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UN releases "Free & Equal' LGBT rights video

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 12 September 2014 07:17

Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office’s global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, has released “UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising,” a video highlighting the campaign’s impact to date.

“In the past year, more than a billion people around the world have been exposed to Free & Equal’s message of equality and acceptance. Millions of them have watched and shared campaign videos and read and posted materials online,” said Charles Radcliffe, chief of global Issues at the UN Human Rights Office. “At a time when the rights of LGBT people being challenged in some countries, the campaign has helped to raise awareness of the stigma, discrimination and violence that continues to affect LGBT communities in all parts of the world.”

About time: Apple debuts the Apple Watch

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 September 2014 05:58

Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch on Sept. 9, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away.

Dubbed the Apple Watch, the gadget marks the technology trend-setter's attempt to usher in an era of wearable computing and lift its sales with another revolutionary product.

32 states ask Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 05 September 2014 05:38

Thirty-two states on Sept. 4 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage case on the same day an appeals court ruled that Indiana and Wisconsin bans are unconstitutional.

Fifteen of the states where same-sex couples can legally marry filed a brief asking the high court to hear cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

Koch-backed ALEC infiltrates local governments

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:07

Koch Brothers Exposed is now available in the updated Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. — Photo: Courtesy

The organization that delivered stand-your-ground bills and suppress-the-vote measures to statehouses around the country is now following that old phrase: Think globally, act locally. 

Senate Republicans defeat amendment on campaign spending

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:56

Senate Republicans on Sept. 11 defeated a measure to advance a proposed amendment to rein in campaign spending by businesses, wealthy donors and candidates.

But the defeat was anticipated. And even if the measure had passed in the Senate, it would have gone nowhere in the House.

Martina Navratilova proposes to girlfriend on big screen at US Open

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:13

Tennis great Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of Arthur Ashe Stadium between the U.S. Open men's semifinals.

Navratilova popped the question to Julia Lemigova in the Tennis Channel suite Saturday, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd.

Joan Rivers dies at 81

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 14:14

Joan Rivers, trailblazing satirical comedian and television host, was taken off life support Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital after complications from a surgery earlier last week, according to her daughter Melissa Rivers. She was 81.

Petition targets Walton Foundation push to privatize schools

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:03

Labor and education. Both were on the minds of Americans with the three-day holiday weekend that commemorates Labor Day and signifies the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

2 Iowa women marry after 72 years together

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:05

More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice "Nonie" Dubes have gotten married.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during a weekend ceremony, the Quad City Times reported.

Family of unarmed black man shot by police at Wal-Mart wants video released

Written by Louis Weisberg Monday, 08 September 2014 11:51

The father of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart says a cellphone call in which he said he heard his son's dying breaths keeps replaying in his head.

Can America change its ‘ritual’ of black deaths?

Written by Jesse Washington,
AP writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:10

The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest.

Federal judge upholds Louisiana ban on marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:25

A federal district judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on marriage equality.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in the Fifth Circuit is the first to uphold a ban against same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor last summer. The ruling broke a streak of 21 consecutive federal court rulings for equality.