President proposes to protect binational same-sex couples in immigration reform

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:11

President Barack Obama offered his proposals for comprehensive reform in an address in Las Vegas on Jan. 29. The plan includes protecting binational same-sex couples who do not have access to the same marriage protections as heterosexual couples.

An effort to protect LGBT binational families was not mentioned in the bipartisan Senate proposal announced on Jan. 28.

Jury deliberates; guard faces charges of abusing gay inmates

Written by AP Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:56

A Pennsylvania jury continues to deliberating 80 counts against a fired Pittsburgh state prison guard charged with physically and sexually abusing gay inmates and convicted child molesters.

The jury began deliberating Jan. 25 before heavy snow cut short their discussions after about 31/2 hours.

Boy Scouts considering dropping anti-gay ban

Written by WiG reports Monday, 28 January 2013 13:44

A popular Boy Scouts poster.

The Boy Scouts of America, which has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend its ban against gay scouts and troop leaders, now may change its policy.

Wisconsin GOP, Dems already laying 2014 groundwork

Written by AP Sunday, 27 January 2013 06:46

Neither political party is conceding any ground when it comes to preparing for Wisconsin’s 2014 elections.

Last week the state Democratic Party said it plans to hire political directors in Eau Claire, Green Bay and La Crosse. Now the Republican Party of Wisconsin says it will open four permanent campaign offices of its own.

Business coalition forms for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:42

Fortune 500 companies and other businesses have formed a coalition to promote marriage equality for same-sex couples. The group is working with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group.

The coalition, according to a release from HRC, is focusing on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, resulting in the denial of more than 1,000 federal benefits associated with marriage.

Former NFL player charged with assaulting ex-boyfriend

Written by WiG Monday, 28 January 2013 16:27

A former NFL player faces felony domestic violence charges for assaulting his ex-boyfriend last August, according to published reports.

Kwame Harris, who played offensive tackle with the San Francisco 49ers from 2003 to 2007, has been charged with “felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.”

Pro-gay marriage protesters march in Paris

Written by AP Monday, 28 January 2013 12:39

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris on Jan. 27 in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as "Equality of rights is not a threat" as they began marching from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.

Poland rejects draft laws for gay unions

Written by AP Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:52

Poland’s lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex couples.

Before the vote on Jan. 25, Prime Minister Donald Tusk appealed to the lawmakers to turn the drafts into law and make the lives of “many Poles, also homosexual, more dignified.”

Vigils planned for slain rapper Evon Young

Written by WiG Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:19

UPDATE: Vigils on Jan. 29 in Milwaukee for Evon Young. Evon Young's family will hold two vigils on Jan. 29. The first was going to take place at 9:45 a.m. at 52nd and Custer in Milwaukee. The second was to take place at 7 p.m. at the same location.

Milwaukee police continue to search for the body of transgender rapper Evon “Yung LT” Young, believed killed on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 by acquaintances in a street gang.

LGBT groups respond to senators' 'framework' for immigration reform

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 28 January 2013 14:35

An LGBT civil rights group on Jan. 28 observed that a proposed “framework” for comprehensive immigration reform from a bipartisan group of Senators fails to mention LGBT binational families.

Immigration Equality said in a statement this afternoon that it was disappointed the Senate proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrations and a guest-worker program, fails to offer a specific solution for keeping binational LGBT families together.

Ontario gets first female and openly gay premier

Written by AP Monday, 28 January 2013 05:26

Canada’s most populous province is getting its first female premier and the country’s first openly gay premier after the provincial Liberals chose a new leader.

Former education minister Kathleen Wynne won the party’s leadership race Saturday.

N.C. bill would ban lottery sales to those receiving welfare

Written by AP Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:10

North Carolina lawmakers are discussing a draft proposal that would prohibit sales of lottery tickets to people who receive public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.

The Insider reports that state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, said the measure is among several targeting the N.C. Education Lottery that may come up during the legislative session.