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Miami-Dade judge rules against ban on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 20:43

A state trial court in Miami on July 25 struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordered Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. However, the judge stayed the order pending appeal.

The case, one of several freedom to marry cases in Florida, was brought by the Equality Florida Institute and same-sex couples — Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, Todd and Jeff Delmay, Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber, and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz.

LGBT civil rights advocates and educators are seeking guidance after learning that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students.

The news from the Education Department comes just weeks after an exemption to George Fox University was made public.

On the record: John Oliver said what?

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 23:17

“Our main story tonight, is income inequality. A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”

— JOHN OLIVER, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, addressing income inequality on his show. He went on to say that most Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich, but they accept it because they think that they too will somehow be rich someday.

Federal judge strikes down Colorado's anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:25

The winning streak continues: A federal judge in Denver has struck down Colorado's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional but issuing a temporary stay to give the state a chance to appeal.

Some two dozen courts have ruled against amendments barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying since last summer.

Get paid for posts? A new twist in social networking

Written by The AP Friday, 25 July 2014 19:12

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce.

At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.

Florida hospital threatens to force pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 09:46

A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making.

The threat was made in a letter from the chief financial officer of Bayfront Health in Port Charlotte to Jennifer Goodall, a Cape Coral, Florida, mother of three who at the time was nearly 39 weeks pregnant.

Report: Affordable Care Act rule saves consumers $9 billion on health insurance premiums

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:17

Consumers saved $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

The 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio rule, requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities.

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:09

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist booth in the atrium of city hall in Warren, Michigan. The city has allowed a prayer station in the atrium.

Regional briefs: Pride march, gun violence, political debate

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 25 July 2014 12:39

Hundreds turn out for Kenosha’s 2nd Gay Pride March

Hundreds of people turned out for Kenosha’s second annual Gay Pride March on July 12, beginning at the Simmons library in downtown Kenosha and continuing down Library Park, Sheridan Road and Seventh Avenue. There were no protestors at the event, which opened with speeches from local leaders and included representatives from the animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing and supporters of Amar Kaleka, a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat held by Republican Paul Ryan.

States where immigrant children are released

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 July 2014 09:35

States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most unaccompanied children released to sponsors this year after they were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Class-action suit seeks lawyers for minors facing deportation

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:42

Immigrants stand in line for tickets at a bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Three children who witnessed the killing of their father in El Salvador left the violence seeking refuge in the United States. They now face deportation hearings, and expect to go to court without a lawyer.

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:08

In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore.

As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.