Legal standing questions unlikely to derail Supreme Court arguments on ACA

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 February 2015 09:11

The U.S. Supreme Court. — PHOTO: Official/Wikipedia

Despite questions about four challengers' legal right to bring their lawsuit, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will not be deterred from deciding whether millions of people covered by the health care overhaul are eligible for the subsidies that make their insurance affordable.

LGBT activists launch #DiscriminationExists campaign

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 20:32

Troy Williams at rally at the Utah State Capitol.
— PHOTO: AP/Rick Bowmer

Same-sex couples can legally marry in 37 states, but in some of those states the newlyweds can be fired for simply coming out and telling co-workers how they celebrated on their wedding day.

Obama disputes former aide's take on marriage equality

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:44

President Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide's view that Obama feigned opposition to gay marriage, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters.

Former Obama strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book that Obama modified his public position to say he supported civil unions but not gay marriage. Axelrod says that was because his political advisers told him supporting gay marriages could hurt him politically.

Rights groups blast Urban Outfitters for 'Holocaust Garb' tapestry

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:32

Human Rights Campaign and the Anti-Defamation League on Feb. 10 blasted Urban Outfitters for the retailer's sale of a striped tapestry featuring a single pink triangle, an unmistakable echo of uniforms Nazis issued to suspected gay male concentration camp prisoners.

“Urban Outfitters has seized yet again on imagery of the Holocaust, one of the most abhorrent chapters in world history, in an appalling effort to attract attention,” Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at HRC, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, stated in a news release. “This is an affront to LGBT people, Holocaust survivors, their families, and anyone with an ounce of humanity.” 

Poll: No public support for resisting a court order on marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 13 February 2015 11:50

A new survey shows support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the public to resist a U.S. Supreme Court ruling — even among voters who oppose marriage equality.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, released the results from the national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Pediatrics group changes pot policy as legalization marches forward

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:56

The nation’s most influential pediatricians group updated its policy on marijuana to recommend the drug be removed from the government’s most restrictive category, which includes heroin and other narcotics said to have no accepted medical use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics proposed reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance to allow for greater scientific research and experimentation.

Recommendations for nation's dietary patterns due

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:35

Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?

An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats. The panel could also tweak its recommendations on exactly how much salt is too much and put limits on sugar consumption for the first time.

Justice Thomas objects to refusal to block marriage equality in Alabama

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:27

Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation in a stinging dissent to the high court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

Bitterly objecting to the Feb. 9 action, Thomas provided a rare insider's perspective on the widely held view that the court's embrace of gay marriage is a done deal.

Polling shows differing hopes, expectations for female leaders

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 20:36

Hillary Rodham Clinton in Boston in December.
— PHOTO: AP/Elise Amendola

Four in 10 adults say they hope to see a woman elected to the presidency in their lifetime, while 57 percent say it doesn’t matter whether they say, “Madam President” or “Mr. President.”

Rights advocates raise concerns of bias motive in Chapel Hill killings

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:45

Authorities say a long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated a man to kill a woman, her husband and her sister at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.

But civil rights advocates are raising concerns that authorities haven't addressed the possibility of hate-motivated bias.

Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Written by The AP Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:25

Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

GREY2K USA and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believe racing is cruel and are embarking on a broad-based lobbying effort. The centerpiece is a study that documents more than 11,000 injuries to racing greyhounds and 909 deaths from 2008 to 2014.

Join the 'people's brief'
Join in the Supreme Court case for marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:22

The Human Rights Campaign on Feb. 10 launched an unprecedented “People’s Brief” to the U.S. Supreme Court. The effort offers people the opportunity to sign on to a friend-of-the-court brief for marriage equality in advance of oral argument before the Supreme Court this spring.

Roberta Kaplan, the civil rights attorney who won the landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, is the author and lead counsel on the brief. The “People’s Brief” campaign allows any American who has read the brief and agrees with its contents to sign on and to show their support for marriage equality directly to the Supreme Court.