LGBT groups respond to senators' 'framework' for immigration reform

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 28 January 2013 14:35

An LGBT civil rights group on Jan. 28 observed that a proposed “framework” for comprehensive immigration reform from a bipartisan group of Senators fails to mention LGBT binational families.

Immigration Equality said in a statement this afternoon that it was disappointed the Senate proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrations and a guest-worker program, fails to offer a specific solution for keeping binational LGBT families together.

Ontario gets first female and openly gay premier

Written by AP Monday, 28 January 2013 05:26

Canada’s most populous province is getting its first female premier and the country’s first openly gay premier after the provincial Liberals chose a new leader.

Former education minister Kathleen Wynne won the party’s leadership race Saturday.

N.C. bill would ban lottery sales to those receiving welfare

Written by AP Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:10

North Carolina lawmakers are discussing a draft proposal that would prohibit sales of lottery tickets to people who receive public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.

The Insider reports that state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, said the measure is among several targeting the N.C. Education Lottery that may come up during the legislative session.

Rhode Island House passes gay marriage measure

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:23

UPDATED: The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Jan. 24 approved a bill to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples in the state.

The bill arrived to the House with 42 of the 75 members signed on as sponsors, including House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, who pledged to make its passage a priority this year.

Boy Scouts considering dropping anti-gay ban

Written by WiG reports Monday, 28 January 2013 13:44

A popular Boy Scouts poster.

The Boy Scouts of America, which has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend its ban against gay scouts and troop leaders, now may change its policy.

Wisconsin GOP, Dems already laying 2014 groundwork

Written by AP Sunday, 27 January 2013 06:46

Neither political party is conceding any ground when it comes to preparing for Wisconsin’s 2014 elections.

Last week the state Democratic Party said it plans to hire political directors in Eau Claire, Green Bay and La Crosse. Now the Republican Party of Wisconsin says it will open four permanent campaign offices of its own.

Change-makers assembled for Atlanta conference

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 25 January 2013 12:09

Activists from across the country are gathered in Atlanta for a premier event – Creating Change, the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality.

More than 3,000 advocates for LGBT civil rights – including leaders from Wisconsin such as Jason Burns of Equality Wisconsin and Katie Belanger of Fair Wisconsin – are assembled at the Hilton in downtown Atlanta. The conference began on Jan. 23 and was to continue through Jan. 27 at the hotel, which was sold out weeks in advance.

New Mexico lawmaker wants to prosecute rape survivors who get abortions

Written by WiG Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:32

A New Mexico legislator has introduced a measure that would make it a crime for a woman to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from rape.

State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R, said abortion after a rape is tampering with evidence. If her bill became law, it would be a third-degree felony punishable by three years in prison to abort a pregnancy that resulted from rape.

Pro-gay marriage protesters march in Paris

Written by AP Monday, 28 January 2013 12:39

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris on Jan. 27 in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as "Equality of rights is not a threat" as they began marching from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.

Poland rejects draft laws for gay unions

Written by AP Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:52

Poland’s lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex couples.

Before the vote on Jan. 25, Prime Minister Donald Tusk appealed to the lawmakers to turn the drafts into law and make the lives of “many Poles, also homosexual, more dignified.”

Nepal to issue 'third gender' IDs

Written by AP Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:42

An official says Nepal's government will begin issuing citizenship certificates with the category "third gender" for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female.

Activists hailed the decision, saying it was an achievement for LGBT civil rights.

Former Mississippi governor regrets law banning adoptions by gay couples

Written by The AP Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:20

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he now regrets signing a state law in 2000 that bans same-sex couples from adopting children.

Musgrove, a Democrat, served one term as governor, from January 2000 to January 2004.