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Awaiting word from Supreme Court on marriage cases

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Friday, 07 December 2012 05:04

UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court indicated that it will again consider whether to grant review in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. That case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, have been distributed for consideration at the justices’ private conference scheduled for Dec. 7.

The Proposition 8 and DOMA cases were considered at the justices’ conference of Nov. 30 but the court took no action in any of the cases.

Out lesbians dominate Grammy’s ‘spoken word’ category

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 December 2012 13:53

Nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were released on Dec. 5 and one category – Best Spoken Word Album – is dominated by out lesbians.

Openly lesbian entertainers Janis Ian and Ellen DeGeneres and out journalist Rachel Maddow are nominated in the category. The other nominees are former President Bill Clinton, for “Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy,” and first lady Michelle Obama, for “American Grown.”

Takei and Trump discuss marriage equality over lunch

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:25

Out actor George Takei lunched with Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss same-sex marriage.

Takei, who was a cast member of the original “Star Trek” TV show, had a “lively and engaging” chat with the Donald at the Trump Tower Grill, Towleroad reported.

British Scouts consider change to allow atheists

Written by AP Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:36

Atheists could be allowed into Britain’s boy and girl scouts after more than a century.

The British Scout Association said this week it plans to draft an alternative oath without references to God so that young people who do not have a faith could also join the organization.

Poll gives Rubio the edge in 2016 race for GOP nomination

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 December 2012 15:59

Public Policy Polling’s newest national poll finds U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida the early choice of Republicans for the 2016 presidential race.

Eighteen percent would like him to be the nominee.

Gay senator to run for Seattle mayor

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 13:39

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, who is openly gay, intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.

Murray is establishing an exploratory committee and will work in the coming months to build the foundation for a campaign. Because of rules for state lawmakers, Murray soon will be unable to raise money until the legislature completes next year’s session.

Seattle smokers celebrate with public pot party

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:22

The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year's Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.

Ellen DeGeneres, elves ad Scrooged by far-right group. Video

Written by WiG Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:11

One Million Moms, which raised a ruckus earlier this year over JC Penney enlisting Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson, is objecting to the retailer’s new holiday ad.

The commercial features DeGeneres and several elves.

John Wayne Gacy’s blood could solve old murders

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 14:50

Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed — particularly whether they had other unknown victims.

Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is trying to find out by entering the killers’ DNA profiles into a national database shared with other law-enforcement agencies. The move is based on an ironic legal distinction: The men were technically listed as homicide victims themselves because they were put to death by the state.

Minneapolis' new police chief is openly gay

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:45

Minneapolis has sworn in Janee Harteau as the city's new police chief.

Harteau, a Duluth native, was sworn in as Minneapolis' 52nd police chief at a ceremony this week at city hall. She is the first female and first openly gay police chief in Minneapolis history.

Washington gay couples get marriage licenses

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:07

Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Dec. 6, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law legalizing gay marriage.

King County, the state's biggest county, opened the doors to its auditor's office in Seattle just after midnight PST to start distributing marriage licenses. But hundreds of people had lined up hours earlier, snaking around the downtown Seattle building on a chilly December night.

Princess minded surrogate children for gay couple with visa troubles

Written by AP Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:29

When friends of Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit couldn’t travel to India to welcome their surrogate twins into the world, the royal stepped up, minding the gay couple’s newborns for three days and even being mistaken by hospital staff for a nanny.

In a statement from the Royal Court, the princess described how she had flown to New Delhi on Oct. 23 after visa problems prevented the children’s Norwegian parents – a same-sex couple – from arriving at the hospital in time for the birth.