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St. Paul priest pleads guilty to molesting boys

Written by WiG Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:38

A priest who formerly served at a parish in St. Paul pleaded guilty Nov. 8, to molesting two boys and possessing child pornography, reported TwinCities.com.

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 48, admitted in court to sexually abusing the brothers when he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament on St. Paul's East Side. He also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

2 beaten in Romania after gay-related event

Written by AP Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:22

A Romanian gay rights group says two men were beaten by a group of hooded men and needed hospital treatment after attending an event about attitudes toward homosexuality.

ACCEPT said that about 10 men waited for participants to exit a debate and a play on Nov. 6 and kicked, punched and shoved people, accusing them of "organizing gay events."

Malawi lauded on anti-gay law moratorium

Written by RAPHAEL TENTHANI,
AP writer
Friday, 09 November 2012 10:46

Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi’s government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.

Human Rights Watch called the decision “courageous” and said it should inspire other countries that criminalize homosexuality.

Texas inmate pleads guilty to anti-gay hate crime

Written by WiG Friday, 09 November 2012 05:20

An inmate in a federal prison in Texas has pleaded guilty to an assault against another inmate suspected of being gay.

John Hall, 27, incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas, pleaded guilty Nov. 8  to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Gay couples to begin marrying in Washington next month

Written by Rachel La Corte,
AP writer
Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:13

Washington voters have upheld a state law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state, and gay and lesbian couples can start marrying as early as next month.

With the passage of Referendum 74 this week, Washington is now one of eight states that have legalized gay marriage. Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage with public votes this week, and six other states – New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont – and the District of Columbia had already enacted laws or issued court rulings that permit same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin group challenges church’s tax-exempt status

Written by AP Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:06

A Madison-based group that advocates the separation of church and state is taking on the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the diocese’s tax-exempt status after Bishop David Ricken urged parishioners to vote against candidates who support abortion or gay marriage.

Ex-gay counselor has men masturbate for him for spiritual strength

Written by WiG Friday, 09 November 2012 08:22

An ordained Christian counselor devoted to freeing people from homosexuality was charged with eight counts of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after two young men filed complaints against him.

The Rev. Ryan J. Muelhauser, senior pastor of a church in rural east-central Minnesota, was affiliated with OutPost Ministry, a group that claims to cure same-sex attraction through prayer. According to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Muelhauser allegedly fondled the two complainants, who had sought his help to rid themselves of homosexuality. The two said the pastor also asked them to masturbate for him to bring them spiritual strength.

Wis. Democrats score wins after 2 years of losses

Written by AP Friday, 09 November 2012 05:19

After two years of heart-wrenching defeats, capped by Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory this summer, Wisconsin Democrats were on an unrelenting losing streak.

And when popular former Gov. Tommy Thompson decided to run for U.S. Senate, Republicans appeared poised for yet another prominent win that would give them control of both Wisconsin’s Senate seats for the first time since the 1950s.

Colorado Dems elect gay House speaker

Written by lisa neff Saturday, 10 November 2012 05:25

Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history, giving control of the chamber to a man who was the public face of a fierce debate over civil union legislation that Republicans defeated six months ago.

Democratic lawmakers on Nov. 8 picked Denver Rep. Mark Ferrandino to lead the state House, which they re-took in this week's election. His election won't be official until lawmakers reconvene in January and Republicans ratify the pick.

In Bachmann’s narrow win, hints of vulnerability

Written by STEVE KARNOWSKI,
AP writer
Friday, 09 November 2012 10:48

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed back to Washington, but the tea-party favorite’s toughest race yet suggests a new vulnerability in the wake of her failed presidential run.

Bachmann barely won a fourth term despite vastly outspending an upstart Democrat running his first race. She turned out to be less popular with her constituents than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or even a gay marriage ban she championed.

When, how gay couples marry in Maine, Maryland, Washington

Written by WiG Friday, 09 November 2012 05:38

The Human Rights Campaign, after witnessing a four-state sweep of victories on marriage equality Nov. 6, released a guide on getting hitched in Maine, Maryland and Washington.

Those states legalized same-sex marriage on Election Day while in Minnesota voters rejected an anti-gay constitutional amendment.

Kansas Republican with ties to anti-gay church loses race

Written by AP Friday, 09 November 2012 05:19

Carolyn Campbell lamented that she didn’t court enough voters in northeast Kansas in seeking her second term on the State Board of Education.

Her opponent, Jack Wu, was outspoken on teaching evolution and has ties to an anti-gay Topeka church notorious for picketing military members’ funerals. Campbell, a Democrat, worried GOP voters would simply follow Wu’s Republican party affiliation.