Obama: Constitution guarantees marriage equality in 50 states

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 11:44

President Barack Obama, for the first time, has said in an interview that he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Previously the president has said that each state should decide the issue individually.

Gay rights group endorses once-a-day pill intended to prevent HIV infection

Written by From AP an WiG reports Monday, 20 October 2014 08:30

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group over the weekend endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.

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Sanctity of marriage, Las Vegas style.

Las Vegas’ Elvis Wedding Chapel welcomes Elvis-themed weddings but will not allow same-sex ceremonies now that marriage equality has come to Nevada.

Feds: No sequel to polar vortex

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 October 2014 10:47

If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.

Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.

Wisconsin wolf hunters exceed limits in 2 zones

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 10:08

State of Wisconsin officials are poised to close a fourth wolf hunting zone.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources planned to close Zone 5, an oval-shaped area in west-central Wisconsin, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Hunters had killed 14 wolves in that zone as of Oct. 19, six less than permitted in the zone.

U.S. Marine suspected of killing transgender Filipino

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 20 October 2014 08:07

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said this week that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who took part in joint exercises earlier this month, is suspected in the killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Philippine police and witnesses said the two met at a disco bar in the city of Olongapo on Oct. 11, then went to a motel room where Laude's body was later found in the bathroom. She had apparently been drowned in the toilet, according to police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo.

Walker calls for Ebola travel ban, despite opposition of health experts

Written by AP reports Saturday, 18 October 2014 10:57

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola, despite insistence from public health experts that such a move would prove counterproductive. The call for a ban, however, is popular among uninformed voters.

Wisconsin Republicans have frequently stood in opposition to the medical community on health issues with political implicatiions. The Wisconsin GOP, for instance, enacted a law forcing pregnant women to undergo invasive ultrasounds through vaginal probes when seeking abortion services. The procedures are unnecessary, invasive and disturbing to women, according to the medical communitt. They win anti-choice votes at the expense of women's well-being, critics charge.

Federal judge strikes down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 17 October 2014 10:40

A federal judge on Oct. 17 issued a ruling striking down Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage, which paves the way for same-sex couples to get married in the western state.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick issued the ruling, ordering Arizona to "permanently cease" its ban on gay marriage. He did not issue a stay.

Nazi war criminals collect millions in U.S. social security payments

Written by David Rising, Randy Herschaft
and Richard Lardner,
AP writers
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:14

The Sachsenhausen death camp in Germany. Martin Hartmann, a former SS guard at the camp, receives U.S. social security payments.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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Catholic Bishops vote down Vatican proposal to be more welcoming of gay

Written by Nicole Winfield
and Daniela Petroff,
AP writers
Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:22

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

New Koch super PAC reports donors

Associated Press writer
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:59

Some of the most powerful political committees faced a deadline this week to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September.

It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4’s elections that voters could see how millions of dollars were flowing into outside campaign groups.

Official word: Feds to recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and more

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:21

The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and six more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said on Oct. 17.

The announcement comes one week after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on gay and lesbian marriages. That order meant same-sex couples in those states could get married immediately.