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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits by end of August

Written by WiG Thursday, 08 August 2013 05:47

The Pentagon could extend benefits – health care, housing and other benefits – to same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed.

The Associated Press obtained a draft Defense Department memo on Aug. 7 that said military personnel in same-sex relationships may be provided with up to 10 days of leave to travel to states where they can legally marry. Then they and their spouses could receive equal marriage benefits.

Obama condemns Russia's anti-gay law

Written by WiG Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:09

President Barack Obama late on Aug. 6, in an appearance with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," condemned Russia's law criminalizing statements of support for LGBT people and same-sex relationships.

The president said laws such as the one Russian President Vladimir Putin signed earlier this summer violate "the basic morality that I think should transcend every country, and I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays, or lesbians, or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."

Study links Fox, distrust in science, disbelief in climate change

Written by WiG Tuesday, 06 August 2013 05:01

A new study from a researcher at the University of Arizona links Fox News viewership and distrust of climate change science.

In a study published in the Public Understanding of Science, University of Arizona researcher Jay Hmielowski and American University researcher Lauren Feldman looked how Americans got their news and also what Americans thought about climate change.

100,000 call for Manning to receive Nobel Peace Prize

Written by WiG Monday, 05 August 2013 13:01

About 100,000 people have signed an internet petition saying they think gay Army Pfc. Bradley Manning should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The petition was circulated by RootsAction.org and the co-founder of the cyber activist group, Norman Solomon, says he has plans to deliver the petitions to the Nobel committee in Oslo later this week.

Women’s equality group: ‘Slap Hillary’ game not OK

Written by WiG Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:35

An extremist Republican group is circulating a “game” in which players virtually slap former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

EMILY’s List is calling on Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2016 to refuse money from the game’s promoters, an organization known as The Hillary Project.

Billie Jean King: Couldn't come out in '70s without jeopardizing fledgling women's tour

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:55

Billie Jean King said on Aug. 6 that she couldn't have revealed herself as being gay in the 1970s because it would have damaged the fledgling women's professional tennis tour.

King became the first prominent female athlete to come out as gay in 1981 after her partner filed a palimony lawsuit against her.

Republicans want NBC, CNN to cancel Clinton shows

Written by The AP Tuesday, 06 August 2013 04:22

The Republican National Committee charged on Aug. 5 that NBC and CNN are promoting a potential presidential candidacy by Hillary Rodham Clinton, threatening to blackball them from future GOP primary debates if they air upcoming programs on the former secretary of state.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus called a planned NBC miniseries on Clinton and a CNN documentary on the first lady an "extended commercial" for a future Clinton presidential campaign. In separate letters to the networks, he urged them to cancel "this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production."

Number of social network users continues to grow

Written by WiG Monday, 05 August 2013 12:40

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reports that nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults who use the Internet use social networking sites.

The percentage has increased from 67 in late 2012 to 72 percent in May 2013.

Driver suspended for allegedly sending gay couple to back of bus

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:38

The company that runs the shuttle service to the Albuquerque airport's rental-car center is apologizing after a driver allegedly ordered a gay couple to sit in the back of the shuttle bus.

Standard Parking Inc. said it respects the equal rights of all customers and doesn't tolerate discrimination of any kind. It also said the employee was suspended after the company learned in July of the late June incident.

Gay couples rush to be first to wed in Uruguay

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 06 August 2013 07:22

A gay couple showed up before dawn to be the first to register under Uruguay's new "marriage equality law," but another pair was married first on Aug. 5 after getting special permission for a rushed wedding at a hospital where one of the men is dying of cancer.

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Aug. 5 that a Pennsylvania school district cannot block students from wearing "I (heart) Boobies! KEEP A BREAST" bracelets.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split ruling, rejected the claim from the Easton Area School District that the slogan is lewd and disruptive to the school-day routine. The court observed that the bracelets, which promote breast-cancer awareness, involve a relevant social issue and didn't cause problems at school.

Suspected Boston bomber held right-wing interests

Written by WiG Monday, 05 August 2013 09:42

The BBC is reporting one of the brothers suspected in the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this year had interests in right-wing U.S. politics and the white supremacy movement.

BBC Panorama reports that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories.