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Walker calls for Ebola travel ban, despite opposition of health experts

Written by AP reports Saturday, 18 October 2014 10:57

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola, despite insistence from public health experts that such a move would prove counterproductive. The call for a ban, however, is popular among uninformed voters.

Wisconsin Republicans have frequently stood in opposition to the medical community on health issues with political implicatiions. The Wisconsin GOP, for instance, enacted a law forcing pregnant women to undergo invasive ultrasounds through vaginal probes when seeking abortion services. The procedures are unnecessary, invasive and disturbing to women, according to the medical communitt. They win anti-choice votes at the expense of women's well-being, critics charge.

Rattling the cage: Court weighs in on personhood for non-humans

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 20:43

A movement seeks personhood for non-humans. — Photo: Zyance/Wikimedia Commons

A New York court will decide this fall whether to apply “legal personhood” to an animal in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed on behalf of Tommy the Chimp.

California school district settles complaint brought by transgender student

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:12

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools.

The Downey Unified School District agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students, including athletic tryouts and district-sponsored overnight events, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Beyond marriage, other gay-rights challenges loom

Written by DAVID CRARY,
AP National Writer
Monday, 13 October 2014 07:50

Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There’s the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. There’s no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.

Feds: No sequel to polar vortex

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 October 2014 10:47

If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.

Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.

Suit over sperm bank error sets off extraordinary discussion

Written by JESSE WASHINGTON,
AP writer
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:41

An unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.

Jennifer Cramblett and her wife, Amanda Zinkon, wanted a white baby. They went to the Midwest Sperm Bank near Chicago and chose blond, blue-eyed donor No. 380, who looked like he could have been related to Zinkon. When Cramblett was five months pregnant, they found out that she her donor was No. 330, a black man.

Catholic bishops acknowledging the 'gifts and qualities' gays offer

Written by NICOLE WINFIELD,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:57

Catholic bishops are showing remarkable openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and that there are “positive” aspects of a couple living together with being married.

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its half-way point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone was one of almost revolutionary acceptance rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage.

Mormons push their church to be more accepting of gay members

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 13 October 2014 07:32

Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions.

Federal judge strikes down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 17 October 2014 10:40

A federal judge on Oct. 17 issued a ruling striking down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage, which paves the way for same-sex couples to get married in the western state.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick issued the ruling, ordering Arizona to "permanently cease" its ban on gay marriage. He did not issue a stay.

Florida AG wants state supreme court to rule on marriage ban

Written by WIsconsin Gazette Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:20

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is running for re-election on Nov. 4 and is courting the Christian right vote, says she wants the state Supreme Court to decide whether a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage is legal.

Bondi filed a request with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, asking the court to immediately send two consolidated cases to the Florida Supreme Court.

Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity building political machine

Written by MICHAEL J. MISHAK
and PHILIP ELLIOTT,
AP writers
Monday, 13 October 2014 07:58

Over scrambled eggs and croquettes, Andres Malave gave a last-minute pep talk to about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant before they left to meet voters in Miami.

“Don’t just deliver a message,” he said before beginning his own 31/2-hour shift knocking on doors. “Try to get them engaged.”

Federal judge rules against Alaska ban on gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 13 October 2014 04:12

A federal judge on Oct. 12 struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue.

The state of Alaska will begin accepting those applications first thing this morning (Oct. 13), Phillip Mitchell, with the state Department of Vital Statistics, told The Associated Press in an email. Alaska has a three-day waiting period between between applications and marriage ceremonies.