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Official predicts passage of anti-gay bill in Uganda in 2012

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:42

Uganda’s anti-gay bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation, the speaker of the country’s parliament said this week, insisting it is what most Ugandans want.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.

Janesville, Wis., approves partnership measure

Written by WiG Tuesday, 13 November 2012 06:04

The Janesville City Council on Nov. 12 approved a measure extending domestic partnership benefits to city and library employees and their partners.

The vote, according to Fair Wisconsin, was 6-1.

Gay fraternity sues new group over trademark

Written by AP reports Monday, 12 November 2012 15:14

A pioneering college fraternity for gay men is suing a newer campus organization that calls itself a gender-neutral “frarority,” claiming trademark infringement.

The lawsuit was filed last month by Delta Lambda Phi in federal court in Eugene, Ore.

High court to take fresh look at voting rights law

Written by AP reports Monday, 12 November 2012 08:53

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government’s most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a diverse coalition of voters propelled President Barack Obama to a second term in the White House.

With a look at affirmative action in higher education already on the agenda, the court is putting a spotlight on race by re-examining the ongoing necessity of laws and programs aimed at giving racial minorities access to major areas of American life from which they once were systematically excluded.

Wisconsin gov. urged to create state-run health care exchange

Written by AP Tuesday, 13 November 2012 07:33

An array of interests that don’t normally agree – from the state’s conservative chamber of commerce to liberal health care advocates – are united in pressuring Gov. Scott Walker to create a state-run exchange under the federal health care law.

But Walker, who faces a Nov. 16 deadline to tell President Barack Obama’s administration what he intends to do, has been secretive in what approach he intends to take. Walker met privately with advisers immediately after Obama won re-election but had no plans to publically announce what direction he’s headed.

UPS cuts off funding to Boy Scouts for discriminatation

Written by WiG Tuesday, 13 November 2012 05:49

The philanthropic arm of UPS said it will cease contributions to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, The Associated Press reported.

UPS is the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the Scouts. Computer chip maker Intel has taken the same action.

New archbishop of Canterbury ‘evolving’ on gay marriage

Written by ROBERT BARR,
AP writer
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:05

How will Justin Welby lead the world’s Anglicans and heal their deep divisions? Even he is not sure yet.

Welby generated high hopes but few clear expectations as British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the 56-year-old former oil executive was being promoted to archbishop of Canterbury after only a year’s experience as a bishop.

Over the rainbow bid for Dorothy's 'Oz' dress

Written by AP Monday, 12 November 2012 08:50

The now-faded blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for $480,000.

Auction house Julien's Auctions says the pinafore fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world. The auction ended Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ex-official claims prostitutes were at Florida GOP fundraiser

Written by AP Tuesday, 13 November 2012 06:19

A key figure in the prosecution of former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer said he witnessed prostitutes at a 2009 fundraiser in the Bahamas that included Greer, leading Republican contributors and then-Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a video-recording of a deposition made public by the state attorney general’s office.

Former state GOP executive director Delmar Johnson III also said he refused a request by Greer to approach an airline “stewardess.”

San Francisco plans comprehensive health program for transgender residents

Written by AP reports Monday, 12 November 2012 15:22

The health commission in San Francisco, a city that adopted a universal health care program five years ago, voted last week to expand options for transgender residents.

San Francisco provides hormones, counseling and routine health services but has stopped short of offering surgical procedures, public health director Barbara Garcia said after the vote was announced.

Artist pleads no contest in Chick-fil-A protest

Written by AP reports Monday, 12 November 2012 11:58

An artist who painted a graffiti protest on a Chick-fil-A restaurant has pleaded no contest and been sentenced to three years’ probation.

Manuel Castro Jr., a West Hollywood artist, entered the plea last last week to accusations that he painted a picture of a cow and the words: “Tastes Like Hate” protesting the Chick-fil-A president’s comments against same-sex marriage.

Healing the divisions in postelection America

Written by PAULINE ARRILLAGA,
AP writer
Monday, 12 November 2012 06:43

APPOMATTOX, Va. – Baine’s Books sits in the heart of this historic village, a Main Street institution where townspeople gather for coffee and conversation and, every Thursday after sundown, an open mic night that draws performers from near and far with guitars and banjos in hand, bluegrass and blues on their lips.

Talk of church and school, and most certainly music, almost always takes precedence at Baine’s. But we’ve stopped in at election time, and Lib Elder is at a corner table tucking into a chicken pot pie, an Obama-Biden button pinned to her blouse right next to her heart.