Marriage equality advocates demonstrate on Tax Day

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:06

Marriage equality advocates are demonstrating on April 15 around the country calling attention to the discrimination against LGBT people in federal and state laws on Tax Day.

Demonstrators, in actions sponsored by Marriage Equality USA, planned to rally at post offices, courthouses and clerk's offices to protest state and federal laws that bar recognition of same-sex relationships and result in same-sex couples going by different tax rules.

San Diego finally gets Harvey Milk Street

Written by AP Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:23

Nearly a year after it was approved, two blocks in San Diego’s Hillcrest district have officially become Harvey Milk Street in honor of the gay civil rights hero.

Until this week, a sign for Blaine Avenue was still posted below one for Harvey Milk Street.

French Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Written by AP Friday, 12 April 2013 07:21

The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

The vote in the upper house of parliament – led by President Francois Hollande’s Socialists – comes despite boisterous protests.

Uruguay votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Written by The AP Thursday, 11 April 2013 06:10

Uruguayan lawmakers voted on April 10 to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so.

Supporters of the law, who had filled the public seats in the legislative building, erupted in celebration when the results were announced. The bill received the backing of 71 of the 92 members of the Chamber of Deputies present.

Protesters seek anti-gay marriage amendment in Puerto Rico

Written by AP Monday, 15 April 2013 04:13

Hundreds of people marched through the capital of Puerto Rico to demand that the governor approve a constitutional amendment stating that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid.

The protesters walked on April 13 from the U.S. territory's seaside Capitol building to the governor's mansion in historic Old San Juan.

Los Angeles warns gay community of meningitis illness

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:24

A 33-year-old West Hollywood, Calif., man who felt sickened by bacterial meningitis earlier this week has been declared brain dead amid warnings to sexually active gay men about the deadly strain of illness, officials said.

Brett Shaad was declared brain dead but remained on life support Friday afternoon, said Elizabeth Ashford, a spokeswoman for Shaad's family. She declined to release further details.

NHL partners with You Can Play to fight homophobia in sports

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:03

The National Hockey League on April 11 announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project to fight homophobia in sports.

The NHL will partner with You Can Play on public service announcements, as well as work together on training and counseling on gay issues for players and other team personnel.

National lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations joined in the march for justice for all immigrants on National Immigration Day of Action, which was observed on April 10 with a rally at the U.S. Capitol and actions around the country.

Twenty-six LGBT groups joined in the actions, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; GLAAD; the National Center for Lesbian Rights; the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a project of the United We Dream Network; National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance; and Immigration Equality.

Illinois Republicans renew effort to oust pro-gay chairman

Written by AP Sunday, 14 April 2013 14:18

Tensions flared Saturday over who should lead an Illinois Republican Party grappling with internal divisions and fallout from a dismal showing in the 2012 elections.

A group of about 40 Republicans attended a meeting of the party’s State Central Committee to say they want Chairman Pat Brady to step down or the state committee to fire him.

UPDATE: On April The Republican National Committee – meeting in California – approved a resolution to reaffirm party opposition to marriage equality.

The resolution was affirmed by the committee as increasing numbers of elected officials endorse legalizing same-sex marriage and as polls show a majority support for marriage equality among voters. Numbers also are up among Republicans.

A bill aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members by making the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks cleared its first vote on April 10 in the California Legislature.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 5 to 2 to move the first-of-its-kind bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review.

Texas may amend discriminatory 'Romeo and Juliet' law

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:55

Parents of LGBT  teens urged Texas lawmakers on April 9 to give their children the same legal protection as heterosexuals when it comes to prosecuting sex crimes.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted to change Texas' "Romeo and Juliet" law that protects some heterosexual teens from being prosecuted for sex crimes and apply it to gay teens as well.