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Amnesty report documents human rights concerns in Ferguson

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 October 2014 11:24

Amnesty International has released On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson, which documents the human rights concerns witnessed first-hand by observers while in Ferguson Aug. 14-22. The report also outlines a series of recommendations that need to be implemented with regard to the use of force by law enforcement officers and the policing of protests.

Amnesty released the report in advance of its Midwest conference, which is taking place in St. Louis this weekend.

Puerto Rico judge rules against marriage equality, appeal planned

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:21

An appeal is planned after a federal court judge rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico.

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez said political order depends on traditional marriage and derided the logic of courts that have overturned such bans.

Who is taking Apple Pay?

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:16

More than 200,000 payment locations in the United States are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

Apple said it has worked with several retailers to make sure most of their stores, if not all of them, were ready at the launch on Oct. 20: Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale's, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Macy's, McDonald's, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, RUN by Foot Locker, SIX:02, Sports Authority, Subway, Toys R Us, Unleashed by Petco, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.

Obama: Constitution guarantees marriage equality in 50 states

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 11:44

President Barack Obama, for the first time, has said in an interview that he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Previously the president has said that each state should decide the issue individually.

ACLU sues Miami-Dade over law forcing former sex offenders to live by railroad tracks

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 October 2014 06:49

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida sued Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Corrections seeking a permanent injunction against a housing ordinance that is extraordinarily difficult for former sex offenders to follow without becoming homeless.

The law prohibits former offenders from living 2,500 feet — almost half a mile — from any building the county labels a "school," a category the county has enforced arbitrarily since the ordinance went into effect in 2010.

Navy veteran gets OK to be buried with her wife in Idaho military cemetery

Written by The AP
and Spokesman-Review
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:12

A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

"It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said on Oct. 22 after successfully completing paperwork to be buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Dallas Cowboys release Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:41

Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The team made the announcement on Oct. 21.

Gay rights group endorses once-a-day pill intended to prevent HIV infection

Written by From AP an WiG reports Monday, 20 October 2014 08:30

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group over the weekend endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.

3 states battle to keep same-sex marriage bans

Written by The AP
and Spokesman-Review
Friday, 24 October 2014 06:20

Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.

Even as officials in other states have abandoned defense of gay marriage bans, Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a court order directing them to do so. It could be another month or more before the matter is settled.

4th and final eclipse of 2014 on Thursday

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:12
2014-10-23

From NASA.

North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

Wyoming clerks ready to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:12

Wyoming stood poised today (Oct. 21) to become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.

The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend a Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

U.S. Marine suspected of killing transgender Filipino

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 20 October 2014 08:07

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said this week that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who took part in joint exercises earlier this month, is suspected in the killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Philippine police and witnesses said the two met at a disco bar in the city of Olongapo on Oct. 11, then went to a motel room where Laude's body was later found in the bathroom. She had apparently been drowned in the toilet, according to police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo.