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Hallmark replaces 'gay' with 'fun' on Christmas ornament

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 November 2013 06:01

Greeting card giant Hallmark said this week that it shouldn't have changed the lyrics to "Deck the Halls" on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater that changes the lyrics to the holiday carol. The ornament removes the word "gay" and emblazons the sweater with the phrase: "Don we now our FUN apparel!"

Senate vote on ENDA expected next week

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:27

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before Thanksgiving — and there are indications that it could be as early as Nov. 4.

In the latest tally, there are 54 Senate co-sponsors and at least 58 "yes" votes for ENDA, which would ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace with exceptions for businesses with fewer than 15 employees, religious institutions and the Armed Forces.

ACLU introduces ‘celebrity ambassadors’ for a cause

Written by WiG Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:12

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched an ambassador project, an initiative that involves recruiting celebrities to help promote issues and progressive causes.

With the project’s unveiling, the ACLU named six ambassadors and their causes: Harry Belafonte on mass incarceration, W. Kamau Bell on racial justice, Lewis Black on voting rights, Melissa Etheridge on marijuana law reform, Jesse Tyler Ferguson on LGBT issues, including the freedom to marry. and Cyndi Lauper on LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS.

Feds announce $1.9 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care

Written by WiG Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:51

More than $1.9 billion in grants have been awarded to cities, states and local community-based organizations for fiscal year 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Oct. 30.

The funding, according to a news release, will help to provide people living with HIV/AIDS continued access to health care services and medications. The awards were funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Defense secretary blasts states that deny service members equal benefits

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 01 November 2013 03:54

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

"This is wrong," Hagel said in a speech in New York.

Exorcism of 1949 continues to fascinate St. Louis

AP writer
Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:05

Saint Louis University junior Zach Grummer-Strawn has never seen “The Exorcist,” the 1973 horror film considered one of the finest examples of unadulterated cinematic terror. He’s only vaguely familiar with the monthlong 1949 demon-purging ritual at his school on which the film and William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel were based.

But just in time for Halloween, Jesuit scholars have joined a whole new generation of horror buffs in St. Louis to recount the supernatural incident. The university hosted a panel discussion this week on the exorcism, which involved the treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy. About 500 people crammed into Pius XII Library, with some spilling into the library aisles, leaning against pillars or sitting on desks.

Queer Nation protests at Olympic event in New York

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:00

Olympic gold medalists stood on a temporary stage in Times Square talking about training and teamwork when the chants rose up from about 50 feet away.

"Homophobia has got to go!" bellowed more than a dozen protesters who unveiled a rainbow banner reading, "Don't Buy Putin's Lies."

Nevada lawmaker tries to quell slavery comment

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:47

A Nevada assemblyman apologized on Oct. 29 and criticized the media as he tried to explain his explosive comments that he would vote to allow slavery if that's what his constituents wanted.

"The media is having a good time with a clearly facetious statement I made in a town hall meeting earlier this year," freshman Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler said in a statement. "They're attempting to spin an extreme example I used about supporting my constituents to accuse me of being racist."

Texan Wendy Davis hires veteran of Baldwin’s Senate campaign to manage gubernatorial bid

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 November 2013 01:39

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis announced earlier this week that she’s picked the architect of Tammy Baldwin’s historic U.S. Senate election last year to manage her campaign.

Karin Johanson managed Baldwin’s well-funded 2012 campaign in Wisconsin, helping her become the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate. Baldwin also became the first woman from her home state elected to that body by defeating Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Missouri high court rules against same-sex partner of fallen trooper

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:46

The Missouri Supreme Court earlier this week ruled against a state Highway Patrol trooper’s same-sex partner who was seeking survivor benefits.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed on Christmas Day in 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 44 in Eureka, outside of St. Louis. Missouri offers a payment to the surviving spouse of a Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty.

Hawaii Senate approves marriage equality bill

Written by WiG Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:24

The Hawaii Senate has passed a marriage equality bill.

The focus now is on the House, where a joint committee hearing was scheduled for this week.

GOP, business leaders: The tea party is over

Written by lisa neff Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:21

A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year's congressional elections.

In what could be a sign of challenges to come across the country, two U.S. House races in Michigan mark a turnabout from several years of widely heralded contests in which right-flank candidates have tried - sometimes successfully - to unseat Republican incumbents they perceive as not being conservative enough.