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Aspen Gay Ski Week plans mass civil-union ceremony

Written by The AP Monday, 26 August 2013 05:53

Organizers of Aspen Gay Ski Week are marking the event’s 37th year with what they hope will be the largest group civil-union ceremony of its kind.

The ceremony for same-sex couples is scheduled for Jan. 18 at Wagner Park in Aspen.

Alaska may add partners as 'immediate family'

Written by The AP Sunday, 25 August 2013 05:17

The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.

A proposed change in rules also would allow state employees to take leave due to a serious health condition of a same-sex partner.

Researchers at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington won a two-year grant to study the medical accommodation and care of transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military

The institute announced the grant on Aug. 22, the same day that Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted and sentenced in the WikiLeaks case, officially came out as transgender and announced her plans to begin hormone therapy.

Transgender woman dies after weekend attack in Harlem

Written by WiG Friday, 23 August 2013 10:15

Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman attacked in Harlem, N.Y., over the weekend, has died, according to The New York City Anti-Violence Project.

Nettles, according to the AVP, was out with a group of friends on Aug. 17 when a group of men began throwing punches and yelling anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.

A coalition of Evangelical groups, including the Southern Baptist Convention, hopes to give an earful to key congressional lawmakers about immigration reform.

The Evangelical Immigration Table formed last year and has launched a $400,000 radio ad campaign in 56 congressional districts. The ads feature local pastors and national voices encouraging passage of immigration reform without delay.

Marching for King's dream: The task is not done

Written by The AP Sunday, 25 August 2013 05:01

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Aug. 24, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business.

Judge orders Santa Fe County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Written by From WiG reports Friday, 23 August 2013 13:58

Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples mid-day Aug. 23. Earlier this week, a county clerk began issuing licenses to gay couples in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.

Indiana coalition forms to fight anti-gay marriage measure

Written by The AP Friday, 23 August 2013 09:39

A coalition of businesses and activist groups who launched a push this week to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution warned that if it passes it would set the state back and undermine the rights of its gay and lesbian residents.

The push by the new Freedom Indiana coalition heralds an expected battle in Indiana's next legislative session, not just between same-sex marriage opponents and gay rights advocates, but also big corporations who contend such a ban would be bad for business.

Idaho ordered to pay $376K after losing lawsuit over anti-abortion measure

Written by REBECCA BOONE,
AP writer
Sunday, 25 August 2013 15:46

The state of Idaho has again been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees after losing a court battle over the Legislature’s latest anti-abortion law.

The latest bill – which comes in a lawsuit over Idaho’s so-called fetal pain law and other abortion restrictions – brings the state’s total tab to more than $1 million spent defending abortion restriction laws since 2000.

Homeland Security employee advocating race war put on leave

Written by The AP Saturday, 24 August 2013 05:20

The Homeland Security Department says an employee who runs a racist website predicting and advocating a race war has been put on paid administrative leave.

An acquisitions officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who deals with small businesses, Ayo Kimathi, operates the website War on the Horizon. It includes descriptions of an "unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race." Kimathi is black.

Putin prohibits protests in Sochi, site of Winter Olympics

Written by WiG Friday, 23 August 2013 10:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed that demonstrations and rallies will not be allowed in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, before, during and after the games.

The government newspaper, The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, published Putin's decree on Aug. 23, which was issued according to the president to tighten security. Putin's decree said "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi Jan. 7-March 21, the decree said.

Marching again: Civil rights activists returning to rally in D.C.

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:32

Civil rights leaders gather for the '63 march. – PHOTO: U.S. Information Agency

When they announced the 2013 March on Washington, organizers planned a commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the historic demonstration that climaxed with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” speech.