Anti-gay Kentucky clerk found in contempt, taken into custody

Written by From Reuters
and WiG reports
Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:29

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. — PHOTO: Reuters/Media Express

A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Sept. 3 and taken into custody.

Immigrant rights group: Racism among Republican presidential candidates dooms GOP

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:11

Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group, is calling on its supporters to help "defeat GOP racism in the streets and at the ballot box."

The Milwaukee-based nonprofit said the Republican presidential candidates are following Donald Trump "down the rabbit hole of open white supremacy" in a news release issued on Aug. 31.

A billion users log into Facebook in 1 day

AP writer
Monday, 31 August 2015 07:38

A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this past week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period.

The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

Consumers eager to pay 30 percent more for 'fair trade' products

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 August 2015 10:04

Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets.

In an experiment conducted at the University of Bonn, participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared to their conventionally produced counterparts.

Some say ‘McKinley,’ we say ‘Denali’
Questions and answers about naming the Alaskan peak

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:15

North America's tallest mountain is returning to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska.

The White House announced the change earlier this week in a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives. But some politicians in McKinley's native Ohio are looking for ways to block the move. Some answers to common questions about Mount Denali and its name:

Supreme Court denies stay request, same-sex couples to marry in Kentucky county

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 September 2015 04:45

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue a marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied, without dissent, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis her request for a stay of an order from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that required her to issue marriage licenses immediately to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.

Illinois' 2nd largest city to compile list of 'habitual drunkards'

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 31 August 2015 06:30

The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.

Abuse video leads McDonald's and Tyson to cut ties with chicken farmer

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:51

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an an animal welfare group released a video taken with a hidden camera showing abusive practices at the farm.

The video was released by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group that says it has released more than 40 similar videos in the past.

Pope Francis says priests can absolve women of 'sin of abortion'

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:49

Pope Francis. — PHOTO: Pixabay

Pope Francis declared on Sept. 1 that he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart. Francis said he is aware some feel they have no choice but to abort.

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

Associated Press writer
Monday, 31 August 2015 08:03

The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Aug. 28 after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children’s book publisher and her partner as an endorsement of their same-sex relationship.

Killer of Cecil the lion and Caitlyn Jenner are most offensive 2015 Halloween costumes

Written by Leanne Italie,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 August 2015 06:50

The Halloween wars focused on pop culture costum ses have heated up early this year. Petitions and social media outrage are already flying over a blood-spattered dentist’s smock paired with a Cecil-like lion head, along with a replica of Caitlyn Jenner’s cream-colored corset set she wore for her joyful coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Kentucky clerk loses in bid to continue discriminating against gay couples

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:46

A federal appeals court has denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay on the order requiring that she issue marriage licenses to couples in the Kentucky case Miller v. Davis.

On Aug. 12, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that plaintiffs in this case must be able to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky.