The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 19 denied the state of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The order means the stay expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5. Same-sex couples can marry in Florida once the stay in the ruling is lifted.
"We are thrilled the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the state's request to delay marriages in Florida,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s LGBT civil rights group. “Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. It's time to break out the wedding bells! We look forward to January 6th being a special day — Florida is ready for the freedom to marry."
Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might be prompted by an impending announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man 14 times in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park.
Supporters and family members of a black man fatally shot by a white Milwaukee officer protested a tree lighting ceremony in the downtown park where he was killed.
Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.
One of the 14 bullets fired by a Milwaukee police officer at a mentally ill man killed in a downtown park in April hit him in the back, according to official autopsy results released Monday by an attorney for the man’s family.
After six months of inaction that inspired demonstrations and widened the wedge between Milwaukee police and the city’s black citizens, Police Chief Edward Flynn fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in downtown’s Red Arrow Park.
Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.
Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.
After just eight months on the job, Colleen Carpenter, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, resigned yesterday. No reason was given for Carpenter’s abrupt departure.