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Preacher blames gays for Hurricane Sandy

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 October 2012 07:06

 A Christian religious leader lost no time in proclaiming Hurricane Sandy to be proof that “God is systematically destroying America” as judgment for the “homosexual agenda.”

John McTernan drew the same conclusion about Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012), both of which hit during New Orleans’ gay Southern Decadence event, he pointed out.

UPDATE: Sandy forces cancelation of marriage equality concert

Written by WiG Monday, 29 October 2012 11:10

UPDATE: Storm forces cancelation of Freedom to Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality.

New York City’s Beacon Theatre was to host the first Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality on Oct. 30 but Hurricane Sandy forced a cancelation.

Because of a printing error, somewhere around 27,000 absentee ballots already cast by voters are being painstakingly copied by hand in Palm Beach County to make sure they can be read by a scanning machine. Otherwise, thousands of people could be disenfranchised in the Florida county that was ground zero in the 2000 presidential recount.

Printing errors have caused problems on thousands of absentee ballots around the country, from Cleveland to Daytona Beach, Fla., to Kalamazoo, Mich. While in most cases corrected ballots are simply mailed as replacements, in some places it was too late to catch mistaken ballots before voters returned them.

Green Bay Bishop David Ricken recently sent parishioners a letter warning that voting for candidates who support what he called “intrinsically evil” positions could “put your own soul in jeopardy.”

He was specifically targeting political candidates who support marriage equality and reproductive choice, which the Roman Catholic Church believes are the two most important issues facing the world.

Court: Neo-Nazi’s web posting not protected speech

Written by AP Monday, 29 October 2012 11:28

A white supremacist solicited violence against a juror by posting the man’s address, phone number and other personal details on his extremist website, a U.S. appellate court has ruled in Illinois.

The court overturned a lower court’s decision to toss the neo-Nazi’s conviction on the grounds that his posts were protected by the First Amendment.

Supreme Court to conference on gay marriage cases Nov. 20

Written by WiG Monday, 29 October 2012 09:21

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to review the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on Nov. 20.

That case, along with other gay marriage cases, will be considered during the justices’ private conference scheduled for Nov. 20, according to a news release from the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

5 things to watch for in the campaign homestretch

Written by AP Monday, 29 October 2012 06:42

Five things to watch for in the final week of the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney:

1. SANDY: The Superstorm barreling up the East Coast is threatening several important battleground states - Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire. Already it's caused both candidates and their running mates to shuffle campaign travel schedules. Widespread power outages are likely, meaning weary voters in the storm's path may get a reprieve from the TV ads and automated calls flooding their homes. Beyond that, it's unclear just how much impact the storm will have on the race.

Transgender woman stoned to death in Brazil

Written by WiG Saturday, 27 October 2012 04:38

A transgender woman is dead in Brazil after being stoned by attackers on Oct. 19.

The Advocate reports that the victim, known as Madona, was attacked in Aracuju, Sergipe, by a group that pelted her with cobblestones.

D.C. officer convicted of assault against transgender woman

Written by AP Monday, 29 October 2012 11:21

A Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police officer has been convicted in a shooting after an altercation with a transgender woman and her acquaintances.

Forty-eight-year-old Kenneth Furr was convicted recently of assault with a dangerous weapon and solicitation of prostitution. He was acquitted of several charges, including assault with intent to kill while armed.

UPDATED: The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group today is condemning steps Republican Mitt Romney took when governor of Massachusetts to investigate same-sex couples with children.

The Human Rights Campaign’s reaction was to a report in the Boston Globe that Romney rejected a request from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms to apply to same-sex parents.

Feds pledge to pursue hate crimes after acquittal

Written by AP Monday, 29 October 2012 06:22

The federal hate crimes trial of two men in Kentucky accused of beating another man because he was gay quickly grew murky, with tales of substance abuse, drug deals gone bad and same-sex trysts.

The result was an acquittal – an embarrassing blow for prosecutors trying their first case under a hate crimes law expanded in 2009 to apply to crimes motivated by, among other things, a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation. The two men, 20-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins and his cousin, 37-year-old David Jason Jenkins, were convicted in federal court in London, Ky., of conspiracy and kidnapping, however.

With surge in early voting, media changes exit-polling strategy

Written by AP Friday, 26 October 2012 12:15

A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

The consortium formed by ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC and the AP is cutting back this year on in-person exit polls while upping the amount of telephone polling. This is to take into account more people voting before Nov. 6 and households that have abandoned land lines in favor of cell phones.