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High Court ventures into minefield in Hobby Lobby case

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:25

A demonstrator stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court awaiting the court decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington. — Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Everyone sing along on the chorus, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

Political victories now could vex GOP in 2016

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 July 2014 10:51

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this past week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.

With no movement on immigration legislation, a new crop of Republican presidential candidates will be asked to outline their own plans for resolving a vexing issue that is a top priority for many Hispanic voters and concerns business leaders who traditionally support the GOP. And Monday's high court decision granting some companies religious exemptions from providing contraception coverage gives Democrats a peg to reopen a debate on women's health that tripped up Republicans in the last election.

Illinois homeowner's group has 60 Canada geese killed

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:15

The Humane Society of the United States is urging the adoption of humane programs for resolving conflicts with geese after learning that an Illinois homeowner's association had 60 Canada geese and goslings rounded up and killed last Friday.

The humane society said such efforts might include:

Federal judge rules again for marriage equality in Kentucky

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:06

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on July 1 struck down Kentucky’s prohibition on the performance of marriages between same-sex couples.

It was Heyburn's second ruling for marriage equality.

Colorado court rules against gay marriage ban

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 04:25

Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree has ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys sued Colorado on behalf of a same-sex couple who argue that state ban on marriage equality violates the state and U.S. constitutions.

Clerk defies Colorado ban on gay marriage

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:28

Photo: AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Mark Leffingwell ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: Julie Hoehing and Nancy Cooley embrace while daughter Lia Cooley looks on, after a marriage ceremony July 1 at the county clerk and recorder’s office in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado’s Constitution bans same-sex marriage, but a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver regarding a Utah case said states cannot prevent people from marrying based on their gender. That motivated Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall displayed her independent streak in early July, defying a cease-and-desist order from the Colorado attorney general and continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Global anti-gay hate organization to meet in Salt Lake City

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:28

An international anti-gay hate group will hold its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year — a four-day gathering in Utah.

The Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families has about 40 partner organizations, including the Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America. The organization says it brings together people of different religions and ethnicities to promote the "natural human family," which it defines as a man and woman raising children with love and discipline.

Florida court to hear marriage equality case July 2

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:17

A Florida trial court in Miami on July 2 will hear oral arguments on a motion filed by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. The couples will ask the court to strike down the state’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The plaintiffs argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

Photo may offer clue in Amelia Earhart mystery

Written by Glenn Garvin,
The Miami Herald
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:26

The photo is, mostly, unremarkable. It shows an airplane looming darkly on a runway at Miami Municipal Airport in the spectral shadows just before dawn — probably a test as the photographer waited for the money shot moments later, when the aircraft would lift off with famed aviator Amelia Earhart at its controls, unknowingly headed to a mysterious appointment with fate.

Yet the picture — shot by a now-forgotten Miami Herald photographer just before Earhart departed the United States on her doomed flight around the world on June 1, 1937 — contains an odd detail visible on none of the other thousands of photos of her plane.

Target asks customers to leave firearms at home

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:23

The retail giant Target on July 2 asked customers to not bring firearms to its stores.

The announcement made on a company blog was from interim CEO John Mulligan, who has been the focus of a petition drive coordinated by a grassroots group of moms opposed to people carrying guns in a store where adult shoppers often are accompanied by children.

Colorado imposes penalties for 'revenge porn'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:38

Posting intimate pictures or videos online of former romantic partners as a form or revenge will carry criminal penalties in Colorado as of July 1.

Colorado was one of about two dozen states this year that considered bills addressing the trend of so-called revenge porn.

President vows to sign executive order to protect transgender workers

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 July 2014 06:59

President Barack Obama announced on June 30 that he instructed his staff to prepare not one but two executive orders intended to protect LGBT workers.

One order, previously announced, would ban federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.