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Federal judge strikes down Colorado's anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:25

The winning streak continues: A federal judge in Denver has struck down Colorado's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional but issuing a temporary stay to give the state a chance to appeal.

Some two dozen courts have ruled against amendments barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying since last summer.

Baltimore City Police are investigating the killing of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman and sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock.

The slaying is the latest in a string of Baltimore area homicides this year in which transgender women of color have been killed. 

An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on July 20 with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers and activists killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer.

The Vikings announced the punishment as part of a summary of findings by outside lawyers. The attorneys were hired in January to investigate Kluwe's accusations, which included a claim he was released because of his advocacy for marriage equality and his campaign for LGBT rights.

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:09

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist booth in the atrium of city hall in Warren, Michigan. The city has allowed a prayer station in the atrium.

Gay couple asks Florida judge to lift stay, allow them to marry

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 10:31

Attorneys for a gay couple in the Florida Keys filed a motion on July 21 asking Circuit Judge Luis Garcia to lift the automatic stay triggered by the appeal filed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Garcia, on July 17, ruled that the state amendment against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Monroe County clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but he placed a stay on the order until July 22.

Obama signs executive order against LGBT discrimination

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 21 July 2014 08:53

Applause after the president signed the executive order July 21.

Supreme Court issues stay on Utah same-sex marriage order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 19 July 2014 04:50

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah's governor in a marriage equality case.

The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between Dec. 23, 2013 and Jan. 6, after a court struck down Utah’s marriage bans as unconstitutional.

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:08

In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore.

As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.

Transcript: Remarks by Obama before signing executive order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 09:50

President Barack Obama on July 21 signed an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. The order also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment. The following is a transcript, provided by the White House, of the president's remarks from the East Room.…

     THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House, everybody.  I know I'm a little late.  But that's okay because we've got some big business to do here. 

Background: White House issues guidance on executive order protecting some LGBT workers

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 08:09

The White House early on July 21 issued a statement on President Barack Obama's signing of an executive order intended to protect federal workers and those who work for federal contractors from discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.

The statement and guidance from the White House:

President to sign executive orders protecting LGBT workers on July 21

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 18 July 2014 14:28

President Barack Obama. - PHOTO: Courtesy

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will sign executive orders protecting LGBT workers employed by federal contractors from discrimination and also banning bias based on gender identity in federal employment.