Gay group asks for apology from Scottish cardinal

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 17:06

A Scottish cardinal who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct should apologize to gay people for his years of "vicious and cruel language" about them, Britain's leading gay-rights group said Monday.

Officials in the Vatican refused to say whether they would formally investigate allegations against Cardinal Keith O'Brien. He resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after being accused of inappropriate behavior by three priests and a former priest.

AP: Scientists say baby born with AIDS virus 'cured'

Written by AP Monday, 04 March 2013 08:21

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced on March 3, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure.

Obama administration asks court to overturn Prop 8

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:26

The Obama administration on Feb. 28 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans, The Associated Press is reporting.

The brief in the California Proposition 8 case does not call for marriage equality across the United States, but it does point the court in that direction.

Gay marriage bill headed to Illinois House floor

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:23

A bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois is headed for the Illinois House floor, where it needs 60 votes to go on to an eager-to-sign Gov. Pat Quinn.

The House Executive House Executive Committee passed the bill on Feb. 26. The vote, coming at about 10 p.m., was 6-5 and delayed by a lengthy debate on gun control legislation.

Chicago mayor urges supporters to press for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 05 March 2013 06:36

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on March 4 sent a letter to his network of supporters urging them to contact their Illinois state representative to tell the lawmaker to support the marriage bill now pending in the Illinois House.

Emanuel, who worked for both presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and served in the U.S. House, wrote:

Nobel Peace prize-winner Lech Walesa shocks with anti-gay words

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:30

Lech Walesa, the Polish democracy icon and Nobel peace prize-winner, has sparked outrage in Poland by saying that gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to "adjust to smaller things."

Some commentators are now suggesting that Walesa, the leading figure in Poland's successful democracy struggle against communism, has irreparably harmed his legacy.

NFL prospect says scouts asking about sexual orientation

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:28

An NFL prospect says scouts at a combine in advance of the spring draft were asking athletes about sexual orientation and sexual interests.

At the weekend event, players underwent physical and mental tests and participated in interviews with NFL team representatives.

Employment complaint filed, religious group fires pregnant woman

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:17

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Springfield, Ohio, resident Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother of two, against Inside Out, a religiously-based community organization.

The claim alleges that Inside Out fired Maudlin in September 2012 after she divulged that she was pregnant.

AP: Body of gay Mississippi mayoral candidate beaten and burned

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 04 March 2013 18:32

The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, a family member said.

Marco McMillian's godfather, Carter Womack, said McMillian's family received the information from the Coahoma County coroner. Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment Monday, and a spokesman for the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department had no immediate comment.

Murder charge filed in death of gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 March 2013 08:17

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged in the death of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.

Russia’s foreign minister defends anti-gay bill

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:39

Russia’s foreign minister on Feb. 26 rejected criticism from the Dutch government and the European Union about proposed legislation that would outlaw “homosexual propaganda.”

Responding to Dutch assertions that the legislation may be contrary to Russia’s international obligations, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there were no such obligations.

Illinois Latino leaders advocate for gay marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:36

A group of prominent Latino leaders say legalizing gay marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is “the right thing to do.”

In an open letter to lawmakers, 23 Latino leaders say all families deserve to be treated with respect.