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Group forms to protect Iowa judge from right-wing revenge

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 05:05

A newly formed group is spearheading an effort to retain an Iowa Supreme Court justice who others are trying to oust because of his support of a ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.

Justice Not Politics Action announced a campaign last week to support the retention of David Wiggins and all other judges on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Jesse Ventura campaigns against anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by WiG Saturday, 15 September 2012 06:47

Jesse Ventura, the former pro wrestler who was governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, has joined the campaign opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in his state. The state already prevents same-sex marriage by law.

“The constitution should not be used to oppress people,” says the governor in a video that was posted on YouTube yesterday by Minnesotans United for All Families. He’s joined in the video with his wife of 37 years, Terry Ventura. Together, they urge Minnesotans to vote “no” in November.

Producer of play about being gay jailed in Uganda

Written by AP Friday, 14 September 2012 15:25

The British producer of a play about being gay in Uganda is in jail pending his trial on charges that he had the work performed without official authorization.

David Cecil appeared in court Thursday charged with “disobeying lawful orders” from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged “The River and the Mountain” in Uganda’s capital last month despite orders to the contrary.

Rugby hunk Ben Cohen strips for equality

Written by WiG Friday, 14 September 2012 08:09

To promote sales of his 2013 calendar, British rugby hunk and LGBT ally Ben Cohen has released a behind-the-scenes video of its making.

The video shows the 33-year-old married father of two stripping down to a pair of underwear from his custom-designed line and engaging in a sweaty workout for the photographer. Proceeds of the calendar sales will benefit the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, which fights anti-gay bullying and societal homophobia.

Poll: Unlimited spending no, marriage equality yes

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 04:54

Americans don’t like all the cash that’s going to super political action committees and other outside groups that are pouring millions of dollars into races for president and Congress.

More than 8 in 10 Americans in a poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center support limits on the amount of money given to groups that are trying to influence U.S. elections.

Wisconsin judge strikes down Walker’s anti-union law

Written by AP Saturday, 15 September 2012 04:42

A Wisconsin judge has struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Walker’s administration immediately vowed to appeal the Sept. 14 ruling, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory. But what the ruling meant for existing public contracts was murky: Unions claimed the ruling meant they could negotiate again, but Walker could seek to keep the law in effect while the legal drama plays out.

Paul Ryan’s prepared remarks to right-wing Values Voter Summit

Written by WiG Friday, 14 September 2012 12:02

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14.

Civil rights groups had urged public officials not to attend the forum, which is sponsored by the Family Research Council, a group that has long circulated lies and misinformation about LGBT people and is called a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

D.C. government unveils transgender awareness campaign

Written by WiG Friday, 14 September 2012 05:56

The District of Columbia government is launching what it calls the nation’s first government-sponsored campaign to promote awareness and understanding of transgender people.

Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled five advertisements on Sept. 13 to be displayed around the nation’s capital. The ads feature transgender people who live in the district.

As athletes speak out, pro sports more gay-friendly

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 04:41

NFL punters are only seen on fourth down and heard from less than that. But with Minnesota voters weighing whether to ban gay marriage this fall, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as a high-profile gay rights champion – and a symbol of changing attitudes toward homosexuality in the sports world.

“I’d like to win some votes against the amendment,” Kluwe told The Associated Press. “It would permanently change the state constitution. Who are we to say we should decide what our children should do on this subject? If we’re not the generation to make gay marriage legal, why should we prevent our children having a say on the matter?”

Massachusetts GOP won't adopt anti-gay national platform before election

Written by AP Saturday, 15 September 2012 04:32

The Republican National Party platform adopted in late August at the convention in Tampa appears to be too extreme for the Massachusetts GOP to adopt before the election.

Massachusetts Republican Party leaders delayed a decision on adopting the national platform, parts of which are opposed by some of its candidates in key state races.

Gay marriage protesters not guilty in North Carolina

Written by AP Friday, 14 September 2012 09:24

Three people arrested on trespassing charges during civil disobedience for same-sex marriage rights in Asheville, N.C., have been found not guilty.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Laura Blackley, Cindy Jordan and Craig White were found not guilty of second-degree trespassing this week.

Ethics office says Health Secretary violated law in gay rights speech

Written by AP Friday, 14 September 2012 05:35

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated a federal law that restricts political activity by government officials, a federal ethics office said in a report Sept. 11.

Off-the-cuff remarks by Sebelius during a speech earlier this year to a gay rights group in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a report to the White House. The law prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election, although it allows partisan remarks made in a personal capacity.