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Paul Ryan says he supports gay adoption rights

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:54

In yet another sign of the shifting political ground concerning gay civil rights, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said in a town hall meeting with his Wisconsin constituents yesterday that he now supports the right of gays and lesbians to adopt children.

Until now, Ryan, who was the GOP vice presidential candidate last year, has steadfastly opposed all LGBT civil rights, earning a zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent congressional scorecard. But yesterday he expressed regret over voting during his first term against allowing same-sex couples in Washington, D.C., to adopt children.

Lesbian teacher to fight firing from Catholic school

Written by The AP Monday, 29 April 2013 16:51

A lesbian teacher who said she was fired by an Ohio Catholic school after her mother's published obituary included the name of her partner is fighting to get her job back.

Carla Hale, 57, said she was told she was being let go because her relationship is against teachings of the church.

WikiLeaks defendant not San Fran Pride marshal

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Saturday, 27 April 2013 06:33

Organizers of San Francisco's LGBT Pride parade say their parade marshal will not be Bradley Manning, the gay solider accused of leaking secret documents in the WikiLeaks scandal.

Manning was told earlier this week by an SF Pride employee that a committee of former parade marshals had given Manning the honorary title. Because he's in custody in Kansas, it was said that Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971 would lead the June 30 parade in Manning's place.

U.S. halts study, experimental AIDS vaccine shots ineffective

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 April 2013 03:54

The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on April 25, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.

Nor did the shots reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood when people who'd been vaccinated later became infected, the National Institutes of Health said.

Teens win push to create gay-straight club at Florida high school

Written by WiG Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:57

A gay-straight alliance will be established at a Florida high school where students, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, have been pressing for one for months.

The ACLU, in a news release on April 30, said the group of students at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla., have learned that school administrators will allow them to establish a the GSA.

UN climate chief predicts 2015 talks won’t fail

Written by AP Saturday, 27 April 2013 19:51

The U.N.’s climate chief says talks in 2015 to secure a global warming pact will not fail as they did at the 2009 Copenhagen summit where world leaders, including President Barrack Obama, could not reach an agreement.

Speaking ahead of a climate meeting in Bonn next week, Christiana Figueres told reporters in a teleconference that much had changed, giving her optimism that a global climate pact can be reached in Paris in 2015. Figueres says climate change is worsening and governments have already committed to reaching a deal.

Mariela Castro denied travel request to Philly for LGBT award

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 April 2013 18:06

The daughter of Cuba President Raul Castro cannot visit Philadelphia to receive an award for her gay rights activism because the State Department has denied her permission to travel there, U.S. officials said.

Mariela Castro had been expected to attend a conference next week on civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities sponsored by the Equality Forum, according to Malcolm Lazin, the advocacy group's executive director.

Religious exemption in ENDA raises concerns

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:46

LGBT civil rights advocates cheered the reintroduction of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act on April 25, but there also was criticism for the religious exemption in the bill.

ENDA, which has been introduced multiple times in Congress since 1994, would ban workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Some states, such as Wisconsin, protect LGBT workers and job applicants, but 29 states do not ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and 34 states do not have protections for transgender people.

Ex-Michigan Congresswoman presides over ET hearings

Written by AP Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:42

Ex-U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit and six other former Congress members are presiding over hearings on the existence of extraterrestrials.

The 30 hours of congressional-style hearings kicked off on April 29 and are scheduled to run through Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Aide to ex-governor of Minnesota urges GOP to back marriage equality

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 27 April 2013 07:57

A former top aide to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is urging Minnesota GOP legislators to back legalized same-sex marriage or risk alienating young voters.

Brian McClung, who was deputy chief of staff to Pawlenty, made his case in a Star Tribune commentary piece but also spoke with The Associated Press. He said he is willing to go directly to Republican lawmakers considered persuadable on the issue ahead of legislative votes on gay marriage. Those votes are expected before the Legislature adjourns in mid-May.

Mormon Church approves of Boy Scouts proposal to end gay youth ban

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 April 2013 06:13

The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement on its website saying it is satisfied with the proposal, which the Boy Scouts announced last week and will submit to its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 April 2013 06:22

UPDATED: U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Mark Kirk today (April 25) reintroduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In the House, the bill was reintroduced by U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.