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Federal lawsuit seeks marriage equality in Tennessee

Written by WiG Monday, 21 October 2013 12:22

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and a law firm have filed a federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Tennessee.

The NCLR and the firm of Sherrard & Roe filed the complaint in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21 on behalf of four same-sex couples who want Tennessee to recognize their marriages.

60 injured during gay Pride march in Montenegro

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 21 October 2013 04:05

Police in Montenegro fired tear gas to repel anti-gay extremists who threw rocks and firebombs at officers protecting a gay pride march on Oct. 21, officials said. About 60 people were injured.

The violence occurred when the attackers tried to push through hundreds of police to reach those taking part in the march in Podgorica, the capital of the staunchly conservative Balkan country. After the march, the gay rights demonstrators were evacuated to a safe location in police vehicles.

UPDATED: Lambda Legal this afternoon (Oct. 18) said New Jersey clerks will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, who can marry beginning on Oct. 21.

The first news was shared in a tweet from Lambda, which said, "#MarriageEquality is coming to New Jersey on Monday! The #NJ Supreme Court unanimously refused to delay the ruling."

Study details super-sized costs of fast food’s super low wages

Written by WiG Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:57

The fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion a year because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs, according to a report released this week by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley.

Ken Jacobs, chair of the university’s Center for Labor Research and Education, said in a news release, “The taxpayer costs we discovered were staggering. People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week.”

Poll finds majority support for marriage equality in Illinois

Written by WiG Monday, 21 October 2013 10:07

A new poll, released as Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield for a fall session that begins Oct. 22, shows majority of likely Illinois voters support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers could, in the session, take up the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which has the support of the governor and passed the state Senate on Valentine's Day. The measure did not pass in the House before the close of the regular session in May.

Same-sex marriage begins today in New Jersey

Written by AP Sunday, 20 October 2013 09:02

Same-sex marriages can begin today (Oct. 21) in New Jersey after the state’s highest court ruled unanimously on Oct. 18 to deny a delay sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

The ruling puts New Jersey on the cusp of becoming the 14th state ­­— and the third most populous — to allow same-sex marriage. As of today, one-third of Americans will live in a place where same-sex couples can marry.

Transgender woman denied care after lump found in breast

Written by WiG Friday, 18 October 2013 11:01

LGBT civil rights groups are calling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a report that an uninsured transgender woman in Colorado was denied a federally subsidized mammography after a lump was found in her breast.

The woman was told she was denied the exam because of federal guidance that she is "not genetically female,” according to the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Oregon will recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Written by WiG Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:25

The state of Oregon will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed out of state.

The announcement was made in a memo from Oregon Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan based on his review of an opinion from the state Department of Justice, according to the Willamette Week newspaper.

1st gay couples marry in N.J., Christie drops appeal

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 21 October 2013 06:53

UPDATED: Gov. Chris Christie has dropped the appeal. There apparently will be no further challenge to same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

In new book, Scott Walker suggests Mitt Romney lost in part for ignoring his advice

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Saturday, 19 October 2013 13:33

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is using his new book to renew his criticism of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and raise his own national profile as a reformer who took on public sector unions and won.

4 convicted in Chile in killing of gay man that led to hate crime law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 18 October 2013 04:35

Four Chilean men were convicted of first-degree murder on Oct. 17 for beating a gay man to death and carving swastikas into his body.

Daniel Zamudio's slaying set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile that led Congress to pass an anti-discrimination law.

Florida bullying case raises questions for parents

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 October 2013 06:31

When two girls, aged 12 and 14, were arrested in a bullying-suicide investigation in Florida, many wondered: Where were their parents and should they be held responsible?

The mother and father of the older girl went on national TV and defended their daughter - and themselves. They said they often checked their daughter's social networking activity and don't believe their daughter bullied Rebecca Sedwick to suicide, as authorities have charged.