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Court extends stay against same-sex marriage in Michigan

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:05

A federal appeals court has indefinitely suspended a judge's decision that allowed gay marriage in Michigan.

The ruling on March 25 means Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage stays on the books while the appeals court takes more time to consider the case. The panel ruled 2-1.

Supreme Court to hear arguments in Hobby Lobby challenge to Affordable Care Act

Written by The AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 04:53

Two years after the Affordable Care Act survived a Supreme Court review by a single vote, the Court is hearing arguments today (March 25) in a religion-based challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives in their health plans as part of the law's preventive care requirement.

Health plans must offer a range of services at no extra fees, including all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators.


After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries over the weekend approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents.

Pope Francis appoints sex-abuse victim to advisory commission

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 10:11

Among those tapped by Pope Francis to a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest to start plotting the commission's tasks and priorities.

China jails man for 18 months for remembering Tiananmen Square

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:18

Amnesty International is calling on Chinese authorities to halt the persecution of people seeking to remember the victims of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

The international human rights group issued the statement in response to the sentencing of a man to 18 months in jail for a remembrance last year.

Hawaii law lets police have sex with prostitutes

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 24 March 2014 22:01

Honolulu police officers are urging lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations, but they won’t say how often — or even if — they use the provision.

The idea has shocked advocates and law enforcement experts in the sex trade, who note that many prostitutes have been forced into that line of work.

Biden calls on Congress to pass ENDA

Written by The AP Monday, 24 March 2014 07:56

Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress on March 22 to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject.

Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it's "close to barbaric" that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 04:14

Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples.

Clerks who handle marriage licenses in Michigan's 83 counties said they would start granting them to gays and lesbians — three as early as today — although Attorney General Bill Schuette asked a higher court on March 21 to freeze the landmark ruling while an appeal is pursued. It was not known when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati would respond.

Campaign to preserve Kurt Cobain home in Aberdeen

Written by WIG Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:05

A Portland woman has started an online campaign to save the childhood home of Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen, Wash., as a museum to the Nirvana grunge rock icon.

Clinton says she’s still considering future plans

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 24 March 2014 14:30

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is “very much concerned” about the direction of the U.S. but says she is still considering her future plans.

During a recent session of the Clinton Global Initiative University, a young woman asked Clinton whether she would consider running for president in 2016.

Dozens of same-sex couples in Michigan get hitched before judge issues stay

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 March 2014 13:52

Dozens of same-sex Michigan couples rushed to the altar today, just one day after a judge lifted state's ban on same-sex marriage was lifted.

But a federal appeals court stepped in hours later and issued an order preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in the state for at least several more days, AP reported.

Sanctions target Putin's inner circle

Written by The AP Friday, 21 March 2014 10:26

Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on March 20 ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support.