‘Irresistible’ woman asks court to rehear firing case

Written by AP Monday, 07 January 2013 05:39

A dental assistant fired because her boss thought she was too attractive wants the Iowa Supreme Court to reconsider its decision rejecting her discrimination lawsuit.

Melissa Nelson’s attorney asked the all-male court late last week to withdraw its Dec. 21 ruling, which she called a “significant blow to gender equality.”

Quick push for same-sex marriage in Illinois gets set back

Written by AP Sunday, 06 January 2013 08:06

Hopes that Illinois could quickly become the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage bogged down last Thursday when the bill’s Democratic supporters backed off plans to hold a full Senate vote on it and went home after Friday’s scheduled session was canceled.

Same-sex marriage advocates entered the lame-duck session last Wednesday with high expectations of passing a bill by the assembly’s Jan. 9 curtain. Backers were riding a wave of momentum from successes during the November elections as well as public encouragement from President Barack Obama.

Auction of Johnny Weir costumes benefits LGBT youth

Written by AP Saturday, 05 January 2013 05:25

A suburban Philadelphia company is auctioning off clothing from the closet of figure-skating star Johnny Weir to raise money for charity.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Horsham-based Linda's Closet will sell items including costumes from "Skating with the Stars" and practice costumes from the 2006-2007 Olympic season. It's also selling some of Weir's skates.

Advocate names Baldwin Person of the Year

Written by WiG Friday, 04 January 2013 12:54

The Advocate has named Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin its Person of the Year and featured the lawmaker on its cover.

Baldwin, who took the oath of office in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, is the first openly gay person to serve in that chamber.

Indiana lawmaker wants Lord’s Prayer in schools

Written by AP Monday, 07 January 2013 05:13

A Republican state senator is pushing for Indiana’s public school students to start the school day by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Senate education committee chairman Dennis Kruse of Auburn has filed legislation that would let school districts require the prayer to be recited, but would also grant broad exemptions.

A Springfield, Ill., priest is on administrative leave after calling 911 to report that he was unable to remove a pair of handcuffs he’d been “playing with.”

Father Tom Donovan placed a 911 call on Nov. 28 from the rectory of St. Aloysius Parish asking for help getting out of the cuffs “before this becomes a medical emergency.”

House adopts rules that include support for anti-gay marriage fight

Written by AP Saturday, 05 January 2013 05:22

The House of Representatives this week adopted Republican-written rules for the chamber that reflect the party’s efforts to cut spending, stop government regulations and oppose same-sex marriage.

Traditionally, the House rules package reflects the majority party’s legislative positions and is opposed by the minority. The package passed in a mostly party-line vote of 228-196.

School play edited over 'sexually suggestive' Elvis song

Written by lisa neff Friday, 04 January 2013 11:15

A Utah school district will require the editing of a high school play that uses Elvis Presley's music after a complaint about a "sexually suggestive" song.

Jordan School District officials announced plans on Jan. 2 to scrap Herriman High School's production of "All Shook Up," saying it could be offensive. Then the district announced the play would be edited, including removing the play's title track from the script, and other tweaks.

Cher in development deal with Logo television

Written by WiG Sunday, 06 January 2013 10:41

Logo, the LGBT-focused cable TV channel owned by Viacom, is in a development deal with Cher to produce a new series about 1960s Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Logo announced the project yesterday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but a Logo official said Cher is collaborating with comedian Ron Zimmerman to create a pilot script. Zimmerman, who’s been romantically linked to Cher in recent years, includes “Shake It Up!” and “‘Til Death” among his recent TV writing credits.

Women’s history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 05 January 2013 08:09

Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison, sharing a cell with two gentile women arrested for political work who shared their food with the Jewish teenager because jailers restricted rations for Jews.

Lerner would say years later that the woman taught her during those six weeks how to survive and that the experience taught her how society can manipulate people. It was a lesson that the women’s history pioneer, who died Wednesday at age 92, said she saw reinforced in American academia by history professors who taught as though only the men were worth studying.

Catholic leader in England urges ‘no’ on gay marriage

Written by AP Friday, 04 January 2013 17:07

The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged followers to write to their representatives in Parliament to oppose the government’s plans to legalize gay marriage.

In a letter read to congregations over the weekend, Archbishop Vincent Nichols called for Catholics to express their views “clearly, calmly and forcefully.”

R&B singer Frank Ocean cited for pot possession

Written by AP Friday, 04 January 2013 08:05

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Frank Ocean, who made headlines last year when he came out, is back in the news. He has temporarily lost his driver's license and faces a marijuana possession charge after police say he was pulled over twice on the final days of the year in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada for driving more than 90 mph in 65 mph zones.

The Mono County Sheriff's Department said officers first stopped Ocean's black BMW on Dec. 30, 2012, as he was heading northbound on U.S. 395 near Keoughs, and cited him for speeding.