Federal judge rules against Florida's ban on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:06

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle on Aug. 21 ruled that Florida’s amendment banning gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

In Brenner v. Scott, attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution.

Mississippi man shot after reporting cross burning in yard

The AP
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:39

A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.

Deputies were called to a disturbance late last week in a rural community outside Raleigh. Craig Wilson, 45, had been shot in the stomach and beaten and was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton. He was in fair condition on Aug. 19, a hospital spokesman said.


Local police in Ferguson, Missouri, were stripped yesterday of their authority after days of violent clashes during which police used surplus military weapons against crowds protesting the police slaying of an unarmed black teen.

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

AP writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:05

Uruguay’s plan to create the world’s first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.

Delays in implementing the plan are putting it at risk as polls point to opposition gains in October’s election and say most Uruguayans oppose a legal pot marketplace. Opposition politicians have said they will seek to repeal or modify the legislation, which gives the national government power to oversee the production, sales and consumption of marijuana.

PROgressive sports roundup: NBA, NHL, NFL and more

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:22

Tanya Young Williams officiates the wedding for Violet Palme and Tanya Stine. — Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

The San Antonio Spurs recently hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.

U.S. judge: Indiana must recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:22

U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young ruled on Aug. 19 that Indiana’s law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions is unconstitutional.

The decision was stayed, pending an appeal.

Robin Williams' daughter quits Twitter after "cruel" messages about father's death

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:12

Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages following her father’s death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.

Judge refuses to toss case against law banning animal cruelty probes

Written by The Associated Pres Tuesday, 12 August 2014 05:59

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country’s first lawsuit challenging an “ag-gag” law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:09

The U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 20 granted an emergency request to stay an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which said that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Some gay couples were preparing to marry at 8 a.m. on Aug. 21, but the stay from the Supreme Court means those weddings won't be taking place pending further appeal.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abusing power

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 15 August 2014 18:23

A grand jury today indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, The Associated Press reports.

Comic actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:47

Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning comedian and actor who delighted generations of audiences with his rapid-paced wit and eye for roles that tugged the heartstrings as much as the funny bone, died Monday at his San Francisco Bay area home, of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Florida attorney general says state wants to defer to Supreme Court on marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 08 August 2014 09:33

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed two motions at the state appeals court level asking for a freeze on reviews of the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

Bondi, a Republican seeking re-election in November, wants the marriage issue to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and, until then, she wants an end to the judicial reviews in Florida.