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Gay Republicans denounce gay-themed health care video

Written by WiG Monday, 23 December 2013 11:19

A new holiday-themed video that features guys in underwear encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to stay healthy and get enrolled in health care insurance. 

The guys in briefs in the brief video have some in the community complaining about stereotypes but many others humming along to the tune of "Let it Snow."

Federal judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 15:32

Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, says a federal district court judge in a ruling released on Dec. 20.

The 53-page order from Judge Robert J. Shelby said Utah's law, passed by voters in 2004, violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Ugandan parliament approves bill punishing 'aggravated homosexuality'

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 11:07

The Ugandan parliament on Dec. 20 sent to the president a bill that punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has indicated he does not favor the measure, but it was not clear on Friday whether he would sign the measure.

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. 

New Mexico clerks opposed to gay marriage quit

Written by The AP Saturday, 21 December 2013 05:57

Officials say a rural eastern New Mexico county clerk and her deputy have resigned rather than abide by a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Roosevelt County manager Charlene Webb says Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations Friday morning.

Melissa Etheridge records anthem to support LGBT rights in Russia

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 14:09

Openly lesbian rock musician Melissa Etheridge has recorded an anthem, "Uprising of Love," that has inspired a coalition of the same name that's working to support LGBT rights in Russia.

An official release is set for next month, but Etheridge on Dec. 20 released a special remix — a sneak listen — of the new track.

Chelsea Clinton to address conference on LGBT youth

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 07:03

Chelsea Clinton, the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will address the Time to THRIVE conference, which deals with the safety, inclusion and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth.

The conference will take place on Presidents Day weekend in February at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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.

Gay couples marry in Utah after judge's ruling

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 21 December 2013 05:34

Elisa Noel rushed to the county clerk's office with her partner immediately after learning that a federal judge overturned Utah's ban on gay marriage. They waited in line for a wedding license and were married in an impromptu ceremony punctuated with Noel giving the officiant a high-five.

"I can't believe this is Utah," Noel said moments after a ceremony that took place about 3 miles from the headquarters of the Mormon church.

A group of Seattle area high school students staged a sit-in Dec. 19 in support of Mark Zmuda, a vice principal forced out of his job after he married his same-sex partner.

Zmuda lost his job at Eastside Catholic High School, which is operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, after officials learned that he'd recently married his same-sex partner, which is legal in the state of Washington.

Figure skater Brian Boitano comes out as gay in advance of trip to Sochi

Written by WiG Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:55

Make that three openly gay athletes in the U.S. Olympic delegation to Russia. On Dec. 19, figure skater Brian Boitano identified as gay in a statement to the press.

Boitano, earlier in the week, was named a member of the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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.