien, today ruled that same-sex couples and their families must be treated equally under Iowa law and ordered the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide an accurate two-parent birth certificate to all children born to lesbian married parents in Iowa.

The court was unanimous in ordering the state to treat children of lesbian couples as having two parents at birth.

Illinois’ GOP chief resigns – effective immediately

Written by WiG Tuesday, 07 May 2013 06:48

Embattled Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady has resigned. Brady had come under fire from conservatives in the GOP for his support for marriage equality, specifically the bill pending in the Illinois House to legalize marriage for same-sex couples who now have access to second-class civil unions.

CNN host apologizes for 'mistakes' made in covering Jason Collins' coming-out story

Written by David Bauder,
AP writer
Monday, 06 May 2013 12:19

On his CNN show yesterday, media critic Howard Kurtz pointed a finger at himself, apologizing for a story on gay basketball player Jason Collins that he said was riddled with errors and shouldn’t have been written in the first place.

The extraordinary edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” contained not only his apology but also a session with two other media critics who sharply questioned Kurtz’s credibility.

A Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms will remain on the books, despite criticism that it’s a back-door way to teach creationism.

The Senate Education Committee voted 3-2 this week against a proposal by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, to repeal the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, in what has become an annual debate before the panel.

Court allows partner benefits to stand for Michigan state workers

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 03 May 2013 07:20

Same-sex domestic partners of state employees will continue to qualify for health insurance after the Michigan Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal filed by the state.

In a short order released Thursday and dated Wednesday, justices unanimously said they were not persuaded they should review the case.