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Judge says Florida clerks must issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 02 January 2015 10:49

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle has issued an order clarifying that all Florida clerks should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5.

Some clerks had indicated they would not issue licenses and others said they were uncertain whether they could issue licenses in Florida. At the same time, some Christian right groups in the state have been encouraging clerks to ignore the judicial order.

2 male porn performers test positive for HIV after film shoot

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:22

The California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch says that it documented the on-set transmission of an HIV infection from one adult film performer thought to be working out of state — in Nevada — to another performer.

The case involves a male performer who was filmed performing with other male performers.

Some church-based institutions offer same-sex benefits

Written by Tom Coyne
and John Seewer,
AP writers
Saturday, 27 December 2014 06:46

Notre Dame University

Universities, charities and hospitals affiliated with churches that oppose same-sex marriage are facing the thorny question of whether they have an obligation — morally or legally — to extend health care benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees in states where they now are allowed to marry.

114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook age policy dies

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 December 2014 06:13

A 114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook after the social media site wouldn't let her list her real age has died in Minnesota.

Anna Stoehr, one of the nation's oldest residents, died Sunday in her sleep after several days in hospice care, according to her son, Harlan Stoehr.

Conservative group tries to block same-sex marriage in Florida

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:43

A conservative group on Dec. 30 sued a county clerk of courts, Orlando's mayor and a judge in an effort to stop them from helping same-sex couples get married in Florida next week.

The lawsuits filed by the Florida Family Action, Inc. asked a judge to prevent the officials from either officiating or issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting next week when Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is set to expire.

Rhode Island tops Colorado for pot use

Written by The AP
and Wisconsin Gazette
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:06

Rhode Island emerged as the state with the highest percentage of regular marijuana users, according to a new national study.

Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study.

Florida clerks won’t give gays marriage licenses

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 26 December 2014 11:48

Most of Florida’s 67 clerks of court don’t plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6 because they are paralyzed by confusion over whether a same-sex marriage ban is being lifted across the whole state that day, according to an Associated Press survey.

The overwhelmingly majority of clerks who responded to AP’s inquiry this week said they wouldn’t offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples without further clarification from a federal judge on whether his ruling applies beyond Washington County. A lawsuit filed in the remote Panhandle county by two men seeking to be married became a key basis for U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision ruling the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Supreme Court could decide Jan. 9 to take gay marriage case

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 26 December 2014 06:07

Gay marriage cases are on the Supreme Court's agenda with enough time for the issue to be argued and decided by late June.

The justices could decide as early as Jan. 9 to add same-sex marriage to their calendar this term, according to an update on the court's docket. That date is the first time the justices will meet in private in the new year to consider adding new cases.

2-year-old kills mom in conceal-and-carry accident at Idaho Walmart

Written by From The Associated Press Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:21

A 29-year-old woman described as a "beautiful, young, loving mother" was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Walmart in what authorities called a tragic accident.

The boy reached into Veronica J. Rutledge's purse and her concealed gun fired, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller said. The woman was shopping Tuesday with her son and three other children, Miller said.

'In God We Trust' signs now hang in Kentucky Capitol meeting rooms

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 December 2014 10:06

State lawmakers will debate legislation in committees next year beneath "In God We Trust" signs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state officials hung the new signs in 11 committee rooms in the Capitol and Capitol Annex, where legislators have offices and meeting rooms. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said the signs were paid for with private donations, not taxpayer dollars.

What if it’s Bush-Clinton in 2016?

Written by NANCY BENAC,
Associated Press
Friday, 26 December 2014 06:33

The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.

After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination.

At a glance: The new year in Washington

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 25 December 2014 09:48

Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.

And it rings the bells for the 2016 presidential race, which colors everything in the center of power.