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Lesbian parents: Pediatrician refused to treat infant daughter

Written by The AP Friday, 20 February 2015 09:22

Two Detroit-area women say they were humiliated when a pediatrician they selected to help care for their infant daughter declined to see the child because they are lesbians.

The Detroit Free Press reports Jami and Krista Contreras of Oak Park, Michigan, selected their daughter's pediatrician before birth, but they learned the decision as they waited in October for the child's first checkup. They say the doctor apologized in a handwritten letter.

Milwaukee LGBT center hires new executive director

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:38

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's board of directors announced on Feb. 19 that Karen Gotzler, who has served as the center's interim executive director since July 2014, will assume the role permanently, effective immediately. 

The board and center supporters will officially welcome Gotzler at the center's annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. on March 5 in the center's community room at 1110 N. Market St.

End-of-life dispute re-emerges as 2016 issue for Bush

Written by MICHAEL J. MISHAK,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:55

Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald.

The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.”

Republicans approve treasurer of Walker's presidential PAC to UW Hospital board

Written by AP reports Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:31

The treasurer of Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential political committee has been approved to serve on the board oversseing the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Murder suspect dubbed 'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 February 2015 09:15

A Gothic hip-hop artist who did illegal cosmetic surgery on the side boasted at her murder trial on Feb. 19 that her body sculpting work was so popular she was dubbed "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections."

Padge Victoria Windslowe, who performed under the name "Black Madam," is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure at an airport hotel that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Texas issues 1st marriage license to same-sex couple

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:19

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant became the first same-sex couple to successfully obtain a marriage license in Texas.

The wedding took place in Travis County, Texas, after state Judge David Wahlberg issued an order requiring the local clerk to issue a license to Bryant and Goodfriend, who is sick. The order said, “Plaintiffs have no adequate remedy at law for the damage and the continuing harm that this course of action is causing them and will continue to cause them, and thus the only remedy available to Plaintiffs is the issuance of a temporary restraining order to prevent that ongoing unconstitutional denial of Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.” 

Vaccine opposition ebbs and flows over centuries

Written by The AP Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:29

They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox.

In the mid-1800s, people protested in the streets of Victorian England after the British government began requiring citizens to get the vaccination. Many opponents mistrusted doctors and were wary of a medical treatment they didn't understand. In the early days, the closely related cowpox virus was used to immunize people against smallpox.

Scott Walker opens campaign office in New Hampshire

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:54

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the American Action Forum in Washington on Jan. 29, 2015. Shifting his focus to Washington, Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The American Action Forum is a center-right policy institute. —PHOTO: Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Associated Press is reporting that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has expanded his political team to New Hampshire, where he’s hired adviser to lead his efforts in that state as he gears up for a likely 2016 presidential run.

Texas AG says court-allowed lesbian marriage is invalid

Written by The AP Friday, 20 February 2015 09:01

As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court today why it should rule their nuptials invalid.

The marriage license given to two Austin women — who succeeded by seizing on a ruling this week in an unrelated estate squabble — thrust Texas back into the national spotlight over gay marriage but didn't send same-sex couples rushing to courthouses.

Unlikely new musical tells ‘Duck Dynasty’ family’s tale

Written by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:46

It’s all seemed like one big unlikely mashup: the Deep South, God-fearing family of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” turning their tale into a song and dance musical on stage in Sin City.

Even Broadway producer Michael David has been on the receiving end of inevitable surprise and, sometimes, concern when people learned of his involvement in the “Duck Commander Musical.”

A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who hopes the determination will help her pay off $100,000 in medical bills.

Wisconsin teacher of the year calls out Walker over comments

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:24

A former Wisconsin teacher of the year criticized likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker in an open letter this week, saying he’s misrepresenting the facts when telling an anecdote about a laid-off teacher.

The Republican Wisconsin governor recently defended his telling of the story, which he’s repeated many times and wrote about in his 2013 book, saying he’s been “very clear” in how he’s described what happened to the teacher.