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Ricky Martin wishes he could come out again

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 07:20

Latin superstar Ricky Martin told a United Nations conference on homophobia that he wishes he could come out again so he could tell people struggling with their identities that “it’s just beautiful – you find love.”

Martin said on Dec. 11 that “for many years, I lived in fear ... because I was hating myself because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: ‘You’re gay. You belong in hell.’”

Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime

Written by AP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:23

A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach was found guilty this week of making a false report.

Charlie Rogers, a former University of Nebraska basketball star, entered a no contest plea, which allowed her to not admit guilt but state that she wouldn’t offer a defense. Her attorney said Rogers maintains her innocence but didn’t want a court fight or more of the intense publicity that her case has generated.

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.

Progressive Catholic bishop Walter Sullivan dies

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 07:04

Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Sullivan, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer, died at home, said Judy Lindfors, assistant editor of The Catholic Virginian.

Judge rules against NC anti-abortion license plate

Written by AP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:11

North Carolina can’t offer anti-abortion license plates unless it also makes plates available for people who support abortion rights, a federal judge said in a ruling that squelches the plan that included proceeds going to crisis pregnancy centers in the state.

“This court concludes ... that the state’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment,” Judge James Fox said in his ruling. 

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.

Uruguay’s lower house approves gay marriage law

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:55

Lawmakers in taboo-breaking Uruguay have voted to legalize gay marriage, approving a single law governing marriage for heterosexuals and gays.

The proposal now goes to the Senate, where the ruling coalition has enough votes for passage. President Jose Mujica plans to sign it into law early next year.

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.