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Poll gives Obama the lead in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:35

A new Wisconsin poll finds Barack Obama with 52 percent support in Wisconsin while Mitt Romney's support is at 45 percent. The lead is the largest Public Policy Polling has found in Wisconsin since February.

The PPP survey in Wisconsin also found that 53 percent consider Romney's comments about 47 percent of Americans to be inappropriate and 39 percent of independent say they are less likely to vote for the Republican after learning of them earlier this week.

Justice Ginsburg: DOMA likely before Court in 2013

Written by AP Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:26

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Sept. 19 that she believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year.

Ginsburg spoke at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was asked a student-submitted question about the equal-protection clause and whether the nation’s high court would consider it applying to sexual orientation.

Berkeley board declares bisexual Pride day

Written by AP Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:30

Berkeley, Calif., this week became what is thought to be the nation’s first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals, a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters.

The City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day.

Australian House votes against gay marriage

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:59

The Australian House of Representatives voted 98-42 against a bill to lift the country’s ban against same-sex marriage. The vote took place on Sept. 19, the same day the Australian Senate was expected to debate the bill.

Polls show that a majority of Australians support legalizing same-sex marriage, but the Liberal Party and many in the Labor Party, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, oppose equality.

Obama observes anniversary of DADT repeal

Written by WiG Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:04

President Barack Obama today observed the one-year anniversary of the lifting of the ban against openly gay and lesbian servicemembers with the full repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Tammy Baldwin ahead in polling on Senate race

Written by AP Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:11

A poll by Marquette University Law School showed Tammy Baldwin leading Tommy Thompson 50 percent to 41 percent, a flip from the same poll a month ago that showed Thompson leading 50 percent to 41 percent. The percentage of error was 4.1 percentage points in the latest poll and 4.2 percent in last month’s.

The U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin was tighter in a Quinnipiac University poll also released on Sept. 19 that showed both Baldwin and Thompson with 47 percent support. A month ago, in that poll Thompson had a 6-point lead, 50 percent to 44 percent, just beyond that poll’s 2.5 percentage point margin of error.

Campaign launches to end big league sports homophobia

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:50

A social media campaign launched this week with a major league goal – to end homophobia in men’s professional sports.

The campaign debuted on with a photograph of civil rights pioneer and baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Skepticism greets Paul Ryan's claim of 6 percent body fat

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 September 2012 19:23

Ever since GOP vice presidential candidate and workout fanatic Paul Ryan falsely boasted that he’d run a marathon in fewer than three hours (his time was actually four hours), his self-proclaimed physical feats have come under scrutiny.

Reports surfaced today accusing the athletic congressman of telling yet another big fat lie, only this tale is better characterized as skinny.

Romney loses ‘sugar daddy’ endorsement over 47 percent remarks

Written by WiG Thursday, 20 September 2012 10:07

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has lost a “sugar daddy” endorsement over the “47 percent” remarks that have gone viral this week.

The dating website announced earlier this summer that Romney was most popular with millionaires using its services. It also endorsed the nominee, citing his “sugar daddy-ism” earlier this year.

Petitioners demand reinstatement of gay Scout leader

Written by AP Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:38

A petition drive to reinstate a Louisville, Ky., Boy Scout leader who said he was forced to resign because he is gay has gathered more than 2,000 signatures.

Greg Bourke, who had volunteered with the organization for five years, stepped down recently after the pastor at the church where his troop meets said the facility might lose its Scouting charter if he stayed.

Alabama policy of segregating inmates with HIV goes on trial

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:18

Alabama’s policy of segregating inmates living with HIV is on trial in a U.S. District Court courtroom in Montgomery.

The trial began Sept. 17, with opening arguments in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Alabama Department of Corrections.

UPDATE: Toronto Blue Jays' Escobar suspended for anti-gay slur

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:21

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a Sept. 15 game against the Red Sox.

Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message – translated it means "you are a faggot" – written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.