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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."

Baldwin assigned to high-profile committees

Written by WiG Friday, 14 December 2012 06:00

U.S. Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, D, will serve on several high-profile committees in the 113th Congress.

She’s assigned to the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Budget Committee; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

January could bring vote on gay marriage in Illinois

Written by WiG Friday, 14 December 2012 06:00

Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans, the chief sponsors of the state's gay marriage bill, said Dec. 13 that they want to call for a vote on the measure in early 2013.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, D, has said before that he'd like to sign the proposed measure – the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act – as early as January.

Ricky Martin wishes he could come out again

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 07:20

Latin superstar Ricky Martin told a United Nations conference on homophobia that he wishes he could come out again so he could tell people struggling with their identities that “it’s just beautiful – you find love.”

Martin said on Dec. 11 that “for many years, I lived in fear ... because I was hating myself because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: ‘You’re gay. You belong in hell.’”

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.

Guinness World Records listed the top record-breaking events of 2012, including a viral Tweet from the president's re-election campaign, a viral video from a South Korean pop star, as well as a death-defying leap from space and a remarkable meet-up.

The list from Guinness, in no particular order:

Atlanta mayor announces support of gay marriage

Written by RUSS BYNUM
and PHILLIP LUCAS,
AP writers
Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:16

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this week that he supports gay marriage as a “fundamental right,” taking an emphatic stand on the issue months after President Barack Obama declared that same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.

When Obama came out in support of gay marriage in May, Reed said he was still “wrestling” with the issue even though he supported gay rights overall and previously voiced support for civil unions.

Progressive Catholic bishop Walter Sullivan dies

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 07:04

Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Sullivan, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer, died at home, said Judy Lindfors, assistant editor of The Catholic Virginian.

Man gets life for killing daughter’s girlfriend, her mother

Written by AP Friday, 14 December 2012 06:26

A Texas man will serve life in prison without parole after his capital murder conviction in the deaths of his daughter’s girlfriend and the girlfriend’s mother.

The Austin American-Statesman reports a Travis County jury deliberated about an hour before returning its verdict against Jose Alfonso Aviles.

Crist regrets anti-gay stance on marriage

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 14 December 2012 06:00

UPDATED Dec. 13: Charlie Crist, who has become a Democrat after being a Republican and an independent, says he regrets his anti-gay positions when he served as governor of Florida.

Crist, in a conversation with reporters on Dec. 13, said he regretted supporting a campaign to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. He signed the petition supporting the amendment but said he wouldn't have signed the same petition today.

Perry wants Texas to ban abortion after 20 weeks

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:12

Gov. Rick Perry threw his support this week behind legislation that would ban abortion in Texas after 20 weeks, the point at which he says a fetus can feel pain.

The Legislature, which will reconvene Jan. 8 for a 140-day session that occurs every two years, also will consider a bill that would require physicians who perform abortions to have an agreement with a nearby hospital, allowing them to admit a patient in case of an emergency, Perry said.

Uruguay’s lower house approves gay marriage law

Written by AP Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:55

Lawmakers in taboo-breaking Uruguay have voted to legalize gay marriage, approving a single law governing marriage for heterosexuals and gays.

The proposal now goes to the Senate, where the ruling coalition has enough votes for passage. President Jose Mujica plans to sign it into law early next year.