California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break in early August.
Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for “Leave it to Beaver”-era families. Jason Patric, star of “The Lost Boys,” has been seeking custody rights over a son he fathered through sperm donation. The children of radio personality Casey Kasem had been in a legal fight with their stepmother to visit their father in the last years of his life.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the federal Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit transporting primates in interstate commerce for the exotic pet trade.
“Primates belong in the wild, or in accredited sanctuaries or zoos, not in people’s basements or backyards," said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States. "We commend Senator Boxer, Senator Vitter and the Committee for passing this much needed reform, and hope it gets to the president before the year ends.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 28 affirmed a federal district court's ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
The ruling will take effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion for a stay or ask for a review by the full appeals court for the jurisdiction.
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce.
At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.
The Justice Department this week sided with challengers of laws aimed at restricting voting in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
The department criticized a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls and an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot. The court papers from the federal government are aimed at persuading judges that the laws, which are being challenged in court, are discriminatory and block access to the ballot box.
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some 280 scientists, physicians and public health advocates urged the addition of a line for added sugar on the nutrition facts labels on food.
The FDA is working on its first label update since 1994 and the public health coalition wants to see the label better reflect the added sugar content of food. Overconsumption of sugar, they maintain, contributes to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Americans consume an average of 82 grams of sugar a day, far more than recommended by either the World Health Organization or American Heart Association.
Hundreds turn out for Kenosha’s 2nd Gay Pride March
Hundreds of people turned out for Kenosha’s second annual Gay Pride March on July 12, beginning at the Simmons library in downtown Kenosha and continuing down Library Park, Sheridan Road and Seventh Avenue. There were no protestors at the event, which opened with speeches from local leaders and included representatives from the animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing and supporters of Amar Kaleka, a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat held by Republican Paul Ryan.
A civil rights coalition is demanding Florida law enforcement agencies in 62 counties stop detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Letters from the coalition of groups — civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal organizations — went to officials in 62 Florida counties.
A state trial court in Miami on July 25 struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordered Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. However, the judge stayed the order pending appeal.
The case, one of several freedom to marry cases in Florida, was brought by the Equality Florida Institute and same-sex couples — Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, Todd and Jeff Delmay, Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber, and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz.
LGBT civil rights advocates and educators are seeking guidance after learning that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students.
The news from the Education Department comes just weeks after an exemption to George Fox University was made public.