Pro-gun groups helped with anti-gay mailers

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:56

The Southern Poverty Law Center alleged on April 3 that two pro-gun groups conspired with another group to create political mailers that used a gay couple’s copyrighted engagement photo to attack candidates in the 2012 Colorado Republican primaries.

The SPLC made the allegations in documents filed in a federal lawsuit. The civil rights group wants to add the pro-gun groups – the National Association for Gun Rights and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners – to its lawsuit against Public Advocate of the United States.

Old Arizona mining town approves civil unions

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 08:37

The Bisbee, Ariz., City Council on April 2 approved an ordinance to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. The vote was 5-2 and came after a three-hour hearing.

Bisbee is now the only city in the state where civil unions are considered legal – at least for now. The state attorney general has said the ordinance the council approved is unconstitutional and the state block implementation.

Magic Johnson: ‘I’m proud of my gay son’

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 19:51

Retired basketball superstar Magic Johnson said he supports his gay son after TMZ reported that he was seen walking hand-in-hand with his boyfriend in Los Angeles.

Earvin "E.J." Johnson III., son of the Los Angeles Lakers legend, was spotted by the celebrity gossip site walking down Sunset Strip holding hands with an unidentified man. The younger Johnson, a student at N.Y.U., is one of Johnson's three children.

Republican Mark Kirk becomes 50th senator to back gay marriage

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:42

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, wrote on his blog April 2 that he supports marriage equality.

Kirk is only the second Republican in the Senate to back marriage equality. The other is Rob Portman of Ohio.

Uruguay poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:57

Uruguay's Senate on April 2 voted to legalize same-sex marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony.

Senators voted 23-8 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the lower house in December. It must now return to the lower chamber of Congress with changes.

Video of Rutgers coach hurling gay slurs prompts outcry, dismissal

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:57

Rutgers officials had already seen the video showing coach Mike Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing basketballs at players during practice and yelling gay slurs at them before it was aired by ESPN on April 2.

The school punished Rice in December 2012, suspending him for three games and fining him $50,000.

AP Stylebook drops use of 'illegal immigrant'

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 13:46

The Associated Press Stylebook – long considered the U.S. journalist's bible – issued an update today that says "no" to the use of "illegal immigrant."

The update corrects an that immigration advocates and some journalists have long sought to change, for multiple reasons.

Former boss of Bronx LGBT center headed to prison

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:41

The former director of the LGBT community center in the Bronx is bound for prison. Lisa Winters has been sentenced to 2-6 years in prison for embezzlement.

Winters, who pleaded guilty, was running the Bronx Community Pride Center when she stole about $338,000 for personal expenses.

Measure seeks to allow North Carolina to declare an official religion

Written by WiG Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:10

North Carolina lawmakers advanced a resolution allowing the state to declare an official religion.

Opponents of the bill say it violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Boy Scouts apply anti-gay ban to sponsors

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 03 April 2013 05:23

The Boy Scouts of America has rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization.

The Utah Pride Center recently asked permission to start a troop for 10 middle-school aged children with straight troop leaders, said executive director Valerie Larabee. Many of the boys' parents had previously left Scouts or opted not to join because of their opposition to the Boy Scouts' long-standing policy excluding gays and lesbians.

Bill raises worry about quarantine for people with HIV/AIDS

Written by The AP Tuesday, 02 April 2013 13:05

The American Civil Liberties Union and the leading gay rights group in Kansas are sharing concerns that state legislators are moving toward ending the legal protections that prohibit AIDS and HIV patients from being quarantined.

State officials said this week that those fears are unfounded.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper comes out for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:00

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper joined the Democratic league backing marriage equality on April 2, announcing his support on his Facebook page.

Carper, from Delaware, wrote, “As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public's opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine. I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right. Through my prayers and conversations with my family and countless friends and Delawareans, I've been reminded of the power of one of my core values: the Golden Rule. It calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated. That means, to me, that all Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation, and that's why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I'm endorsing marriage equality.”