The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer.

The Vikings announced the punishment as part of a summary of findings by outside lawyers. The attorneys were hired in January to investigate Kluwe's accusations, which included a claim he was released because of his advocacy for marriage equality and his campaign for LGBT rights.

Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen

A western Wisconsin police chief has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader for solicitations from gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Supreme Court issues stay on Utah same-sex marriage order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 19 July 2014 04:50

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah's governor in a marriage equality case.

The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between Dec. 23, 2013 and Jan. 6, after a court struck down Utah’s marriage bans as unconstitutional.

U.S. appeals court rules for marriage equality in Oklahoma case

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 18 July 2014 09:44

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on July 18 upheld the decision from U.S. District Judge Terence Kern that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment barring marriage for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution.

The 2-1 decision from the panel was written by Judge Carlos Lucero, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.

UPDATE: Aug. 13 hearing in Wisconsin marriage equality case canceled

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:26

The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral arguments in the Wisconsin marriage equality case has been canceled and no new date set.

This morning's lineup of talking heads

Written by AP Sunday, 20 July 2014 06:40

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry

ABC's This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Maen Areikat, ambassador and chief representative, PLO Delegation to the U.S.; Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.

President to sign executive orders protecting LGBT workers on July 21

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 18 July 2014 14:28

President Barack Obama. - PHOTO: Courtesy

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will sign executive orders protecting LGBT workers employed by federal contractors from discrimination and also banning bias based on gender identity in federal employment.

Ku Klux Klan hands out candy in South Carolina

Written by The AP Friday, 18 July 2014 06:56

Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags last weekend.

Ryan Schucard

A Pennsylvania congressman’s press secretary pleaded not guilty yesterday to a weapons charge after Capitol police say Ryan Schucard carried a 9 mm handgun and magazine into a federal office building in Washington.

Pit bull saves deaf boy's life

Written by AP Saturday, 19 July 2014 17:16

Skylar and Sabrina (above) apparently never got the memo about pit bulls being ferocious. -Photo:

A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's statement on July 18 to the press in the briefing room at the White House regarding the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and other developments around the world.

The president acknowledged, during the statement, that some aboard the plane were involved in HIV/AIDS research and on their way to a conference in Australia. Some press reports have indicated as many as 100 people were bound for the conference, but the number of confirmed is far smaller — 7-10.