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ACLU sues after Indy police tell woman to remove bumper sticker

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 30 June 2014 14:06

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was pulled over and interrogated after her bumper sticker caught the attention of Indianapolis police officers. The ACLU alleges a violation of the woman's First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.

The complaint says that on June 17, Pamela Konchinsky of Indianapolis was turning into the Merchants Garage on South Meridian Street in her silver Toyota minivan when two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers entered the garage behind her. One of the officers told Konchinsky that she was being detained because of a bumper sticker taped to the rear window of her minivan, which read: "Unmarked Police Car." The officer told Konchinsky that people would think she was impersonating a police officer and that someone might shoot her.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to California law banning ex-gay therapy

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 30 June 2014 07:58

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 announced it has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars so-called "ex-gay" therapy for minors.

The justices, in reaching that decision, let stand an appeals court ruling that said California's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

Charlie Crist files legal brief supporting marriage equality in Florida

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 27 June 2014 11:03

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is again running for the office in November, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage equality in the state.

Crist filed the brief in Pareto v. Ruvin, which is set for a hearing on July 2 before Judge Sarah Zabel in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami. 

Franchise group sues to overturn Seattle's minimum wage ordinance

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:16

Hundreds of franchisees are learning they're not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city government.

A new law that will raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15 from the current $9.32 gives small businesses more time to phase in the 61 percent increase — seven years versus three for large companies. But franchisees, which have ties to bigger corporations (like restaurant chain Denny's, Dunkin' Donuts and Merry Maids) won't get the reprieve even if they have just a handful of workers.

Wisconsin reacts to Hobby Lobby ruling

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 30 June 2014 10:07

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 ruled that some for-profit private corporations, including the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, can deny coverage of birth control to their employees based on the religious beliefs of the business owners.

 The 5-4 decision of the court brought this reaction from Tanya Atkinson, vice president of public affairs and education at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: “The decision to use birth control is a woman’s personal decision and her boss should not be able to interfere with her ability to access this important health benefit. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin remains focused on making sure that women have access to the method of birth control that is best for them, without cost or other hurdles standing in the way.”

LGBT Pride celebrated around the world

Written by Associated Press
and WiG reports
Monday, 30 June 2014 05:59

After a year of numerous same-sex marriage victories, gay Pride parades and celebrations attracted millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters.

New York's Fifth Avenue became one giant rainbow on June 29 as thousands of participants waved multicolored flags while making their way down the street. Politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among those walking along a lavender line painted on the avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village.

Amid unprecedented legal momentum for same-sex marriage, Wisconsin couples remain in limbo

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:16

Gary Jones holds a rainbow flag in front of the Racine County Courthouse. — Photo: AP/Scott Anderson/Journal Times

As gay couples in Wisconsin waited in legal limbo in mid-June, equality foes continued working to defend anti-gay amendments in the courts and marched on Washington.

The marriage equality push: where things stand

AP writers
Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:09

A federal appeals court's finding that Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional marks the most important ruling for the gay marriage movement since last summer's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of a federal anti-gay marriage law.

Gay rights activists have won 21 lower court cases over the past year. After the June 25 ruling, expectations are higher than ever that the U.S. Supreme Court eventually will decide gays can marry in every state.

Selfie satisfaction: Today's selfie is yesterday's portrait

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 30 June 2014 08:31

Selfie satisfaction: New techology for an old idea.

When the Supreme Court meets on Monday for the final time this session, the justices will issue their much-anticipated ruling on a case pitting the religious rights of employers against the right of women to choose their form of birth control.

Supreme Court knocks down buffer zone at abortion clinics in Massachusetts

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:36

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

The justices were unanimous in that ban on protests violates the First Amendment.

'Fastest Nun in the West' on path for sainthood

AP writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:52

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the "Sainthood Cause" for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.