Judge orders Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages for death certificates

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 24 December 2013 07:36

A federal judge's decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates may be a narrow ruling, but observers — and even the judge himself — predict it will spark further litigation aimed at striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

In a broadly written ruling Dec. 23, Judge Timothy Black said Ohio's ban is unconstitutional and that states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples simply because some voters don't like homosexuality.

Cracker Barrel returns 'Duck Dynasty' products to stores

Written by WiG Monday, 23 December 2013 12:18

Cracker Barrel late last week removed some "Duck Dynasty" products to avoid offending some customers, the company announced on its Facebook page.

But then the company returned the products to its stores after getting hit with complaints, including one Fox News celebrity Mike Huckabee and another from right-wing Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins.

Gay couples marry in Utah after judge's ruling

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 21 December 2013 05:34

Elisa Noel rushed to the county clerk's office with her partner immediately after learning that a federal judge overturned Utah's ban on gay marriage. They waited in line for a wedding license and were married in an impromptu ceremony punctuated with Noel giving the officiant a high-five.

"I can't believe this is Utah," Noel said moments after a ceremony that took place about 3 miles from the headquarters of the Mormon church.

A group of Seattle area high school students staged a sit-in Dec. 19 in support of Mark Zmuda, a vice principal forced out of his job after he married his same-sex partner.

Zmuda lost his job at Eastside Catholic High School, which is operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, after officials learned that he'd recently married his same-sex partner, which is legal in the state of Washington.

Flashback 2013: A year of sweeping change in the United States for LGBT Americans

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 23 December 2013 12:24

The campaign for equality was advanced from coast to coast in 2013.

UPDATED: One sun. One light. One ground. One sky. After a bruising, blistering election season, Richard Blanco helped to usher in a new year with those words in his inaugural poem, “One Today,” and in his renewed optimism and hope for one country.

Gay Republicans denounce gay-themed health care video

Written by WiG Monday, 23 December 2013 11:19

A new holiday-themed video that features guys in underwear encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to stay healthy and get enrolled in health care insurance. 

The guys in briefs in the brief video have some in the community complaining about stereotypes but many others humming along to the tune of "Let it Snow."

Federal judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 15:32

Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, says a federal district court judge in a ruling released on Dec. 20.

The 53-page order from Judge Robert J. Shelby said Utah's law, passed by voters in 2004, violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Ugandan parliament approves bill punishing 'aggravated homosexuality'

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 11:07

The Ugandan parliament on Dec. 20 sent to the president a bill that punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has indicated he does not favor the measure, but it was not clear on Friday whether he would sign the measure.

Updated: Judge denies stay, gay marriages to continue in Utah

Written by Wig
and AP reports
Monday, 23 December 2013 12:20

UPDATED: A federal judge today (Dec. 23) denied a request from the state of Utah to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday when the state's same-sex marriage ban was overturned.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled last week that Utah's law violates gay and lesbian couples' rights under the 14th Amendment.

New Mexico clerks opposed to gay marriage quit

Written by The AP Saturday, 21 December 2013 05:57

Officials say a rural eastern New Mexico county clerk and her deputy have resigned rather than abide by a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Roosevelt County manager Charlene Webb says Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations Friday morning.

Melissa Etheridge records anthem to support LGBT rights in Russia

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 14:09

Openly lesbian rock musician Melissa Etheridge has recorded an anthem, "Uprising of Love," that has inspired a coalition of the same name that's working to support LGBT rights in Russia.

An official release is set for next month, but Etheridge on Dec. 20 released a special remix — a sneak listen — of the new track.

Chelsea Clinton to address conference on LGBT youth

Written by WiG Friday, 20 December 2013 07:03

Chelsea Clinton, the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will address the Time to THRIVE conference, which deals with the safety, inclusion and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth.

The conference will take place on Presidents Day weekend in February at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.