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.”

Gay rights group responds to school shooting

Written by WiG Friday, 14 December 2012 14:56

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group on Dec. 14 responded to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said, "The entire HRC family mourns today’s horrific tragedy in Newtown. We extend condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims as well as to the entire state of Connecticut which is still reeling from this senseless act violence. We note with sadness that it was less than a week since two innocent lives were lost at a mall in Oregon, and we offer our well-wishes and support to law enforcement officials investigating these truly heinous crimes."

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."

Milwaukee County executive announces marriage equality grant

Written by WiG Friday, 14 December 2012 14:42

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has announced a challenge grant of $50,000 for Equality Wisconsin to work on marriage equality, the organization announced Dec. 14.

Abele, in a statement from EW, said, "I'm proud to support Equality Wisconsin in their effort to allow gay and lesbian couples to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. I know Wisconsin is ready to embrace the idea of fidelity for everyone and allowing longtime partners to make a lifetime commitment to each other."

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.

Kohl delivers farewell speech to Senate colleagues. Transcript

Written by AP Friday, 14 December 2012 15:14

Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl has given his final speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate.

The retiring Democrat delivered brief farewell remarks on Dec. 13. He remembered some of his late colleagues with whom he served in his 24 years as a senator, and he thanked his current colleagues for their service.

Right-wing Akin owes nearly $270K from failed Missouri Senate bid

Written by AP Friday, 14 December 2012 13:10

Republican Congressman Todd Akin was outspent more than 3-to-1 and owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to federal finance reports available online.

Akin’s committee spent a little over $6 million on his Senate campaign, far shy of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill.