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California bill would ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for teens

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Thursday, 30 August 2012 18:30

State lawmakers this week approved a bill that would establish a first-of-its-kind ban on the controversial “ex-gay” therapy for teenagers.

The California Assembly on Aug. 28 approved the high-profile bill on a 52-22 vote after a heated debate, with many Republicans opposed.

Michigan adoption ban for unmarried couples in court

Written by AP Thursday, 30 August 2012 12:23

The state of Michigan is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a ban on adoption by unmarried couples.

The lawsuit is led by two Detroit-area lesbians who are raising three children.

Chick-fil-A protest goes from kiss-in to football kickoff

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 August 2012 04:25

UPDATED: Protesters earlier this month staged a kiss-in to protest Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay activities. Now the focus turns to a kickoff.

Chick-fil-A traditionally sponsors the start of the college football season. This year, in addition to players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will include protesters.

Tonight in Tampa: RNC says ‘We can change it’

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:38

Delegates are filling the Tampa Bay Times Forum floor for the second full program at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Aug. 29 program, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a call to order by RNC chair Reince Priebus, followed by the presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance by Patrick Rea, the national anthem sung by former NCAA basketball player Ayla Brown and the invocation by Ishwar Singh.

Wisconsin OKs electronic docs for voter registration

Written by AP Thursday, 30 August 2012 17:43

Wisconsin residents may present electronic documents as part of the voter registration process, state elections officials decided this week.

Under Wisconsin law, voters who register by mail or on Election Day must provide a document at the polls showing proof of residency, such as a utility bill, a tax bill, paycheck or bank statement. The state Government Accountability Board, which oversees state elections, had required those voters to show paper copies of their documents.

Church wants special collection for anti-gay campaign in Washington

Written by Rachel La Corte,
AP writer
Thursday, 30 August 2012 10:35

Washington state’s campaign finance watchdog said that the state’s Catholic churches can’t collect donations from their parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage law.

Last week, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors in 41 parishes asking that they announce a special collection at upcoming services that would go to Preserve Marriage Washington, which is opposed to same-sex marriage. The group forced a vote with Referendum 74, which asks voters to either approve or reject the law passed earlier this year that allows same-sex marriage in the state. That law is on hold pending a November vote.

Michigan man pleads guilty to anti-gay hate crime

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:33

A Michigan man who struck a convenience store customer in the face because he appeared to be gay has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.

Everett Dwayne Avery, 36, of Detroit, Mich., was convicted today for the assault, which occurred on March 7, 2011. The victim suffered severe facial injuries, including a fractured eye socket.

Republican convention remarks for history books?

Written by AP Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:57

Will history remember what’s said in 2012 at the Republican National Convention in Tampa?

These five Republican convention speeches live on – some for substance, some for style:

RNC: The final night lineup

Written by WiG Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:40

The lineup for the Republican National Convention, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, includes actor Clint Eastwood, who endorsed Mitt Romney for president earlier this summer.

The schedule also includes House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio calling the convention to order; the presentation of colors by the U.S. Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team, the saying of Pledge of Allegiance by Marine veteran Dylan Nonaka, the singing of the national anthem by Seven and the invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins.

Ryan calls Romney a ‘defender of marriage’

Written by WiG Thursday, 30 August 2012 05:22

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan touted Mitt Romney as a defender of marriage in his address to the party’s national convention Aug. 29.

Ryan spoke last on the Wednesday night program in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, delivering a speech that focused on jobs, the economy, the president’s record and his personal life with family in Janesville, Wis.

Hip-hop shifts tone on homosexuality

Written by AP reports Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:04

For years, anti-gay epithets and sentiments in rap have largely been accepted, along with its frequent misogyny and violence, as part of the hip-hop culture – a culture that has been slow to change, even as gays enjoy more mainstream acceptance.

But a shift appears to be on the horizon.

Name-calling provoked NYC hammer attack

Written by AP Wednesday, 29 August 2012 09:54

A man claimed that a Spanish tourist taunted him by calling him “gay and a Nazi” before he “lost it” and viciously attacked the man with a hammer in a New York City park, authorities said Aug. 28.

Prosecutors revealed the alleged confession at the suspect’s arraignment in Manhattan on attempted murder charges. They also said he was using an alias – John Yoos – when he was arrested late last month, and that his real name is Douglas Epp.