Son of anti-gay mega pastor commits suicide

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Sunday, 07 April 2013 08:28

The troubled son of popular, anti-gay evangelical Pastor Rick Warren killed himself at his southern California home.

Matthew Warren, 27, struggled with mental illness, deep depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his life, Warren’s mega church said yesterday in a statement, after his body was found Friday night at his Mission Viejo home.

53 U.S. Senators now support marriage equality

Written by WiG Friday, 05 April 2013 10:26

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Two more Democratic U.S. Senators have joined the push for marriage equality – Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota – bringing the total to 53.

Fired Rutgers coach says he was wrong

Written by AP Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:35

Fired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice says he was wrong to treat his players the way he did.

Speaking Wednesday outside his home in Little Silver, Rice says there's no excuse for his behavior and he is sorry.

Georgia town passes law requiring gun ownership

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:39

Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small U.S. town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about the right to bear arms in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 children and educators dead.

While lawmakers in generally more liberal states with large urban centers like New York and California have moved to tighten gun control laws in the wake of the massacre, more conservative, rural areas in the American heartland have been going in the opposite direction, arguing that guns keep people safer.

Federal judge rules Plan B contraception must be available for teenage girls

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:20

In what’s being hailed as a landmark decision for women’s reproductive freedom, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the so called “morning-after” pill must be made available to females 13 or over, without parental consent.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman said the contraceptive sold under the brand “Plan B” is among the safest drugs available over the counter. He charged that President Obama’s administration, and particularly U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, chose politics over public interest when they enacted a policy banning the medication’s sale to young women under 18.

Brazil human rights commission bans outsiders to quiet protests

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 05 April 2013 09:23

The Commission for Human Rights and Minorities of the lower house of Brazil's Congress has banned the presence of outsiders from its sessions to keep out protesters demanding the resignation of its president, evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano.

The decision to hold closed sessions was taken late April 3.

Poll: 20 percent of Republicans think Obama is the anti-christ

Written by WiG Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:00

A new survey from the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that 20 percent of Republicans think President Barack Obama is the anti-christ.

The poll also finds that a majority of Republicans think that the climate change is a hoax.

Pro-gun groups helped with anti-gay mailers

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:56

The Southern Poverty Law Center alleged on April 3 that two pro-gun groups conspired with another group to create political mailers that used a gay couple’s copyrighted engagement photo to attack candidates in the 2012 Colorado Republican primaries.

The SPLC made the allegations in documents filed in a federal lawsuit. The civil rights group wants to add the pro-gun groups – the National Association for Gun Rights and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners – to its lawsuit against Public Advocate of the United States.

ACLU sues in Nevada over anti-gay ‘crimes against nature’ law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 05 April 2013 11:03

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that calls consensual sex between two same-sex teenagers “the infamous crime against nature.” The law allows for a possible sentence of five years to life in prison.

The civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a Washoe County teen referred to as John Doe seeks just $1 in damages from Elko County and District Attorney Mark Torvinen. But it also seeks to invalidate what ACLU state legal chief Staci Pratt called a “homophobic relic” of a bygone era.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida backs marriage equality

Written by WIG Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:09

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, announced his support for marriage equality on April 4.

Nelson, in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, said, “It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today '... that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.' I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all.

Anti-gay group falsely claims Chicago Bears donated to cause

Written by WiG Thursday, 04 April 2013 04:20

An affiliate of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage falsely claimed in an email to supporters that the Chicago Bears football team donated items for an auction at its June student conference.

In an email for the Ruth Institute's It Takes A Family “festive gala,” the organization promised raffle prizes, music and ceremony.

Uruguay poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:57

Uruguay's Senate on April 2 voted to legalize same-sex marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony.

Senators voted 23-8 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the lower house in December. It must now return to the lower chamber of Congress with changes.