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France delays debate on gay marriage

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:50

France is delaying debate on a draft law authorizing gay marriage, as the government grapples with increasingly vocal opposition to the idea.

The legalization of same-sex marriages and adoption was one of the most contentious points in Socialist President Francois Hollande's election manifesto earlier this year.

A coalition of fair housing groups – The National Fair Housing Alliance, the HOPE Fair Housing Center, the South Suburban Housing Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana – filed a federal discrimination complaint against Bank of America.

This complaint is the result of an undercover investigation of Bank of America that found the financial giant maintains and markets foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

Swing state voters give Obama the debate win

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:56

Swing State voters gave President Barack Obama the victory in the third and final debate with Republican challenge Mitt Romney.

The Oct. 22 debate focused on foreign policy but the candidates repeatedly returned to sparring over domestic issues. It took place in Boca Raton, Fla.

International group to monitor U.S. election

Written by WiG,
AP
Monday, 22 October 2012 11:29

The international Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has opened an observation operation in the U.S. for the general election.

The action follows an invitation from U.S. authorities and is a continuation of monitoring in the U.S. that began in 2002, two years after the controversial presidential election.

KKK goes to court to join Georgia’s Adopt-a-Highway litter program

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:43

A judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Ku Klux Klan group that was turned down for participation in a highway cleanup program, the state of Georgia argued this week.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued last month on behalf of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County, saying the state violated the group's right to free speech. The state this week filed its response and supporting brief in Fulton County Superior Court.

Gay GOP group issues 'qualified endorsement' of Romney

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:28

A gay GOP group has issued a "qualified endorsement" of Mitt Romney for president.

Log Cabin Republicans announced the endorsement on Oct. 23, the morning after the final presidential debate between Romney and Barack Obama.

Judge bars Arizona from halting Planned Parenthood funding

Written by AP Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:39

A federal judge has prohibited Arizona from halting public funding that the state indirectly provides Planned Parenthood for general health care services that don’t include abortion.

The preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Neil Wake bars the state from applying a new state anti-abortion law to Planned Parenthood Arizona and a physician with his own practice.

Ex-wife sues man for breaking up her marriage to Miss. mayor

Written by AP Monday, 22 October 2012 08:58

The former wife of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is seeking $1 million in a lawsuit against a 26-year-old Starkville, Miss., man who she says broke up her marriage by luring Davis away from her.

Suzann Savage Davis claims in an alienation of affection suit that Jansen Fair told Greg Davis he was looking forward to a tryst in Las Vegas “locked away in bed in each other’s arms.” The Commercial Appeal reported (http://bit.ly/RKQpqP ) the suit was filed Thursday in DeSoto County Circuit Court.

N.Y. wedding venue bans lesbian couple

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:19

Two upstate New York women turned away from a potential wedding site because they are gay have filed a discrimination complaint, setting up a possible precedent-setting battle involving the state’s new same-sex marriage law.

The complaint filed with the New York Division of Human Rights appears to be a first involving a wedding venue since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011, according to advocates on both sides of the issue. One prominent gay marriage opponent said the case could test the breadth of the law’s religious freedom language.

Survey: 3.4 percent of US adults identify as LGBT

Written by AP Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:53

A new survey estimates that 3.4 percent of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, in what may be the largest study ever aimed at calculating the nation's LGBT population.

The Gallup survey was based on interviews with more than 121,000 people.

Clear Channel to take down 'voter intimidation' billboards

Written by WiG Monday, 22 October 2012 12:08

Clear Channel Communications has agreed to remove anonymous billboards that critics say were intended to intimidate voters and suppress turnout on Election Day.

The billboards went up in Ohio and Wisconsin and warned of prison terms and fines for anyone engaged in voter fraud. They began to appear in early October and were financed by a "family foundation" that insisted on remaining anonymous.

N.C. man says church confined and abused him for being gay

Written by WiG Monday, 22 October 2012 07:29

A 22-year-old North Carolina man says his church held him for months against his will while abusing him physically and emotionally because he’s gay.

Michael Lowry filed a complaint in February against Word of Faith Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation in Spindale, N.C., reports the Charolotte Observer. This is not the first time that the church has made national headlines over its controversial practices.