Wisconsin Unites for Marriage coalition launches

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:21

A new statewide coalition aimed at securing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Wisconsin launched on Aug. 7, less than 20 days before a federal appeals court will hear arguments on the issue.

The Wisconsin Unites for Marriage Coalition launched as a partnership of the ACLU of Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin and Freedom to Marry.

Pew takes U.S. public’s temperature on religions

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:49

A Pew Research survey shows that Americans tend to feel warmly toward Jews, Catholics and evangelicals but chilly toward Muslims and atheists.

Pew created a thermometer — measuring degrees from zero to 100 — to take Americans’ temperature toward religious groups in a survey conducted mostly in June.

6th Circuit hears 6 equality cases from 4 states

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:59

UPDATED: The outcome of a lengthy session in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 6 could impact the lives of an estimated 52,400 same-sex couples and 18,300 children.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School estimates there are 19,684 same-sex couples residing in Ohio, 14,598 same-sex couples in Michigan, 7,195 same-sex couples in Kentucky and 10,898 same-sex couples in Tennessee.

Utah appeals gay marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 06 August 2014 05:35

The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriage ban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

News with a twist from Wisconsin and beyond

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff,
Staff writers
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:17

New from Funzee.

Funzee with onesies

County committee approves Abele’s donation and other community news

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:40

The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance Committee recently voted to approve Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s personal donation of $7,147 to pay overtime costs associated with keeping the courthouse open outside regular hours for same-sex couples to get married.

After learning of the federal district court ruling overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage, Abele ordered the courthouse to stay open late on June 6 and also on June 7, a Saturday. Nearly 150 couples exchanged vows in a 24-hour period.

Laverne Cox stands with transgender student appealing 'manifesting' prostitution conviction

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:36

A student and activist at Arizona State University is appealing her conviction under Phoenix’s "manifesting" intent to engage in prostitution ordinance.

Monica Jones is seeking a reversal of the conviction with the support of her pro bono attorney at Perkins Coie, the American Civil Liberties Union and Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox.

Oral arguments set in John Doe appeal

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 03:57

Oral arguments in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling halting an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups have been set for Sept. 9, exactly two months before the Republican stands for re-election.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set the date.

At home and abroad, rising tensions over Israel’s Gaza incursion spark acts of hate

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:04

Nofar Haymovich displays the Israeli flag during a rally in Tampa. — Photo: Skip O’Rourke / The Tampa Bay Times

Wal-Mart drops plan for downtown Green Bay

Written by The AP Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:02

Wal-Mart has dropped plans for a store in downtown Green Bay.

Wal-Mart says it’s ending its effort to locate a big box superstore in downtown Green Bay.

Sierra: Enbridge seeks to make Wisconsin a superhighway for toxic oil transport

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:45

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Aug. 5 announced the permitting process for two proposed pipelines by Enbridge Energies.

Both pipelines enter Wisconsin from Minnesota and go to a refinery in Superior.

Iowa Democrats exploring ways to expand caucus

Written by KEN THOMAS,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 21:31

Democrats in Iowa are devising ways to expand access to their state’s leadoff presidential caucuses, addressing concerns raised by Hillary Rodham Clinton following her disappointing finish in 2008.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan offered a series of recommendations on Aug. 1 to members of the Democratic National Committee, including legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend the caucuses, allowing out-of-state Iowans serving in the military to participate by teleconferencing and creating satellite caucus sites for shift workers and elderly who can’t easily attend.