A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled late last week.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong.

Court blocks California law banning 'ex-gay' therapy

Written by AP Sunday, 23 December 2012 08:09

A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.

HRC praises Kerry nomination for secretary of state

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 11:34

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, on Dec. 21 cheered news that President Barack Obama is nominating John Kerry for secretary of state.

The longtime U.S. senator would succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in 2008 said she would serve one term in the post.

Minnesotans will push for marriage equality next year

Written by AP Friday, 21 December 2012 06:18

The leader of the campaign that defeated a gay marriage ban in Minnesota said yesterday that the group would push to legalize marriage equality in the legislative session starting in January.

Richard Carbom told The Associated Press that he’d continue to lead Minnesotans United for All Families, transforming it into a lobbying group. The group will lobby Minnesota lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state next year.

Hobby Lobby asks high court to block morning-after pill rule

Written by TIM TALLEY,
AP writer
Monday, 24 December 2012 05:48

Hobby Lobby Stores has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

Owned by a conservative Christian family, the arts-and-crafts company argues that the drugs are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb. Company officials say they must decide whether to violate their faith or face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if they ignore the law.

Former senator apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remark about ambassador

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 13:46

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, considered a possible successor to Leon Panetta at the Defense Department, apologized on Dec. 21 for an anti-gay remark in 1998.

Hagel, of Nebraska, opposed the nomination of James Hormel as a U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg saying Hormel was “openly, aggressively gay.”

Appeals court upholds Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 December 2012 11:05

An appeals court has upheld Wisconsin's domestic partnership law.

Gay civil rights advocates cheered a victory on Dec. 21, when Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals said the state domestic partnership law is constitutional.

Pope takes denunciation of gay marriage to new level

Written by WiG,
Friday, 21 December 2012 05:28

The pope has taken his opposition to gay marriage to a new level, saying "in the fight for the family, mankind itself is at stake."

Benedict made the comments on Dec. 21 in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy – one of his most important speeches of the year and one he dedicated this year to promoting family values, according to the AP.

Shortly after the gay-obsessed Westboro Baptist Church announced that its members would picket the funerals of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., the hackers collective Anonymous went to work. The group claimed to have successfully filed a death certificate for Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church’s spokesperson and to have updated Phelps-Roper’s desktop to gay porn.

Anonymous also posted the personal contact information and the location of the church’s primary organizers via Twitter.  As a result, Twitter suspended one of the primary accounts associated with Anonymous, @YourAnonNews, as well as Phelps-Roper’s Twitter account, which had been taken over by Anonymous.

Updated: Appeals court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 13:26

Gay civil rights advocates cheered a victory on Dec. 21, when Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals said the state domestic partnership law is constitutional.

The decision was delayed by a day due to severe weather in the Midwest, then released on a Friday morning, as many in the government were preparing for a four-day holiday weekend.

Broad coalition for marriage equality forms in Illinois

Written by WiG Friday, 21 December 2012 10:10

A broad range of organizations formed a coalition – Illinois Unites for Marriage – to campaign for marriage equality in the state.

The coalition’s formation was announced mid-day Dec. 20 and, according to a news release, will be “wholly focused on securing legislation giving same-sex couples the freedom to marry in early 2013.


Poll: Majority of Americans say Republicans are too extreme

Written by WiG Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:26

For the first time ever, more than half of all Americans view the Republican Party’s policies and views as too extreme, according to a CNN/ORC International poll.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said the GOP’s positions are extremist, up 17 points from just two years ago. Only 37 percent said the same of Democrats.