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New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

Bradley Manning awarded international peace prize

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:11

Bradley Manning, the gay soldier on trial in the WikiLeaks case, has received honors from the International Peace Bureau.

The organization awarded Manning its Sean MacBride Peace Prize "for his courageous actions in revealing information about US war crimes."       

The New York City Anti-Violence Project reports that two men were hospitalized over the weekend after being assaulted by at least four males in Babylon, Long Island.

Authorities have arrested males – in their late teens and early 20s – in connection with the assault.

San Diego clerk asks court to block gay marriages

Written by The AP Sunday, 21 July 2013 08:52

The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court's decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.

New Hampshire 19th state to legalize medical marijuana

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:00

New Hampshire became the 19th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed H.B. 573 on July 23. It is described as a “measure relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes."

Federal judge delays nation's most restrictive abortion ban

Written by The AP Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:36

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected - as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law "clearly invalid and unconstitutional."

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck granted a temporary injunction that blocks the Aug. 1 enactment of the law that abortion rights advocates call the most restrictive in the nation.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson marries partner in New York

Written by WiG Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:48

“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married his  partner Justin Mikita in New York on July 20.

The Emmy nominee 37, plays lawyer Mitchell Pritchett on the hit ABC comedy. He became engaged to real-life lawyer Mikita, 27, in Mexico last year after nearly two years of dating.

The New York-based Satanist Temple traveled to the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother in Meridian, Miss., to stage a “pink mass,” a same-sex ritual celebrating gay love. The ritual is believed to change the sexual orientation of a deceased person during the afterlife.

Spokesman Lucien Greaves put on horned headgear as two male couples and a female couple recited scripture, lit candles and made out over the grave. Greaves then put his penis on the grave’s headstone (photos are on The Gauntlet website).

There are 199 days before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, where the government has enacted a law allowing for the arrest of openly gay citizens and tourists.

Haunting crimes as Cleveland – site of 2014 Gay Games – tries to reinvent itself

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:26

The soul-searching has begun in and around Cleveland - again - as the chilling details emerge from the latest missing-women case to send a shiver through the metropolitan area.

A registered sex offender was charged on July 22 with murder and kidnapping in the slayings of three women whose bodies were found in plastic trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood. It is the third major case in four years of multiple killings or abductions to haunt the Rust Belt metropolis.

Priest involved in gay scandal gets senior Vatican post

Written by WiG Sunday, 21 July 2013 16:12

Pope Francis is under fire for appointing a priest named in a gay sex scandal as papal watchdog over the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank.

On 15 June, the pope appointed Monsignor Battista Ricca to be "prelate" of the bank. The Italian weekly news magazine L'Espresso says Ricca lived “more or less openly” with a Swiss army officer while serving at the Holy See's diplomat in Uruguay. The article claims Ricca arrived with his lover and gave him accommodations and a job.

More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated on July 19 in a rare street demonstration to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.

The protest brought together a mix of religious groups, from Protestant to Muslim, who carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs, including one in which they threatened to burn down parliament if its members make same-sex marriage legal.