Liberal icon Barney Frank eyes high-profile retirement

AP writer
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:36

Even in retirement, Barney Frank promises to antagonize the right wing.

The 72-year-old Massachusetts representative ends a storied congressional career in less than three weeks. In a tenure that spanned more than three decades, Frank has helped lead the civil rights debate as one of the first openly gay elected officials, crafted a financial reform bill designed to prevent another global crisis and become a liberal hero for his willingness to clash with conservative critics.

Legalizing pot: What’s happening in the states?

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 07:56

The votes in Washington and Colorado last month legalizing marijuana were just the latest developments in the debate over marijuana use in the United States.

Lawmakers and activists in some other states are contemplating their next moves in regards to marijuana:

Poll: Majority of Hoosiers against anti-gay constitutional amendment

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:40

 Indiana residents are evenly split on legalizing gay marriage, although a majority of them do not want to amend the state constitution to ban it, according to a new poll.

The survey taken for the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-TV found that 45 percent of those surveyed supported allowing gay people to wed, while 45 percent opposed the idea. Ten percent had no opinion.

Pope: gay marriage a threat to peace

Written by WiG,
Saturday, 15 December 2012 06:27

The Vatican celebrated the holiday season with the traditional lighting of the tree in St. Peter's Square – and a reminder from the pope about what happened when the "lights" of God were turned off in past atheistic regimes. The same day, the Vatican released a statement from the pope again opposing marriage equality.

When the tree was lit Dec. 14, singers from the Molise area sang traditional local songs, and a Vatican band played Christmas melodies.

Tens of thousands march for gay marriage in Paris

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 11:45

Tens of thousands of people supporting the Socialist government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage and adoptions in France have marched in a Paris demonstration.

President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his "marriage for everyone" plan within a year of taking office last May.

Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

AP writer
Monday, 17 December 2012 05:18

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there’s not a Republican in sight among the bunch.

“There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year,” said Stevenson, 31. “They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It’s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I’ve never heard my friends lament their taxes.”

Transgender hoops player makes home court debut

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:14

The women’s basketball team at California’s Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, the transgender athlete who joined the team mid-season.

Hawking calls for pardon for gay code-breaker Alan Turing

Written by AP Saturday, 15 December 2012 06:19

Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists are calling on the British government to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing, who helped win World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

In a letter published on Dec. 14 in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Hawking and 10 others urge Prime Minister David Cameron “formally to forgive the iconic British hero.”

Domino’s founder sues feds over contraception coverage

Written by AP Monday, 17 December 2012 08:09

The right-wing founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Tom Monaghan, a Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

Pro-gun senators decline invitations to appear on Sunday morning TV programs

Written by AP
and WiG
Sunday, 16 December 2012 17:16

All of the 31 U.S. senators who’ve supported making guns and ammunition more accessible to buyers declined to appear this morning on “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation” to discuss their positions. The invitations came in response to a rash of gun violence that some leaders blame on the loosening of firearm restrictions.

“We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new Congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning,” said “Meet the Press” host David Gregory. “We had no takers.”

Civil rights case against Arizona sheriff can move forward

Written by AP Saturday, 15 December 2012 08:01

A judge has dismissed an Arizona sheriff’s office from a lawsuit alleging the agency carried out a pattern of discrimination against Latinos in its immigration patrols but rejected a request to dismiss Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from the case.

The ruling filed earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver marks a net loss for Arpaio and means the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the sheriff and Maricopa County can move forward in court.

Catholic group: Gay marriage against nature

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Saturday, 15 December 2012 05:48

The policy arm of the Catholic Church in Illinois is lining up opposition to gay marriage legislation that lawmakers plan to call early next month.

Robert Gilligan is executive director of Catholic Conference of Illinois, which represents nearly 4 million Catholics in the state. He says marriage is unique because it's a union between two genders and "same-sex marriage goes against nature."