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On the record: Quotes from the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality

Written by The AP Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:47

Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on April 28 about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize gay marriages performed in other states:

Chief Justice John Roberts, on the institution of marriage: "You're not seeking to join the institution, you're seeking to change what the institution is. The fundamental core of the institution is the opposite-sex relationship and you want to introduce into it a same-sex relationship."

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse and their children:[break}— PHOTO: AP

A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage.

Jenner comes out in ABC interview

Written by The AP Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:00

In an extraordinary television interview, Bruce Jenner told the world he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since childhood in the New York suburbs.

Jenner let his hair down, literally loosening a ponytail , in a symbolic moment at the start of a two-hour interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that was televised on April 24. "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Jenner said.

Majority favors pot legalization, 49 percent say they’ve tried the drug

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:17

About 53 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center.

The analysis shows that 53 percent support legalization and 44 percent support keeping use of the drug illegal.

Historic Day: Supreme Court hears marriage equality cases

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:37

Two years ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy left little doubt during Supreme Court arguments that a part of the federal anti-gay marriage law was doomed.

On the docket: Marriage equality cases to be heard April 28

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 26 April 2015 10:27

‘Smuggled’ brownies prompt Wyoming to look at marijuana laws

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:55

A legislative committee is looking at whether state law needs to be clarified on how the illegal use of edible marijuana is penalized in Wyoming.

As more people travel to Colorado and purchase legal treats such as brownies, cookies, or candy infused with marijuana, prosecutors are having a hard time classifying the offense as it travels back to pot-free territory, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

1,000 rally against 'Fast Track' and Trans-Pacific Partnership proposals

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:29

More than 1,000 protesters assembled in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and so-called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.

Protesters carried a banner reading “Don’t Trade Our Future” and a 15-foot Trojan Horse from Lafayette Square in front of the White House to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Thousands expected at funeral for Freddie Gray

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 27 April 2015 04:47

Thousands were expected April 27 at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. EDT Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after an encounter days earlier with police left him with grave spinal injuries. Pastor Jamal Bryant, who was to deliver Gray's eulogy, said he expected Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church to be filled for the service. A cemetery burial was to follow.

Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:49

-PHOTO: Screen Capture

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother’s and sister’s dresses.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on April 20 extended a needle exchange program in a rural, southern Indiana county to help combat an HIV outbreak, even though he generally opposes such programs.

The ultra-conservative Pence approved a 30-day extension of a March 26 executive order that declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Pence opposes such programs as part of a statewide anti-drug policy but said the efforts to fight the outbreak must continue.

Demonstrators to rally for nuclear abolition

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 April 2015 13:13

Thousands of protesters are set to gather in New York City this week to demand a nuclear-free world in advance of the five-year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Activists, scholars and students with anti-nuclear, peace and environmental justice movements will call on the NPT Review Conference meeting at the United Nations to mandate the commencement of “good faith negotiations” for the complete elimination of the world’s nuclear arsenals, as required by the treaty.