Equal pay demands delivered to White House, Congress

Written by WiG Monday, 08 April 2013 15:55

More than 100 organizations on April 8 called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning retaliation against employees of federal contractors for disclosing or inquiring about wages.

The request was made on the eve of Equal Pay Day and accompanied with renewed calls for equal pay for equal work. Data from the U.S. Census says that women still earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. Women of color take home even less.

FBI investigates possible extortion in Rutgers scandal

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 08 April 2013 04:13

The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs.

Meanwhile, Robert Morris University is expected to report in coming days what it has learned in its own inquiry on the three years Rice spent as head coach there.

ACLU sues in Nevada over anti-gay ‘crimes against nature’ law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 05 April 2013 11:03

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that calls consensual sex between two same-sex teenagers “the infamous crime against nature.” The law allows for a possible sentence of five years to life in prison.

The civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a Washoe County teen referred to as John Doe seeks just $1 in damages from Elko County and District Attorney Mark Torvinen. But it also seeks to invalidate what ACLU state legal chief Staci Pratt called a “homophobic relic” of a bygone era.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida backs marriage equality

Written by WIG Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:09

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, announced his support for marriage equality on April 4.

Nelson, in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, said, “It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today '... that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.' I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all.

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson comes out for marriage equality

Written by WiG Monday, 08 April 2013 12:42

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota, announced on April 8 his support for marriage equality.

The senator's statement was brief: "After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom."

Son of anti-gay mega pastor commits suicide

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Sunday, 07 April 2013 08:28

The troubled son of popular, anti-gay evangelical Pastor Rick Warren killed himself at his southern California home.

Matthew Warren, 27, struggled with mental illness, deep depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his life, Warren’s mega church said yesterday in a statement, after his body was found Friday night at his Mission Viejo home.

53 U.S. Senators now support marriage equality

Written by WiG Friday, 05 April 2013 10:26

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Two more Democratic U.S. Senators have joined the push for marriage equality – Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota – bringing the total to 53.

Fired Rutgers coach says he was wrong

Written by AP Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:35

Fired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice says he was wrong to treat his players the way he did.

Speaking Wednesday outside his home in Little Silver, Rice says there's no excuse for his behavior and he is sorry.

Third of Americans support Christianity as official religion

Written by WiG Monday, 08 April 2013 08:25

Slightly more than a third of U.S. adults favor establishing Christianity as an official religion of their state, according to a new poll from YouGov/Huffington Post.

The poll, conducted April 3-4 and surveying 1,000 people, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4.

Federal judge rules Plan B contraception must be available for teenage girls

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:20

In what’s being hailed as a landmark decision for women’s reproductive freedom, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the so called “morning-after” pill must be made available to females 13 or over, without parental consent.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman said the contraceptive sold under the brand “Plan B” is among the safest drugs available over the counter. He charged that President Obama’s administration, and particularly U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, chose politics over public interest when they enacted a policy banning the medication’s sale to young women under 18.

Brazil human rights commission bans outsiders to quiet protests

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 05 April 2013 09:23

The Commission for Human Rights and Minorities of the lower house of Brazil's Congress has banned the presence of outsiders from its sessions to keep out protesters demanding the resignation of its president, evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano.

The decision to hold closed sessions was taken late April 3.

Poll: 20 percent of Republicans think Obama is the anti-christ

Written by WiG Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:00

A new survey from the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that 20 percent of Republicans think President Barack Obama is the anti-christ.

The poll also finds that a majority of Republicans think that the climate change is a hoax.