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Biden calls on Congress to pass ENDA

Written by The AP Monday, 24 March 2014 07:56

Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress on March 22 to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject.

Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it's "close to barbaric" that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 04:14

Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples.

Clerks who handle marriage licenses in Michigan's 83 counties said they would start granting them to gays and lesbians — three as early as today — although Attorney General Bill Schuette asked a higher court on March 21 to freeze the landmark ruling while an appeal is pursued. It was not known when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati would respond.

Michael Sam draws crowd on Pro Day, including NFL scouts

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 March 2014 10:00

Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd.

Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day.

Conservatives prevail in voter citizenship suit

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:37

Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled on March 19 in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about their states' proof-of-citizenship requirements.

Dozens of same-sex couples in Michigan get hitched before judge issues stay

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 13:52

Dozens of same-sex Michigan couples rushed to the altar today, just one day after a judge lifted state's ban on same-sex marriage was lifted.

But a federal appeals court stepped in hours later and issued an order preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in the state for at least several more days, AP reported.

Sanctions target Putin's inner circle

Written by The AP Friday, 21 March 2014 10:26

Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on March 20 ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support.

Unintentional legacy: Did Fred Phelps' hate campaign help drive LGBT equality?

Written by JOHN HANNA AND DAVID CRARY ,
AP writers
Friday, 21 March 2014 05:01

Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring - often at military funerals - that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

But in targeting grieving families of troops killed overseas, taunting people entering other churches and carrying signs with anti-gay slurs and vulgar language or symbols, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist congregation created public circuses that may have helped the gay-rights movement.

Longtime LGBT civil rights advocate Vernita Gray dies

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:53

Vernita Gray, a longtime gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.

Gray died late March 18 of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November 2013, family friend Jim Bennett told The Associated Press. Bennett was among those who were gathered at the home when Gray died.

Pope Francis appoints sex-abuse victim to advisory commission

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 10:11

Among those tapped by Pope Francis to a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest to start plotting the commission's tasks and priorities.

Beyonce, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice featured in Girl Scouts 'Ban Bossy" video

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 March 2014 10:09

Beyonce joins the

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to "Ban Bossy," complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls.

The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro church, dies

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:47

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and hateful anti-gay sentiments, has died.

Phelps, 84, was being cared for in the days before his death at a Shawnee County facility, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said.


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Woman fired from 7-11 for giving homeless man a cup of coffee

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:40

A clerk at a 7-11 convenience store was fired for giving a freezing homeless man a $1 cup of coffee, according to thinkprogress.org.