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Anti-gay group falsely claims Chicago Bears donated to cause

Written by WiG Thursday, 04 April 2013 04:20

An affiliate of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage falsely claimed in an email to supporters that the Chicago Bears football team donated items for an auction at its June student conference.

In an email for the Ruth Institute's It Takes A Family “festive gala,” the organization promised raffle prizes, music and ceremony.

Uruguay poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:57

Uruguay's Senate on April 2 voted to legalize same-sex marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony.

Senators voted 23-8 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the lower house in December. It must now return to the lower chamber of Congress with changes.

Video of Rutgers coach hurling gay slurs prompts outcry, dismissal

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:57

Rutgers officials had already seen the video showing coach Mike Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing basketballs at players during practice and yelling gay slurs at them before it was aired by ESPN on April 2.

The school punished Rice in December 2012, suspending him for three games and fining him $50,000.

AP Stylebook drops use of 'illegal immigrant'

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 13:46

The Associated Press Stylebook – long considered the U.S. journalist's bible – issued an update today that says "no" to the use of "illegal immigrant."

The update corrects an that immigration advocates and some journalists have long sought to change, for multiple reasons.

Georgia town passes law requiring gun ownership

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:39

Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small U.S. town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about the right to bear arms in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 children and educators dead.

While lawmakers in generally more liberal states with large urban centers like New York and California have moved to tighten gun control laws in the wake of the massacre, more conservative, rural areas in the American heartland have been going in the opposite direction, arguing that guns keep people safer.

Measure seeks to allow North Carolina to declare an official religion

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:10

North Carolina lawmakers advanced a resolution allowing the state to declare an official religion.

Opponents of the bill say it violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Boy Scouts apply anti-gay ban to sponsors

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 05:23

The Boy Scouts of America has rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization.

The Utah Pride Center recently asked permission to start a troop for 10 middle-school aged children with straight troop leaders, said executive director Valerie Larabee. Many of the boys' parents had previously left Scouts or opted not to join because of their opposition to the Boy Scouts' long-standing policy excluding gays and lesbians.

Bill raises worry about quarantine for people with HIV/AIDS

Written by The AP Tuesday, 02 April 2013 13:05

The American Civil Liberties Union and the leading gay rights group in Kansas are sharing concerns that state legislators are moving toward ending the legal protections that prohibit AIDS and HIV patients from being quarantined.

State officials said this week that those fears are unfounded.

Pro-gun groups helped with anti-gay mailers

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:56

The Southern Poverty Law Center alleged on April 3 that two pro-gun groups conspired with another group to create political mailers that used a gay couple’s copyrighted engagement photo to attack candidates in the 2012 Colorado Republican primaries.

The SPLC made the allegations in documents filed in a federal lawsuit. The civil rights group wants to add the pro-gun groups – the National Association for Gun Rights and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners – to its lawsuit against Public Advocate of the United States.

Old Arizona mining town approves civil unions

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 08:37

The Bisbee, Ariz., City Council on April 2 approved an ordinance to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. The vote was 5-2 and came after a three-hour hearing.

Bisbee is now the only city in the state where civil unions are considered legal – at least for now. The state attorney general has said the ordinance the council approved is unconstitutional and the state block implementation.

Magic Johnson: ‘I’m proud of my gay son’

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 19:51

Retired basketball superstar Magic Johnson said he supports his gay son after TMZ reported that he was seen walking hand-in-hand with his boyfriend in Los Angeles.

Earvin "E.J." Johnson III., son of the Los Angeles Lakers legend, was spotted by the celebrity gossip site walking down Sunset Strip holding hands with an unidentified man. The younger Johnson, a student at N.Y.U., is one of Johnson's three children.

Republican Mark Kirk becomes 50th senator to back gay marriage

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:42

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, wrote on his blog April 2 that he supports marriage equality.

Kirk is only the second Republican in the Senate to back marriage equality. The other is Rob Portman of Ohio.