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Australian House votes against gay marriage

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:59

The Australian House of Representatives voted 98-42 against a bill to lift the country’s ban against same-sex marriage. The vote took place on Sept. 19, the same day the Australian Senate was expected to debate the bill.

Polls show that a majority of Australians support legalizing same-sex marriage, but the Liberal Party and many in the Labor Party, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, oppose equality.

New campaign promotes marriage equality in 4 states on election day

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 September 2012 08:03

A new social media campaign – TheFour2012 – is working for equality in four states where voters face marriage-related questions on Nov. 6.

The campaign is active on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Google Plus.

Anti-gay ministers challenge Bourbon Street party don’t preach policy

Written by AP Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:12

Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.

Two weeks ago, a small group of street preachers were arrested during a gay Pride festival, perhaps the first people to be booked under a nearly year-old ordinance against aggressive solicitation on Bourbon Street. Those who crafted the law say it’s a public safety measure to help with crowd control and discourage con-artists, but the street preachers believe it’s a violation of their First Amendment rights.

Muhammad Ali receives civil rights award

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 12:12

Retired boxing champ Muhammad Ali was known as “The Greatest” inside the ring. But some say the moniker has been even more fitting in the years since he hung up his gloves.

Ali came to Philadelphia last week to receive the Liberty Medal for his longtime role as a heavyweight for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Among those celebrating his latest honor at the National Constitution Center were former basketball star Dikembe Mutombo and Joe Louis Barrow II, the son of boxer Joe Louis.

Skepticism greets Paul Ryan's claim of 6 percent body fat

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 September 2012 19:23

Ever since GOP vice presidential candidate and workout fanatic Paul Ryan falsely boasted that he’d run a marathon in fewer than three hours (his time was actually four hours), his self-proclaimed physical feats have come under scrutiny.

Reports surfaced today accusing the athletic congressman of telling yet another big fat lie, only this tale is better characterized as skinny.

The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sept. 16.

In a review of 1,600 of the organization’s confidential “perversion” files dating from 1970 to 1991, the newspaper found that Scout leaders helped suspected molesters push the allegations under the rug in about 400 instances.

Gay actor Rupert Everett insults gay dads

Written by WiG Monday, 17 September 2012 12:42

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has called Rupert Everett’s gay dads insult outdated.

Everett, came out as gay decades ago, blazing a trial in film, said GLAAD.

Graphic: 2 parties, 2 platforms on LGBT issues

Written by WiG Monday, 17 September 2012 12:09

From Marriage Equality

A look at the national party platforms on LGBT issues from Marriage Equality USA, a gay rights organization.

UPDATE: Toronto Blue Jays' Escobar suspended for anti-gay slur

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:21

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a Sept. 15 game against the Red Sox.

Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message – translated it means "you are a faggot" – written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.

Washington state papers endorse marriage equality in referendum

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:48

At least five major Washington state newspapers have endorsed Referendum 74 and the state’s marriage equality law.

The most recent endorsements came over the weekend from The Columbian, which serves the greater Vancouver area; the Seattle Times; The Spokesman Review, with a circulation in Spokane and the surrounding towns, and The News Tribune, which serves Pierce County.

Tens of thousands protest Russia’s Putin

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 12:15

The first major protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin after a summer lull drew tens of thousands of people, determined to show that opposition sentiment remains strong despite Kremlin efforts to muzzle dissent.

The street protests broke out after a December parliamentary election won by Putin’s party through what observers said was widespread fraud, and they grew in strength ahead of Putin’s effectively unopposed election in March to a third presidential term.

Group forms to protect Iowa judge from right-wing revenge

Written by AP Monday, 17 September 2012 05:05

A newly formed group is spearheading an effort to retain an Iowa Supreme Court justice who others are trying to oust because of his support of a ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.

Justice Not Politics Action announced a campaign last week to support the retention of David Wiggins and all other judges on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.