Opposition to same-sex marriage is decreasing among the general population and is now generally confined to older people, white evangelical Christians and non-college-educated whites, according to a new study of election polls and other surveys conducted by two pollsters – a Democrat and a Republican.

Freedom to Marry, an organization that advocates for marriage equality, commissioned the study – a follow-up to a May 2011 report showing that support for same-sex marriage began accelerating in 2009.

A Mississippi congressman on Tuesday asked the FBI to review the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson's district includes Clarksdale, where Marco McMillian was running. McMillian, 34, was found slain last week in a rural area nearby.

Chicago mayor urges supporters to press for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 05 March 2013 06:36

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on March 4 sent a letter to his network of supporters urging them to contact their Illinois state representative to tell the lawmaker to support the marriage bill now pending in the Illinois House.

Emanuel, who worked for both presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and served in the U.S. House, wrote:

Nobel Peace prize-winner Lech Walesa shocks with anti-gay words

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:30

Lech Walesa, the Polish democracy icon and Nobel peace prize-winner, has sparked outrage in Poland by saying that gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to "adjust to smaller things."

Some commentators are now suggesting that Walesa, the leading figure in Poland's successful democracy struggle against communism, has irreparably harmed his legacy.

Polish lawmakers protest Walesa’s anti-gay rant

Written by AP Thursday, 07 March 2013 06:27

Poland’s first openly gay and transgender lawmakers have taken seats in the front bench of Parliament to protest hostile remarks by former President Lech Walesa.

Walesa, the leading hero in Poland’s successful anti-communist struggle, said Friday that gays belong on the back rows of Parliament, or “even behind a wall.”

Playboy launches Hebrew language edition

Written by AP Wednesday, 06 March 2013 07:16

Israelis can now read Playboy "for the articles."

A U.S. emigre, Daniel Pomerantz, on March 5 launched the first Hebrew language edition of the popular men's magazine.

AP: Body of gay Mississippi mayoral candidate beaten and burned

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 04 March 2013 18:32

The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, a family member said.

Marco McMillian's godfather, Carter Womack, said McMillian's family received the information from the Coahoma County coroner. Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment Monday, and a spokesman for the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department had no immediate comment.

Murder charge filed in death of gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 March 2013 08:17

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged in the death of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.

Researchers report sharp rise in 'Patriot' groups

Written by AP Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:00

President Barack Obama's administration and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government "patriot" groups, according to a civil rights organization that tracks them.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported the rising numbers on Tuesday in its annual report on extremist groups.

Gay group asks for apology from Scottish cardinal

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 17:06

A Scottish cardinal who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct should apologize to gay people for his years of "vicious and cruel language" about them, Britain's leading gay-rights group said Monday.

Officials in the Vatican refused to say whether they would formally investigate allegations against Cardinal Keith O'Brien. He resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after being accused of inappropriate behavior by three priests and a former priest.

AP: Scientists say baby born with AIDS virus 'cured'

Written by AP Monday, 04 March 2013 08:21

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced on March 3, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure.

Obama administration asks court to overturn Prop 8

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:26

The Obama administration on Feb. 28 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans, The Associated Press is reporting.

The brief in the California Proposition 8 case does not call for marriage equality across the United States, but it does point the court in that direction.