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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."

California bills aim to bring family law into 21st century

Written by FENIT NIRAPPIL,
AP writer
Thursday, 31 July 2014 19:16

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.  

Senate committee advances captive primate bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:31

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.”

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.

Justice Department sides with challengers of anti-voter laws in Wisconsin, Ohio

Written by From Associated Press
and WiG Reports
Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:28

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.

 A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was ruled constitutional on July 25 by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

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.

Court dismisses challenge to New Jersey ban on 'ex-gay' therapy

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 01 August 2014 06:43

For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.

The ruling filed on July 31 by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son.

U.S. appeals court blocks Mississippi's abortion law

Written by AP Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:43

Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business.

Civil rights groups ask Florida sheriffs to halt enforcement of ICE detainers

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 28 July 2014 14:56

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.