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Carter: U.S. dormant on inequalities between black and white

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:03

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.

Carter said "too many people are at ease" with black unemployment rates that exceed the national average and schools in some places that he described as basically still segregated.

Egyptian court sentences men to 8 years in prison for homosexuality

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:05

A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.

The Nasr City misdemeanor court issued its ruling on April 7. Police arrested the men for holding parties they say involved homosexual acts and where they found in what was characterized as women's clothes and makeup.

Business coalition forms to fight 'license to discriminate' push

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 07 April 2014 08:48

The Open for Business Coalition — with some of the nation’s leading business associations as members — recently formed to oppose the so-called “Religious Freedom Bills” still pending in some states.

The coalition was announced as Mississippi Gov. Phil Byrant signed his state’s version of the bill.

Argentine president to be godmother to lesbian couple's baby

Written by The AP Saturday, 05 April 2014 05:40

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Umma Azul, who is just over 2 months old, will be baptized today in a ceremony with her two mothers. She's the first child known to receive this church blessing in Argentina.

Will Paul Ryan run for president? The 2016 checklist

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:21

A look at preparations by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Nondenial denial: "Jane and I are going to sit down in 2015 and give it the serious ... conversation, consideration that are required for keeping our options open. But right now I have responsibilities in the majority in the House of Representatives that I feel I ought to attend to and then I'll worry about those things." March 9, CBS.

Obama to sign executive order on equal pay

Written by The AP Monday, 07 April 2014 14:16

Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors, in keeping with presidents' tradition of exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy they directly control.

Obama will sign an executive order on April 8 barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The order is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That measure is scheduled for a vote this week, but is unlikely to pass.

Hawaii House committee votes for bill to ban eating dogs, cats

Written by The AP Monday, 07 April 2014 08:12

A House committee has approved a bill to outlaw eating cats and dogs in Hawaii, a measure supported by animal lovers who lobbied lawmakers with their pets.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (SB 2026) late last week. It also bans trafficking cats and dogs for slaughter and consumption.

Fighting for family: Dreamers, gays seek end to deportations

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:25

Immigration Equality activists rally. - PHOTO: IE

Out of the shadows, into the streets. They are dreamers, and as they call for comprehensive immigration reform, they urge the Obama administration to halt the deportation of their mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors.

Mickey Rooney: 5 memorable roles

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:12

Mickey Rooney might be best remembered for his ceaseless ups and downs, his dramatic failures and his many comebacks. But Rooney's roller-coaster melodrama - he was married eight times and quickly spent the fortune he amassed - wouldn't have mattered if he hadn't also had genuine, enduring talent.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, while under contract for MGM, Rooney was one of the most popular stars on the planet. At just 19, he was the top box-office draw.

Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in N.M. photographer's quest to discriminate

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 07 April 2014 10:43

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the appeal of a New Mexico photography business that sought to discriminate against a same-sex couple because of religious beliefs.

The court decision means that the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling against the photography business stands.

Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 07 April 2014 06:37

It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in same-sex sex without using condoms.

Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning hard to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50,000 a year in the U.S. Recent efforts range from think-tank forums and informational websites to a festive event at a New York City bar.

Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert were married in Chicago on Nov. 27, 2013. - PHOTO: AP

When Vernita Gray died in her home in Chicago on March 18, family members knew no traditional memorial service could accommodate all those who’d want to share their love, express their thanks and honor the legendary gay rights activist.