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U.S. Conference of Mayors backs minimizing barriers to naturalization

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:14

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has voted this week to overwhelmingly pass a resolution urging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make policy changes that will increase the number of U.S. citizens from the pool of eligible lawful permanent residents.

The resolution emphasizes that it is in the interest of the federal government, especially USCIS, to minimize barriers to naturalization by reducing fees for citizenship applicants and “offering alternatives like a sliding-scale income based approach or family unit fee.”

Judge strikes down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban

Written by WiG report Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:19

A federal judge struck down Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage this morning.

Mugshot of David Malcolm Strickland

Police have arrested the man they allege shot a teenage lesbian couple in a south Texas park in 2012, killing one of the young women and leaving the other with serious head injuries.

U.S. bans Ugandan officials over gay rights abuses

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 June 2014 05:45

The U.S. is imposing visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others.

The Obama administration did not identify the targeted officials.

Susan Collins becomes 4th Republican U.S. senator to back marriage equality

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:02

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on June 25 became the fourth sitting Senate Republican to support marriage equality.

George Lucas chooses Chicago as site of his museum

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:20

George Lucas

Star Wars creator George Lucas’ plans to locate his future museum of art and movie memorabilia in Chicago.

Obama administration moves to ensure sick leave for gay couples

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 20 June 2014 08:57

The U.S. Justice Department on June 20 released a report detailing the Obama administration’s broad implementation of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

The Court’s ruling allowed the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages for the purposes of crucial federal benefits and programs.

Presbyterian general assembly votes to open doors to marriage equality

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:02

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, a church with nearly 2 million members, affirmed the marriages of same-sex couples. The General Assembly, by a 429-175 vote, passed an amendment to change the description of marriage in the PCUSA church constitution from a relationship between “a man and a woman” to that between “two people.”

This amendment will only become church law when approved by a majority of the church’s 172 presbyteries.

Appeals court rules Utah's anti-gay marriage amendment violates Constitution

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:24

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit today affirmed the December 2013 decision from U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby in Kitchen v. Herbert that the amendment to the Utah Constitution barring marriage for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution.

In a 2-1 decision authored by Judge Lucero on behalf of a three-judge panel, the court agreed with the low court’s ruling in which Shelby wrote that the ban denies "[Utah’s] gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason."

Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

Written by Lisa Leff,
The AP
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 05:11

President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans.

With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution into the leader Newsweek nicknamed "the first gay president," Obama became the first chief executive to say "transgender" in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers. Also in his first term, he signed hate crime legislation that became the first federal civil rights protections for transgender people in U.S. history.

Minimum wage debate pits cities against states

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 June 2014 06:11

Dominique Mayfield makes $8.25 an hour washing dishes and busing tables at a Syracuse brewpub. Shantel Walker makes $8.50 an hour at her pizzeria in New York City, where the rent is more than double what it is in Syracuse. Two very different cities, but nearly the same wage.

The economic differences between America's big cities and elsewhere have prompted leaders in Seattle, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and other cities to push to raise the minimum wage within their borders.

Iraq Veterans Against the War urge against more violence in Iraq

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:25

Iraq Veterans Against the War — an organization of those who served or continue to serve in the U.S. military following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — today called on Congress and the Obama administration to reject the use of violence and militarism in response to the crisis in Iraq.

The statement from the group said, "Many of our members deployed to Iraq during the recent U.S. occupation. Those of us who were there know first hand that U.S. military solutions in Iraq do not serve the interests of the Iraqi people. We advocate for the self-determination of all people, in this case the people of Iraq. Any solution to this crisis must come from them.