Deal could allow gays in Boston St. Pat’s parade but not with Pride signs

Written by The AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 05:33

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations under a deal to allow them to march in an event that once went to the Supreme Court to keep gays out, a marriage equality group said recently.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Coredini said a group of gay military veterans can march under its banner as part of a tentative deal with parade organizers brokered by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

NBA to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins' jersey to gay groups

Written by Associated Press Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:42

The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Idaho gov. signs bill to jail undercover animal welfare activists

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 February 2014 07:02

A bill to jail people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho’s agricultural facilities was signed on Feb. 28 by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

What foes of the measure dub the “ag gag bill” passed the House 56-14 earlier this week with a near party-line split.

D.C. announces comprehensive health care plans for transgender citizens

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:46

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Feb. 27 announced that public and private health insurance plans regulated by the D.C. government are required to cover transition-related care.

Local activists, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Center for American Progress and D.C. officials worked on the initiative.

California governor unsure about legalizing recreational pot

Written by The AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 03:08

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he is not sure legalizing pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.

Brown says he worries that if pot smoking gains more legitimacy, it could have negative effects on the state and nation.

Did corporate America force veto of anti-gay bill in Arizona? The case …

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:17

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Texas AG promises to appeal marriage equality order

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 February 2014 06:43

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office was working on an appeal this week of a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled on Feb. 26 that the ban was unconstitutional. But the judge is allowing the law to remain in place to give Abbot time to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, noting that the issue will likely end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Georgia approves Confederate battle flag on specialty license plates

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WiG reports
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:34

Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.

The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design, and the Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved it. The group's old plate had a small Confederate battle flag. The new one features an additional, larger image in the background that covers the entire plate.

Tea party insists it’s alive and kicking

AP writer
Monday, 03 March 2014 12:56

The foot soldiers of the tea party movement dismiss the chatter about its demise. They claim they are ready to use political force against both President Barack Obama and the Republican establishment this election year.

The Tea Party Patriots, one of the major grassroots groups, marked the fifth anniversary of the movement late last week, attracting hundreds of members and plenty of speakers to a Washington celebration in which they directed their animosity at the Washington establishment.

World Bank delays loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 February 2014 22:37

The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups.

A bank spokesman said this week that the loan was intended to help the East African nation strengthen its health systems.

Judge orders Kentucky to recognize gay marriages

Written by WiG reports Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:15

A federal judge on Feb. 27 ordered Kentucky officials to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued the order throwing out part of the state's ban on gay marriages. Previously the judge, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, had said the ban on gay marriages treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."

Arizona Gov. Brewer vetoes 'License to Discriminate' bill

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 27 February 2014 04:57

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Feb. 26 vetoed a "License to Discriminate" bill that Republican legislators delivered to her desk hoping to allow people and businesses to refuse service to gays.