Venice, Italy, is seeking to break off cultural relations with St. Petersburg because of the Russian city’s legislation curbing gay rights.
The city council invoked Venice’s "history, international prestige and conscience” in a motion unanimously approved this week asking the city administration to refrain from cultural exchanges as long as anti-gay laws are in place.
An effort is underway on Facebook this morning to save a Tennessee dog from euthanasia because his owner believed the dog to be gay.
The story was reported yesterday by two reputable media sources, but WiG was unable to authenticate it. Still, given the incidence of prior animal abuse based on perceptions about a pet’s sexual orientation, the story is as plausible as it is bizarre.
Golly: Jim Nabors, the actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle on TV in the 1960s, has married his partner of 38 years in Seattle.
The couple married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, with the vows exchanged some two months after gay marriage became legal in the state.
President Barack Obama offered his proposals for comprehensive reform in an address in Las Vegas on Jan. 29. The plan includes protecting binational same-sex couples who do not have access to the same marriage protections as heterosexual couples.
An effort to protect LGBT binational families was not mentioned in the bipartisan Senate proposal announced on Jan. 28.
The French government has presented a plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption to Parliament for debate.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told the national assembly this week that the bill constitutes an “act of equality. ... Finally, marriage will be a universal institution.”
The advocacy group that won passage of same-sex civil unions in Delaware plans to make a major push for same-sex marriage in the state.
The News Journal reports that Equality Delaware is ramping up its campaign for full marriage equality with meetings in New Castle and Sussex counties. A meeting is set for Wednesday evening in Rehoboth Beach.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said this week that the timing is right to legalize gay marriage.
Fortune 500 companies and other businesses have formed a coalition to promote marriage equality for same-sex couples. The group is working with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group.
The coalition, according to a release from HRC, is focusing on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, resulting in the denial of more than 1,000 federal benefits associated with marriage.
The man accused of fatally shooting Milwaukee community activist Desiree Marie Harrell went on trial this week. The jury began deliberations on Jan. 30.
Raymond Earl Baker is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
The mayor in Bloomington, Ind., plans to protest a right-wing push to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment in the state by conducting a wedding ceremony for more than a dozen same-sex couples on Jan. 31.
Mayor Mark Kruzan announced the wedding ceremony would coincide with a local LGBT Pride film festival in the city and that city officials and local clergy would attend.
The Obama administration said it was pulling out of a civil society dialogue with Russia to protest the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent and new laws against nongovernmental organizations. It also harshly criticized Russia's parliament for advancing new legislation against "homosexual propaganda."
The civil society talks were among several initiated by President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medevdev to reset strained U.S.-Russian relations. But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that in light of Russia's civil society restrictions, the talks were no longer useful or appropriate. A Russian law last summer required any such organizations receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity to register as "foreign agents."
UPDATE: Vigils on Jan. 29 in Milwaukee for Evon Young. Evon Young's family will hold two vigils on Jan. 29. The first was going to take place at 9:45 a.m. at 52nd and Custer in Milwaukee. The second was to take place at 7 p.m. at the same location.
Milwaukee police continue to search for the body of transgender rapper Evon “Yung LT” Young, believed killed on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 by acquaintances in a street gang.