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1st same-sex union legalized in Colombia

Written by The AP Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:07

Colombia got its first legalized same-sex union on July 24 when a judge sanctioned the partnership of two men who have been a couple for two decades.

The newly legalized couple cheered the ceremony as a marriage, although experts cautioned that a high court ruling that deemed the union legal did not make it the equivalent of marriage.

The U.S. Justice Department announced on July 24 that it had reached a settlement agreement with the Arcadia Unified School District in Arcadia, Calif., to resolve an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student based on the student’s sex.

Under the agreement, approved by the district’s school board on July 23, the district will take steps to ensure that the student, whose gender identity is male, will be treated like other male students while attending school in the district, according to a statement from the White House.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

Bradley Manning awarded international peace prize

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:11

Bradley Manning, the gay soldier on trial in the WikiLeaks case, has received honors from the International Peace Bureau.

The organization awarded Manning its Sean MacBride Peace Prize "for his courageous actions in revealing information about US war crimes."       

Boxing champ Emile Griffith dies at 75

Written by DAVE SKRETTA,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:55

Inside the smaller theater at Madison Square Garden about five years ago, shortly before a world title fight, Emile Griffith was introduced one more time to the crowd. He rose shakily from his seat, waved ever so briefly and then sat down.

The applause kept going.

Pennsylvania county defies anti-gay marriage ban

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:14

At least five marriage licenses were issued on July 24 to same-sex couples in Montgomery County, Pa., in defiance of the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes had announced his plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on July 23, saying that he wanted to be on the right side of history and do the right thing.

New Hampshire 19th state to legalize medical marijuana

Written by WiG Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:00

New Hampshire became the 19th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed H.B. 573 on July 23. It is described as a “measure relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes."

Federal judge delays nation's most restrictive abortion ban

Written by The AP Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:36

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected - as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law "clearly invalid and unconstitutional."

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck granted a temporary injunction that blocks the Aug. 1 enactment of the law that abortion rights advocates call the most restrictive in the nation.

Lesbian state Rep. Deb Mell named to Chicago City Council

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:01

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on July 24 announced that Democratic state Rep. Deborah Mell, who is openly lesbian, will be the new alderman representing Chicago’s 33rd ward.

The mayor said, “After a thorough process, I am pleased to announce that Deb Mell will be the new Alderman representing the 33rd ward. Deb brings a strong legislative and voting record and a unique level of experience to the role, which separated her from other candidates for the position, and will allow her to immediately able make a strong impact on behalf of the residents of the 33rd ward. She is a proven legislator and will be a great addition to the city council."

Environmentalists protest Google support for right-wing Inhofe

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:07

Environmentalists were gathering on Google’s campus in Mountain, View, Calif., today (July 24) to protest the company’s fundraising for U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

The protesters’ signs and banners were to read, “Google: Don’t Fund Evil,” a play on the company’s slogan.

There are 199 days before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, where the government has enacted a law allowing for the arrest of openly gay citizens and tourists.

Haunting crimes as Cleveland – site of 2014 Gay Games – tries to reinvent itself

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:26

The soul-searching has begun in and around Cleveland - again - as the chilling details emerge from the latest missing-women case to send a shiver through the metropolitan area.

A registered sex offender was charged on July 22 with murder and kidnapping in the slayings of three women whose bodies were found in plastic trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood. It is the third major case in four years of multiple killings or abductions to haunt the Rust Belt metropolis.