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Appeals court denies stay of Alabama marriage equality order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:12

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama attorney general’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state on Feb. 9.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying.

Mike Huckabee compares being gay to using alcohol, profanity

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 02 February 2015 09:56

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Feb. 1 said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity - lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him.

The former Baptist pastor, who is weighing a second run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also claimed that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must serve "bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli." That dish would run afoul of kosher rules in the same way Huckabee sees asking Christians to accept same-sex marriages.

Science of love: Getting to the heart of the heart

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:21

Federal judge stays marriage equality ruling in Alabama

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:51

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Jan. 25 refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage later this year. However, Granade did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to ask the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a lengthier delay.

Net neutrality: A look at the debate, the possibilities

Written by ANNE FLAHERTY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 06:07

Whose Internet is it anyway?

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

House Republicans move toward lawsuit against Obama's immigration orders

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 January 2015 11:46

House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration.

House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans this week in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a legal plan with the best chance of blocking Obama's moves, according to a person in the room.

Obama promotes religious, gender equity in India speech

Written by From AP reports Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:08

President Barack Obama gently nudged India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.

Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, "there were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian.

Judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 23 January 2015 19:42

Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand and the son they had together.

Deep in the Bible Belt, same-sex couples can begin marrying on Monday following a U.S. district court judge's decision today striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage bans.

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

Written by SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP Science Writer
Monday, 02 February 2015 12:14

The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about.

Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s largest general science organization.

At 82, Joel Grey publicly comes out as gay

Written by The AP Friday, 30 January 2015 11:07

Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.

The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Political machine backed by Koch bros. to spend $1 billion ahead of 2016 elections

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:54

Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

The stunning sum from Freedom Partners would dwarf expected spending from official GOP committees and many of the hopefuls expected to seek the party's presidential nomination in 2016. The $889 million budget is almost twice what 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney spent from his campaign accounts.

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Jan. 22 after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into a retreat on an earlier version.

By a near party-line 242-179 vote, the House voted to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.