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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.

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.

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."

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.  

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.

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.