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UF researchers report cats may provide key to human HIV vaccine

Written by WiG Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:33

Blood from HIV-infected humans shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus protein, a surprise finding that could help scientists find a way to develop a human AIDS vaccine, according to researchers at the University of Florida and University of California, San Francisco.

Their findings appear in the October issue of the Journal of Virology. The discovery supports further exploration of a human AIDS vaccine derived from regions of the feline AIDS virus, according to a news release from UF.

U.S. Olympic chair would vote to add sexual orientation to charter

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:08

America's newest member of the International Olympic Committee would vote to amend the Olympic charter to list sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.

U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst, voted onto the IOC last month, said such an amendment is one of the few avenues available to the USOC as it tries to send a message to Russia, which recently passed an anti-gay law, less than a year before it hosts the Winter Olympics.

Christie administration appeals ruling, opposes lifting ban on gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:56

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has asked New Jersey's top state court to take an appeal of a judge's ruling that the state must allow gay marriage.

Citing "far-reaching implications," Acting Attorney General John Hoffman made the request in a letter to the state Supreme Court, which usually does not weigh in on cases until after an appeals court has made a ruling on them.

Court restores verdict in case involving harassed ironworker

Written by WiG Monday, 30 September 2013 14:27

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has restored a jury’s verdict that a construction company illegally subjected an ironworker to severe harassment based on gender stereotypes.

The ruling came in regards to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity complaint filed against Boh Bros. construction company on behalf of ironworker Kerry Woods.

Mississippi town officials sued for denying a permit for gay bar

Written by The AP Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:30

A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying an application for a business license.

Pat "PJ" Newton filed the federal lawsuit on Oct. 1 against the mayor and several aldermen of Shannon, a town of about 1,700 in Lee County where Newton has been trying to open a cafe and bar called O'Hara's to cater to the gay community.

Virginia, West Virginia newest legal battlegrounds on marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 October 2013 08:27

The legal team that dismantled the anti-gay Proposition 8 amendment in California has joined in the lawsuit to repeal a ban against same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Lambda Legal on Oct. 1 filed a case to overturn that state’s anti-gay marriage measure.

Georgia school district considers campus assault rifles

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:10

A Georgia school district is considering buying AR-15-type assault rifles and storing them in safes on school campuses to defend against a shooting.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the guns, Colt 6920 M4 carbine rifles, would be locked in the vehicles of school resource officers when the schools aren't in session.

Majority backing on employment non-discrimination bill from GOP voters

Written by WiG Monday, 30 September 2013 12:48

About 56 percent of Republican voters support the proposed U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The polling found that overall 68 percent of voters support ENDA, which has passed a Senate committee and could be voted upon this fall.

NASCAR fines driver for anti-gay slur

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:05

NASCAR fined Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 on Oct. 1 and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for using an anti-gay slur on social media.

The Nationwide Series driver made the remark on Instagram Sept. 25 in a post that has since been deleted.

Poll: 72 percent oppose Congress’ shutdown of government

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:15

American voters oppose 72-22 percent Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters also oppose 64-27 percent blocking an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare, the independent poll finds.

Poll: citizen anger at government reaches a Pew record

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 October 2013 04:11

In polling conducted before the federal government shutdown today (Oct. 1), a Pew poll found anger at the federal government at its highest since the Research Center for the People and the Press began asking the question in 1997.

The survey was conducted Sept. 25-29 among 1,005 adults and found that 26 percent overall were angry with the federal government. An additional 51 percent said they felt frustrated with the federal government. About 17 percent said they were basically content.

Sochi's gay scene thrives despite Putin's crackdown

Written by The AP Monday, 30 September 2013 09:24

A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen national dance.

Ravil’s spontaneous performance is made even more unusual by the fact he’s in one of the two gay clubs in Sochi, the southern Russian town that will host the Winter Olympics amid Vladimir Putin’s harsh crackdown on gays. The morality campaign – centered on a law banning gay “propaganda” – has threatened to overshadow the games as it provokes an international outcry.