Nevada Senate votes to repeal anti-gay marriage ban

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:10

The Nevada Senate voted late on April 22 for a resolution calling for a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The vote, which came after an hour of debate, is the first step in what all sides agree would be a long process toward legalizing gay marriage.

During the debate, one senator, Democrat Kelvin Atkinson of North Las Vegas, announced, "I'm black. I'm gay."

Two injured by gunshots at pot holiday celebration in Denver

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 21 April 2013 08:26

Two people were injured yesterday when shooting broke out during a pot holiday celebration in Denver yesterday, The Associated Press reported.

Saturday's annual 4/20 counterculture holiday was the first since Colorado legalized marijuana. Security for the event was heightened in reaction to the bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to local law-enforcement officials.

Montana governor signs bill decriminalizing gay sex

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 19 April 2013 07:17

An obsolete law deeming gay sex as deviant - akin to bestiality - was stricken from Montana code on April 18, prompting gay rights activists to say they hope that full legal equality may be close at hand.

When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107 decriminalizing gay sex, cheers erupted in the Capitol's Rotunda. It had been 16 years after the state Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional and 24 years after gay rights activists began their fight to take government out of the bedroom.

Student Non-Discrimination Act introduced in U.S. House

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:55

A bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools is again before Congress, introduced on April 18 by openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida.

The legislation is the Student Non-Discrimination Act. It would prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the bill would prevent discrimination against students because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom that student associates or has associated.

News anchor fired after opening first broadcast with profanity

Written by WiG Monday, 22 April 2013 11:52

A weekend co-anchor for an NBC affiliate in Bismarck, N.D., has lost his job after opening his first broadcast with a curse and what some viewers heard as an anti-gay remark.

Clemente, apparently not realizing his microphone was on, clearly said at the opening of the broadcast, "f---ing sh-t." It's not as clear whether he said "gay f---ing sh-t," as many listeners heard or made, as he claimed, an attempt to say the first name of the winner of the London Marathon – Tsegaye Kebede.

Mich. minister sentenced in sexually motivated murder of fiancée's daughter

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:58

The former minister of a small Michigan congregation was sentenced to at least 56 years in prison for killing his fiancée’s 24-year-old daughter, allegedly to fulfill a fantasy to have sex with a dead body.

Isabella County Chief Circuit Judge Paul Chamberlain ordered 55-year-old John D. White to serve from 56 to 85 years behind bars, saying he saw no reason why White, who had two prior convictions for attacking women, should ever leave prison.

Teacher fired for listing her partner's name in her mother's obituary

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 19 April 2013 06:24

A teacher in the Columbus, Ohio, area was fired for listing her partner as part of her family in her mother’s obituary.

When Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla Hale returned to work last month after her mother’s death, administrators at the Catholic school in Clintonville confronted her about the obit, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Several weeks later, Hale was fired for being in a same-sex relationship, she said.

An online petition demands the reinstatement of a teacher fired from a Catholic school in Ohio after she listed her female partner's name in her mother's obituary.

The petition campaign began on April 17 on behalf of PE teacher Carla Hale, who was fired from Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville.

France to vote on marriage equality on April 23

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 22 April 2013 11:02

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards on April 21 to protest the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing gay marriage. One protester called the bill "a threat to the social fabric."

Both houses of the French parliament have already approved the bill in a first reading. The second and final reading is expected on Tuesday, April 23.

Boy Scouts unveil proposed "nondiscrimination" resolution

Written by WiG Friday, 19 April 2013 13:36

The Boy Scouts of America executive committee on April 19 unveiled a proposed a resolution that would establish a nondiscrimination policy and end the national ban on gay Scouts.

However, the resolution would lead the Scouts to keep discriminatory practices in place for gay and lesbian parents, Scout leaders and job applicants.

4 detained for anti-gay attack in France

Written by The AP Friday, 19 April 2013 04:43

Four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Lille gay bar, the Interior Ministry said this week, amid nationwide tensions over a bill that would legalize gay marriage.

Several other people were detained in Paris late Wednesday after a protest against gay marriage that ended with some demonstrators fighting police and damaging cars along the Champs-Elysees avenue.

LGBT groups respond to Gang of Eight's immigration bill

Written by WiG Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:40

LGBT civil rights activists say the immigration bill offered on April 16 by the bipartisan Gang of Eight marks the beginning of a long battle for justice. The legislation contains some key provisions sought by LGBT civil rights leaders, but lacks specific proposals to protect an estimated 40,000 binational families in which same-sex marriages or partnerships are not recognized by the federal government.