Puerto Rico government supports overturning adoption ban

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 March 2013 04:53

Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay adoption in the U.S. island territory.

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court narrowly voted in February to uphold an island law banning adoptions by same-sex parents. The woman whose adoption request was at the heart of the case asked the court to reconsider that decision.

Poll: 58 percent of voters favor same-sex marriage

Written by WiG Monday, 18 March 2013 14:08

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows a record 58 percent of registered voters nationwide now support marriage equality.

The poll also shows that 64 percent of U.S. voters think the U.S. Constitution should be the basis for deciding whether same-sex couples can marry.

Hillary Clinton joins 'Americans for Marriage Equality' campaign

Written by WiG Monday, 18 March 2013 08:39

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 18 joined the Human Rights Campaign’s "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, a public engagement effort featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.

In the video message, Clinton referred to her landmark United Nations speech on gay rights and conversations with world leaders on LGBT equality.

U.S. reps urge marriage equality in Illinois

Written by WiG Friday, 15 March 2013 11:20

Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation called on state legislators to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act has passed the state Senate and a House committee but has not been voted on in the House, where 60 members need to say “yes.”

SPACE, a club in Evanston, Ill., has canceled a May 5 performance by Michelle Shocked, who shocked fans with an anti-gay tirade during a performance in San Francisco on March 17.

On its Facebook page and website, the club in the Chicago suburb offered refunds to ticketholders. A statement read, "After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it's clear that this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on."

A new report commissioned for the Republican National Committee after the 2012 election says the GOP lacks broad appeal and focus groups see it as a party of narrow-minded, old men.

RNC chair Reince Priebus, in a speech earlier on March 18, said, “The perception that we’re the party of the rich unfortunately continues to grow,” according to a report from The Associated Press.

Mich. tribal leader conducts wedding for two men

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 16 March 2013 07:37

The vice chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe officiated at the wedding of two men Friday after signing a bill authorizing same-sex marriage.

The tribal council of the 4,600-member Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians approved the measure March 3 on a 5-4 vote.

Jailed Aryan Brotherhood member sentenced for anti-gay assault

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:42

An Aryan Brotherhood member in federal prison in Texas has been sentenced to 71 months after pleading guilty to committing an anti-gay hate crime against another inmate.

John Hall, 27, was prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Argentine gays not thrilled with new pope

AP writer
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:21

While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay community in Argentina are unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic with the Vatican’s choice.

Nearly three years before Argentina became known as home to the first Latin American pope, it made history as the first country in the region to approve gay marriage – an action that then-Cardinal Bergoglio actively opposed.

Dutch lesbians raising Turkish boy go into hiding

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 18 March 2013 09:12

A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy’s biological parents said on television in Turkey that they object to the pair taking care of their child.

The matter is threatening to overshadow an official visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Netherlands next week. Lodewijk Asscher, the Dutch vice prime minister, told reporters that the issue is an internal Dutch matter and that political interference from Turkey is “inappropriate.”

Illinois House Speaker: Gay marriage 12 votes short

Written by AP Saturday, 16 March 2013 06:49

A proposal to make Illinois the 10th state to allow gay marriage will face a "very difficult" reception in the Illinois House, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said as advocates vowed to continue pushing for the legislation.

The state Senate passed a bill last month – on Valentine's Day – allowing same-sex couples marriage rights. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would approve gay marriage if it comes to his desk.

The former pastor of a northwest Indiana megachurch is scheduled for sentencing today for persuading a 16-year-old girl to engage in a sexual affair with him by telling her that Jesus desired it.

Jack Schaap, 55, who became leader of the 15,000-member First Baptist Church of Hammond, Ind., in 2001, pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Yesterday, federal prosecutors filed letters Schaap sent the girl in U.S. District Court as part of the government’s sentencing memorandum, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.