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State-sanctioned hunters kill 20 Wisconsin wolves

Written by AP,
WiG
Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:39

Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters have reported killing 20 wolves since the state's first organized hunt began last week.

As of Tuesday, hunters reported taking six wolves in far northwestern Wisconsin's management zone; six wolves in the far northeastern zone; two wolves in the mid-northwestern zone; two wolves in the mid-northeast; three in the mid-central; and one in the south.

A Day With HIV in photographs

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:11

A month ago images of a life with HIV came into focus on a single day.

On Sept. 21, more than 170 people from around the world took a photograph that, taken together, tells the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV. A record of that day is now captured in an online photo essay, A Day with HIV, released on Oct. 24 and soon to be published in Positively Aware.

KKK goes to court to join Georgia’s Adopt-a-Highway litter program

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:43

A judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Ku Klux Klan group that was turned down for participation in a highway cleanup program, the state of Georgia argued this week.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued last month on behalf of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County, saying the state violated the group's right to free speech. The state this week filed its response and supporting brief in Fulton County Superior Court.

Gay GOP group issues 'qualified endorsement' of Romney

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:28

A gay GOP group has issued a "qualified endorsement" of Mitt Romney for president.

Log Cabin Republicans announced the endorsement on Oct. 23, the morning after the final presidential debate between Romney and Barack Obama.

Minnesota anti-gay group apologizes for Hitler remarks

Written by AP Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:35

The Minnesota campaign group trying to pass the constitutional gay marriage ban is apologizing after one of its officials told several small groups that supporters of gay marriage were using techniques similar to Adolf Hitler.

The Star Tribune reported this week that the rival campaign recorded a recent Brainerd event where the Rev. Brad Brandon said that Hitler suppressed religious freedom, and that religious freedom is at stake in Minnesota's campaign to define marriage (http://bit.ly/Tu2MN8).

University of Illinois wins Trojan sexual health contest

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:06

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign overthrew the reigning champion, Columbia University, to take the top spot in the seventh annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card.

The contest is an annual ranking of campuses based on best-practices promoting sexual health, including student access to resources and information.

N.Y. wedding venue bans lesbian couple

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:19

Two upstate New York women turned away from a potential wedding site because they are gay have filed a discrimination complaint, setting up a possible precedent-setting battle involving the state’s new same-sex marriage law.

The complaint filed with the New York Division of Human Rights appears to be a first involving a wedding venue since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011, according to advocates on both sides of the issue. One prominent gay marriage opponent said the case could test the breadth of the law’s religious freedom language.

Survey: 3.4 percent of US adults identify as LGBT

Written by AP Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:53

A new survey estimates that 3.4 percent of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, in what may be the largest study ever aimed at calculating the nation's LGBT population.

The Gallup survey was based on interviews with more than 121,000 people.

The East Aurora School District in suburban Chicago has rescinded a policy put in place just days earlier to protect transgender students.

The Chicago Tribune reported that following a special meeting of the district school board, proponents of the protection policy called out “shame” and “coward.”

France delays debate on gay marriage

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:50

France is delaying debate on a draft law authorizing gay marriage, as the government grapples with increasingly vocal opposition to the idea.

The legalization of same-sex marriages and adoption was one of the most contentious points in Socialist President Francois Hollande's election manifesto earlier this year.

A coalition of fair housing groups – The National Fair Housing Alliance, the HOPE Fair Housing Center, the South Suburban Housing Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana – filed a federal discrimination complaint against Bank of America.

This complaint is the result of an undercover investigation of Bank of America that found the financial giant maintains and markets foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

Swing state voters give Obama the debate win

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:56

Swing State voters gave President Barack Obama the victory in the third and final debate with Republican challenge Mitt Romney.

The Oct. 22 debate focused on foreign policy but the candidates repeatedly returned to sparring over domestic issues. It took place in Boca Raton, Fla.