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Cambodia’s prime minister speaks out against anti-gay bias

Written by AP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:00

Cambodia’s prime minister urged the Southeast Asian nation’s people on Dec. 11 not to discriminate against their gay countrymen.

Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at a ceremony to hand land titles to villagers in southern Cambodia.

Michigan Gov. signs anti-union bills despite protests

Written by AP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 04:53

In a dizzyingly short time span, Republicans have converted Michigan from a seemingly impregnable fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state, leaving outgunned Democrats and union activists with little recourse but to shake their fists and seek retribution at the ballot box.

The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions’ strength Dec. 11, one dealing with private-sector workers and the other with public employees, as thousands of furious protesters at the state Capitol roared in vain.

Groups seek to free LGBT smokers from tobacco trap

Written by WiG Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:19

Anti-tobacco groups have released a new report exploring efforts to crush tobacco use in the LGBT community and highlighting the reasons LGBT people fall into the tobacco trap.

The analysis emphasizes Big Tobacco’s efforts to promote cigarette smoking among LGBT people, such as R.J. Reynold’s Project SCUM campaign that launched in 1995 and marketed smokes to gays.

FBI releases new hate crimes stats

Written by WiG Tuesday, 11 December 2012 05:29

For 2011, the FBI reports there were 6,222 hate crime incidents involving 7,254 offenses.

The statistics are in the newly released Hate Crime Statistics, 2011 report and show a slight decline overall from 2010.

University of Iowa adopts LGBT-friendly admissions application

Written by WiG Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:35

University of Iowa-Iowa City administrators announced today that the school will including optional questions about students’ sexual orientation and gender identity in their college admission application.

The university, founded in 1847, is the first public institution and the second U.S. college or university to add LGBT-specific demographic questions to its college admission form, according to Campus Pride, a student-driven LGBT activist group.

Merk suspends support of Boy Scouts over anti-gay policy

Written by WiG Tuesday, 11 December 2012 20:32

The pharmaceutical giant Merck, maker of the popular anti-HIV drug Isentress, has decided to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the group’s anti-gay policies.

Brian Gill, who heads the company’s charitable foundation, said the BSA’s ban on gay Scouts members, staff and leaders violates the company’s own nondiscrimination guidelines. He said The Merck Foundation honors and supports a policy of diversity and inclusion in all its funding decisions.

US gay couple in '71 marriage case reflects on change

Written by PATRICK CONDON,
AP writer
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:39

When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a condition that was utterly radical for its time: that someday they would legally marry.

Just a few years later, the U.S. Supreme Court slammed the door on the men’s Minnesota lawsuit to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S. It took another 40 years for the nation’s highest court to revisit gay marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell – still together, still living in Minneapolis – are alive to see it.

Poll: 44 percent say Santa's a Democrat

Written by WiG Monday, 10 December 2012 15:02

New numbers from Public Policy Polling, which produced frequent polls during the 2012 election cycle, show that 44 percent of people surveyed recently think Santa is a Democrat.

About 28 percent said Santa is a Republican.

British government to ready same-sex marriage bill

Written by JILL LAWLESS,
AP writer
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:57

The British government announced on Dec. 11 that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage – but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.

Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to “opt in.” 

Scalia says old argument defending anti-gay laws ‘effective’

Written by WiG Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:53

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a college lecture on Dec. 10, said he offered an “effective” argument for anti-gay laws in 2003.

Scalia dissented in the landmark 2003 case out of Texas that tore down laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sex in the United States. The justice says that moral objections to gay sex should be considered valid, like moral objections to bestiality and murder.

Florida’s Crist may run again; GOP says ‘bring it on’

Written by BRENDAN FARRINGTON,
AP writer
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:15

Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida’s political world expects him to seek his old job.

“I will consider it, and I will think about it,” Crist told The Associated Press by phone while boating off of Miami and before a planned dinner with former Democratic governor and Sen. Bob Graham.

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ chosen as year’s best quote

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 December 2012 11:10

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.