4 married gay couples sue Ohio for recognition

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:08

Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Feb. 10 seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.

The couples filed the suit in federal court in Cincinnati, arguing that the state's practice of listing only one partner in a gay marriage as a parent on birth certificates violates the U.S. Constitution.

First lady: Gay football player Michael Sam is an inspiration

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 February 2014 14:21

The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to come out as gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.

Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Feb. 10 to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Feb. 9 that he is gay. The first lady says she "couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.

Report: Trend shifts to expand voting access

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 07 February 2014 14:29

Hundreds of bills to improve access to voting have been introduced in the lead up to the 2014 mid election, according to an analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law.

In just the first five weeks of the new year, 190 bills to expand voting access have been introduced in 31 states compared with 49 restrictive measures in 19 states. In 2013, lawmakers in 46 states introduced 237 bills to improve voting. Ten states ultimately passed 13 bills to expand access and eight states passed nine restrictive laws last year.

Food insecurity strikes 29 percent of LGBT families

Written by Wisconsin Gazette reports Thursday, 06 February 2014 06:46

About 2.4 million or 29 percent of LGBT adults experienced a time in the past year when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family, according to a new Williams Institute study.

The report, authored by demographer Gary J. Gates and released on Feb. 5, said LGBT people experience disproportionate levels of food insecurity and higher participation rates in the SNAP program, especially those raising children.

Nevada withdraws support of state marriage ban

Written by Wig
and AP reports
Monday, 10 February 2014 18:57

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Feb. 10 filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals withdrawing its argument in support of a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.

Masto said the state's position was not viable after the court's ruling that said potential jurors cannot be removed from a case because of sexual orientation.

Russian police arrest gay rights activists

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 February 2014 13:37

Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags on Red Square and attempted to sing a Russian anthem.

One of the demonstrators, Gleb Latnik, said police insulted them and that one officer even spat in the face of an activist. He said he, and other protesters were released a few hours later.

Supreme Court asked to overturn California ban on ex-gay therapy

Written by Wisconsin Gazette reports Friday, 07 February 2014 11:13

The right-wing Liberty Counsel has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Pickup v. Brown, its case challenging California's law protecting LGBT youth with a ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors.

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the landmark law, which is serving as a model for other states seeking to protect minors from damaging, discredited and discriminatory treatments. After that ruling, the appeals court issued a stay in its decision pending further appeal to the Supreme Court. That means the law, which had been set to go into effect on Jan. 1, is on hold.

Wendy's wants only pork produced without gestation crates

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:19

Wendy’s, the world’s third-largest fast food chain with more than 6,500 locations, announced this week that it will require its suppliers to produce quarterly reports regarding their ability to provide pork produced without the use of gestation crates.

The cages used to house breeding pigs are so restrictive, the animals can’t even turn around. 

Weather weary nation asks why such a nasty winter

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 February 2014 14:53

Cold and snow keep battering the Midwest and East, and even Atlanta was temporarily paralyzed. California has been bone dry. Alaska set heat records.

The wild winter somehow became even more wicked late last week, when the national average temperature plunged to a brutal 11 degrees — the lowest temperature of a season of extremes.

Activists stage global day of action against anti-gay measure in Uganda

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 February 2014 13:25

Thousands of activists are acting together today (Feb. 10) in solidarity with campaigners in Uganda to show their opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. They are calling on the president to veto the measure.  

“If this deeply discriminatory bill is passed it will legalize the persecution of people on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Since the Bill was proposed there’s been an increase in homophobic arrests and mob violence. This is turning into a witch-hunt. President Museveni must veto the bill before the situation worsens,” said Gemma Houldey, Uganda Researcher at Amnesty International.

House conservatives say no to immigration reform in 2014

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 February 2014 10:29

Conservative Republicans this week ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party could also control the Senate.

House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles last week that gave hope to advocates and the Obama administration that the first changes in the nation's laws in three decades might happen in the coming months.

Anti-gay rule to keep de Blasio from biggest NYC St. Pat's parade

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:12

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city's signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.

De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue.