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West Hollywood installing rainbow Pride crosswalks

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:25

Construction began this week on two crosswalks at Santa Monica and San Vincent boulevards in West Hollywood, Calif.

The crosswalks will be painted the colors of the LGBT Pride flag and be permanent landmarks in WeHo.

A mailing from church leadership to Minnesota Roman Catholics asks them to donate to the political campaign to pass a constitutional amendment strengthening the ban against gay marriage.

The money is to be used my Minnesota for Marriage’s television ads urging a “yes” vote on the amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The vote is Nov. 6.

Senators sponsor bill to ban bias against LGBT jurors

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 15:14

A trio of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity against jurors.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, Susan Collins, R-New Hampshire and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, are the sponsors.

GOP pledges to fight voter fraud but finds little evidence of a problem

Written by AP Tuesday, 25 September 2012 10:51

Republican election officials promised to root out voter fraud. The thing is, there is little evidence of a widespread problem.

State officials in key presidential battleground states have found only a tiny fraction of the illegal voters they initially suspected existed. Searches in Colorado and Florida have yielded numbers that amount to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all registered voters in either state.

Former Playgirl model convicted of murdering gay man

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:58

A jury has convicted former Playgirl model Joshua James Larson of second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins.

The San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports that Huggins was “a beloved figure in the local LGBT community.”

New voter ID laws could delay presidential election outcome

Written by AP Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:02

The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. That’s because new voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.

Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots, a scenario that would surely attract legions of campaign lawyers from both parties.

Police withhold 911 call on Family Research Council shooting

Written by AP Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:54

The D.C. police department is refusing to release a copy of a 911 call made after a shooting at the headquarters of an ultra-conservative Christian lobbying group, even though such recordings are treated as public records in many other jurisdictions.

The Associated Press requested a copy of the Aug. 15 recording under the District of Columbia’s open records law. But the department rejected that request, saying the call was part of an ongoing FBI investigation, that the caller was a witness in the investigation and that it would not be possible to edit the recording to redact sensitive portions of the call.

Alaska murder victim's partner denied survivor benefits

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:18

A woman whose partner was shot dead by a disgruntled former employee is suing under Alaska’s workers’ compensation law for survivor benefits.

Deborah Harris is represented by the national Lambda Legal defense group.

Gay couple sues over Republican theft of their engagement photo

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:14

A gay couple from New Jersey is suing a group that used their engagement photo in an attack mailer against a Republican Colorado state lawmaker who supported civil unions this year.

The couple and their attorneys are filing the suit in Denver today (Sept. 26).

In a CNN interview on Sept. 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Homosexuality ceases procreation.”

“Do you think faggots can have children?” asked Ahmadinejad, who previously claimed that homosexuality does not exist in Iran and whose government punishes homosexuality with death.

Uganda bishop receiving Clinton award for LGBT rights work

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:08

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Kampala, Uganda, will receive a Clinton Global Citizen Award at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting later Sept. 25 for his work to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people through the St. Paul's Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Kampala.  

The award recognizes Senyonjo's work in promoting the equal rights of LGBT people in Uganda and across more than 70 countries where being LGBT is illegal and often persecuted.

Court watchers look to Oct. 1 on Prop 8 case

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 08:37

The U.S. Supreme Court held its first conference of the 2012-13 term on Sept. 24 and released its first list of cases to be heard this year.

There was no word from the High Court on the California case that involves a challenge to the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment was passed by voters on Proposition 8 in November 2008.