Strategy, timing key to states’ pot legalization

Written by AP reports Monday, 03 December 2012 18:05

In the late-1980s heyday of the anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign, a man calling himself “Jerry” appeared on a Seattle talk radio show to criticize U.S. marijuana laws.

An esteemed businessman, he hid his identity because he didn’t want to offend customers who – like so many in those days – viewed marijuana as a villain in the ever-raging “war on drugs.”

Appeal vowed in Nevada same-sex marriage ruling

Written by AP Monday, 03 December 2012 13:29

A federal court challenge to Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage has been turned back in U.S. District Court, but proponents vowed to fight on with an argument that a pair of state laws regarding same-sex unions unconstitutionally make gay couples “second-class citizens.”

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Tara Borelli noted that a recent ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones came a day before the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up the gay marriage question, and just weeks after voters approved same-sex marriage in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth.

Portuguese man convicted in NY castration killing

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:25

A Portuguese model charged in the castration killing of a Portuguese TV personality nearly two years ago in a Times Square hotel room has been convicted of murder.

A New York City jury did not buy the idea that Renato Seabra was out of his mind when he choked, bludgeoned and mutilated Carlos Castro. Seabra had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and his defense team said he was mentally ill.

Republican legislator in Pennsylvania comes out as gay

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 02 December 2012 08:52

Mike Fleck

A Republican state lawmaker from central Pennsylvania came out as gay in an interview with his local newspaper, making him the first out GOP lawmaker in the state’s history.

Romney’s loss creates GOP leadership vacuum

AP writer
Monday, 03 December 2012 16:58

Mitt Romney’s shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray.

The face of the Republican Party for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6. He has quietly weathered the fallout of the campaign from the seclusion of his Southern California home, emerging only momentarily for a private lunch at the White House with President Barack Obama.

VCU coach says he was fired because he is gay

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:42

Virginia Commonwealth University women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay.

Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.

Fatal shooting over music compared to Trayvon Martin case

Written by JACOB JORDAN,
AP writer
Monday, 03 December 2012 04:25

The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car a week ago has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but the differences are significant.

Unlike the Martin case, several people witnessed this shooting and there was no scuffle before 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot to death. And notably, the man accused of firing into the car was arrested a day later.

President issues World AIDS Day statement

Written by WiG Saturday, 01 December 2012 11:39

President Barack Obama has issued a statement in observance of World AIDS Day, which takes place annually on Dec. 1.

Saving face: Ind. man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo

Written by AP Monday, 03 December 2012 14:01

A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face “to make politics fun” says it’s time for it to come off.

Eric Hartsburg of Michigan City, Ind., says he plans to have the red-and-blue “R” removed from its prominent place next to his right eye.

Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 December 2012 07:31

A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test on Nov. 30 as lawyers for those who support “reparative therapy” asked a federal judge to block the ban.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on whether the law violates the First Amendment and should be kept from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1.

West Point chapel holds same-sex wedding

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 02 December 2012 17:40

Brides Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Gnesin.

Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday.

Obama’s Jan. 21 inauguration date 7th in history

Written by AP Saturday, 01 December 2012 04:26

President Barack Obama is adding an asterisk to his name in the history books.

His inauguration will be only the seventh time that the constitutionally mandated date for a president’s swearing-in – Jan. 20 – has fallen on a Sunday. So, following tradition, the inauguration will be on Monday, Jan. 21.