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NASA names moon crash site in honor of Sally Ride

Written by AP Monday, 24 December 2012 11:25

A pair of NASA spacecraft crashed into a mountain near the moon’s north pole earlier this month, bringing a deliberate end to a mission that peered into the lunar interior.

Engineers commanded the twin spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, to fire their engines and burn their remaining fuel. Ebb plunged first followed by Flow about 30 seconds later.

US appeals court OKs Boy Scout leases with San Diego

Written by AP Monday, 24 December 2012 07:40

The city of San Diego can continue leasing public land to the Boy Scouts of America for $1 a year even though the group bans gays and atheists, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2003 lower court ruling that said two leases violate state and federal constitutional bans on giving aid or preference to religious groups.

Shortly after the gay-obsessed Westboro Baptist Church announced that its members would picket the funerals of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., the hackers collective Anonymous went to work. The group claimed to have successfully filed a death certificate for Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church’s spokesperson and to have updated Phelps-Roper’s desktop to gay porn.

Anonymous also posted the personal contact information and the location of the church’s primary organizers via Twitter.  As a result, Twitter suspended one of the primary accounts associated with Anonymous, @YourAnonNews, as well as Phelps-Roper’s Twitter account, which had been taken over by Anonymous.

Updated: Appeals court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 13:26

Gay civil rights advocates cheered a victory on Dec. 21, when Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals said the state domestic partnership law is constitutional.

The decision was delayed by a day due to severe weather in the Midwest, then released on a Friday morning, as many in the government were preparing for a four-day holiday weekend.

Puerto Rican TV show faces scrutiny amid outcry

Written by AP Monday, 24 December 2012 10:13

A TV station in Puerto Rico that broadcasts a popular news and gossip show featuring a puppet has announced that the program will now be prerecorded.

Joe Ramos, president of WAPA TV, told reporters that the "SuperXclusivo" show will be taped two hours before it is broadcast. The announcement follows a recent outcry over comments that the controversial puppet, known as La Comay, made about a man who was killed.

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled late last week.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong.

Court blocks California law banning 'ex-gay' therapy

Written by AP Sunday, 23 December 2012 08:09

A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.

HRC praises Kerry nomination for secretary of state

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 11:34

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, on Dec. 21 cheered news that President Barack Obama is nominating John Kerry for secretary of state.

The longtime U.S. senator would succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in 2008 said she would serve one term in the post.

US Senate passes Rosa Parks resolution

Written by AP Monday, 24 December 2012 09:53

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

The Senate approved the resolution by unanimous consent last week. Michigan Congressman John Conyers has sponsored a similar resolution in the House.

Hobby Lobby asks high court to block morning-after pill rule

Written by TIM TALLEY,
AP writer
Monday, 24 December 2012 05:48

Hobby Lobby Stores has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

Owned by a conservative Christian family, the arts-and-crafts company argues that the drugs are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb. Company officials say they must decide whether to violate their faith or face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if they ignore the law.

Former senator apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remark about ambassador

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 13:46

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, considered a possible successor to Leon Panetta at the Defense Department, apologized on Dec. 21 for an anti-gay remark in 1998.

Hagel, of Nebraska, opposed the nomination of James Hormel as a U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg saying Hormel was “openly, aggressively gay.”

Appeals court upholds Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 December 2012 11:05

An appeals court has upheld Wisconsin's domestic partnership law.

Gay civil rights advocates cheered a victory on Dec. 21, when Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals said the state domestic partnership law is constitutional.