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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.

Illinois judge: Same-sex marriage lawsuit can proceed

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 30 September 2013 07:52

A lawsuit filed by 25 same-sex couples that seeks to legalize gay marriage in Illinois can move forward in the courts, a Cook County judge has ruled.

Circuit Judge Sophia Hall threw out a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, so the couples will be allowed to argue that state law regarding marriage discriminates based on sexual orientation.

Climate change panel: higher seas, temperatures

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 28 September 2013 04:18

Top scientists have a better idea of how global warming will shape the 21st century: In a new report, they predict sea levels will be much higher than previously thought and pinpoint how dangerously hot it's likely to get.

In its most strongly worded report yet, an international climate panel said it was more confident than ever that global warming is a man-made problem and likely to get worse. The report was welcomed by the Obama administration and environmental advocates who said it made a strong and urgent case for government action, while skeptics scoffed at it.

ExxonMobil to offer spousal benefits to married gay employees

Written by WiG Friday, 27 September 2013 16:16

ExxonMobil, which for years has resisted appeals for change from shareholders and civil rights advocates, will recognize same-sex marriages and will offer health benefits to the spouses of gay employees.

However, the company has not amended its non-discrimination policy to ban bias based on gender identity or sexual orientation. And apparently it will not reinstate the domestic partnership program that Mobil offered before the merger.

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.

A Caribou Coffee shop in Northbrook, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago, this week removed a window display created by Glenbrook North High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, breaking a longstanding tradition. The store’s manager said workers had been ordered to erase the rainbow-themed decorations from the store’s windows because Caribou does not want to be perceived as taking a stance in favor of LGBT social equality and ending anti-gay bullying in schools  – the primary messages promoted by GSAs.

The move comes just months after a Caribou Coffee shop in Racine, Wis., ordered the Wisconsin Gazette, the state's only LGBT news publication, to be removed from the store after three years. But at the same time, a right-wing militia newspaper remained available at the store.

Vice President Biden to headline HRC dinner

Written by The AP Saturday, 28 September 2013 04:14

Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner next month.

Biden will be speaking to an influential group of gay and lesbian activists who were among President Barack Obama's most loyal supporters during the 2012 campaign.

Barilla pasta owner’s anti-gay remarks spark petitions

Written by WiG Friday, 27 September 2013 13:21

An Italian-American mom in Connecticut was among the first to launch a petition campaign after CEO Guido Barilla said his pasta company would not include gay families in its advertising.

Linda Ferraro is working with GLAAD to circulate her petition, which called on her neighborhood grocery to stop carrying Barillas.

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.

Key findings in the climate change report

Written by The AP Saturday, 28 September 2013 04:25

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body established by the U.N. in 1988, presented a summary of its latest assessment on climate change on Sept. 27. Here are the key findings:

- Global warming is "unequivocal," and since the 1950's it's "extremely likely" that human activities have been the dominant cause of the temperature rise.

New Jersey judge says gay marriage must be legal in Garden State

Written by WiG Saturday, 28 September 2013 03:24

UPDATED: A New Jersey judge on Sept. 27 ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in the state.

Judge Mary Jacobson said after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages, not recognizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey violates the state constitution.

A Florida woman serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot at her estranged husband during an argument will get a new trial, though she will not be able to invoke a "stand your ground" defense, an appeals court ruled this week.

The case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville mother of three, has been used by critics of Florida's "stand your ground" law and mandatory minimum sentences to argue that the state's justice system is skewed against defendants who are black.