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Supreme Court denies stay, same-sex couples to marry in Idaho

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 10 October 2014 17:22

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 10 denied a stay of the Ninth Circuit decision striking down Idaho’s marriage equality ban, allowing marriage equality to take effect in that state.

Idaho still has the option to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari. However, the state cannot refuse to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses pending a decision by the Supreme Court.

Death Cafes allow end-of-life discussions

Special from Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:59

On a blazing afternoon, cars vie for the few shaded parking spots outside Radiance of Sarasota in Florida, a storefront in a small strip mall billed as a “wellness and inspiration center.”

Visitors, mostly aged 50-plus, enter the center’s cool, dimly lit quarters, where they’re invited to help themselves to tea, pastel-colored pastries, gluten-free brownies and a seat within a large circle of chairs.

Anti-gay record earns Bachmann, others a place in Hall of Shame

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:54

The Human Rights Campaign on Oct. 7 inducted 19 members to its new congressional Hall of Shame.

Released in advance of the HRC Scorecard for the 113th Congress, HRC identified the elected officials "as the most anti-equality members of Congress by looking at their voting records in this and previous congresses, their introduction and co-sponsorships of anti-LGBT legislation, and their public statements. While there are other anti-LGBT members of Congress, these elected officials’ legislative actions, votes and anti-LGBT vitriol unfortunately marks them with a modern day scarlet letter."

FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

Written by SUE MANNING,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:03

Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.

For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label “other” along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. The bureau announced this month that it would make animal cruelty a Group A felony with its own category — the same way crimes like homicide, arson and assault are listed.

HRC: Record gains for LGBT equality in Congress

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:07

A congressional scorecard measuring support for LGBT equality in the 113th Congress shows record gains with elected officials, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group.

Members of Congress were scored based on their votes and co-sponsorships of legislation that are indicators of support for LGBT equality and, for the first time, their public support for marriage equality.

Updated: 9th Circuit rules for marriage equality, stay issued

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:04

UPDATED: A three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

The court found that Idaho and Nevada’s marriage bans violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on the basis of equal protection.

A state by state look at gay marriage bans

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:36

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court on Oct. 6 cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

The court's decision effectively made gay marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin in a ruling also affecting six states where same-sex marriages had been put on hold pending high-court review: Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Massive expansion of marriage equality with court's denial of appeals

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 06 October 2014 08:24

The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of appeals from Wisconsin and four other states immediately expanded the number of marriage equality states to at least 24. In some topsy-turvy days after that Oct. 6 decision by the High Court, the number of equality states continued to go up — and it wasn’t clear how high the number would go.

Do it yourself flu vaccine? Study shows it works

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:58

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found.

There's no reason civilians couldn't do the same, especially for children who might be less scared if vaccine was given by mom or dad, the study leader said.

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:41

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Oct. 8 raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

The action puts in force a step announced by President Barack Obama in February. The Labor Department said nearly 200,000 American workers will benefit from the new minimum, which takes effect Jan 1.

Same-sex marriages begin in the South

Written by From the Associated Press Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:24

Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold into a conservative region that long stood united against same-sex marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Oct. 6 to turn away appeals from a handful of states including Virginia means marriage bans are unconstitutional throughout the 4th U.S. Circuit. And that means similar bans in West Virginia and North and South Carolina should fall as soon as judges in each state follow through on the appellate court's orders.

Artists take aim at gun violence

Associated Press writer
Friday, 03 October 2014 13:51

The wall of a downtown New Orleans art gallery has been riddled with bullet holes.

It’s not another act of brazen gun violence but rather a thought-provoking work of art. In each hole is a bullet casing, its back painted with the tiny portrait of a child under the age of 6 killed in New Orleans gunfire.