Murder charge filed in death of gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 March 2013 08:17

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged in the death of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.

Russia’s foreign minister defends anti-gay bill

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:39

Russia’s foreign minister on Feb. 26 rejected criticism from the Dutch government and the European Union about proposed legislation that would outlaw “homosexual propaganda.”

Responding to Dutch assertions that the legislation may be contrary to Russia’s international obligations, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there were no such obligations.

Illinois Latino leaders advocate for gay marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:36

A group of prominent Latino leaders say legalizing gay marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is “the right thing to do.”

In an open letter to lawmakers, 23 Latino leaders say all families deserve to be treated with respect.

AP Stylebook: Use 'husband,' 'wife,' regardless of sexual orientation

Written by WiG Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:01

The AP Stylebook – the guide most news organizations use for writing and editing copy – made clear on Feb. 21 its position on the use of “husband” or “wife.”

Obama administration asks court to overturn Prop 8

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:26

The Obama administration on Feb. 28 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans, The Associated Press is reporting.

The brief in the California Proposition 8 case does not call for marriage equality across the United States, but it does point the court in that direction.

Gay marriage bill headed to Illinois House floor

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:23

A bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois is headed for the Illinois House floor, where it needs 60 votes to go on to an eager-to-sign Gov. Pat Quinn.

The House Executive House Executive Committee passed the bill on Feb. 26. The vote, coming at about 10 p.m., was 6-5 and delayed by a lengthy debate on gun control legislation.

Attacker apologizes to victim for brutal anti-gay hate attack

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 23 February 2013 07:17

A man convicted of kidnapping has apologized to his victim in southern Kentucky.

WYMT-TV in Hazard reported Anthony Jenkins, 20, apologized to Kevin Pennington at a U.S. District Court hearing in London. He told Pennington he wasn't proud of what he did.

Laura Bush asks to be removed from marriage equality ad

Written by WiG Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:51

Former first lady Laura Bush asked to be – and will be – removed from a marriage equality ad that's part of a national TV, newspaper and online campaign highlighting influential support.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition announced the $1 million ad campaign earlier this week with a focus on statements for equality from Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, President Barack Obama and others.

NFL prospect says scouts asking about sexual orientation

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:28

An NFL prospect says scouts at a combine in advance of the spring draft were asking athletes about sexual orientation and sexual interests.

At the weekend event, players underwent physical and mental tests and participated in interviews with NFL team representatives.

Employment complaint filed, religious group fires pregnant woman

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:17

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Springfield, Ohio, resident Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother of two, against Inside Out, a religiously-based community organization.

The claim alleges that Inside Out fired Maudlin in September 2012 after she divulged that she was pregnant.

Indiana teacher suspended over anti-gay remarks

Written by AP Friday, 22 February 2013 09:30

An Indiana school district reeling from the uproar over a teacher’s comments that she believes gays have no purpose in life suspended the woman on Feb. 20.

Superintendent Mark Baker of the Northeast School Corp. in western Indiana’s Sullivan County issued a statement saying the teacher has been placed on administrative leave out of concern “for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings.” He added that “as a precaution” the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police “have deemed it necessary to station an officer” at North Central Junior-Senior High School in Farmersburg, about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

German court strengthens gay adoption rights

Written by AP Wednesday, 20 February 2013 21:18

Germany’s highest court strengthened gay couples’ adoption rights in a ruling that the country’s justice minister greeted as “a historic step.”

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt the partner’s stepchild or adopted child. Until now, they could only adopt a partner’s biological child.