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The advisory didn't come from Homeland Security, but there is a travel alert for LGBT people bound for San Antonio, Texas.

The alert was issued by GetEQUAL Texas, which is protesting anti-gay remarks made by San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan and the council's decisions to delay a vote on protections for LGBT people.

The U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to "inventing" new classes of minorities, Justice Antonin Scalia said on Aug. 19.

In an apparent reference to the court's recent decisions on gay marriage and benefits for same-sex couples, Scalia said it is not the function of the courts to create exceptions outside the Constitution unless a majority of people agree with them.

The Liberty Union-Thurston school district in Ohio has reversed a decision and will allow a 12-year-old girl to play football with boys.

The district had banned Makhaela Jenkins from the team because of her gender.

Republicans ready to defend right-wing laws in North Carolina courts

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 19 August 2013 05:30

After passing politically divisive legislation on voting laws and setting in motion new abortion restrictions, North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly has given itself the authority to defend them in court.

Last month, in a last-minute move before adjourning for the year, lawmakers inserted two sentences into legislation clarifying a new hospital-billing law that would give the state House speaker and Senate leader the option to defend a state statute or provision of North Carolina’s constitution and not rely on Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

A lesbian teenager accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend was taken back into custody in Florida after the prosecutor withdrew a negotiated plea deal.

Kaitlyn Hunt, who is now 19, was booked into the Indian River County Jail on Aug. 19. She was still in jail early Aug. 20 but expected to post bail.

Groupon says marriage equality is good deal for Illinois

Written by WiG Monday, 19 August 2013 18:20

Groupon’s corporate headquarters has released a video promoting marriage equality for Illinois.

LGBT employees and allies at Groupon appear in the video to encourage Illinois lawmakers to vote for legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The bill has the support of the governor and has been approved by the state Senate but did not get approval in the House. A vote could come this fall.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signs bill against ex-gay therapy

Written by WiG Monday, 19 August 2013 10:28

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a measure making New Jersey the second state to protect minors from sexual orientation change efforts.

The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention service for LGBT youth, supported the law, which passed both houses with bipartisan support.

Hawaii congressional delegates: Legalize gay marriage now

Written by The AP Monday, 19 August 2013 05:27

Hawaii’s four-member congressional delegation issued statements recently urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass immediately a state measure for marriage equality.

The Honolulu Advertiser reports U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono saying that same-sex couples “should not have to wait” for the civil right.

LGBT groups issue letter supporting civil rights march

Written by WiG Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:05

With events marking the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington set for this weekend and through next week, a coalition of LGBT civil rights groups has issued a letter of support.

The National Gay and Lesbian task Force led the effort to collect support from the LGBT community.

Partner of gay reporter at center of NSA leak detained

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 19 August 2013 12:21

The partner of a gay journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours on Aug. 18 under anti-terror legislation at London’s Heathrow Airport.

David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, was held for nearly the maximum time authorities are allowed to detain individuals under the Terrorism Act's Schedule 7, which authorizes security agencies to stop and question people at borders. Greenwald said Miranda's cellphone, laptops and memory sticks were confiscated.

Women marry at 39,000 feet as equality comes to New Zealand

Written by AiG
and AP reports
Monday, 19 August 2013 06:03

Love was in the air as Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle of an airplane to exchange vows.

The couple celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand on Monday by getting hitched in a plane. The seatbelt-fasten signs were off.

Swedish high jumper told rainbow nail polish violates Russian law

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 17 August 2013 16:02

The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in rainbow colors to support gay rights at the World Championships in Moscow took the field Saturday with bright red nail polish this time.

Emma Green Tregaro had been told by Swedish officials that the rainbow gesture, which brought international attention as a protest against Russia's new law against gay "propaganda," could be a violation of the competition's code of conduct.