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A Catholic organization has decided to cut off long-standing funding to a Portland, Oregon, immigrant rights group that works with day laborers over its affiliation with an organization that supports same-sex marriage.

Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant in June from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is the national anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A relapse for a 4-year-old girl thought to be free of HIV

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 July 2014 13:07

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV — and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed permanent once it takes hold.

The girl is now nearly 4. As recently as March, doctors had said that she seemed free of HIV though she was not being treated with AIDS drugs. That was a medical first.

3 Colorado counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:44

A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on July 11 even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state.

Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after a state judge ruled the Boulder clerk can continue issuing the licenses.

Colorado court rules against gay marriage ban

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 04:25

Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree has ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys sued Colorado on behalf of a same-sex couple who argue that state ban on marriage equality violates the state and U.S. constitutions.

Amnesty International: Prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prison is inhuman

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:58

The U.S. government’s practice of holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in a federal super-maximum security prison amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is in violation of international law, according to Amnesty International, the global human rights group.

Amnesty, in a new report titled "Entombed: Isolation in the U.S. Federal Prison System, documented the severity of conditions that prisoners face in the maximum facility near Florence, Colorado, that is known as ADX Florence.

Feds asked to recognize Indiana same-sex marriages

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 July 2014 09:01

Attorneys have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will recognize the marriages as he did in Utah and Michigan, which would make Indiana's couples eligible for federal benefits for married couples.

Broad coalition demands accounting of surveillance of Muslim leaders

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:47

Coalition calls for accounting of U.S. surveillance on U.S. Muslim leaders.

A broad-based coalition of 45 organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the president to "provide a full public accounting" of surveillance against U.S. Muslim leaders.

Photo may offer clue in Amelia Earhart mystery

Written by Glenn Garvin,
The Miami Herald
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:26

The photo is, mostly, unremarkable. It shows an airplane looming darkly on a runway at Miami Municipal Airport in the spectral shadows just before dawn — probably a test as the photographer waited for the money shot moments later, when the aircraft would lift off with famed aviator Amelia Earhart at its controls, unknowingly headed to a mysterious appointment with fate.

Yet the picture — shot by a now-forgotten Miami Herald photographer just before Earhart departed the United States on her doomed flight around the world on June 1, 1937 — contains an odd detail visible on none of the other thousands of photos of her plane.

Woman says she was expelled from college for marrying another woman

Written by The AP Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:26

A woman said on July 14 that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.

Christian Minard, 22, said she received a letter last week from Southwestern Christian University notifying her of the expulsion after returning from her honeymoon in Las Vegas. Minard said she did not know how the university learned of her March 17 marriage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, though she did say she posted her marriage license on Facebook.

5,000 same-sex couples marry in Illinois

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 11 July 2014 11:37

Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages.

The group also found that after the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act went into full effect last month, the same sex-marriages performed in other states, Washington, D.C., and other countries were recognized in Illinois as marriages.

High Court ventures into minefield in Hobby Lobby case

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:25

A demonstrator stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court awaiting the court decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington. — Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Everyone sing along on the chorus, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

Political victories now could vex GOP in 2016

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 July 2014 10:51

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this past week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.

With no movement on immigration legislation, a new crop of Republican presidential candidates will be asked to outline their own plans for resolving a vexing issue that is a top priority for many Hispanic voters and concerns business leaders who traditionally support the GOP. And Monday's high court decision granting some companies religious exemptions from providing contraception coverage gives Democrats a peg to reopen a debate on women's health that tripped up Republicans in the last election.