North Carolina attorney general will stop defending his state's gay marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 28 July 2014 17:58

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

About two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will no longer defend his state's voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality.

Scientists, public health advocates urge 'added sugar' line on food labels

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 28 July 2014 11:08

In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some 280 scientists, physicians and public health advocates urged the addition of a line for added sugar on the nutrition facts labels on food.

The FDA is working on its first label update since 1994 and the public health coalition wants to see the label better reflect the added sugar content of food. Overconsumption of sugar, they maintain, contributes to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Americans consume an average of 82 grams of sugar a day, far more than recommended by either the World Health Organization or American Heart Association.

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Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:42


Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Going solar with Sierra

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:47

The Wisconsin Sierra Club/John Muir Chapter is promoting a new “Go Solar” campaign and inviting homeowners to complete an online form for a free home evaluation.

The Solar Home campaign, combined with federal and state incentives and historically low solar costs, “makes residential solar affordable to almost everyone today,” according to the club, which is partnering with H&H Solar and working to offer discounted systems to property owners.

Civil rights groups ask Florida sheriffs to halt enforcement of ICE detainers

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 28 July 2014 14:56

A civil rights coalition is demanding Florida law enforcement agencies in 62 counties stop detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Letters from the coalition of groups — civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal organizations — went to officials in 62 Florida counties.

Wisconsin police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 July 2014 10:50

A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest last week to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The La Crosse Tribune reported Kelemen entered the plea in a deal that calls for the charge to be dismissed in two years if he doesn't commit any new crimes, continues counseling and completes 40 hours of community service.

Jason Rae awarded for leadership diversity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:50

Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, was honored earlier this month with a scholarship from the American Chamber of Commerce, under its new program to encourage leadership diversity among its members. 

The national organization established its leadership diversity program to help provide information, training and resources to enhance the leadership skills of women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, LGBT-identifying individuals or those with disabilities.

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.

Appeals court strikes down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 28 July 2014 12:03

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 28 affirmed a federal district court's ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The ruling will take effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion for a stay or ask for a review by the full appeals court for the jurisdiction.

Sarah Palin launches subscription-based online 'channel'

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 July 2014 10:41

Right-wing commentator Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on July 27, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page.

UWM’s LGBT Film/Video Festival returns with 11-day lineup

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:49

Festival director Carl Bogner announced the return of UWM’s annual LGBT film/video festival Oct. 16-Oct. 26. 

The two-weekend schedule, a change from last year’s four-day lineup, is a return to the festival’s original format. Bogner said returning to the longer format would prowvide “greater temporal elbow room” for patrons.

Pollution = death

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 19:33

Pollution is the largest factor in disease and death in the developing world, killing more than 8.4 million people each year, according to the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

The new analysis, based on new data from the World Health Organization, indicates that 7.4 million deaths in a single year were due to pollution sources from air, water, sanitation and hygiene.