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George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters over edited 911 tape

AP writer
Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:42

George Zimmerman sued NBC this week, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman says the network edited the tape to make sound like he is racist.

W.Va. woman denied driver’s license in wife’s surname

Written by AP Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:12

For the year since she married her partner, waitress Cynthia Landis has legally been a “Landis.” It’s the name on her Social Security card, her District of Columbia marriage certificate and her Virginia driver’s license.

But the state of West Virginia won’t recognize her as “Landis.”

Smokers light up as Washington legalizes pot

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 December 2012 21:42

The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.

Survey: LGBT Americans better prepared for retirement

Written by WiG Friday, 07 December 2012 07:39

A survey of how well LGBT Americans are prepared for retirement found that they are better at managing their money than the average American.

Conducted by Prudential, the survey of 1,000 LGBT respondents found they earn more, save more and have less debt. Respondents not only reported significantly higher annual incomes – $61,500 compared with the national median of $50,054 – but they also carried about $4,000 less in debt than the average American and had $6,000 more in household savings. According to the survey, LGBT people had more equity in their homes – a median of $77,000 compared to the national median of $62,000

NAACP pushes for major shakeup in education

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 08:34

The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation’s classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said this week.

The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities.

Anti-gay Sen. DeMint resigning to head conservative think tank

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:58

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite known backing challenges to centrists in his own party, is resigning Jan. 1 to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

The South Carolina lawmaker said in a statement he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation.

Supreme Court to hear gay marriage arguments

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:28

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on California’s Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment enacted in 2008 that bars same-sex marriages in that state.

First gay marriage license in King County, Wash. Video.

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 07 December 2012 06:01

Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen received the first same-sex marriage license in King County, Wash., at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6. They've been together 35 years.

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Transgender models are a sensation on Brazil's catwalks

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 08:29

Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it’s nothing short of terrifying.

The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models – leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born with male bodies and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals.

Mormon church wants more compassion for gays

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:24

Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website this week that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

Church officials insist they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful. However, the website states that Mormons should be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.

Ruling step toward gay marriage across Mexico

Written by AP Friday, 07 December 2012 07:43

A unanimous ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court overturning a state law against same-sex marriage has opened the way for the eventual legalization of gay marriage across Mexico, legal experts say.

The court ruled unconstitutional a law in southern Oaxaca state that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. The decision came in favor of three gay couples who sued Oaxaca state on grounds the law violated the principle of equal treatment for all citizens.

A federal trial is under way in a lawsuit that accuses Harrisburg, Ore., school officials of failing to protect a middle school boy with Tourette’s syndrome from harassment and attacks.

The boy’s mother testified this week that he was shoved, slapped and taunted by students who thought he was gay.