White House backs bans on 'ex-gay' therapy for minors

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 April 2015 06:44

The White House this week responded to a petition with more than 120,000 signers seeking “help to ban the practice known as 'conversion therapy.’”

The White House said, “We share your concern about its potential devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth. This administration believes that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify, or who they love.”

Police officer charged in shooting of unarmed man in South Carolina

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:34

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense was swiftly charged with murder after a bystander's video recorded him firing eight shots at the man's back as he ran away. Government authorities sought on April 8 to contain the outrage as protests began.

About 75 people gathered outside City Hall in North Charleston, led by a Black Lives Matter.

At a glance: Controversy in Indiana over Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:08

Republican lawmakers in Indiana have been scrambling to control damage after a new law sparked an outcry.

Critics call the Religious Freedom Restoration Act a thinly veiled attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

Indiana governor wants to change 'license to discriminate' law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:40

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence now says he wants legislation stating that a newly signed law does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week.

Faced with a firestorm of protest in the state and outside the state, Pence on March 31 said he has been meeting with lawmakers to address concerns that the law, set to go into effect in July, would allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.

March Madness: Indiana, Arkansas attempt to quiet uproar

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:46

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, exits a news conference discussing the state’s religious-freedom law.
— Photo: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

March did not go out like a lamb in Indiana, where protesters roared against a “religious liberties” measure intended to protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.

Illinois may expand disease list for medical marijuana

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:52

Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

Written by The AP Thursday, 02 April 2015 06:29

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away on April 1 from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

The Republican governor said he wants the Legislature either to recall the bill from his desk to amend it or pass a follow-up measure that would make the proposal more closely mirror a federal religious freedom law. Arkansas lawmakers moved quickly to advance a new version aimed at addressing the governor's concerns.

Dunkin' Donuts sets goals for eggs from cage-free hens

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:12

Dunkin’ Donuts has set goals to eventually require all eggs to come from cage-free hens and also require that its pork suppliersnot use gestation crates.

The company said it mapped its international supply chain to best understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100 percent cage-free eggs globally and, based on the assessment, established immediate and longer-term goals.

Denver schools take lead in hiring DREAMer teachers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:57

Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he's helping other young people build their dreams.

Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. Teach for America, a national nonprofit running the program, believes people like Fuentes can be role models for students.

Clinton signs lease for Brooklyn space

Written by The AP Monday, 06 April 2015 12:47

Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed a lease in a Brooklyn, New York, building for what is expected to house her presidential campaign headquarters.

A person familiar with the plans says Clinton has signed the lease for two floors in an office in New York's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly about internal planning.

Incoming 'Daily Show' host rejects backlash over graphic tweets about Jewish people, women

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:24

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, the same one that included past tweets others deemed offensive.

Equality coalition urges Indiana to fix 'license to discriminate' law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:17

A coalition of civil rights and LGBT groups is calling on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in  the state Legislature to "fix" the newly signed "license to discriminate" law set to take effect in July.

In a letter to state leaders, the national LGBT and civil rights groups urge passage of new  legislation "fixing" SB 101, which would allow discrimination against gay and transgender people. Passage of the legislation has spurred a boycott by travelers and business, prompted large demonstrations in the state and a massive protest on social media.