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Illinois Latino leaders advocate for gay marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:36

A group of prominent Latino leaders say legalizing gay marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is “the right thing to do.”

In an open letter to lawmakers, 23 Latino leaders say all families deserve to be treated with respect.

AP Stylebook: Use 'husband,' 'wife,' regardless of sexual orientation

Written by WiG Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:01

The AP Stylebook – the guide most news organizations use for writing and editing copy – made clear on Feb. 21 its position on the use of “husband” or “wife.”

Pistorius cut from 'It Gets Better' campaign in South Africa

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:47

Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, has been ousted from a pro-gay “It Gets Better” campaign being launched in Cape Town, South Africa.

In a video cut from the campaign, Pistorius says, “You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember, ‘It will get better.'"

Illinois Senate passes gay marriage bill

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:07

The Illinois Senate debates marriage equality.

Roses, chocolate, diamonds, a candlelit dinner – all are favorite Valentine’s Day gifts. But can any top the Illinois Senate’s passage of a marriage equality bill on love’s big holiday?

Attacker apologizes to victim for brutal anti-gay hate attack

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 23 February 2013 07:17

A man convicted of kidnapping has apologized to his victim in southern Kentucky.

WYMT-TV in Hazard reported Anthony Jenkins, 20, apologized to Kevin Pennington at a U.S. District Court hearing in London. He told Pennington he wasn't proud of what he did.

Laura Bush asks to be removed from marriage equality ad

Written by WiG Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:51

Former first lady Laura Bush asked to be – and will be – removed from a marriage equality ad that's part of a national TV, newspaper and online campaign highlighting influential support.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition announced the $1 million ad campaign earlier this week with a focus on statements for equality from Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, President Barack Obama and others.

DC's Batwoman proposing marriage to girlfriend

Written by WiG Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:07

In the latest installment of DC Comics' Batwoman series, the crimefighter proposes marriage to her secret girlfriend.

The 32-page comic, written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, with illustrations by Williams, went on sale Feb. 20.

Bill reintroduced to ensure equal benefits in military

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:02

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., has introduced the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2013 to ensure equal benefits for all military spouses and equal standing for all military families.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is a co-sponsor of the legislation reintroduced just days after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged to extend certain benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian servicemembers.

Indiana teacher suspended over anti-gay remarks

Written by AP Friday, 22 February 2013 09:30

An Indiana school district reeling from the uproar over a teacher’s comments that she believes gays have no purpose in life suspended the woman on Feb. 20.

Superintendent Mark Baker of the Northeast School Corp. in western Indiana’s Sullivan County issued a statement saying the teacher has been placed on administrative leave out of concern “for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings.” He added that “as a precaution” the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police “have deemed it necessary to station an officer” at North Central Junior-Senior High School in Farmersburg, about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

German court strengthens gay adoption rights

Written by AP Wednesday, 20 February 2013 21:18

Germany’s highest court strengthened gay couples’ adoption rights in a ruling that the country’s justice minister greeted as “a historic step.”

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt the partner’s stepchild or adopted child. Until now, they could only adopt a partner’s biological child.

Pro-marriage equality ad features Dick Cheney, Laura Bush and Colin Powell

Written by WiG Wednesday, 20 February 2013 07:56

UPDATE: Former first lady Laura Bush asked to be – and has been – removed from an ad that's part of a national TV, newspaper and online campaign highlighting influential support for marriage equality

The Respect for Marriage Coalition will spend about $1 million on a national advertising campaign to support marriage equality.

Young man arrested in New York for strangling death of older lover

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 February 2013 07:52

Police have arrested a man for the strangling death of his lover, who was found in a motel room Feb. 6 in the Queens borough of New York City.

A shirt was wrapped around the neck of Joseph Benzinger, a 54-year-old sanitation worker, when his body was discovered in the Crown Motor Inn. Lleuyel Garcia, 23, of Manhattan was charged with murder and robbery early this morning in connection with Benzinger’s death, according to the New York Daily News.