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Couples challenge Idaho's gay marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:31

Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states.

Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court. Their lawsuit brings the first challenge to Idaho's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court made two key decisions bolstering the legal status of such marriages earlier this year.

Kansas student says he was suspended for carrying purse

Written by WiG Tuesday, 12 November 2013 07:21

An eighth-grade student at Anderson County Senior-Junior High School in Garnett, Kan., says he's been suspended for carrying a Vera Bradley purse to classes.

Skylar Davis, 13, first told his story to KCTV5's local news outlet. He said he'd been carrying the handbag to school since August without incident. But, earlier this month, he was called to the assistant principal's office and told to stop carrying the purse.

Gay couple ordered to leave Walmart after being quizzed about sex

Written by WiG Sunday, 10 November 2013 08:51

Walmart says it’s dismissed an Oklahoma employee who asked a gay couple to leave the store for being gay.

The Express-Star reports that Jonathan Pacheco and his boyfriend were shopping at a Walmart in Chickasha, Okla. when janitory approached them with a series of questions about homosexuality before ordering them to leave the premises.

Senate passes gay rights bill, but GOP likely to kill it in the House

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 07 November 2013 18:07

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

In a historic but mostly symbolic vote, the U.S. Senate today approved legislation banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

New Mexico woman who sued to marry her partner dies

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:22

A New Mexico woman who sued so she could marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.

Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper, who lived in the community of Pojoaque near Santa Fe, had been suffering from terminal brain cancer and died on Nov. 8 at the age of 44, according to an obituary on DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory's website.

Vatican ambassador: U.S. bishops should not preach ideology

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 12 November 2013 06:53

The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said this week they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano noted the challenges from broader society to Christian teaching. He cautioned that the bishops' witness to faith would be undermined if they failed to live simply. Francis, in office for eight months, has captured attention for eschewing some of the pomp of the papacy, including his decision to live in the Vatican hotel and his use of an economy car.

Gay professor sues for wrongful firing and defamation after being found not guilty of raping young men

Written by Amanda Lee Myers,
P writer
Saturday, 09 November 2013 13:25

A former Ohio college professor found not guilty of rape and kidnapping charges has sued the university, which fired him, the police and the media, saying the matter “defamed and destroyed” his personal and professional life.

Hollant “Max” Adrien, 53, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Nov. 5 seeking $50 million from Springfield police, and $110 million combined from two newspapers and four TV stations.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel visits Sidetrack bar to celebrate Illinois marriage equality

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:33

Celebrations in Chicago for the state’s newly approved same-sex marriage bill included a visit by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a well-known gay bar in the city’s Boystown neighborhood.

The mayor visited Sidetrack on Nov. 5 to congratulate revelers who were celebrating after the Legislature voted to legalize gay marriage earlier in the day.

Hawaii lawmakers send marriage equality bill to governor

Written by WiG Tuesday, 12 November 2013 17:13

The Hawaii Senate has given final approval in a special session vote on Nov. 12 to legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry beginning Dec. 2.

The Senate vote affirmed a bill amended and approved by the House earlier this month.

Marriage equality bill likely to be sent to Hawaii gov. today

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 12 November 2013 05:17

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage today (Nov. 12), the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Non-gender-conforming teen set afire on California bus

Written by WiG Friday, 08 November 2013 17:09

More than 400 people have contributed $20,000 online to help an 18-year-old Californian who was set on fire while wearing non-gender-conforming clothing.

The incident occurred on Nov. 4 when a 16-year-old Oakland High School student, not named because he’s a juvenile, boarded a bus near the school and saw Luke "Sasha" Fleischman sleeping in a rear seat. According to police reports, the boy set Fleischman’s skirt on fire.

Illinois to become 15th state to legalize gay marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:05

Illinois Rep. Greg Harris on the floor. - PHOTO: Illinois Unites

A long-awaited vote arrived on Nov. 5 in the Illinois House, with lawmakers approving a bill certain to make the state the 15th in the nation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.