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Michael Sam draws crowd on Pro Day, including NFL scouts

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 March 2014 10:00

Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd.

Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day.

Conservatives prevail in voter citizenship suit

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:37

Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled on March 19 in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about their states' proof-of-citizenship requirements.

Battle for U.S. Senate may be decided in the South

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:05

The South is where President Barack Obama and Democrats long have struggled, and it's where the party's toughest battleground will be this year in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Three incumbents must face the consequences of having voted for Obama's health care law, but Republicans first must settle primaries in several states, including a challenge to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Indiana hit with 3 more marriage equality lawsuits

Written by The AP Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:42

Three federal lawsuits were filed late last week against Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, boosting the number of legal challenges to the ban's constitutionality to at least five.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of five gay couples and three other plaintiffs in federal court in Indianapolis. That suit contends that Indiana's gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th Amendment and asks a judge to declare it unconstitutional.

Unintentional legacy: Did Fred Phelps' hate campaign help drive LGBT equality?

AP writers
Friday, 21 March 2014 05:01

Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring - often at military funerals - that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

But in targeting grieving families of troops killed overseas, taunting people entering other churches and carrying signs with anti-gay slurs and vulgar language or symbols, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist congregation created public circuses that may have helped the gay-rights movement.

Longtime LGBT civil rights advocate Vernita Gray dies

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:53

Vernita Gray, a longtime gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.

Gray died late March 18 of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November 2013, family friend Jim Bennett told The Associated Press. Bennett was among those who were gathered at the home when Gray died.

Immigrant activists push to stop deportations

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:54

Late last year members of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition acknowledged that there was little hope Congress would pass much-anticipated legislation granting citizenship to people in the U.S. without legal papers. So the group stopped lobbying for the bill and shifted to a different approach.

Six of its activists last month chained themselves across the entrance to the Travis County jail near Austin to protest its participation in a federal program to find people here illegally, part of a growing effort to focus on stopping deportations. It has made strides. Just last week, President Barack Obama directed administration officials to review how people are shipped out of the country.

Civil liberties, animal welfare groups sue Idaho over ag-gag law

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:19

A progressive coalition that includes civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, environmental and media groups has filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute.

The measure was signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Feb. 28.

The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro church, dies

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:47

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and hateful anti-gay sentiments, has died.

Phelps, 84, was being cared for in the days before his death at a Shawnee County facility, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said.

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Woman fired from 7-11 for giving homeless man a cup of coffee

Written by WiG Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:40

A clerk at a 7-11 convenience store was fired for giving a freezing homeless man a $1 cup of coffee, according to

Vigils planned across Texas for slain lesbian couple

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:01

Vigils are planned for this week in several locations in Texas in memory of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, the 24-year-old girlfriends slain earlier this month. Their bodies were found on March 7 in a dumpster near Galveston, Texas.

The women had been together for about two years and were raising a daughter.

Video shows police allow dogs to attack man, Amnesty seeks investigation

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:40

The Papua New Guinea authorities must carry out an independent investigation into alleged brutality by a police dog squad, after a graphic video depicted a seemingly defenseless man being repeatedly attacked, said Amnesty International. 

In the video, which has been shared on social media, the man is seen sitting on the ground, surrounded by officers holding three leashed dogs as they lunge and attack him.