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During a hearing in late August of the Springfield, Mo., City Council, a minister delivered a speech sounding like a sermon against a proposed ordinance banning bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Rev. Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church said “special rights for gays and lesbians” is “inviting the judgment of God upon our land.”

British ambassador sorry for derogatory Falklands War tweet

Written by AP Friday, 19 October 2012 09:31

Britain’s ambassador to Chile has apologized for a Twitter message that indirectly referred to a vulgar chant questioning the bravery and sexual orientation of Argentines who fought in the Falklands War.

Both parties worry about nightmarish Election Day

Written by AP Friday, 19 October 2012 06:00

In Palm Beach County, Fla., a county that knows a thing or two about Election Day meltdowns, both parties are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during or just after the Nov. 6 presidential election.

"More than 50 percent of the provisional ballots are thrown in the trash in this state," Florida state Rep. Mark Pafford told about 80 retirees who gathered for last week's meeting of the Golden Lakes Democratic Club.

The Catholic Church has funneled unprecedented amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the Nov. 6, according to data from the Human Rights Campaign.

Voters in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington are deciding ballot questions related to gay marriage in the general election. In Minnesota, voters face a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

House Republicans spend $1.5 million to defend anti-gay law

Written by AP Friday, 19 October 2012 11:36

The U.S. House’s top two Democrats are criticizing congressional Republicans for spending nearly $1.5 million over the past 15 months to defend the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer say House Speaker John Boehner is wasting taxpayer money in defending the 1996 law.

Wisconsin court: speeding ticket doesn't violate religious freedom

Written by AP Friday, 19 October 2012 06:21

A Wisconsin appeals court says a speeding ticket didn't violate an Oshkosh man's right to religious freedom.

A sheriff's deputy cited Jeffrey L. Manke for speeding in Fond du Lac County in October 2011. According to court documents, he was traveling at 71 mph in a 55-mph zone.

Clinton in Green Bay today, first lady in Racine

Written by AP Friday, 19 October 2012 05:12

Former President Bill Clinton will focus his comments in Wisconsin on Friday on the getting Democrats out to vote early starting Monday.

President Barack Obama's campaign said that would be the focus of Clinton's speech during a campaign stop Friday night in Green Bay. Earlier in the day, first lady Michelle Obama plans to make pitches for early voting in Racine and Wausau.

Survey finds most liberal, most conservative alumni

Written by WiG Thursday, 18 October 2012 18:46

The U.S. Air Force Academy and Reed College in Oregon, when it comes to the social and political views their alumni, are on the extreme, opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Based on a survey in “The Alumni Factor,” a new book that ranks colleges based on the success of graduates in their careers and lives, Reed’s alumni are the most liberal college grads in the United States and the Air Force Academy’s graduates are the most conservative.

Congress' ratings fall on LGBT issues

Written by WiG Friday, 19 October 2012 11:05

The Human Rights Campaign scorecard for the 112th Congress shows the average score for House members was 40 percent and 35 percent for senators, down significantly from the 111th Congress.

“While we continue to make advancements toward equality in Washington, the 112th Congress has more anti-equality members set on halting our progress,” HRC president Chad Griffin stated. “Still, we continued pushing the envelope and made history with the first ever hearing and Senate Judiciary Committee approval of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. And for the second time, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act.”

New York AG issues best practices for pink-ribbon campaigns

Written by WiG Friday, 19 October 2012 06:19

New York’s attorney general has issued a guide intended to promote transparency and best practices for charitable campaigns, including the billion-dollar-a-year "pink ribbon" drive.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the guide during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when more than a few people might be confused about how to best invest their money for breast cancer education, research, treatment and prevention.

Today is anti-bullying Spirit Day

Written by WiG Friday, 19 October 2012 04:30

The Las Vegas Strip – including the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign – will go purple for Spirit Day on Oct. 19.

The national campaign takes a stand against bullying and shows support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The historic display of support in Las Vegas was announced by GLAAD and the R&R Partners Foundation, which organized the local effort.

Petitioners want Halloween parade open to LGBT youth

Written by WiG Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:36

Petitioners from across the country are calling on the Anoka Halloween Festival Committee to overturn its rejection of an LGBT youth group that wanted to join in an annual parade.

Anoka, Minn., bills itself as the Halloween Capital of the World.