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Judge: Florida ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:55

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia on July 17 ruled that the Florida amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

In Huntsman v. Heavilin, attorneys sued the state on behalf of a same-sex couple who argued that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution.

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.”

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.

National class-action suit filed over deportation hearings for kids

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:42

A national class-action lawsuit challenges the federal government for failure to provide thousands of children with legal representation in deportation hearings.

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel and K&L Gates LLP filed the lawsuit on July 9.