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New Mexico Supreme Court rules for marriage equality

Written by WiG Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:29

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Dec. 19 ruled in favor of same-sex couples marrying in the state.

The state's highest court held that the New Mexico Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to marry their partners. In a 5-0 ruling, the court determined that barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. In effect, the court made the freedom to marry for all New Mexicans, regardless of gender, the law in the Land of Enchantment. 

'Duck Dynasty' star placed on leave after anti-gay, racist remarks

Written by WiG Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:54

UPDATED: "Duck Dynasty" star placed on indefinite leave from show for anti-gay remarks

Phil Robertson of the TV show "Duck Dynasty" has been placed on indefinite leave for anti-gay comments he made in the January issue of GQ.

Ultra-conservative cardinal not reconfirmed for Vatican office

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:58

Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed on Dec. 16 to the Congregation for Bishops. The pope also reconfirmed Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco and former head of the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog office.

Illinois judge OKs marriage licenses for gay couples dealing with terminal illnesses

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 December 2013 15:03

Gay couples who want to wed immediately in Illinois because one partner has a life-threatening illness could do so starting today (Dec. 16), rather than waiting until the state's same-sex law takes effect in June.

The change came after U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expanded on another judge's earlier ruling that allowed a lesbian couple to get married last month in Illinois because one of the women is terminally ill. Coleman's decision means gay couples across the state can marry right away - through the Cook County clerk's office - if they can provide a doctor's note confirming the terminal illness.

New breast cancer drug, study show promise

Written by The AP Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:55

A novel and faster way to test cancer drugs has yielded its first big result: An experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.

The method involves studying drugs in small groups of people to quickly separate winners from duds.

Lawsuit filed to stop bullying of LGBT kids in Mississippi school district

Written by WiG Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:19

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit in federal court to stop what it characterized as pervasive anti-LGBT bullying and harassment committed by students — as well as faculty and administrators — in Mississippi’s Moss Point School District.

SPLC filed the suit on behalf of Destin Holmes, a student who says severe harassment forced her to leave her school. She temporarily left the district in March 2012 to be homeschooled after the then-principal at Magnolia Junior High School called her a "pathetic fool" and told her, "I don’t want a dyke in this school."

Foundation funding for LGBT issues tops $100 million

Written by WiG report Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:41

A review of grants for LGBT issues shows that domestic funding exceeded $100 million, according to Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

The organization also reported that funding in 2012 was largely stable.

Social security processing payments for same-sex married couples

Written by WiG Monday, 16 December 2013 11:20

The Social Security Administration announced on Dec. 16 that it had processed some survivor claims filed by widows and widowers from same-sex marriages.

"I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow's and widower's claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due," said Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security. "In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses."

California man convicted in gang rape of lesbian

Written by WiG Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:41

A California man associated with a street gang was found guilty on Dec. 18 of the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.

Humberto Salvador, 36, was convicted of 15 felonies associated with the attack on the woman.

Obama won't attend Olympics, selects 3 gay athletes for delegation

Written by The Associated Press,
WiG reports
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:50

President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn't — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.

Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games.

Right wing distorts facts of ruling in Utah polygamy case

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:31

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has expressed concern over a judge's ruling against key parts of Utah's polygamy laws. The governor said his legal counsel would determine the ramifications of the decision.

Herbert said while he had not had a chance to review U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups' ruling, he is "always a little concerned" when public policy changes are made by the courts.

Indian activists protest ruling for criminalizing gay sex

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 December 2013 07:46

Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

India's Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. The country's gay community is demanding that the government take immediate action to remove the colonial-era law banning same-sex relations.