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Over the rainbow bid for Dorothy's 'Oz' dress

Written by AP Monday, 12 November 2012 08:50

The now-faded blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for $480,000.

Auction house Julien's Auctions says the pinafore fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world. The auction ended Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Vatican digs in following marriage equality victories

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 11 November 2012 21:08

The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

In a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the pope’s spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don’t now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well.

Gay couples to begin marrying in Washington next month

Written by Rachel La Corte,
AP writer
Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:13

Washington voters have upheld a state law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state, and gay and lesbian couples can start marrying as early as next month.

With the passage of Referendum 74 this week, Washington is now one of eight states that have legalized gay marriage. Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage with public votes this week, and six other states – New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont – and the District of Columbia had already enacted laws or issued court rulings that permit same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin group challenges church’s tax-exempt status

Written by AP Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:06

A Madison-based group that advocates the separation of church and state is taking on the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the diocese’s tax-exempt status after Bishop David Ricken urged parishioners to vote against candidates who support abortion or gay marriage.

Healing the divisions in postelection America

Written by PAULINE ARRILLAGA,
AP writer
Monday, 12 November 2012 06:43

APPOMATTOX, Va. – Baine’s Books sits in the heart of this historic village, a Main Street institution where townspeople gather for coffee and conversation and, every Thursday after sundown, an open mic night that draws performers from near and far with guitars and banjos in hand, bluegrass and blues on their lips.

Talk of church and school, and most certainly music, almost always takes precedence at Baine’s. But we’ve stopped in at election time, and Lib Elder is at a corner table tucking into a chicken pot pie, an Obama-Biden button pinned to her blouse right next to her heart.

Sir Elton John and partner expecting second baby

Written by WiG Sunday, 11 November 2012 12:49

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are expecting their second baby together in 2013 from the same surrogate mother who bore their first.

John, 65, and Furnish, 50, are reportedly expecting a sibling for their son Zachary, who will turn 2 in December.

Colorado Dems elect gay House speaker

Written by lisa neff Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:25

Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history, giving control of the chamber to a man who was the public face of a fierce debate over civil union legislation that Republicans defeated six months ago.

Democratic lawmakers on Nov. 8 picked Denver Rep. Mark Ferrandino to lead the state House, which they re-took in this week's election. His election won't be official until lawmakers reconvene in January and Republicans ratify the pick.

In Bachmann’s narrow win, hints of vulnerability

Written by STEVE KARNOWSKI,
AP writer
Friday, 09 November 2012 10:48

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed back to Washington, but the tea-party favorite’s toughest race yet suggests a new vulnerability in the wake of her failed presidential run.

Bachmann barely won a fourth term despite vastly outspending an upstart Democrat running his first race. She turned out to be less popular with her constituents than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or even a gay marriage ban she championed.

Bartlett's revised with very familiar quotations

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP writer
Monday, 12 November 2012 06:17

So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.

Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.

St. Paul priest pleads guilty to molesting boys

Written by WiG Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:38

A priest who formerly served at a parish in St. Paul pleaded guilty Nov. 8, to molesting two boys and possessing child pornography, reported TwinCities.com.

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 48, admitted in court to sexually abusing the brothers when he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament on St. Paul's East Side. He also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

2 beaten in Romania after gay-related event

Written by AP Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:22

A Romanian gay rights group says two men were beaten by a group of hooded men and needed hospital treatment after attending an event about attitudes toward homosexuality.

ACCEPT said that about 10 men waited for participants to exit a debate and a play on Nov. 6 and kicked, punched and shoved people, accusing them of "organizing gay events."

Malawi lauded on anti-gay law moratorium

Written by RAPHAEL TENTHANI,
AP writer
Friday, 09 November 2012 10:46

Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi’s government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.

Human Rights Watch called the decision “courageous” and said it should inspire other countries that criminalize homosexuality.