Advertising company removes Southern secession billboard

Written by The AP Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:41

The head of the Confederate League of the South says an advertising company has removed a highway billboard that advocated a Southern secession from the United States.

Michael Hill is president of the Confederate League of the South. He said this week that Lamar Advertising Co. took down the billboard along Interstate 85 in Montgomery, Alabama, following complaints. The billboard had the word "secede" in capital letters, along with the league's name and website.

Judge to hear Florida marriage equality case July 2

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:10

A lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Florida will be heard on July 2 in Miami.

Judge Sarah Zabel in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court will hear the case involving Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples. The state bars same-sex couples from marrying and refuses to recognize gay marriages from other states.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:49

When Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner's 5-year-old son starts kindergarten next fall, both of his fathers could finally be recognized as his legal parents.

A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages that took place in the state before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay. If the rulings stands after a 21-day hold the judge placed on it, the state would be required to lift its freeze on benefits requested by gay couples.

UPDATED: Right-wing group denied emergency stay to block gay marriage in Oregon

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 19 May 2014 12:17

The right-wing National Organization for Marriage on May 19 filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay any gay marriage proceedings in Oregon. And not long after the filing, the motion was denied.

Happy Harvey Milk Day!

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:21

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be dedicated at White House May 22

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:26

The White House will celebrate Harvey Milk Day on May 22 with the dedication of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black-and-white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Marriage equality a reality in Oregon

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 19 May 2014 13:18

A federal judge on May 19 struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling was effective immediately.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled the ban is unconstitutional, clearing the way for gay couples to marry on May 19.

Is GOP's minority recruitment affirmative action?

AP writer
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:12

The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit.

At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action.

Update: Pennsylvania is 19th state to legalize gay marriage

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:43

A federal judge on May 20 struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said the ban is unconstitutional. 

Jones wrote, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Chicago police arresting for pot despite ordinance

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:47

Chicago police are still arresting the vast majority of people caught with small amounts of marijuana despite a city ordinance that allows them to write tickets and send offenders on their way, according to a new study.

About 93 percent of misdemeanor marijuana possession violations resulted in arrest in the city in 2013, the first full year the ordinance was in effect after being passed in 2012, according to Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.

Victory Institute praises nomination of gay man as ambassador to Vietnam

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 19 May 2014 12:26

President Barack Obama has nominated Ted Osius for ambassador to the Socialist Republican of Vietnam. The nomination drew praise from Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute.

VI president and CEO Chuck Wolfe said, “I commend the Administration for this nomination of a qualified career member of the Foreign Service. If confirmed, Osius would make an excellent addition to the growing number of openly LGBT U.S. Ambassadors — five.  He will bring a unique prospective to the ambassadorship along with decades worth of knowledge and experience."

Winfrey's network postpones Michael Sam documentary

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 19 May 2014 08:02

The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.

Erik Logan, president of the network, said that the postponement was made after meetings with the St. Louis Rams.