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Comic actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:47
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Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning comedian and actor who delighted generations of audiences with his rapid-paced wit and eye for roles that tugged the heartstrings as much as the funny bone, died Monday at his San Francisco Bay area home, of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Florida attorney general says state wants to defer to Supreme Court on marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 08 August 2014 09:33

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed two motions at the state appeals court level asking for a freeze on reviews of the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

Bondi, a Republican seeking re-election in November, wants the marriage issue to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and, until then, she wants an end to the judicial reviews in Florida.

6th Circuit hears 6 equality cases from 4 states

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:59

UPDATED: The outcome of a lengthy session in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 6 could impact the lives of an estimated 52,400 same-sex couples and 18,300 children.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School estimates there are 19,684 same-sex couples residing in Ohio, 14,598 same-sex couples in Michigan, 7,195 same-sex couples in Kentucky and 10,898 same-sex couples in Tennessee.

3rd Florida court strikes down amendment barring same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 04 August 2014 12:45

A third circuit court in Florida has struck down the state's constitutional amendment denying recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages and barring gay couples from marrying within the state.

The ruling on Aug. 4 came from Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen, who said the amendment is unconstitutional. The decision applies only to Broward County.

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

Written by LEONARDO HABERKORN,
AP writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:05

Uruguay’s plan to create the world’s first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.

Delays in implementing the plan are putting it at risk as polls point to opposition gains in October’s election and say most Uruguayans oppose a legal pot marketplace. Opposition politicians have said they will seek to repeal or modify the legislation, which gives the national government power to oversee the production, sales and consumption of marijuana.

Activists plan protest to counter KKK rally in North Carolina

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 08 August 2014 06:42

The Ku Klux Klan is planning an anti-immigration rally in the small town of Welcome, North Carolina, on Aug. 9. And civil rights advocates are planning to counter the hate group with a demonstration of their own.

The coalition planning the counter-protest includes GetEqual North Carolina, an LGBT group, and El Cambio, an immigrant rights group.

Laverne Cox stands with transgender student appealing 'manifesting' prostitution conviction

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:36

A student and activist at Arizona State University is appealing her conviction under Phoenix’s "manifesting" intent to engage in prostitution ordinance.

Monica Jones is seeking a reversal of the conviction with the support of her pro bono attorney at Perkins Coie, the American Civil Liberties Union and Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox.

KKK calls for shooting children at border

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 02 August 2014 04:47

The leader of a U.S. hate group says he wants to see corpses at the southern border as a way of protecting the United States from children.

Robert Jones, described as the Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, gave an interview to Al Jazeera America dressed in his KKK robes on the subject of immigrant children threatening the "white homeland."

Judge refuses to toss case against law banning animal cruelty probes

Written by The Associated Pres Tuesday, 12 August 2014 05:59

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country’s first lawsuit challenging an “ag-gag” law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.

At home and abroad, rising tensions over Israel’s Gaza incursion spark acts of hate

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:04

Nofar Haymovich displays the Israeli flag during a rally in Tampa. — Photo: Skip O’Rourke / The Tampa Bay Times

Activists across the country are demanding the immediate release of Marichuy Leal Gamino, a transgender woman raped in the men's immigration prison where she has been detained for more than a year.

According to Equality New Mexico, Gamino was placed in a for-profit private detention center in Arizona on a detention order from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Court voids Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 01 August 2014 10:45

Uganda's Constitutional Court has ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality Act is "null and void" because not enough representatives were in the room for the vote when it was passed by Parliament in December 2013.

The measure had been put into force in March and led to a sharp increase in arbitrary arrests, police abuse and extortion against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.