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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! U.S. Supreme Court hears Prop 8 case today

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:41

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, which bars same-sex marriage in the state.

The case is Hollingsworth v. Perry and it was initiated by the American Foundation for Equal Rights on behalf of two couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

Former Mississippi governor regrets signing law against adoptions by gay couples

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 25 March 2013 13:40

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he now regrets signing a state law in 2000 that bans same-sex couples from adopting children.

Utah restaurants fill Scout-O-Rama funding void

Written by AP Monday, 25 March 2013 09:06

A handful of Utah restaurants are filling a lunch-money void for an upcoming Boy Scout conference after Chipotle Mexican Grill pulled its sponsorship of Scout-O-Rama due to the organization’s long-standing ban on gays.

The Colorado-based chain pulled its pledge of $4,200 worth of coupons last week.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed a bill yesterday that LGBT civil rights supporters said would allow homophobes to openly discriminate against gays.

The Associated Press reported that the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bob Damron, D- Nicholasville, would push for a legislative override before the Legislature adjourns on Tuesday. The bill, which protects “sincerely held religious beliefs” from infringement unless there is “a compelling governmental interest,” passed on overwhelming bipartisan support.

California couple reflects on marriage equality fight

Written by Mark Sherman,
AP writer
Monday, 25 March 2013 20:08

Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court decides their case.

After 13 years of raising four boys together, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are about to be empty nesters. Their youngest two children, 18-year-old twins, will graduate from high school in June and head off to college a couple of months later.

Wisconsin lawmaker wants open season on woodchucks

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 25 March 2013 10:24

Deer, bears, wolves, mourning doves, even wild pigs – if it walks, crawls or flies in Wisconsin, hunters can probably shoot it. Now a state lawmaker wants to declare open season on one more animal: the wily woodchuck.

State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, is putting the finishing touches on a bill that would remove woodchucks from Wisconsin's protected species list and allow people to kill an unlimited number of woodchucks during a season that would run nearly year-round. Jacque said woodchucks don't deserve protected status because they're abundant and a nuisance.

Dean of National Cathedral appears in same-sex marriage ad

Written by Brett Zongker,
AP writer
Sunday, 24 March 2013 11:42

The dean of Washington National Cathedral is speaking out in support of gay marriage in a new advertisement airing in advance of next week’s Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition, which advocates for gay marriage rights, announced its newest ad entitled “Journey” on March 22. It comes as several new public opinion polls show greater support for same-sex marriage than just a few years ago.

Canada's House of Commons votes for transgender rights bill

Written by AP Friday, 22 March 2013 14:31

Canada's House of Commons has passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.

The bill now goes to the Senate, which is unelected and is expected to approve it.

United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice rallies are being planned for Washington, D.C., and all 50 states as LGBT citizens and allies celebrate the Supreme Court taking up two major cases this week.

The United for Marriage Coalition consists of civil rights, religious and political leaders and their plans are for more than 150 events on March 26, the first day of the two days of hearings before the high court. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two marriage-related cases – one challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act that bars the government from recognizing same-sex marriages and one challenges the California constitutional amendment against gay marriages.

Anti-gay Austrian priest barred from preaching Easter Mass

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 25 March 2013 09:14

Austria's Roman Catholic church is forbidding a priest from preaching to his flock at Easter Mass because of his comments against gays and Muslims.

The move comes after the priest, Karl Tropper, described homosexuality as “perverse,” in a recent newspaper interview.

North Dakota lawmakers vote to ban all abortion, even to save mother's life

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 24 March 2013 07:27

North Dakota lawmakers moved Friday to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a bill defining life as starting at conception.

The bill is one of a series of anti-abortion measures the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed this year despite critics’ insistence that they are unconstitutional and violate a landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion until a fetus considered viable, which is usually at 22 to 24 weeks.

Cameroon torturing, raping gays and lesbians

Written by AP Friday, 22 March 2013 11:24

People suspected of being gay in Cameroon say they have been tortured and raped in prison, according to a report released this week by Human Rights Watch and three local organizations.

The 55-page report, titled "Guilty by Association," documents reported abuses by authorities prosecuting suspected gays and lesbians. Those convicted can face up to five years in prison in Cameroon.