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Anti-gay National Organization for Marriage loses at Supreme Court

AP writer
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 05:37

The U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 2 declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine's campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list, but it's unlikely the list will be made public soon.

The high court turned aside an appeal from the National Organization for Marriage, a Washington, D.C.-based group that donated $1.9 million to a political action committee that helped repeal Maine's same-sex marriage law in 2009.

Voter registration problems widening in Florida

Written by AP Monday, 01 October 2012 07:22

What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county has now spread statewide, with election officials in nine counties informing prosecutors or state election officials about questionable voter registration forms filled out on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida.

State Republican officials already have fired the vendor it had hired to register voters, and took the additional step of filing an election fraud complaint against the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, with state officials. That complaint was handed over late last week to state law-enforcement authorities.

Another big Supreme Court term kicks off today

Written by AP Monday, 01 October 2012 05:12

When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court’s liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Progressives applauded Roberts’ statesmanship. Conservatives uttered cries of betrayal.

'Faggot' tweeted 2.5 million times since July 5

Written by WiG Sunday, 30 September 2012 19:12

The word “faggot” has been tweeted more than 2.5 million times since July 5, according to researchers at the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

The phrases “so gay” and “no homo” have been tweeted nearly one millions times.

U.S. House not likely to change hands on Election Day

Written by AP Monday, 01 October 2012 18:20

In one Democratic ad, a grunting, helmet-wearing actor portraying GOP Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey, a former football lineman, physically blocks seniors from their Medicare benefits.

Another TV ad accuses Massachusetts House GOP hopeful Richard Tisei, an openly gay state senator, of being “too extreme” and links him to the tea party as it flashes pictures of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich.

Minnesota man arrested for throwing rocks at churches

Written by AP Monday, 01 October 2012 07:15

A 30-year-old man is charged with felony vandalism for allegedly throwing rocks at several churches in Buffalo and leaving behind anti-gay messages.

The criminal complaint alleges Wade Murray told police that God wanted him to “hurt people.”

Arkansas to be first in South to vote on medical marijuana

Written by AP Monday, 01 October 2012 04:46

The Arkansas Supreme Court decision to keep medical marijuana’s legalization on the ballot introduces some unpredictability to the November election and shifts attention to an issue that might not be easily defined by party labels.

That’s no small feat for an Arkansas election dominated by predictability when it comes to national politics and partisan bickering when it comes to the state level. With Republicans aiming to win control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, this may be one of the few issues where Arkansas voters won’t hew to traditional party lines.

California gov. signs bill banning ex-gay therapy for youth

Written by WiG Sunday, 30 September 2012 06:27

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation barring state-licensed therapists from using so-called ex-gay therapy on LGBT youth.

California state Sen. Ted Lieu introduced the bill with co-sponsors National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, Gaylesta, Mental Health America of Northern California, Lambda Legal and the Courage Campaign.

Gay Republicans announce 2012 House, Senate endorsements

Written by WiG Monday, 01 October 2012 14:30

Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest gay GOP group, has announced endorsements for the U.S. House and Senate.

LCR, in a news release, said “many of candidates have been vetted through the Young Guns program at the National Republican Congressional Committee, and/or have earned the support of their local Log Cabin Republicans chapter.

Christian right leader and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer said on Oct. 1 that his group would begin “a six-figure expenditure” to elect Todd Akin to the U.S. Senate.

Akin is the Republican who infamously said that women rarely get pregnant by “legitimate rape” so that shouldn’t be part of the abortion debate.

Thousands of right-wing Christian zealots gathered Saturday on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to pray for the future of the United States in the weeks before the presidential election.

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and Tony Perkins, president of the hate group Family Research Council, topped a full day of speakers at “The America for Jesus 2012” prayer rally.

Judge dismisses charges against Chicago Occupy protesters

Written by AP Saturday, 29 September 2012 21:05

A judge on Sept. 27 tossed out charges against 92 Occupy protesters arrested in a Chicago park last October, severely criticizing what the city had proudly held up as a better way for dealing with demonstrations.

Cook County Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly ruled that the city’s curfew law was unconstitutional and that the city selectively enforced it. He noted police had cracked down on the protesters’ tent camp when the park closed at 11 p.m., but had not moved against others who stayed in the same park past that hour at other times – including those who had come to see Barack Obama after he won the presidency three years earlier.