New Zealand close to approving same-sex marriage

Written by The AP Wednesday, 13 March 2013 05:30

New Zealand lawmakers for a second time have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage, virtually assuring its passage into law in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers supported the bill 77 to 44 on March 13 in the second of three votes that must be taken before a bill can become law.

Illinois governor urges citizen calls for marriage bill

Written by WiG Tuesday, 12 March 2013 14:58

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn urged citizens to call on their representatives to pass – soon – legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The Democratic governor has been eager to sign the bill since the start of the new year.

Top contenders to be the next pope

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 11 March 2013 13:26

Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI.

In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are:

Queen to sign new charter that some are promoting as pro-gay

Written by WiG Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:42

Queen Elizabeth II is expected to sign a new charter for the Commonwealth tomorrow that many in the U.K. are calling the first expression of LGBT support in the monarch’s 61-year reign.

Dubbed a “21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta,” the document declares: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”

Marriage bills pass Minnesota committees

Written by WiG Wednesday, 13 March 2013 04:41

Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota passed two key legislative committees on March 12.

Late on March 12, the Minnesota House Civil Law Committee approved an equality bill with a 10-7 vote.

Nun among 3 charged with illegal voting in Ohio

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:08

A nun in southwest Ohio who voted on behalf of another nun who died before the 2012 presidential election has been charged with illegal voting.

The Hamilton County prosecutor in Cincinnati said on March 11 that Sister Marguerite Kloos was among three people charged with voting illegally.

Researcher: Zombie fads peak with societal unhappiness

Written by By MEG KINNARD,
AP writer
Monday, 11 March 2013 10:27

Zombies seem to be everywhere these days.

In the popular TV series “The Walking Dead,” humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered clothes occasionally fill local parks, gurgling moans of the undead.

Christine Quinn hopes to become NYC's first woman and first out gay mayor

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Sunday, 10 March 2013 12:40

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today through her Twitter feed that she’s entering the race to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor of the Big Apple. If elected, she’d become both the city’s first female and first out gay mayor.

“I’m running for mayor because I love this city. It’s the greatest place in the world,” Quinn said in a video linked to her post, before setting out to start what she called a walk-and-talk tour intended to take her to every neighborhood in the city before the Democratic primary in September.

Colorado OKs civil unions bill

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:53

Colorado lawmakers took a historic vote to approve civil unions for gay couples Tuesday. The bill on its way to the desk of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to be signed into law soon.

Applause erupted in the Capitol as the bill won final passage on a 39-26 House vote, with two Republicans joining all Democrats to approve the measure. Several dozen people watching from the House gallery left smiling and hugging, and some wiped away tears of joy.

As cardinals from around the world gather to select the next pope, the Vatican faces yet another public relations debacle with the revelation that it owns a $32-million share in a Roman apartment block whose tenants include Europe’s largest gay bathhouse.

The U.K. newspaper The Independent reported that 19 Vatican officials and priests live in the apartment complex, including Cardinal Ivan Dias, the head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples. He is among those scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s papal conclave at the Sistine Chapel.

Sotomayor answers letter from girl with lesbian moms

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Monday, 11 March 2013 08:17

A U.S. Supreme Court justice has responded to a North Carolina 11-year-old's request for a court ruling helping her same-sex parents.

The Wilson Times ( ) reports the return letter from Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn't comment on any upcoming court cases, but encourages sixth-grader Cameron Myers Milne of Wilson to keep dreaming big.

Some African-American clergy and conservative Catholics say they’ll ban Illinois lawmakers who vote for same-sex marriage from their churches, according to

About two dozen priests and pastors joined the Catholic Conference of Illinois to form a new anti-gay religious coalition that plans to visit 75 churches tomorrow and urge their members to lobby lawmakers to oppose same-sex marriage. They also plan to purchase billboards, TV and radio ads condemning marriage equality.