UPDATED: Appeals court hears Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:34

A federal appeals court in Chicago heard oral arguments today (Aug. 26) in marriage equality cases out of Wisconsin and Indiana. The challenges are likely to be taken as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the eve of the hearing, marriage equality advocates rallied in their home states and also on the federal plaza in Chicago, where Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris, the lead sponsor of the bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, welcomed the celebrants, including the same-sex couples who've sued for marriage rights.

Paul Ryan says he's weighing White House bid

Written by The AP Monday, 25 August 2014 11:44

Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the conservative Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.

When asked over the weekend about the possibility of running, Ryan said he and his family will "take very seriously and weigh" the decision next year.

7 in 10 Americans oppose new laws to restrict abortion

Written by WiG Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:22

Seven in ten Americans oppose new laws to further restrict abortion, according to a national poll commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Bird advocates oppose Army Corps plan to kill 16,000 cormorants

Written by lisa neff Friday, 22 August 2014 11:25

An environmental group is raising multiple objections to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to kill 16,000 cormorant birds on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary.

The government agency's plan is to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids including salmon smolt by the birds.
The Army Corps plan to kill the Double-crested Cormorants over four years was outlined in a draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Nashville mayor signs statement supporting marriage equality

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:09

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has become the first mayor in Tennessee to sign a statement supporting marriage equality.

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Written by The AP Monday, 25 August 2014 08:13

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.

Scientists looking at glacier melt since 1851 didn't see a human fingerprint until about the middle of the 20th century. Even then only one-quarter of the warming wasn't from natural causes.

Gender matters as 2 women top Wisconsin ballot

Written by AP
and WiG
Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:39

Susan Happ, the Democratic nominee for Wisconsin Attorney Generaly, participates in a debate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School on Aug. 5. - PHOTO: AP/JOHN HART

Democrat Mary Burke is the first woman to win a major party nomination for Wisconsin governor, but you wouldn’t know that from her campaign, in which she rarely strays from her main message: job creation.

Pig factory's neighbors file nuisance complaint

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 22 August 2014 10:26

Neighbors of a Minnesota pig factory recently filed a legal complaint, alleging that horrible odors from the facility make their lives miserable and constitute a nuisance under Minnesota law.

The neighbors claim the foul stench from the factory prevents them from going outdoors or opening their windows, leaving them isolated from family and friends.

Puppy love: Dating sites match pet-loving people

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:02

On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

Sites like and have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do. Many of the sites encourage users to bring their dogs on first dates to break the ice or size up canine chemistry.

Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

Massive People's Climate March in NYC planned for Sept. 21

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 22 August 2014 11:51

Updated: Wisconsin activists planning to attend

Right-wing group revokes endorsement of Wisconsin candidate

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 22 August 2014 06:15

A right-wing Wisconsin group has revoked its endorsement of a Republican legislative candidate.

Wisconsin Family Action's political action committee released a statement recently saying it had revoked its endorsement of Ashton Kirsch in south-central Wisconsin's 81st Assembly District.