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Timing essential in Indiana anti-gay marriage battle

Written by TOM LoBIANCO,
AP writer
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:45

Timing is everything when it comes to the battle over whether to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages. And key lawmakers are playing their cards close to the vest heading into the 2013 legislative session with a new governor and a list of big priorities.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told reporters before the election that the measure could move swiftly through his chamber, but he did not include it in a package of ideas House Republicans said they would push in 2013.

Maine gay marriages legal beginning Dec. 29

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 December 2012 05:21

Maine's new same-sex marriage law goes into effect on Dec. 29.

Gov. Paul LePage signed off on the certified election results on Nov. 29, and the law, passed by voters on Nov. 6, goes into effect 30 days after certification of the vote by the governor.

Saving face: Ind. man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo

Written by AP Monday, 03 December 2012 14:01

A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face “to make politics fun” says it’s time for it to come off.

Eric Hartsburg of Michigan City, Ind., says he plans to have the red-and-blue “R” removed from its prominent place next to his right eye.

Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:31

A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test on Nov. 30 as lawyers for those who support “reparative therapy” asked a federal judge to block the ban.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on whether the law violates the First Amendment and should be kept from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1.

Minnesota activists organize for gay marriage push

Written by AP Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:37

More than 500 people gathered in Minneapolis over the weekend to discuss strategy for legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota – and how to get enough votes to do it.

Michelle Dibblee, a leader at the Equality and Justice Summit, discussed with one group there how a grass-roots campaign to pass such legislation would work, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Strategy, timing key to states’ pot legalization

Written by AP reports Monday, 03 December 2012 18:05

In the late-1980s heyday of the anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign, a man calling himself “Jerry” appeared on a Seattle talk radio show to criticize U.S. marijuana laws.

An esteemed businessman, he hid his identity because he didn’t want to offend customers who – like so many in those days – viewed marijuana as a villain in the ever-raging “war on drugs.”

Appeal vowed in Nevada same-sex marriage ruling

Written by AP Monday, 03 December 2012 13:29

A federal court challenge to Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage has been turned back in U.S. District Court, but proponents vowed to fight on with an argument that a pair of state laws regarding same-sex unions unconstitutionally make gay couples “second-class citizens.”

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Tara Borelli noted that a recent ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones came a day before the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up the gay marriage question, and just weeks after voters approved same-sex marriage in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth.

Portuguese man convicted in NY castration killing

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:25

A Portuguese model charged in the castration killing of a Portuguese TV personality nearly two years ago in a Times Square hotel room has been convicted of murder.

A New York City jury did not buy the idea that Renato Seabra was out of his mind when he choked, bludgeoned and mutilated Carlos Castro. Seabra had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and his defense team said he was mentally ill.

Barney Frank talks with the Post about coming out. Video

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 December 2012 05:55

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., talks about his historic coming out in an "exit interview" with the Washington Post. The openly gay congressman – a powerhouse in his party and an icon in the LGBT community – decided not to seek re-election this year. Who did he come out to first in Washington?…

Romney’s loss creates GOP leadership vacuum

AP writer
Monday, 03 December 2012 16:58

Mitt Romney’s shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray.

The face of the Republican Party for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6. He has quietly weathered the fallout of the campaign from the seclusion of his Southern California home, emerging only momentarily for a private lunch at the White House with President Barack Obama.

VCU coach says he was fired because he is gay

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:42

Virginia Commonwealth University women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay.

Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.

Fatal shooting over music compared to Trayvon Martin case

Written by JACOB JORDAN,
AP writer
Monday, 03 December 2012 04:25

The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car a week ago has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but the differences are significant.

Unlike the Martin case, several people witnessed this shooting and there was no scuffle before 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot to death. And notably, the man accused of firing into the car was arrested a day later.