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D.C. votes to decriminalize marijuana

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:53

The District of Columbia City Council on March 4 voted to remove criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana in amounts of one ounce or less.

The bill would treat such possession as a civil offense.

Kentucky governor to hire attorneys to appeal marriage equality order

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:06

UPDATE: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal the decision.

Kentucky's attorney general will not appeal a federal ruling that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Deal could allow gays in Boston St. Pat’s parade but not with Pride signs

Written by The AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 05:33

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations under a deal to allow them to march in an event that once went to the Supreme Court to keep gays out, a marriage equality group said recently.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Coredini said a group of gay military veterans can march under its banner as part of a tentative deal with parade organizers brokered by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

NBA to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins' jersey to gay groups

Written by Associated Press Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:42

The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Illinois attorney general green lights gay marriage across state

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:07

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on March 4 issued a letter that LGBT civil rights advocates say gives the green light for clerks in all counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Madigan, in the letter, said, "The protections guaranteed by the Constitution must exist without regard to county lines."

Ministers urge Mississippi to reject License to Discriminate bill

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:49

A group of ministers in Mississippi is calling on state lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and other people.

The legislation, similar to a bill vetoed last week by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, is one of several introduced in response to the past year's marriage equality victories.

California governor unsure about legalizing recreational pot

Written by The AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 03:08

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he is not sure legalizing pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.

Brown says he worries that if pot smoking gains more legitimacy, it could have negative effects on the state and nation.

Did corporate America force veto of anti-gay bill in Arizona? The case …

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:17

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Police investigate assault of transgender teen in California high school

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:39

Law enforcement officers in Hercules, Calif., on March 4 were investigating a report of an assault on a transgender teen using a high school bathroom.

The Associated Press reported that the 15-year-old student was leaving a boy's bathroom at Hercules High School on March 3 when three teenagers pushed the victim inside a handicapped stall. There, the attackers physically and sexually assaulted the other teenager, Hercules police Detective Connie Van Putten said.

Justices decline to revisit immigration debate

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:23

A former Pennsylvania coal town and a Dallas suburb lost a lengthy battle to enact anti-immigrant laws Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeals.

The high court has held since 2012 that immigration issues are largely a matter for federal agencies, not local governments, to regulate.

Tea party insists it’s alive and kicking

Written by DONNA CASSATA,
AP writer
Monday, 03 March 2014 12:56

The foot soldiers of the tea party movement dismiss the chatter about its demise. They claim they are ready to use political force against both President Barack Obama and the Republican establishment this election year.

The Tea Party Patriots, one of the major grassroots groups, marked the fifth anniversary of the movement late last week, attracting hundreds of members and plenty of speakers to a Washington celebration in which they directed their animosity at the Washington establishment.

World Bank delays loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 February 2014 22:37

The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups.

A bank spokesman said this week that the loan was intended to help the East African nation strengthen its health systems.