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3rd New Mexico county to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 August 2013 05:25

A third county in New Mexico was expected to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the office opened at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27.

Same-sex couples will be able to get licenses from the Bernalillo County Clerk.

Aspen Gay Ski Week plans mass civil-union ceremony

Written by The AP Monday, 26 August 2013 05:53

Organizers of Aspen Gay Ski Week are marking the event’s 37th year with what they hope will be the largest group civil-union ceremony of its kind.

The ceremony for same-sex couples is scheduled for Jan. 18 at Wagner Park in Aspen.

Alaska may add partners as 'immediate family'

Written by The AP Sunday, 25 August 2013 05:17

The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.

A proposed change in rules also would allow state employees to take leave due to a serious health condition of a same-sex partner.

Researchers at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington won a two-year grant to study the medical accommodation and care of transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military

The institute announced the grant on Aug. 22, the same day that Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted and sentenced in the WikiLeaks case, officially came out as transgender and announced her plans to begin hormone therapy.

Opponents seeking to unseat Daniel Hernandez Jr. from a local school board in Arizona are using anti-gay material in their campaign.

One flyer says, “Put a REAL man on the Sunnyside Board,” states that Hernandez is “LGBT” and asserts “We need someone who will support Sports and cares about our kids. We don’t need someone who HATES our values.”

A coalition of Evangelical groups, including the Southern Baptist Convention, hopes to give an earful to key congressional lawmakers about immigration reform.

The Evangelical Immigration Table formed last year and has launched a $400,000 radio ad campaign in 56 congressional districts. The ads feature local pastors and national voices encouraging passage of immigration reform without delay.

Marching for King's dream: The task is not done

Written by The AP Sunday, 25 August 2013 05:01

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Aug. 24, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business.

Judge orders Santa Fe County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Written by From WiG reports Friday, 23 August 2013 13:58

Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples mid-day Aug. 23. Earlier this week, a county clerk began issuing licenses to gay couples in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.

A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico's anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony, the state's highest court has ruled.

In an unanimous decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court said the business's refusal in 2006 to photograph the ceremony involving two women violated New Mexico's Human Rights Act "in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races."

Idaho ordered to pay $376K after losing lawsuit over anti-abortion measure

Written by REBECCA BOONE,
AP writer
Sunday, 25 August 2013 15:46

The state of Idaho has again been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees after losing a court battle over the Legislature’s latest anti-abortion law.

The latest bill – which comes in a lawsuit over Idaho’s so-called fetal pain law and other abortion restrictions – brings the state’s total tab to more than $1 million spent defending abortion restriction laws since 2000.

Homeland Security employee advocating race war put on leave

Written by The AP Saturday, 24 August 2013 05:20

The Homeland Security Department says an employee who runs a racist website predicting and advocating a race war has been put on paid administrative leave.

An acquisitions officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who deals with small businesses, Ayo Kimathi, operates the website War on the Horizon. It includes descriptions of an "unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race." Kimathi is black.

Putin prohibits protests in Sochi, site of Winter Olympics

Written by WiG Friday, 23 August 2013 10:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed that demonstrations and rallies will not be allowed in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, before, during and after the games.

The government newspaper, The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, published Putin's decree on Aug. 23, which was issued according to the president to tighten security. Putin's decree said "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi Jan. 7-March 21, the decree said.